Personal style and aesthetic preferences aside, we can all agree that minimalism is having a major moment—and science gives it even more clout. For example, according to this study at the University of Southern California, cluttered homes are linked to increased stress levels and depressed moods. So there really is a life-changing magic behind the KonMari method. And since your bedroom is the place you go to restore, relax, and reflect, minimalism can be especially impactful there.
I’m not saying you should just throw everything in your bedroom away and it call it day. In fact, minimalist design doesn’t translate to stark and boring. It’s about scaling back to create calming and thoughtful spaces. To prove it, here are 38 examples of minimalist bedrooms that the Marie Kondos of the world maximalists with a penchant for anything extra will both love.
Excuse me while I swan dive straight into this heavenly bedroom. Though there’s not a lot going on, it projects a strong sense of personal style. That’s thanks to the details, from the frameless round mirror to the wrinkled linen bedding and plain black metal side table.
In a small bedroom, have fun with color, shape, and prints, but don’t go overboard. Take a cue from this bedroom designed by Danielle Colding if you’re wondering how to toe that fine line. The studded headboard adds a touch of embellishment but blends right in with the neutral wall and accent pillow for a smooth, easy aesthetic. Then the crisp bedding lightens up the warmer tones and the deep velvet throw pillows add some color while still keeping decor to a minimum.
Just because you’re a minimalist at heart doesn’t mean you can’t also have a meaningful collection of books or magazines. Do all fifty of them spark joy? Great, they can stay. Just keep things orderly by stacking them in a neat pile.
Designed by GRT Architects, this bedroom is a great example of minimalism that still incorporates plenty of color. Try adding a vibrant area rug and a statement piece of abstract art while keeping everything else neutral and consistent.
Interior Designer Tamsin Johnson sticks to a sleek grayscale color scheme while introducing plenty of character and personality with layers of contrasting texture, from the linen bedding to the velvet headboard and rough side table. The modern and sleek brass lamps add just a bit of warmth to the cool tones.
In this bedroom designed by Gail Davis, the monochromatic palette is emboldened by pattern-play and a repeating geometric motif, from the gallery wall to the rug and upholstery, and even the shape of the chair.
All-white interiors and minimalism are the best of friends—but throw in a sprinkle of pastel and you’ll be surprised by the ensuing magic. Designed by Robson Rak, this modern bedroom is minimal everywhere except the bed, which is made sumptuous with layers and layers of linens.
Minimalism gets a warm, Southern California twist in this Malibu bedroom by Brigette Romanek of Romanek Design Studio. The nature-inspired earth tones and materials ensure a soothing, laidback environment while the bold pendant brings the open spacious, layout down to a human scale.
When using color in a minimalist environment, stick to one specific shade. The room will look more consistent this way, as seen in this gray-blue bedroom. And if you want less furniture, ditch your side table and use an accent chair as a surface next to your bed. It’s also a good way to repurpose old furniture if you don’t want to spend money on a new item.
Gray palettes are always welcome when it comes to minimalist bedrooms. This industrial space designed by Alexander DB is the perfect example of a tonal palette that isn’t boring or cold. Plush elements like the black sheepskin rug on the floor help.
Keeping clutter to a minimum means you get to spice up your decor scheme with colors, prints, and playful motifs with fewer items. Take note from this eclectic and minimalist bedroom designed by Elizabeth Roberts. If each piece is thoughtfully curated rather than randomly accumulated, it’ll still be a neat, tight little room.
In a minimalist bedroom, where space is limited and everything must carry its weight, proportion and scale is a great way to play and have fun with design. In this bedroom, for example, the oversized pendant gets the job done.
Let the architecture speak for itself. Styled by Jessica Menda, this bedroom exudes a beautifully carefree energy that anyone who enters can’t help but absorb.
Add color with curtains and flowers in a minimalist bedroom, as done in this one designed by Arent & Pyke. It won’t create clutter and brings in a touch of natural beauty.
Minimalist, but make it cozy. Even when your bedroom features a busy patterned wallpaper, you can still made it feel neat, tidy, and contemporary. Choose timeless furniture, crisp bedding, and a faux fur throw for texture and warmth.
Stay grounded and go frameless. Literally closer to the ground, this bedroom was designed by Paige Geffen to encourage wellness, rest, and inner peace.
A metallic accent piece—like an arc floor lamp—is a great way to inject more personality into any bedroom, minimalist or otherwise. Designed by 2LG Studio, this room is both sweet and clutter-free.
A large scale nature photograph is definitely welcome in a minimalist bedroom. And near-perfect symmetry makes this clean, simple bedroom a sweet place to dream.
A well-edited area gives you room to breathe in spaces large and small. In this industrial bedroom designed by Leanne Ford, the tight neutral color scheme prevents visual chaos while the natural light and layers of different materials inject warmth.
Bring warmth to a minimalist bedroom with plush carpeting. The graphic black and white pillows and headboard introduce just the right touch of personality in this bedroom designed by Arent & Pyke.
For a minimalist bedroom with a touch of bohemian flair, take inspiration from this bedroom decorated by Space Exploration Design. The right plush Moroccan-inspired carpet and organic lighting will go a long way.
So you’re a maximalist by nature but really want to give that Marie Kondo clutter-free life a go…You can still let you personality shine while getting rid of the things that do nothing but take up space. Confine your must-haves extras to the wall, where they won’t take up valuable real estate. As seen in this Arent & Pyke bedroom, a little creativity can go a long way.
Designed by Leanne Ford, this bedroom proves that less is more. Though delightfully simple, it still looks put together and inviting. All it takes is layers of fresh linens, a small side table, and a reading lamp.
Rather than hopping onto the gallery wall trend (which can sometimes look cluttered), keep things simple and direct with one focal piece of artwork. Then allow it to dictate color scheme, as done in this bedroom designed by Arent & Pyke.
You just had to do a double take, didn’t you? This bunked bed couldn’t get any more minimal if it tried. All white, slim, and straight forward, it’s like sleeping in the clouds. It’d be perfect in a teenager’s bedroom for sleepovers.
Think wallpaper and minimalism can’t play nice? This Catherine Kwong-designed bedroom will change your mind. Indeed, wallpaper can really bring a space to life with color, pattern, or texture, yet it won’t create clutter or take up any useable space. The white and light gray bedding in this room also soften up the dark wood side table and the sconces make it feel like a polished 5-star hotel room.
In this space designed by Arent & Pyke, there are no “extra” pieces. Yet it still looks original, youthful, and fun, thanks to the attention to shapes and materials—specifically, the juxtaposition between the shiny black curvy side table and the linear light wood bed frame.
A pop of color shines through on the blanket in this eclectic bedroom. And while there are definitely plenty of style moments happening, this bedroom doesn’t feel too over the top. This balance proves that you can play up your bolder style tendencies while still sticking to the minimalist mindset.
Don’t have a huge furniture and interior design budget? Well-edited and resourceful minimalism to the rescue. Indeed, minimalism is arguably more conducive to budget-friendly interiors than any other trend since you don’t need to anything other than a bed. To make it feel like your own space, hang up photos and found objects, like a branch.
Though this room designed by Robson Rak looks formal and modern at first glance, the bed itself is cozy and inviting. For a similar vibe, focus on sophisticated, design-forward lighting and envelop the walls in crisp white paint, then introduce warmth with bedding and a casual bed frame.