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Simple Guide to Adding Feng Shui to Your Home

Feng Shui. You’ve probably heard of it. But do you really know what it means? It can feel like a complicated topic to dive into—and even more complicated practice to implement in your home. To help unpack the idea of feng shui decorating in your home, we’re walking you through the main pillars of feng shui and what it looks like to bring more harmony and balance into your home.

What is Feng Shui?

First, a definition. Feng and Shui are both Chinese words, meaning “wind” and “water,” respectively. Holistically, feng shui is a philosophy and practice that involves arranging your living space to create balance with the natural world. It involves harnessing energy, or chi, in your home through scientific calculations. The goal? To harness forces and establish harmony between you and your environment—specifically, your home.

Bringing feng shui into your home involves mindfulness. It’s about slowing down and taking time to notice the details while being grounded in the present moment.

The Origins of Feng Shui

This philosophy is derived from an ancient poem that talks about the connection between human life and the environment. In Asian cultures, the practice of feng shui is actually called Tao, which literally means “the way.”

Making Feng Shui Work in Your Home

Despite meaning “the way,” here at Modsy we don’t believe that feng shui is the only way to decorate, and we’re by no means experts in this ancient practice. In fact, many people don’t consider it at all in their home’s design, and other people appreciate incorporating some aspects of this philosophy into their homes while leaving others behind.

If you choose to implement feng shui decorating principles in your home, how you do it really depends on the size of space you have and how strictly you want to adhere to its principles. The big thing to remember? Decide what works for you and your space. If that means a 100% feng shui home? Great! If not? Also great.

Read on to learn about the basic principles of feng shui and design tips to help you incorporate them into your home!

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Understand and Establish Your Commanding Positions

Every room has a “commanding position.” And this is the first thing to become aware of when seeking to implement feng shui in your home.

What is a commanding position in feng shui?

A commanding position is a place in the room where you place the largest focus (like a bed in a bedroom or a desk in an office).

How do I know my room’s commanding position?

You can establish the commanding position by locating the spot in the room that is the farthest from the doorway but not in line with it. Ideally, you position these focal points to benefit the overall function and flow of a space while honoring the simple rules of feng shui.

Consider and apply the commanding position to any area of a space that you spend the most time in—from bedrooms and home offices to open living/dining areas or basement family rooms.

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How do I create a strong commanding position?

Strong commanding positions have a good “backing,” or strong support behind you, like a wall.

For example, in a bedroom, place your headboard against a solid wall, like in the design above. Good backing might not feel as natural in a room like a home office, where many people place their desk against a wall. Instead, in a feng shui office, you’d want to float your desk away from the wall, so that when you sit, your back is facing the wall. But strong support behind you also means being “supported” by walls—not windows. You’d never want to position your desk (or bed) with your back against a window.

Strong commanding positions also have a good view of the room’s entrances/exits (you wouldn’t want to position your bed facing away from the door) and do not block a doorway or walkway.

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Add Life and Balance With the Five Elements

Feng shui design encourages decorating with plants, flowers, and other elements of nature. Plants embody life energy, so bringing these elements into your home brings that energy too.

What are the five elements in feng shui?

Another way to add life to your home is by bringing the five elements into your home. These five elements—earth, wood, fire, water, and metal—can be physically brought into your space through furniture and objects that are made out of these materials (like a wooden table, a fireplace or candle, a metal statue or side table).

But you can also bring the spirit of these elements into your home through colors. Bring the fire element in through the use of warm tones like reds and oranges or the water element through the use of blues. In fact, the use of color in feng shui is very directly correlated with the five elements.

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Which of the five elements should I bring into my home?

Whether you go literal or symbolic, either way, the idea is to create balance and harmony through the use of all five elements. And if there’s an elemental energy you need more of in your life, bring in symbols of that element in a larger way.

  • Need more clarity and precision? Bring in the metal element.
  • Struggling with aggression? Pare back on the fire element. Or bring in more of the fire element if you need a boost in motivation.
  • Ground yourself and focus on stability with the earth element.
  • Or invite more wisdom into your home with the water element.
  • The wood element helps bring kickstart new beginnings and bring life energy to a space.

So, take stock of what you need more of in your life, and bring in a little extra of that element—but focus on striking a balance with all five, as this represents a balanced emotional life.

