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The Ultimate Guide to Different Types of Nightstands and Bedside Tables

If you’re designing a bedroom at home, nightstands are likely one of the first bedroom essentials on your list! Nightstands are the coffee table of the bedroom—they are functional pieces that can also add style and pizzazz to a master bedroom, guest bedroom, or kid’s room.

Lots of questions are bound to come up when coming up with nightstand styling ideas for your bedroom. Do you need one with storage space? Will you need enough surface area for a lamp or other decor? Do you like a bedside table with drawers vs. shelves? There are so many different types of nightstands with styles and shapes to choose from, it can be difficult to pick the right one for your tastes!

This week we’re rounding up different types of nightstands to help you incorporate the right one into your bedroom design ideas. Take a look at some of the pros and cons of each to help you decide!

types of nightstands1. Bedside Cabinet

This bedside cabinet packs a lot of punch into a cool, contemporary nightstand design. The bedside table has room for a lamp and also features a combo of drawers and doors, covering shelves inside for plenty of extra storage space. It also has a low-maintenance design—you can’t see what’s inside so there’s no need to keep your clutter organized! It’s great for tucking away books, toiletries and other things we need handy in our nightstands. Plus you can have a ball decorating this nightstand—check out our guide to surface styling 101!

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types of nightstands2. Campaign Style Nightstand

Campaign style nightstands are Identified by the handsome brass hardware and corner caps. Historically, this style furniture was easy to break down and take on “campaigns” (i.e. long journeys). Furniture like this was used by traveling armies as long ago as the times of Julius Caesar! These days, the bedside tables don’t break down in the same way, but they still have the same distinctive brass pulls and corner covers. These types of nightstands offer extra traditional style to your space.

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types of nightstands3. Built-In Nightstand

For a totally unique look, we love nightstands like this that are built into the bedframe. It’s not so much a standalone nightstand, but part of the bed itself! Some headboards have built-in shelves like that that you can use as a nightstand. They are great for small spaces because they don’t take up as much extra room. Some even have built-in wireless charging stations for an extra modern touch. However, they are often only offered on low-profile, platform bed frames, so you’ll find there are fewer options to choose from.

Check out our bed frame buying guide to learn more about the different types of bed frames!

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4. Block Style Bedside Table

As the name suggests, these minimalist nightstands sit flat on the ground and form a solid block on either side of the bed. They often have one or two drawers for extra storage space. Block style nightstands tend to be larger in size—they are good for extra storage and work well in large master bedrooms. Because they are so sizable, they aren’t as great for small spaces. Block style nightstands are usually minimalist in shape, which means they can work well with many different styles! Check out our nightstand size guide to figure out what size nightstand is best for your bedroom.

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5. Bedside Cocktail Table

We love a bedside cocktail table for a funky, eclectic bedroom! This style of nightstand is often more ornate—check out the Cabriole legs, turned base, and overall antique vibe. It’s more of a side table, making it great for small spaces. Nightstands like this can be repurposed from a living room and they can have many different uses over time. One downside, however, is that they only provide a surface tabletop without any extra storage space.

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types of nightstands6. Open Shelf Nightstand

This contemporary nightstand has a super minimal design, with an open shelf and multiple tiers for storage space. There are no drawers and just a light frame, so these nightstands are often more affordable than heavier pieces. You can also add baskets to create a “drawer-like” feeling. The open space makes them a little higher maintenance because there’s no place to stash clutter—but if you like displaying personal items, these nightstands might be just right for you!

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7. C-Side Table

We can’t get enough of this gorgeous modern nightstand! The bedside table is shaped like a large C and offers just a small surface area for books, a glass of water, or spot of decor. It’s a great option for small spaces or studio apartments—the base can even slide under the bed frame and the surface can be used as a tray or lap desk. These bedside tables also work great in living rooms as side tables—you can repurpose them in other spaces later down the line!

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8. Shagreen Nightstand

It’s hard to get more unique than this beautiful Shagreen nightstand. The material is made of shark, stingray hide and has a scaled texture, almost like snakeskin. You can find it on different types of furniture, most often nightstands, dressers or console tables. Real shagreen is expensive and has a very luxurious look. It’s also possible to find faux shagreen, which is made of vinyl. This combo of gray and gold is great for classic formal or glam spaces.

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9. Drum Style Nightstand

For a super sturdy nightstand that’s high on style, check out this eclectic, solid drum shape bedside table. It only has a small footprint so it works well in small bedroom designs—although it doesn’t offer any storage space. Drum style nightstands often have fun patterns, textures or appliques on the surface so they can add a little pizzazz to any room. They need to be visually balanced with other furniture—too much low furniture that sits right on the ground will make the room feel heavy. But these nightstands are super versatile and can also be used as side tables in your living room.

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10. Nesting Nightstands

Nesting nightstands are great for a sophisticated bedroom style—and they offer a two for one (sometimes even 3) deal! One or two nightstands are tucked below a larger one—you can pull out the smaller table to extend available surface space as needed. These nightstands often come in more delicate frames, making them great for classic, formal or more traditional style interiors. You can also find some tables like this in more modern and contemporary shapes.

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types of nightstands11. Oval Nightstand

If you’re someone who likes to think outside the box, check out this stunning oval-shaped nightstand. Unusual shapes like this offer unexpected flair to a modern, chic bedroom. You can find different varieties—some with drawers for extra storage space and some without. Keep in mind that it won’t sit flush against the wall, so it’s better for bedrooms with more square footage.

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12. Bedside Stool

Instead of a proper nightstand, you can use a small stool—it’s one of our favorite nightstand alternatives. The flat surface works to hold essentials, like decor or reading material. This option works better with a floor lamp because the surface can be uneven. It’s a great option if you need to keep extra seats handy but also don’t need to make use of them all the time.

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types of nightstands13. Dresser Style

The dresser style bedside table is not actually a nightstand but a small chest of drawers. This is a good option for large master bedrooms with plenty of extra space. You can keep smaller clothing items like socks and underwear here. They take up too much space to make sense for smaller bedrooms—but if you love the style, you could opt for just one dresser and save on space!

