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As an editor at , it’s no surprise that I believe good design has the power to promote a positive mood. But there’s also a pretty big crowd within the science community backing me up. For example, a 2015 survey published in the Journal of the Association for Psychological Science reports that most people feel like their emotional wellbeing is influenced (and in some cases, regulated) by a room’s ambiance. And since your bedroom is where you go to rest and decompress, it should definitely be designed to help you do that.

A simple way to ensure your bedroom design promotes a positive mood and feels like a place you can unwind in? Make sure it reflects your style; incorporates your favorite materials, colors, and patterns; shines the right light; and maximizes space. If you need some inspiration to revamp your bedroom, you’ve come to the right place. We brainstormed 64 bedroom design ideas to help you create your own perfect resting space. No matter how bold you want to go, how large your room is, or what your design preference is, these bedroom decorating ideas, shopping tips, and designer examples are sure to inspire deeper, dreamier slumbers. Not to mention, they’re sure to impress guests.

bedroom ideas

Match Bedding and Lighting

A chartreuse lamp corresponding with gingham upholstery and bedding enlivens this master bedroom designed by Abney Morton Interiors. The color is unexpected, but works wonders to keep the space light and casual enough for a lake cabin while still being grownup and sophisticated.

contemporary bedroom with gold sconce and pink frame

Embrace Architectural Quirks

If you’re working with an awkward configuration or architectural quirks, embrace it. Here, interior designer Brigette Romanek allowed the niche and low ceiling anchor the space by building a custom bed frame complete with a built-in bedside table and night light.

unique bedroom ideas

Set a Warm Mood

This bedroom designed by Fiona Lynch Studio is the epitome of warmth, thanks to the chocolate brown walls and fall foliage-inspired bedding. The modern table lamp gives an unexpected edge.

purple bedroom with dressing table

Make Room for a Vanity

If you have room, scoot in a dressing table. In this bedroom designed by Cameron Ruppert Interiors, the purple trim on the vanity skirt reflect the drapes and table lamp, ensuring that nothing feels out of place.

Addie Blush Pink Vanity Stool, $375

Blue bedroom ideas

Make It Texture-Rich

In this peaceful blue master bedroom designed by Cathy Chapman, the gorgeous stone walls bring in an earthy feel. Want to make sure you actually get sweet dreams? You’ll need a super calming paint color, like this sky blue. Cozy throw blankets help, too.

abcDNA Ice Blue Mohair Throw, $350

contemporary bedroom ideas

Float Your Furninture

Instead of oversized furniture, opt for minimalist, low-to-the-ground beds and nightstands that are built into the wall for a sleek floating effect. Not only will your room look less cluttered, but it’s also a life-saver if you’ve got a small bedroom.

$104

blue contemporary bedroom with sitting area

Use Wood for Your Ceiling

This bedroom by interior designed Gail Davis is full of rich texture and pattern yet still remains neutral and calming. If you want to introduce more warmth and texture to your space, consider a wood ceiling.

upholstered walls in bedroom

Upholster the Walls

The moody gray velvet walls and matching headboard bring a smoky, textural allure to the otherwise white, bright, and airy space designed by Alison Pickart. No artwork is needed, as these soft upholstered walls speak for themselves.

bedroom with geometric wallpaper

Fit Furniture to Size

In small bedroom, you may have to get creative with furniture. Here, each piece is carefully chosen to work within the small space. For example, the narrow bedroom table fits into the little nook perfectly, and since it’s on the slimmer side, they made sure the two-tiered table on the other side of the bed offered extra surface space.

White bedroom ideas

Loosen Things Up

Loose linens make for an effortlessly chic bed situation while the antique floor mirror and structural pendant light dress things up in this bedroom designed by Leanne Ford Interiors. When sticking to one neutral color family, be sure to introduce plenty of varying textures for a more robust look.

Parachute White Linen Duvet Cover, $210

bedroom idea with antique headboard

Add a Fun Headboard

“A wide upholstered headboard brings more fabric into a bedroom, while enabling the integration of eclectics,” says Sophie of Studio Ashby. In this bedroom in particular, the headboard defines the color scheme and provides a sense of formality while also asserting a modern twist that doesn’t feel overly trendy.

Project62 Velvet Channel Seam Headboard, $386

canopy bed ideas

Bring in a Canopy

A shaker style stove, like the one in this bedroom, reflects the coziness of a classic fireplace with a sleek, modern design. And while this one in Maxwell Ryan’s bedroom feels nice and wintery, the dreamy sheer canopy ensures that it’ll also feel appropriate during the summer.

Majesty White Large Bed Canopy, $50

california style contemporary bedroom

Carve Out a Reading Nook

Anything can be useable space if given the right design treatment. In this bedroom by Romanek Design Studio, the little corner got a brand new second life thanks to a simple bench, cushions, and wall art.

Jungalow Fringe Bench, $320

yellow bedroom ideas

Lean Large Artwork

We love how this bedroom designed by Regan Baker boasts a bohemian feel despite the statement piece: That large-scale photograph of a traditional yellow bedroom. For a similar look, opt for a high-impact photograph of an interior that both reflects and juxtaposes your own space. And in true bohemian fashion, simply lean it against the wall instead of hanging it.

Framebridge Mercer Slim Frame, $85

contemporary bedroom ideas

Pay Attention to Scale

As you can see in this bedroom designed by 2LG Studio, each item is carefully chosen to work within the architectural quirks of the space. For example, the narrow bedroom table fits into the little nook perfectly, and since it’s on the slimmer side, they made sure it offered plenty of drawer space for extra storage. The light patterned wallpaper, aside from brightening the room, can also introduce a fun personality.

