The bedroom is one space we get many questions about here at Modsy. After all, it’s the most personal room in your home where you start and end your days, so it should be a space that’s not only stylish but one that also inspires rest for you.
And whether you’re in the process of rethinking your bedroom or looking to make some bedroom design updates, there are some key pieces that can help set it apart as the ultimate soothing space.
Here, we break down for you just what these design elements are and our best calming bedroom ideas to help you turn your bedroom into the best room.
1. Establish an Inviting Foundation
The bed is what everything else in the room will revolve around. Rather than going for one that’s conveniently sized or quick to ship, invest in a bed that’s just right for you and will set a cozy tone in your room.
A good starting point: An upholstered bed with light or neutral fabric will instantly give your bedroom a soft, inviting look. If an upholstered bed isn’t your thing, a simple frame or an open base is a great alternative—they tend to take up minimal space and have a way of making your room feeling airy as opposed to cluttered.
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2. Create a Personal Spot
In the bedroom, your nightstand is your most personal space. It’s an area where you should let your style shine.
A good starting point: Choose a nightstand or side table that suits your needs. Want extra storage to hold your binge-reading material? Opt for one with drawers. Just want a place to set your alarm clock or a late-night cup of tea? A nightstand with a larger swath of surface area is the way to go. Add a pretty table lamp and hang a favorite photo or painting to make the space feel extra personal—it’s a great way to incorporate elements that soothe your senses.
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3. Incorporate Light Wood Tones
Be it your nightstand or a dresser for all your clothes and blankets, lighter woods in the bedroom can keep the space feeling open and spacious.
A good starting point: We love the look of mid-century pieces with their clean lines and tapered legs for bedroom storage (these are also great pieces for small bedroom designs). If you have the space for it, a dresser that’s big enough to hold all your soft goods can also make for a simple and stylish display surface for small personal items. The key is to keep to a neutral and work with a light palette for your furnishings, bedding, and accents.
4. Fill Your Walls
Admittedly your bedroom walls can be difficult to outfit, especially when you want to maintain a calm atmosphere. But if you leave them empty, your room somehow feels incomplete.
A good starting point: A round mirror is a great option. Placing it above the bed to reflect more light into the room gives the space the illusion of being larger than it is.
Another option is to bring in an open bookshelf in place of a nightstand because it solves two big dilemmas: it can function just like a nightstand but takes up little space and doesn’t feel bulky, and it also extends vertically so it fills the walls but doesn’t overwhelm your room.
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5. Inject a Bit of Color
While a completely white bedroom can feel incredibly cozy, a strategic approach to color can make for a bedroom that’s equally alluring and calming. A little color will also help to break up white walls and white bedding.
A good starting point: Pick a color and stick to shades of it when you’re picking your pillows, rug, accents, and art. This way your space will feel united by one continuous palette, and the color becomes your guide for everything that you decide to add to your room later on. Keeping to one hue will also minimize the visual frenzy, creating a clean overall look and feel.
This design features shades of blue, as this primary hue has a soothing and serene quality. Shades of green with white is another easy color combo to encourage a calming effect. Blue and green are both easy to work with as they recall the outdoors and nature.