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types of nightstands14. Etagere Style

Etagere furniture is a perfect touch for classy, contemporary bedrooms. These nightstands are made of open shelves and designed to display ornaments. They are often made of gold/brass with glass shelves and are very delicate pieces—so they don’t offer a lot of storage. They’re great for small spaces because they add no visual weight. However, keep in mind that they might require more cleaning to keep them polished and bright—and they’re definitely a little too fragile to make sense for a kids’ bedroom!

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types of nightstands15. Trunk Nightstand

For a beautiful rustic bedroom, we love a nightstand like this that looks like a trunk. These bedside tables usually have drawers with leather strap pulls. The body is often leather with metal capped edges for a more industrial style. They are sturdy furniture pieces and can be on the pricier side because they are so substantial and well-made.

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16. Floating Nightstands

If you want to save on floor space, or just like the look of minimal nightstands, try a wall-mounted bedside table that floats off the ground! It can be a single shelf or even have drawers, like this one. It’s a great look for small spaces as it doesn’t take up floor space or add any weight to a room. These nightstands can be more work to install, however—they have to be drilled into the wall and it makes it hard to rearrange the room layout as a result. But if you’re confident about the bedroom layout you’ve chosen, these can make a great addition to a space!

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types of nightstands17. X-Base Bedside Tables

Rather than 4 straight legs, these nightstands have legs forming an X, for a sleek and sophisticated look. They often feature a campaign-style top (see above!), but come in a variety of different styles. These nightstands work well with both glam and coastal design schemes. They definitely add a little visual intrigue to your bedside—something unexpected to spice up your bedroom a bit!

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Pretty in Pink: 10 Ways to Style a Designer-Approved Pink Bedroom

Here’s your friendly reminder that pink is not just for a Princess Barbie Dreamhouse. Contrary to long-held popular beliefs, pink is actually a versatile, soothing, and sophisticated color that can be used across many different interior design styles.

Various shades of pink have made their way into public consciousness in a big way in the past couple of years. Millennial Pink came onto the scene in 2016, when Pantone named Rose Quartz (aka Millennial Pink) as the Pantone Color of the Year. And with that, the color pink was officially reclaimed! It was no longer reserved for little girls and princess parties. Adults of all genders and identities were embracing shades of pink in their decor, clothing, and more.

As you might guess, we love incorporating pink into room designs. We particularly love the idea of pink in the realm of bedroom design ideas—and not just girls bedroom designs, but in adult bedrooms as well! When it comes to pink bedroom ideas, there are so many different shades of pinks, so you can really choose one that goes with your aesthetic and design style, along with your other decor. You can choose a more bright and bold shade for something glam or trendy, or a soft light pink for something more subtle. Either way, you’ll definitely be adding some style and class to your bedroom.

And decorating a pink bedroom doesn’t have to be intimidating. If you’re an adult who wants to incorporate some pink into your bedroom, we’ve got you covered with some pink design ideas. Keep reading for 10 tasteful, adult-friendly pink room ideas.

Warm + Saturated Pink

Want some all-over pink bedroom ideas? This might be the look for you. We opted for peachy pink walls in this room—plus a rug in a similar tone—which creates a warm, cozy glow. We balanced it out with the white bed and bedding for some great contrast. And the use of natural materials helps further balance out the strong look of a pink wall and gives this space an organic feel.

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Eclectic, coastal, and boho styles. The warm, enveloping glow created by the pink walls makes it great for styles with natural and organic elements.

Pro Tip:

Keep decor simple and focus on using pink in big items like wall colors, the rug, and wall decor.

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Pink + Green

Pink and green are two colors that go beautifully together and make quite a pretty color combo. Going for a more saturated green and softer shades of pink creates a soft look that’s very relaxing for a bedroom. However, punctuating the softer pinks with a few more saturated tones, like a hot pink, would bring more boldness to the space, along with an extra kick of color! We love balancing this color palette with neutrals and natural materials.

This Look Is Perfect For…

Someone with eclectic, boho, or classic style who appreciates a more bold use of color. This would be great for a teen bedroom design.

Pro Tip:

Make sure pink is the dominant color, but balance it out with complimentary soft colors. Using similar shades of pink throughout will create a cohesive and soft look.

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Blocks Of Pink

Instead of pops of pink, consider using big color blocks of pink in your bedroom, like we did here with this accent wall and rug. This gives the pink effect you’re looking for, but in a way that feels minimal and serene. In this room, the peachy pink feels like it’s part of the room’s structure since it’s covering big blocks of space. You can also add subtle pops of pink in wall art and through throw pillows. Just make sure you don’t use pink in the main pieces of the room, like a bed or nightstand.

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Modern bedrooms or those with minimalist style. This look is all about the structure and shape of the decor, so it works well with styles where the furniture has clean and simple lines.

Pro Tip:

Keep the pink monochromatic to maintain a modern look—like the peachy pink used throughout this space.

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Big Bold Pink

If you want a bedroom with a big, bold pink element, consider an upholstered pink bed. The one pictured above grounds the space and adds a major wow-factor to this bedroom. The simple colors throughout the space—mostly just black, white, and brass—allows pink to be the star of the show. However, the printed black and white wallpaper definitely ups the glam factor of this space and goes perfectly with the vibe of this bed. But this big, bold pink look doesn’t have to be accomplished just with a pink bed. You could also opt for a pink dresser or wallpaper instead. The key is just choosing one bold piece to drive the color palette and style for the whole room.

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Those who gravitate toward glam and mid-century modern styles and aren’t afraid to make a bold design move.

Pro Tip:

Complementing the blush pink bed with other pops of pink creates a subtle but impactful look. In this bedroom, we added additional pink elements in the ombre pink fur pillow and the pink vase on the nightstand.

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High-Contrast Pink

Just because you’re incorporating pink into your bedroom doesn’t mean it has to be the main color in the space. As you can see in the bedroom design above, we grounded the space with dark navy walls and wood furniture, then used white accents to stand out against the dark furniture and walls. Meanwhile, pink is more of an accent color. We opted for a highly saturated pink that’s just shy of hot pink, seen in the rug and artwork, to pop against the high-contrast dark and light color scheme.