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Promote Energy Flow in Entryways and Passageways

In feng shui, the belief is that energy enters your home through the front door. So, your entryway is incredibly important for setting the tone for the rest of the house. Read our best entryway design tips!

Create Energy Flow

Maintain a strong area of energy flow by unblocking entrances. This may mean decluttering and paring down your entryways, hallways, and doorways. Establish and maintain minimalist interior design in these spaces.

Pause Energy Flow

You could also consider adding an element of “pause” in passageways, such as a small area rug in an entrance or artwork in a hallway to slow down the energy of the flow. Art is a natural element that inspires pondering. This creates a moment of considered intention within the space’s design.

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Remove Obstacles & Maintain Clean Lines

To keep the energy flowing throughout your home, it’s important to remove any obstacles that could block the flow. Create movement throughout your space by using clean, distinct lines in the walkways of a room and between “zones.”

One of the key ways to do so is keeping passageways and walkways clear of clutter or obstructive furniture. Large area rugs are also a great way to create definitions and distinctions between zones in an open layout.

Read Next: Want to bring feng shui into a small living room layout? Check out our layout guides for creative solutions to tricky layouts.

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Reduce Clutter

Clutter can interrupt positive energy, clarity of thought, and productivity. So, to promote positive energy and flow, it’s important to reduce clutter. Focus on putting organizational systems in place, so that everything in your home has a specific function and place. Furniture with hidden storage is a great way to do this!

That doesn’t mean you can’t have superfluous decor (sometimes an object’s only function is that it brings joy!), but it does mean seriously considering each thing you bring into and keep in your home. (Think: Mari Kondo, a huge proponent of feng shui.)

Make an effort to tidy up your work and living spaces each day. This brings a sense of order into the chaos of the every day, and it gives you a clean slate to start with each morning. All of this will result in a happier, healthier environment.

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Design “Up”

Create a sound and soothing space by designing up—AKA using design tricks to help make your space feel larger than it is.

One great way to design up is to use tall bookcases or other storage furniture—whether built-ins, wall-mounted bookshelves or standalone pieces. Or, if you don’t have space for freestanding bookcases, try a wall-mounted shelf or two.

Designing up can also be achieved through hanging curtains higher than window frames—another great trick for drawing the eye up. And finding lamps where the light flows upward or adding a tree to your room’s design are also great ways to design up.

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Honor Natural Light

In feng shui decorating, it’s so important to honor natural light sources. Designing around these light sources, like large windows, can help to create a natural balance and symmetry in your space.

Be careful not to block natural sources of light, whether windows or doors, with pieces of furniture. Of course, the use of curtains is permitted. You can also use mirrors in your space as a way to reflect natural light and bring more light into the room.
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Remove Negative Symbolism

Symbolism plays a huge role in the art of feng shui. So, to keep positive energy in your home, you want to be mindful of any negative symbolism.

Our homes are, ideally, places of peace and rest. But in these spaces, we also encounter our fears and challenges—and too often we unknowingly reinforce these fears by including their symbols in our homes.

  • Clutter can be symbolic of a lack of clarity.
  • A home is filled with single imagery—like artwork with solo figures, or even a single vase or chair—can be symbolic of loneliness and solitude.
  • Maybe that rug you love reminds you of a past relationship that you’re holding onto.

Take time to evaluate the challenges you’re facing in life and identify if you have any negative symbolism of those struggles in your space. Remove them, then replace them with symbols of your goals or something that brings you joy.

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Stunning Bedroom Transformations from Modsy Customer

Who doesn’t love a good before and after home makeover story? It’s fun to see a space get transformed before your eyes—and it’s beneficial, too, if you’re looking for some interior design tips and tricks for your own home design project. In our Customer Before and After series, we round up our favorite customer spaces by room type to share key insights on how actual Modsy customers are using our service to solve their design challenges.

Bedroom design before and after stories can be particularly useful because bedrooms are arguably one of the most important rooms in the home. Think about it: where do you unwind at the end of the day, recharge with a good night’s rest, and spend the majority of your time relaxing? The bedroom! With this in mind, it can be so helpful to see how other people have solved their bedroom design woes and turned them into real interior design “wow” moments.

We’ve compiled some of our favorites before and after bedroom transformations of Modsy customers, so when and if it’s time for you to work on your own bedroom design project, you’ll have some Bedroom design ideas and real-world inspiration to get you started.