West Elm Gemini Nightstand, $249

Bedroom wallpaper ideas

Have Fun With Wallpaper

Fun wallpaper is an easy way to add personality without taking up any precious surface space. We love how this one in a Martyn Lawrence Bullard–designed bedroom contrasts with the more traditional elements in this room. And of course, smart storage is essential in a bedroom. A spacious dresser like this one is a great option.

Urban Outfitters Marble Removable Wallpaper, $39

neutral bedroom with white beige walls

Match Your Walls

Take a cue from this bedroom designed by Danielle Colding and match your upholstered headboard to the walls. Here, the studded boarder adds a touch of intrigue but blends right into the beige wallpaper behind it for a timeless look.

southwestern style bedroom ideas

Pick a Motif

Bison drawings, patterned pillows, cool textiles—check, check, check. This Southwestern bedroom is so chic, it’s making us rethink our whole design aesthetic. Whether you choose a bison motif or not, anchoring your decor scheme around some artwork is a great way to start the design process.

Framed Black & White Buffalo Drawing, $33

Bedroom design ideas

Choose Bold Lighting

“The headboard’s muted gray wool mix balances the impact of the cushions and the throw, and the low profile allows for sizable artwork above the bed,” Sophie of Studio Ashby tells us. Putting one large-scale piece of artwork above the bed is a great alternative to a gallery wall and bold, modern lighting will bring just a punch of modern style.

Atollo mushroom-style Table Lamp by Vico Magistretti, $1,100

mark sikes new york city bedroom

Be Whimsical

Lilac runs throughout this Mark Sikes bedroom, from the headboard to the wallpaper. The rug helps add a neutral counterpoint to the bold color.

Silk & Silk Project Purple Ikat Pillow, $78

beach house bedroom ideas

Create a Sense of Place

Designed by Arent & Pyke, this beach house bedroom plays up the coastal locale with casual pieces like a jute rug, wooden side table, playful striped pillows, and ocean photography. But it’s not cliche at all. Though each item fits the general beach theme, the bedroom feels both comfortable and sophisticated.

Pottery Barn Round Jute Rug, $179

attic bedroom ideas

Create a Cocoon

There’s a certain ethereal feel to attics because of the unique architectural lines. If you have an A-frame or sloped ceiling, embrace that dreamy vibe with romantic materials and light colors. The way the light pours into this room is just divine—we’d never want to leave this little cocoon. Decorate with loose linens, a netted pendant light, and a vintage area rug for a pop of color.

Cost Plus Green and Peach Rug, $150

Black bedroom ideas

Give It an Edge

The moody black walls bring in a contrasting edge to this cozy space by Tali Roth. Deep walls create a classic, relaxing feel while the bedding adds laid-back and modern elegance.

Farrow & Ball Railings Paint, $110

mint green bedroom ideas

Get Creative

When space is limited, you’ll have to get crafty and choose multi-purpose pieces. For example, this side chair can function as a seat or as a bedside table. Wall sconces help free up surface space, too, without making you forgo a night light.

Kenroy Home Sconce, $91

black and white master bedroom ideas

Layer Your Rugs

The linen canopy warms up the neutral color scheme in the bedroom of Maxwell Ryan’s Hamptons home. You’ll feel like you’re sleeping in a very chic tent. To keep the texture story going, layer your rugs.

Lulu & Georgia Faux Cowhide Rug, $239

bedroom storage ideas

Use Vertical Space

To take advantage of vertical space and display your decor out in the open, install a floating shelf. This will help clear up usable space for the essentials. We also love how designed Vanessa Alexander uses found objects as artwork, like this skateboard leaning against the wall.

Parallax Wood Wall Hook Set in Maple $48

bedroom wallpaper ideas 

Layer Textures and Styles

In this master bedroom designed by Charlotte Lucas, layers of rich textures and soft colors contrast with high-impact wall art. The abstract, watercolor-inspired wallpaper marries the two themes and brings the whole space to life. The lesson? Don’t be afraid to get eclectic.

Flat Vernacular Riverbed Stone Wallpaper, $275

bedroom decorating ideas

Customize It

From the wall-to-wall upholstered headboard to the modern black sconce and bedside table, everything in this room designed by Brady Tolbert for Emily Henderson Design has been customized to meet the homeowners needs function and style-wise. That’s a guaranteed way to make sure your bedroom is everything you want it to be.

Serge Mouille rotating wall sconce, $5,495

bedroom ideas grey

Repaint Your Walls

Instead of sticking with plain white walls, considering another neutral that adds a subtle yet bold twist. “Responding to an unusual Y-shaped floor plan required a strategy to pull light from all directions to create a range of shifting light experiences: Moody and subtle to the south; bright and open to the east,” explain the designers behind Arent & Pyke. For a moodier bedroom that isn’t full-on dark, try a steel blue gray like this one. And then lighten things up with colorful linens and keep things streamlined with bright a white ceiling and modern bedside sconce.

Behr Marquee Myth, $47

bunk bed ideas

Stick to a Theme

When it comes to guest bedrooms or rooms for kids, pick a fun theme to anchor the design scheme. We love that these bunk beds in a Marin County, California, house designed by Erin Martin save space while also reflecting the nautical ship theme.

Jonathan Adler Sorrento Square Pillow, $325

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