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Transitional and modern bedrooms. The clean lines add a sharp look—and the addition of pink makes the space really pop!

Pro Tip:

Use pops of pink on all levels of the room—from the rug on the floor, to the pink pillow and throw on the bed, and the pink art on the wall above the bed. Doing this helps the eye move around the space and keeps the look dynamic.

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Shades Of Pink

In this room, pink is used all over—most notably in the pink walls—but different hues are used throughout. We used peach, hot pink, and a purple-pink, creating a really fun mix of shades. All three of these shades work well together because we balanced them out with neutral furniture and brass accents. This gives the pink bedroom a sense of playful cohesiveness. The clean lines of the furniture and the simple decor keep the color the main decorative element and focus in this room.

This Look Is Perfect For…

Mid-century and transitional styles, where you want to have a little extra fun in the execution of the design.

Pro Tip:

Use three different shades of pink throughout the space, but balance it out with other grounding and complimentary colors. (Like we did with the wall art and front throw pillow.)

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Shabby Chic Pink

Shabby chic style and soft pastel pinks are a match made in heaven. The use of pink in textiles gives a space a soft and feminine feel. We used soft pink in most of the textiles, and also included some floral prints that feature pink. Shabby chic is all about floral, so we also used real flowers as decor. Keep the shades of pink muted and light, and pair them with weathered, whitewashed woods for a soft rustic look.

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Those who love a good floral pattern and ruffle. Shabby chic is a look in and of itself, but even elements of this style are perfect for rustic and countryside looks.

Pro Tip:

Layering is key for a shabby chic look. In this pink bedroom, we layered pink on the bed, added flowers on the nightstand, and made sure there was a lot of texture present throughout the space.

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Minimalist Pink

If minimalism is your vibe, go for a minimalist space that leans pink. Use pink throughout space in simple ways. In this room, we went for pink in the rug, curtains, chair, wall art, throw pillow, and blanket. It sounds like a lot, but the execution is actually very restrained. While pink is actually the only color used in the decor in this space, aside from the furniture and lighting, the use of solid pinks and simple patterns helps promote a minimal feel.

This Look Is Perfect For…

Someone who loves a minimalist look, where the color itself becomes the decor.

Pro Tip:

Keep pinks within a shade or two of each other for a monochromatic pink look, and balance the pinks with white and neutrals.

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Boho Pink

In pink bedrooms like this, rattan and other natural materials set the tone for a boho space. But shades of pink used all over give this space some vibrant personality. There are pops of bold pink on the bed, and the whole look is grounded by the large pink pattern of the rug. All of this pink is balanced out by the neutral colors and natural materials. Layering different textures and shades of pink—in the pillows, throws, art, and rug—is one of those bedroom essentials when looking to create that boho vibe.

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Bohemian and eclectic styles, where you can color outside the lines and have a lot of fun.

Pro Tip:

Play with different textures, patterns, and shades of pink to keep the look lively.

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Soft Glam Pink

To create a soft glam space, use pink throughout the room, from the walls, to a pink bench and pillows, and even soft pops of pink in the wall art. Balance these elements with neutral and classic glam furniture. But make sure you incorporate glam touches in other places too—like the use of brass and mirrored elements, a tufted bed finished with nailheads, and a striking chandelier. These pieces all contribute to a soft glam pink look, which is a very feminine and sophisticated way to use pink. By the way—delicate blush pink walls are a must for this look. It sets the tone for the space and adds a warm glow.

This Look Is Perfect For…

Those with glam or classic looks, who want a bedroom that has an air of formality but is ultimately all about luxe relaxation.

Pro Tip:

Add layers of luxurious textiles—like faux fur, fluffy bedding, and a tufted headboard—and bring pink into all of these elements.

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Clutter-Free Dreams: 11 of Our Best Bedroom Storage Ideas

Clutter in the bedroom is a major design no in our book. When there’s too much stuff in the bedroom, it turns what’s supposed to be the most relaxing and restful place in your home into a stressful space. As the saying goes: “A cluttered room is a cluttered mind.”

Now more than ever with so much going on in our lives, a clutter-free bedroom is even more important for our sanity’s sake. This is where good bedroom design ideas come in, and on the top of that list is smart storage. And no, you don’t need a full built-in closet to maximize storage in your bedroom. Whether you have a large master bedroom or live in a small studio apartment, you just need the right bedroom storage furniture for your space. It can range from a hefty wardrobe armoire to underbed storage or a mix of pretty storage baskets that you can easily tuck under tables and into corners.

To provide you with some guidance for streamlined organization in the bedroom, we’ve rounded up our favorite ways to add more storage space with smart furnishings. Read on for our picks and design tips!

Floating Shelves

With any small bedroom design, beyond closet space and a dresser, vertical storage such as floating shelves are key. Ones with cubbies are even better for corralling small everyday items.

Why It Works: Whether you hang them above your bed or along an empty wall, floating shelves give you open storage that doubles as attractive displays. They can disguise random decor, like books, plants, candles, and art, as curated and organized vignettes.

Great for… Small bedrooms with little to no floor space. If you have things that you just can’t let go of, floating shelves also lets you arrange them into displays that don’t look or feel like clutter.

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Elevated Nightstand

Maximizing bedroom storage is as simple as choosing a raised nightstand. They not only let you squirrel away things like a basket or bin underneath it, but they also have an airy look to them.

Why It Works: First of all, nightstands with open bases are compact so they can work in any space. Many of them have drawers, giving you three-times the storage (on the surface, inside, and underneath) for everything from books to phone chargers to slippers, all within easy reach.

Great for… those looking for an affordable, stylish, and versatile bedside table option. You can’t go wrong with a streamlined and elevated nightstand as long as it suits your style and space.

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Wardrobe Armoire

No closet? No problem. Invest in a wardrobe armoire with tons of closed storage for clothes and more. The best part is that it’s a big piece that takes up vertical rather than floor space.