Ann’s Grown-Up Boho Glam Bedroom

The Design Dilemma:

When her daughter moved away to college, Ann decided it was time to revamp the space with a more grown-up vibe that her daughter would enjoy when she came home to visit. But Ann needed help finding new Bedroom furniture (especially a larger bed) for the space and a new layout that would accommodate it.

The Solution:

Ann’s designer selected a larger brass bed frame and centered it below the window. She brought additional brass accents into the room, like a floor lamp and hanging planter, to add warmth to the bold peacock blue walls. She paired the brass accents with natural fibers in the bedding, rug, and pouf, giving the space a bohemian glam quality which made it feel more grown-up and approachable. Finally, the designer kept most of the room accents light and bright in color to make the space feel more airy and open.

What Ann Had to Say:

“I wanted to feel confident that I was making good design choices for the space. Working with my Modsy designer gave me that confidence” – Ann G.

Deana’s Rustic and Traditional Bedroom

The Design Dilemma:

When Deana and her husband moved into a new home, they were starting from scratch. They had no furniture and needed several rooms designed at the same time. Working with Modsy, Deana chose to focus the majority of her budget on the other rooms in her home and needed to be more budget-conscious when it came to selecting decor for her bedroom. But she wanted to ensure that her bedroom design had the same cohesiveness as the rest of her house. 

The Solution:

Deana’s designer started by suggesting a moody blue color for the walls, which worked as an inexpensive way to give the room a refined quality. Next, he added a luxurious faux fur rug and upholstered foundational furniture to maintain the upscale traditional look Deana wanted, while staying within her budget. Finally, he brought in some natural textures, like a jute rug, to play off the traditional rustic look Deana had in the rest of her home.

What Deana Had to Say:

“Having a cozy and pampering space like my bedroom is incredibly wonderful. It really epitomizes how my whole house feels after using Modsy: like a home.” – Deana S. 

Read Deana’s full story here.

Faith’s Bohemian Bedroom

The Design Dilemma:

When Faith and her husband bought their first home they wanted their bedroom design to reflect their shared love of travel. But they were both too busy with work and couldn’t find the time to shop for bedroom decor—leaving them to wonder if they’d ever achieve the eclectic and well-traveled look they wanted for the space.

The Solution:

Working with her designer, Faith was able to collaborate on a bedroom design that captured the bohemian vibe she and her husband wanted for the space. Pairing the woven textures in her headboard and wall art with rich velvet accents, such as the tufted bench and pillows, lent a curated feel to the room. The blue and green color scheme worked to tie the different styles and materials together, adding cohesion to the space.

What Faith Had to Say:

“Since working with our Modsy designer, our lives feel more organized and everything in our space just flows together better. The experience made us feel special because there was so much thought and care put into the design process. Our designer helped us make sense of our empty house—transforming it from a blank canvas into a work of art that we can call our home.” – Faith J.

Read Faith’s full story here.

Sandra’s Glam-Meets-Industrial Bedroom

The Design Dilemma:

Sandra and her husband are both in the military and have frequently relocated for work. When they moved into their current home, they decided they wanted to create a space that felt stylish and collected to help them feel grounded. But after years of relocating, they were left with decor that felt jumbled. They knew they needed some expert guidance to create a clean and modern design for their bedroom.

The Solution:

The couple’s designer mixed glam finishes, like gold and marble, with industrial elements,, like the metal chandelier to create a modern industrial glam look in their bedroom. Knowing that Sandra and her husband wanted to keep their upholstered bed in their new design, she selected a rug and pillows in a similar shade of gray and chose a moody deep green wall color that made all accents colors pop.

What Sandra Had to Say:

“Modsy knocked it out of the park with my bedroom design. I love it, it’s gorgeous, and the furniture items are amazing! I’m so glad I did this Modsy thing.” – Sandra V.

Zora’s Minimalist Studio Bedroom Space

The Design Dilemma:

When Zora moved into her new studio apartment, she was excited to create a tranquil space that would help energize her for her important work as an HIV health advocate. But the self-imposed pressure to make her space as relaxing as she needed it to be, prevented her from being able to design it on her own.

The Solution:

With the help of her Modsy designer, Zora was able to create a design that met her need for relaxation by choosing a minimalist style for her small studio space—making it feel open and airy. Zora’s designer selected graphic black and white wall art to create focal points in the bedroom area of the space and brought in some yellow accent pillows for a cheery touch. The room accessories were kept to a minimum, which makes cleaning a cinch, so Zora wouldn’t have to worry about tidying at the end of the day and could relax instead.

What Zora Had to Say:

“When I received my 3D designs it was such a relief—it took all my anxiety away! I felt that my designer really listened to what I wanted, helping me hone in on the right look for my apartment.” – Zora V.

Brooke’s Organized Teen Bedroom

The Design Dilemma:

When Brooke was making the transition from working mom to going back to school, she wanted to help ease her family into the transition of her busy new academic schedule by redesigning several rooms in their homemaking the entire house more organized and easier to tidy. It was particularly important to Brooke that her daughter received a fresh design to help her feel prepared for the change, keeping her room cheery and well-organized.

The Solution:

Knowing that the bedroom space was small, with a slanted ceiling on one side, Brooke’s designer opted to change three of the floor walls from blue to white, which opened up the space. She also chose white and gray foundational furniture with plenty of closed storage, keeping the room organized and feeling open. Finally, the designer placed curtains over the open closet so its contents could be easily concealed.

What Brooke Had to Say:

“I was especially impressed with the designs they did for one of my daughters, who has the smallest room. My designer added white furniture and a lighter wall color, which opens it up a lot. Like the rest of the designs in our house, her room design was perfect. Plus, each space has storage, which any parent or pet owner will tell you is a must for keeping your space tidy.” – Brooke S.

Read Brooke’s full story here.

Koula’s Luxurious Bedroom Oasis

The Design Dilemma:

Koula is a mother of two sets of twins under the age of two, so things can understandably feel a bit hectic at her house. When she and her husband came to Modsy, they wanted to create a bedroom design that felt restful so they could recharge after a long day of kid wrangling. 

The Solution: 

Knowing they wanted a pampering oasis where they could get away from it all, Koula’s designer filled the couple’s bedroom with upholstered foundational furniture with stately tufted detailing and inviting pink velvet. She also added glass and gold accents to further accentuate the luxurious feel of the room.

What Koula Had to Say:

“I love my master bedroom design. It is exactly the haven I need to escape from the madness of having two sets of twins under the age of two.” – Koula B.

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Everything You Need to Know About Choosing Your Perfect Dresser

If you’ve read our bedroom furniture checklist, you know clothing storage is one of the most important considerations in a bedroom after a bed. After all, without proper clothing storage, your bedroom could easily go from a tranquil retreat to a disaster zone.

One of the most common types of clothing storage (after a closet, of course) is a dresser. This practical piece of furniture will provide a home for your folded clothing, and a surface on which you can place decorative items, photo frames, and trays to hold items like your jewelry or perfume.

But when it comes to how to choose a dresser, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. There are so many different types of bedroom dressers, not to mention different styles! We often get Modsy customers asking, “What dresser should I get for my bedroom?” So, today we’re here to decode the dresser buying process!

How much do dressers cost?

But first: let’s talk about budgets. Because you don’t want to fall in love with a dresser you can’t afford! What exactly is a reasonable price for a dresser? Depending on the size, style, and material, bedroom dressers can range anywhere from $300 to $2,000. While that’s quite a range, that also means you can find a dresser on tight and limitless budgets alike!

Read on for some bedroom design ideas with our complete guide on how to choose the right dresser for your space!

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Consideration #1: Placement

It’s important to let dresser placement guide your decision-making process. So, consider where in your bedroom you want to place your dresser, as well as the overall size and constraints of your room.

Where can a dresser go? Against a wall is typical. But if you have a walk-in closet, you may want to stash it in there. In a small room, placing it next to your bed as a nightstand alternative might be the best option. Some people even opt to put a lower, wider dresser at the foot of the bed in lieu of a bench or trunk when they don’t have wall space to accommodate this piece of furniture. Others want to place their dresser beneath a window Identifying roughly where you’d like to place your dresser will help you determine what shape and size of bedroom dresser to buy.

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Consideration #2: Dresser Shape and Size

There are a number of different general sizes when it comes to dressers. What you choose depends on how much bedroom storage space you need and the size of your bedroom. So, think about how much clothing and other items you’d like to store in your dresser. This will help guide to figure out how many drawers you’ll need—whether a three or six-drawer dresser, or something in between. If you live with a partner, you’ll also want to consider if you’ll be sharing the dresser or if you’ll have separate clothing storage.