Why It Works: Think of the wardrobe as the all-in-one storage piece. It’s a dresser and a closet that lets you hide everything, from clothing and shoes to bed linens and towels. It has deep compartments so you can also create your own storage system inside with baskets and bins.

Great for… those who have zero closet space in the bedroom or even those who need more clothing storage. This is also perfect for keeping messes hidden behind closed doors.

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Underbed Bins

The space below our beds is often underutilized. It’s prime storage space for baskets and bins that are easy to access. If you’re out of ideas for bedroom storage, make the most of this area.

Why It Works: Whether you use pretty decorative baskets or add in a glide system of plastic bins under your bed, it’s the perfect place for stashing away seasonal clothes, shoes, blankets, comforters, books, and other bulky items. Consider lidded containers, which help keep out dust.

Great for… kids bedrooms where there are items they’ll grow out of with age but need to be stored for the time being. Underbed storage is also great in dorm rooms and shared bedrooms.

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Platform Storage Bed

On the other hand, you can also opt for a platform bed with deep storage drawers instead. It’s the perfect clean-lined investment piece that also gives you tons of functional bedroom storage.

Why It Works: This two-in-one bed and storage piece can easily replace your dresser or closet space. These platform beds often come with spacious drawers that can hold comforters and pillows as well as big coats. Just make sure you have space all around to pull out the drawers.

Great for… studio apartments where your bedroom and living area are one and you’re probably pressed for closet space.

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Mid-Century Dresser

When it comes to bedroom storage furniture that has both good looks and tons of space inside, consider a large Mid-Century dresser. It’s an investment piece that will be functional for years.

Why It Works: If you have the floor space, a Mid-Century dresser will provide you with storage for clothing, books, files, and anything else you want to keep stylishly out of sight. Not to mention, you can also use the surface for storage as a vanity or style your dresser top with decor and art.

Great for… typical spacious bedrooms and guest rooms where you can add bigger furniture pieces and stress less about floor space because it’s not a space you interact with daily.

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Bedside Chest Of Drawers

Enlist a pair of chest of drawers instead of standard-size nightstands to increase storage all around. Typically designed with three drawers, these chests are best in big bedrooms.

Why It Works: Doubling as nightstands and dressers, chests of drawers can hold clothing, extra linens, and other personal items while keeping it conveniently bedside. This approach works well in couples’ bedrooms as it gives each person their own separate storage space.

Great for… any couple’s large master bedroom where practical storage is needed beyond the closet. The double-dresser look also works beautifully with any style bedroom furniture.

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Storage Bench

One of our favorite bedroom storage ideas is pulling in a pretty and practical storage bench. It provides comfort as a seat while also allowing you to hide clutter in plain sight. It’s a win win.

Why It Works: The deep compartment under the upholstered seat top is great for extra blankets, linens, and pillows. Meanwhile, it also blends seamlessly into any room as a seat. This is our idea of sneaky storage that’s simple and stylish, and it’s the easiest way to contain clutter.

Great for… master bedrooms, kids rooms, and guest rooms alike. A storage bench works in any room given its versatile nature. Try lining up two under a bedroom window for a chic setup.

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bedroom storage furnitureLidded Baskets

If you already have your key storage pieces in place and are looking for smaller containers to corral things, baskets are always our go-to. They often come in sets and work in any setting.

Why It Works: Lidded baskets can easily be styled into any space, no matter the size of the room or the style of furniture. Whether you use just one or a cluster in various sizes that are spread out, they always give you a chic and clean look and can hold more than you think inside.

Great for… all bedrooms. You can tuck one under a nightstand or a few under the bed. There are endless basket storage ideas, and how you use them is up to you. Plus, they’re affordable!

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Bookcase With Open Shelving

For an alternative to nightstands and dressers, consider an open bookcase for bedside storage instead. It utilizes vertical wall space while the shelves also become a sort of curated focal point.

Why It Works: It’s a creative approach to a nightstand and bedroom storage that saves you a ton of floor space, so you can’t beat that. You can use a shelf for nightstand essentials, books, art, and other small decor that you want to display rather than hide as well. Make it a point to curate the objects on the shelves to appear purposeful, which will help minimize visual clutter.

Great for… those looking for stylish but clever home storage solutions for their bedroom. Also, if your bedroom has high ceilings or if you want to show off your style without hanging up art.

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Modern Closet Rack

For a thoroughly modern approach to storage in your bedroom, try setting up a streamlined open clothes rack and closet system. It’s a chic way to turn your wardrobe into a showcase that also saves space.

Why It Works: An open storage rack provides you with easy access to all your everyday clothing and accessories. Even if you have closet space, you can still use one as an extension for the fashion pieces you wear the most. Hang a mirror on the rack to make it a feel like its own dressing area and a centerpiece in your room.

Great for… city apartments where you have small closets or in a bedroom where you want to infuse a more loft-life look and feel. The open closet rack definitely has a high-style fashion vibe to it while giving you plenty of extra storage.

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Teen Bedroom Design: 8 Ideas for Your Teenager’s Bedroom Look

As your kids move from childhood into their teenage years, you might find they’ve grown out of their childhood bedroom and are in need of a bedroom more suited to their teenage years. They’re in a new stage of life, after all, and they need a new space that reflects their developing personality! So, it might be time to give your teen’s bedroom a makeover.

Designing teen bedrooms can be a fun project to work on together. You can help them find their style and translate their interests into a cool bedroom design. (Feel stuck? Don’t worry, we can help.) To give both of you some inspiration we’ve pulled together our favorite teenage bedroom ideas that both kids and parents will love!

teen bedroomFor The Low-Key Teen

Designing a small bedroom? This bedroom design is a great use of space that both a teen boy or a teen girl would love. With single beds, many people instinctively push them up against the wall. But the placement of the bed in this room really elevates the design and makes it feel more mature. Using a dresser as a nightstand makes better use of the space than having two separate pieces of furniture. And a large mirror next to the closet is perfect for getting ready! And since the bed frame is raised off the floor, you can utilize the under-bed space for storage to make the most of the square footage!

This teen bedroom idea is also a great reminder to invest in furniture that can stand the test of time! Each piece in this bedroom has a solid construction and features a timeless design. This allows for your teen’s style to evolve over time—or gives them a blank slate if they’re still figuring it out. When you choose timeless furniture, colors and decor can change around it, but the furniture itself will work with however their style evolves. (This is one of our favorite bedroom ideas for if you’ll be passing this furniture down to other kids in the future!)

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For The Budding Artist

This bedroom is a little moody and dramatic. (Sound like anyone you know?) In all seriousness, this eclectic teen bedroom would make for a very cool retreat for your budding artist. We love the idea of a gallery wall as a place where they can show off their personality. We kept this gallery in black-and-white to make it feel cohesive, but the mix of photos and art prints keep it feeling dynamic and fresh! While this room is on the moody side, the patterned curtains, plush bedding, and fluffy pillows soften the look—and create a cozy teen bedroom where they can unwind.

This room also offers a great roadmap for teen girls or boys who want to paint their room black. One accent wall won’t overpower the space but still creates the moody ambiance they want. It’s the perfect compromise.

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teen bedroomFor The Social Butterfly

This teen bedroom idea is modern, cool, and especially great for hosting friends. By arranging the pillows along the length of the bed, the bed doubles as a lounge space during the day (great for reading, spreading out, or having friends over) and a regular bed at night. And the hidden storage under the bed—kept tidy with a handful of baskets—helps your teenage girl or boy utilize every square inch of their room! The matching wall-mounted bookcase and desk will give them a great spot for studying and working on hobbies—while also offering a place for books and personal memorabilia. And the clip-on lamp saves on desk space!

But it’s not all function. The bold accent wall offers a pop of personality—as does the mini gallery wall! Your teen can show off their interests and hobbies through the art they choose for their bedroom.

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teen bedroomFor The Fashionista

This teen bedroom features a classic design with a feminine flair—perfect for that chic fashionista in your life. It has a very glam vibe, with its white furniture, sheepskin rug, plush bedding, and fuzzy pillows and stool. The tufted headboard helps elevate this teen bedroom and make it feel more polished. And a stand-alone headboard is also a great alternative to the investment of a fully upholstered bed, which your teen may not be ready for. The soft, neutral color palette is super classy, but the pops of gold throughout warm up the design.

The asymmetrical layout, with just one nightstand, is perfect for teens, and leaves extra room for hanging out with friends. And the full-length mirror is a must for those outfit checks and selfies! We topped off this look with some artwork that’s fun but not too childish—one of our favorite teen bedroom ideas.

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teen bedroomFor The Music Head

Have a budding musician on your hands? This teen bedroom design (with its slightly angsty flair) is the perfect match. Making room for extra seating, with the futon and floor pouf, creates the perfect hang space for jam sessions with friends. (Bonus: the futon has built-in bluetooth speakers.)

And we love the addition of wallpaper—this marbled design is very cool and edgy. Though, in a kid or teen room, we recommend going for a peel-and-stick option. It’s a cool way to personalize their bedroom without doing anything too permanent to your home. Music-inspired decor helps drive home the design, and pops of mustard yellow warm up the space without feeling cheesy or taking away from the theme.

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teen bedroomFor the Bohemian Bibliophile

Your budding bohemian will feel right at home in this bedroom, which has an eclectic mix of colors, materials, and textures. While the bed is more of a traditional style, the nightstand is glam and that iconic papasan chair is very boho. (And offers a perfect place for curling up with a good book.) This eclectic mix of styles makes for a fun adventure in putting the room together. You can look at different stores, instead of buying new furniture all in one place—and you can even mix in some furniture you already have or hit up some estate sales for something extra special! But, despite the unique mix of furniture styles, this is another example of furniture that can grow up with your teen. To keep things from feeling too mismatched, we went with a palette of pinks and greens to tie it all together.

Using shelving in your teen’s room, whether they’re built-in or freestanding, offer a sweet place for adding personal touches. Letting them decorate the shelves themself will help create a sense of ownership of their bedroom and offer an outlet for self-expression.

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teen bedroomFor The Athlete

Looking for bedroom ideas for your athletic teen? Create a space where they can work and play, like this inspiring girl’s bedroom design! The mix of patterns is energizing—but keeping everything in the same color family makes this room feel cohesive. The bed, nightstand, desk and light fixture have very mid-century modern vibes, which will beautifully age as your teen does. (Or can be transformed into a guest room after they go to college.) The desk gives them a place to keep up their grades, read, and work on art projects, and the open space with the pouf is a great place to hang out with friends.

While we went for more of a swimming theme—with cool diving prints and a rug that is reminiscent of water—you could really work any sport or hobby into a room like this. It’s a classy backdrop for whatever interests your teen. And baskets? They’re a great way to wrangle all that sports gear!

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teen bedroomFor The Nature Lover

This teen bedroom idea has a minimal boho, Joshua Tree vibe—perfect for your nature-loving teen who’s inspired by the outdoors. The soothing color palette will help promote relaxation and creates a perfect backdrop for pops of desert-inspired decor. But the patterned rug helps enliven the space and give it a youthful flair. And we love the idea of using plants as decor. It gives your teen something to take care of—and it’s proven that plants make people happy!

This is also a very budget-friendly approach to your teen’s bedroom design. String lights offer low-cost mood lighting. Hanging a print with poster-hangers still looks classy but costs way less than a frame. And this minimal, no-frills platform bed has a clean look while being a much lower investment than other bed styles.

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Wall Decor Ideas: 9 Unique and Creative Ways to Fill Blank Walls

Have you been staring at blank walls for too long? Spending your time googling “wall decor ideas for a living room?” Not sure where to start when it comes to wall decor or how to make everything come together? Well, first, let us just say you aren’t alone. It’s all too common to settle for living with a big blank wall because you either don’t know what wall decor ideas to hang, can’t decide on an arrangement, or are simply afraid to commit to putting nails in the wall. Or maybe you just got busy! Whatever the reason that you haven’t decorated your walls, we’re here to help you take the first step. Honestly, with all the extra time at home right now, it’s the perfect time to finally tackle that blank wall and put some art on the walls!