Read next: How to choose the best storage furniture for your needs

Dresser Drawer Depth

Depth is another important consideration when thinking about shapes and sizes. And we’re talking about both the depth of the drawers and the overall depth of the dresser itself.

Whether or not you need deep drawers depends on what you plan to put inside of them. For example, if you like to fold and store your thick sweaters in a dresser, you’ll need deep and tall drawers. On the other hand, undergarments require less space and can be stored in shallow drawers.

But, beyond what you store inside them, you also need to go back to thinking about where in your room you’d like to place your dresser. A general rule of thumb is to have at least 42 inches of clearance between the front of your dresser and any other piece of furniture to give you ample walkway space, as well as the space to comfortably stand in front of your dresser, open drawers, and dig through them!

 

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Dresser Shapes

Once you have these answers nailed down, you can start considering dresser shapes. Below are the main dresser shapes and sizes to consider.

Standard Dressers

A standard horizontal dresser has six drawers and stands around waist height. Some have six equally sized drawers, while others have four deeper drawers that are the same size with two smaller drawers at the top. Sizes vary quite a bit, but on average, standard dressers are around 60-70 inches wide. For those who want ample surface space for displaying decor, this dresser shape will give you the most room to play with. (Is this you? Learn more about how to style a dresser!)

Chest of Drawers

A chest of drawers, or chest dresser, is a smaller dresser with three drawers which are usually equal in size. They tend to be around three feet tall and three feet wide. With this smaller footprint, they’re a great option for kid’s dressers, so your child can easily access all three drawers, or for a guest room where you don’t need as much storage. They also make great nightstand alternatives if you have a small bedroom and want a 2-in-1 piece of furniture, or if you want both a nightstand with tons of extra storage!

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Tallboy

A “tallboy” dresser is a vertical, chest-height dresser that often features four to six drawers. While they don’t offer as much surface area on top, this style is great for small spaces that are short on square footage but have room to spare vertically. If you’re sharing a room with a partner, opting for one standard dresser and one tallboy is a great way to fit two dressers into your bedroom!

Bureau

Similar to the standard dressers we mentioned above, bureaus are horizontal, six-drawer dressers, but also feature a mirror attached on top. They typically have six or more drawers and are larger in scale. In decades past, this was a very popular style in furniture sets for main bedrooms. However, some antique bureaus have a smaller footprint—still featuring six drawers and a mirror, but scaled down, closer to the width of a chest of drawers.

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Consideration #3: Dresser Style

Now for the fun part: style! You can find a bedroom dresser to suit just about any interior design style—from mid-century modern and minimal to glam, rustic, and just about anything in between! You can opt for a brand-new piece, but dressers are a great way to incorporate a vintage or antique piece into your space as well. These pieces of furniture tend to age well and there are tons of vintage and antique styles out there that are in great condition.

Typically, you’ll want your dresser’s style to mesh well with other items in your bedroom. If you have a bed that you love, use that as a jumping-off point for landing on a dresser style for your space. Since a dresser is both an investment and a large piece of furniture within your space, you want to make sure it’s a style that you love!

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Consideration #4: Dresser Finishes

Once you’ve nailed down a dresser style, consider finishes, which will lend a lot of personality to your piece and help drive home the overall style of your dresser.

Material

While wood (or wood composite)  is by far the most popular material used in dressers, you’ll also find dressers with metal frames, lacquer finishes, and even woven wicker drawer fronts. Material not only affects the look and feel of your dresser, but it also greatly influences the price. (For example, a solid wood piece will be more expensive than a composite dresser.)

Hardware

Beyond the basic material, you’ll want to think about the style of handles and drawer pulls (or lack thereof). Opting for a style without drawer hardware offers a more streamlined look. And if you do choose a dresser with drawer pulls and handles, the style of hardware can impact if a dresser has a more modern or traditional look. In a kid’s room or nursery, you may also want to consider a dresser with soft-closing drawers to avoid pinched fingers!

Legs

Finally: legs or no legs, that is the question! Choosing a dresser with legs means this piece of furniture is lifted off the floor. This means your dresser can be placed over a floor vent, you can put storage baskets underneath, and it will look more streamlined. Opting for a style without legs gives you a more solid-looking piece but limits where you can place it within your room.