But here’s the really fun part: you don’t have to stick with just framed art or photos for your design. You don’t even have to try to figure out how to put together one of those trendy, eclectic gallery wall designs! In fact, today we’re sharing a few of our favorite wall decor ideas that go beyond the expected traditional art hung on the wall.

So, keep reading for our best tips and wall decor ideas, then apply them to your own home! You can even mix and match these wall art ideas in your home for walls that are as unique as you are! It’s time to get creative with wall decor ideas—let’s dive in.

wall decor ideas1. Hanging Plants

One of our favorite non-art wall decor ideas? Hanging plants. They add texture and depth to a room—not to mention a beautiful pop of natural green! You can layer several in tiers, or just opt for one against the wall. And the planter and type of hanger you choose can show off your personality and design style! So what’ll it be: a macrame plant hanger or a bronze planter with delicate chains holding it up? A ceramic planter or a more industrial cement one? Round or geometric? The options are endless! (Though this is an especially great option for those who love that boho look.)

We recommend hanging plants not on the wall but in front of it—adding an almost 3D art effect to your space. (This can be achieved either through hanging it from a ceiling hook several inches from the wall, or by using a wall-mounted lantern hook, which comes further away from the wall than a typical wall hook.) Not great at keeping plants alive? No problem. There are plenty of beautiful faux plants out there! Real or faux, they both add a lively feel to your space. Pro tip: hanging plants are great decor ideas for a small space, where you want to include plants but don’t have the floor space to spare! So it’s a win-win—you get your plants and you eliminate that blank wall!

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wall decor ideas2. Tapestries

Tapestries and woven wall hangings add beautiful warmth and texture to a space. They’re also quite versatile. A larger wall hanging can be hung on its own as a statement piece and focal point in a room—or you can opt for a slightly smaller one and mix it in with other wall art for a dynamic look!

A simple but shapely woven tapestry fits in with the modern boho look pictured above, adding soft texture against the smooth and hard stone fireplace. Tapestries are also popular in rustic, boho, eclectic and mid-century style space, and you can find them in many different shapes, patterns, and color schemes. Tapestries are great for nursery designs too! They can help buffer noise because of cloth material and give your baby something textural to look at. (And it’s something you won’t have to worry about them knocking off the wall and breaking as they get older!) Regardless of the room or style, try a wall hanging or tapestry to add a casual and light-hearted appeal to any space!

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wall decor ideas3. Leaning Floor Art

Want to take a non-traditional approach to framed art? Think outside the “art on walls” box. Here’s an idea: lean it against the wall on the floor rather than hanging it up. While an unexpected approach, it ends up having a high-end “gallery” feel. This approach is great for one large piece of statement art or for several pieces of varying sizes, arranged in layers. It has a sophisticated look and adds a dramatic feel to any space.

This isn’t the best approach for households with small kids, since art at floor-level seems to attract little hands! However, it’s a great option for renters who can’t put nail holes in their walls or for those who just want an easy way to display art without the hassle of assembling a gallery wall!

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4. Mirrors

Mirrors are a great, simple wall decor idea for your living room—or really, for any type of room. A larger mirror can be a visual anchor over furniture like a console or sofa, creating a focal point in your living room. And a smaller statement mirror could even hang as a piece in a gallery wall. Mirrors can also happily hang solo on a wall, without furniture beneath. And when it comes to customizing a mirror to your space, you can basically find a mirror to perfectly suit the size and design style of your home. There are just so many beautiful mirrors out there, you’re sure to find one that you love in the size you need!

But their versatility and statement-making style isn’t the only thing we love about using mirrors as wall decor! They also can help a small space appear larger by reflecting light. Plus, they add that finishing touch look and are, of course, very practical. They’re one of our favorite wall decor ideas for bedroom designs since they can fill that blank wall and help you pick out the perfect outfit. Having a mirror above the console in your entryway also creates another perfect opportunity for last-minute makeup touch-ups before heading out the door!

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wall decor ideas5. Mixed Media Gallery Wall

Have a collection of wall art but want to create a more fun and interesting look in your space? Consider a mixed media gallery wall. This approach mixes framed art, mirrors, and sculptures and turns it into an eclectic gallery art wall! It adds texture and interest to your design, but it’s not too wacky either. When you choose pieces in the same color scheme (like the neutrals and pastels, pictured above) it actually takes on a cohesive look.

This is a great approach if you have a variety of mixed media art and want to combine it all in one place. But it does require a bit more planning. You’ll have to play around with the layout a bit to avoid an overly crowded or busy look. And you’ll also want to mix pieces of different shapes and sizes. Striking visual balance is an absolute necessity with mixed media gallery walls. But it’s worth the work, because in the end you’ll have created a casual arrangement of art that works for this modern and eclectic design!

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wall decor ideas6. Wallpaper

We’re wild about the design statement you can make with wallpaper. It adds a bold pop of personality to any room in your home, whether you wallpaper all four walls or just an accent wall. Plus, it gives a custom look to your space—and with highly patterned wallpaper like the one pictured above, you don’t need additional wall decor. It makes its own statement and is good on its own.

Of course, wallpaper is more work and investment—and certainly more permanent—than regular wall art. But it also has a larger impact and can transform a whole space. And there’s always the peel-and-stick wallpaper option if you love the idea but don’t want to fully commit. It can be easily removed or switched out, and there are so many great options out there today. Either way, wallpaper is a super fun and high-impact wall decor idea that we especially love in bedrooms and bathrooms.

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7. Sculptural Pendant Light

Another idea we love as a way to make a decor statement without wall art? Hanging sculptural pendant lights. This is a great option for spaces with overhead light, like a dining room, living room, or bedroom, as it adds drama to the whole space. (Though, of course, it’s an option better for homeowners than renters.) It’s also a great way to tie together colors or materials found in the rest of the space—like the way the pendant light ties in with the chairs in the design above.

Sure, a sculptural light is more work to install than wall art. But it tends to have a bigger impact. We especially love sculptural pendant lights in minimal or modern spaces, but it’s a hack that can be used with many different design styles!

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8. Basket Wall

Looking for an alternative to regular old art for walls? Add texture and dimension to your wall decor with woven baskets! We love the colors and patterns baskets can add to your space—they make such visually interesting wall hangings. To achieve this look, you’ll need to find visual balance with three or more baskets in various sizes but in a cohesive color scheme.

This is a great option for eclectic, rustic and boho spaces—but it can truly be used in all room types as wall decor, adding a casual but global-inspired feel to your space.

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9. Grid Gallery Wall

Have a collection of wall art in similar styles or from the same artist? Consider a grid gallery wall. This is a popular style of gallery wall and is easy to achieve. Going for the grid look is more formal, making it an especially great option for traditional and transitional styles.

This is a simple way to add an art wall without having to think too hard, and you can use frames or canvas art to form the grid. If you’re using canvas art, just make sure each piece is the same size, and if you’re using frames, make sure you get a set of frames that are all the same size, color, and material. And if you love this approach but don’t have a set of art prints or photos to use, you can buy art in sets, like the set of bird prints seen in this gallery wall grid!

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Not Sure What To Do With the Space Above Your Bed? No Problem.

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When it comes to affordable and stylish ideas for bedrooms, you can’t beat the colorful and instant impact of some thoughtfully curated wall art. We like to think of art, whether it’s above your bed frame or alongside it, as jewelry for the bedroom. It’s the decorative accessory that can truly brighten up your sleep space and add a pop of personality.

The big question with art, as with all home decor, is what should you hang in your bedroom? Are there art options other than paintings and photos that can work in the bedroom? And what’s the best way to fill an empty wall space?

To help you answer all those questions, we’ve rounded up 10 inspiring bedroom wall decor ideas that are stylish, budget-friendly, and easy to pull off. We’ve also included some quick tips for how to make wall art work in your space. Find it all below!

bedroom wall decor1. Hang A Statement Mirror

Among bedroom wall decor ideas, hanging an oversized mirror above your bed is guaranteed to add major bold appeal. It creates a dazzling focal point and it reflects light and will open up your space to make it feel larger and airier, no matter the style or size of your room.

We’re fans of this master bedroom that captures our idea of livable elegance, with its pops of pink and blue and it’s clean and cozy vibe. Try this light, pastel approach at home by keeping to a soft color palette and offsetting it with crisp whites.

Combine it all with a uniquely shaped mirror that’s visually interesting and has a bit of sculptural flair. It will serve as an eye-catching, functional piece of wall art that works nicely with the soft hues.

bedroom wall decor2. Show Off Your Collections

In small bedrooms where floor space is limited, think vertical. The wall area above and around your bed is the perfect spot for hanging art and a shelf that showcases your favorite objects, whether it’s a set of art prints or photographs and memorabilia from your travels.

Take a cue from this rustic-industrial modern bedroom, where wall shelving and matching mini gallery wall add function and warmth to the bed corner. It’s probably one of the coziest bedroom wall decor ideas we’ve seen. (Fair warning: It’s probably best for those of you who don’t live in earthquake zones!) It all goes perfectly with the room’s clean-lined yet earthy mid-century vibe.

If you’re looking to bring this look home, make sure to choose a streamlined shelving piece and keep to neutral art and warm wood tones that are in line with the modern look.

bedroom wall decor3. Get Bold With Color

Take an out-the-box approach to your bedroom wall decor by painting your walls a bold color to stand in as your main visual focus. Use negative space and captivating wall color to add impact and create a backdrop that lets your furniture pieces shine.

In this minimal-industrial master bedroom, the monochromatic blue walls give the room a bold and clean look. The color also helps set off the dark-metal canopy bed and sculptural light fixture, making them showpieces.

To reimagine this look in your own space, consider bold yet soothing wall colors, such as shades of green or neutrals, and pull in furnishings with strong lines that contrast with your walls. It’s a simple way to recreate this cool yet industrial look while still maintaining a cozy and comfy vibe.

bedroom wall decor4. Play Up A Decorative Headboard

Another way to work wall art into your bedroom without going the traditional route? Opt for a large, intricately designed headboard. It’s one of our favorite functional decor ideas for any bedrooms that have high ceilings and not that many wide empty walls for art. It’s also perfect if you want to make a statement without relying on tons of art and wall decor that could look visually cluttered in narrow wall spaces.

When it comes to bedroom ideas that involve headboards, you can go wrong with a decorative boho glam design. There are endless options, from carved styles to ones upholstered with bright global patterns. But all are guaranteed to add artful color and flair to any bedroom.

If you love this glam, boho look above, start by looking for a stylish headboard that has a global aesthetic to it and pair it with a similar palette of light blues, pinks, greens, and reds. Finish with some pretty art and textiles in the same palette, and you’re all set.

bedroom wall decor5. Build Up Bedside Art Moments

If you’re more of a contemporary minimalist but not one that’s all about spare, empty spaces, this one’s for you. Instead of going for big moments above your bed or painting your walls, turn your bedside tables into artful displays. Within our endless bedroom wall decor ideas list, this one is the most practical and affordable for any bedroom, as it makes the most of a space you’ll interact with on a daily basis.

Try hanging abstract art on both sides of your bed to create a symmetrical look and install matching wall lights to add further balance. Sconces can also relieve you from needing table lamps if you want more space on your nightstand to display art or use it to hold books, your phone, jewelry, and other small objects.

We love the clean-lined contemporary look of this bedroom, which is easy to translate into your own home. Just start with neutral pieces that have simple lines but are big on comfort, like a white tufted headboard or a black dresser with gold hardware. Then just layer on your bedside with art and accents that have aspects of those designs and details.

bedroom wall decor6. Make It Easy With a Decorative Tapestry

Among our designers’ favorite wall decor ideas for the bedroom is hanging a distinct textile hanging piece above the bed. This is an easy alternative to bedroom wall art that instantly gives a space a modern boho vibe.

Look for one with a geometric design and minimal colors if you’re going for a more casual but cozy feel, or take it all the way eclectic with a bright tapestry piece that adds impact with color. The idea here is to let your wall hanging be the main focus amid your other furnishings, so try to keep to neutral pieces and light wood tones.

Stylist tip: This is a great hack if your bed frame doesn’t have a headboard. Hanging an oversized tapestry in its place can help visually define the area and give your room a pop of personality!

bedroom wall decor7. Set A Scenic Backdrop

Wallpaper is, without a doubt, the most statement-making approach to wall art in the bedroom. It’s also one of those bedroom wall decor ideas that never goes out of style. If you’re ready to take a bold leap in the wallpaper direction, try starting with a nature-themed covering and using it on the wall behind your bed to create an accent wall that tells a visual story. We especially love it as a dramatic focal point in a small bedroom.

The key to making wallpaper work is lean into its style roots by going for a more eclectic and glam look with your furnishings. Think natural materials, like wood, brass, and marble, along with pieces that have bold dramatic silhouettes and details to them. Finish it all off with plants and greenery that tie back to your nature-themed wallpaper.

bedroom wall decor8. Frame Your Windows

If you have large windows in your bedroom, you might not even need wall art. Instead, place your bed in front of your windows and hang curtains behind to create an illuminated focal point. When it comes to unconventional bedroom wall decor ideas, this is by far our favorite since it’s simple but feels incredibly sophisticated and elevated.

With this layout, you’ll want to keep to a modern classic approach with furnishings, which means tried-and-true pieces that have clean lines and are which are functional, comfortable, and easy to mix-and-match. To really set off your windows, surround it with dark neutrals and earth tones, be it through curtains, an upholstered headboard, a pair of black nightstands, or a mix of dark and light-hued pillows.

9. Consider A Piece of Sculpture

For art that adds depth and shape to your bedroom, hang a big sculpture piece above your bed to make a true statement. It’s one of those bedroom wall decor ideas that’s often overlooked since many people tend to gravitate toward paintings and photographs by default. But an oversized sculpture is great if you’re looking to bring in an unexpected touch.

Look for a large sculptural piece with a captivating design that has bold lines, which will play up the organic modernist look we’ve been seeing all over and loving. But really there are no rules when it comes to picking a wall sculpture for your room, except that it should be big and eye-catching. The idea is that with one big sculptural piece, there’s no need to hang lots of other smaller art pieces.

bedroom wall decor10. Try a Simple Pair of Pendant Art Pieces

Simple and chic, you can’t beat the curated look of a set of art prints from one series. Hang a pair (or a trio or an entire collection of six or eight) over your bed to create a gallery wall focal point that draws attention no matter where you are in the room.

Among our favorite picks are a series of squiggly line drawings or abstract shapes in straightforward primary colors. They’re sure to add a mod and fresh look that’s impactful without overwhelming your space. Be sure you opt for matching frames for your pieces from the same art series. Simple black or wood frames will help continue the understated look. If you’re at a loss for bedroom wall decor ideas, this is one of the easiest ways to work art that looks stylish and purposeful into your space.

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3 Ways to Hang Art Above Your Bed

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When it comes to designing your home, the space most people look to first is the living room. No surprise there. Your living room is likely the space you spend the most time in – it’s where you host guests, hang out with your family, or curl up with a book or TV show at the end of the day.

But, let’s talk for a minute about bedrooms. We’re already knee-deep in 2019, and if you resolved to give your home a little design-love, don’t write off your bedroom just yet. After all, this is your space to relax and unwind from a hectic day – it deserves a little extra special design treatment.

If a full bedroom makeover isn’t in the cards for you right now, that’s ok! One of our favorite (and the easiest) places to give your bedroom some love, is with that big, blank wall above your bed frame. Give your space a mini upgrade by crowning that space with a piece of art. This will not only give your room a design pick-me-up, it will also set the tone for the rest of the space.

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Fresh out of bedroom wall art ideas? Don’t worry, just like your cozy duvet, we’ve got you covered. Read on for three quick ideas on how to hang art above and around your bed!

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1. Statement Art

One of the easiest bedroom wall art ideas is to hang one amazing piece of art in the center of that empty space above your bed.

This simple approach works in most bedrooms, but be sure to take several factors into consideration. The piece you choose will set the tone for the rest of your space, so make sure it’s something you like and won’t wind up clashing with other elements of your space. It can help to start by thinking about the colors, subject matter, and scale you want for the piece.

And while you might love a number of artworks, it’s also important to make sure it will fit and feel balanced in your space. Do you have a tall headboard? Is your bed wide or narrow? Consider a piece that’s about two-thirds the width of your headboard with a landscape orientation for a more balanced look.

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2. Flanking Art

Perhaps you have an impressively high headboard or you simply fear being bonked on the head by a falling picture. If that’s the case, a pair of artworks flanking your nightstands is a great alternative.

One of our favorite bedroom wall art ideas, try this approach if your bed has room to host a nightstand on either side. Give it a go by centering your art above your nightstands. Try to make sure you hang them at the same heigh for maximum symmetry.

For a more petite room, try artworks that are narrower than your nightstand. If you’ve got a lot of space, or just like a bit of drama, go for two oversized pendant pieces. If you want a more classic look, try picking two pieces from a matching set with the same frame and dimensions. Feeling more eclectic? Consider two pieces united only by their color palette or with different frames.

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3. Ascending Gallery Wall

If you prefer something less matchy-matchy, embrace the ascending gallery wall. Create yours from multiple pieces of art and group them around your favorite side of the bed.

This approach will draw your eye upward and make a low-ceiling room look taller. It’s also a great way to create visual balance if your bed is pushed up against a wall on one side.

When you choose your pieces, make certain that they are united by a theme, color palette or both. Need help? Modsy designers can curate a look for you. All you have to do is bring it to life!

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