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Final Considerations: If You Have a Small Space

If you have a small bedroom, you may be worried that you can’t fit all the furniture you need into your bedroom. But dressers are quite versatile, and there’s plenty of ways you can get multiple uses out of this one piece of furniture to help cut down on what you need in your space! Below are a few of our best small bedroom design tips.

  • If you live in a studio apartment, consider using your dresser as a TV stand, whether the TV sits on top or is mounted above it.
  • In a nursery, add a changing table topper to the top of a dresser rather than trying to squeeze both a dresser and changing table into the room.
  • Consider removing your closet doors and tucking a dresser inside of your closet to get it out of the main room area and save on some square footage.
  • Opt for 2-in-1 pieces. As we mentioned earlier, you could use a chest of drawers as a nightstand/dresser hybrid to save on furniture and space in a small bedroom. Secretary desks are another great hybrid option. With a smaller footprint than a typical dresser, this piece of furniture typically offers two or three dresser drawers, as well as a fold-down top for a desk workspace.
  • If you lack closet space and want a piece of furniture that lets you store both hanging and folded clothing, look into an armoire.
  • Use your bookcase for book and clothing storage by adding baskets on the bottom shelves, where you can stash folded clothing.
  • If you simply don’t have space for an extra piece of furniture in your space, consider a storage bed, which has drawers built into the base of your bed frame!

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Buying Guide: The Ultimate Bedroom Furniture Checklist

If you’re designing a bedroom from scratch, or even if you’re just giving your current set-up a facelift, you might be wondering what furniture is necessary to include and what you can go ahead and skip if you’re short on space. Well, we’re here to help you through the process! With our interior design buying guides, we’ll walk you through the essential pieces for a space, the nice-to-haves, and the little touches that make a space shine.

At Modsy, we’re experts in helping people transform their bedrooms into havens of relaxation and comfort—whether you have a ton of space to work with or are just trying to squeeze a sleeping space into a studio apartment. And with that expertise, we can guide you through the pieces you absolutely can’t live without and what you can wait on and save for.

Today, we’re giving you a bedroom furniture checklist of what you should absolutely include in your bedroom (a bed!) and what pieces help when it comes to functionality, organization, and relaxation. Because bedrooms really should be a place where you can unwind at the end of each day and get ready to face a new day each morning!

Early Considerations

But first things first—how much does it actually cost to design a bedroom from scratch? Well, it can vary quite significantly and totally depends on your tastes and needs for the space. Depending on what those are, your total cost could go up or down. But here are some general price ranges for the essentials:

  • Opening Price Point: $2,500
  • Mid-Range Price Point: $5,000
  • High Price Point $8,000+

So, take stock of what you need and how much you’re able to spend on everything combined to keep within a comfortable price range. To help you figure this out, we’ve also included a general price range for each piece of furniture in our bedroom buying guide.

Other considerations? The size of your bedroom and how you want to use the space. This can help determine if you have space for a king bed or just a queen. It can also help guide your decisions on if you’d like to add a sitting area or perhaps a small desk. Ultimately, the extras you include beyond the must-have pieces depend on your bedroom size and how you want to make use of the rest of the room.

Now, on to our bedroom furniture checklist!

The Bedroom Essentials

When you design a bedroom, these must-have pieces of furniture are where you’ll want to start. They establish the function of the space and make it what it is—primarily, a place to sleep and get ready for your day. But that doesn’t mean these pieces are just about function. They can also help establish the interior design style of your space!

Bed Frame + Mattress

One of your most basic bedroom furniture needs? A bed. (It’s not really a bedroom without a bed!) Start by choosing a bed size and mattress. Bed sizes will depend on your personal preferences, and the size of your room. If you’re single, you may just want a full or queen bed, but couples tend to go for a queen or king. If you have kids or pets that crawl into bed with you—then probably the bigger the better!

Once you’ve landed on bed sizes, you get to choose a bed frame. This is where style preferences come into play. There are so many different types of beds—from just a utilitarian metal bed frame or minimalist platform bed to a fully upholstered bed and headboard and so much more! Think about if you want a more trendy, stylish bed or something more timeless that can be used for years. And consider your lifestyle, too. Do you want something low maintenance or have pets with lots of fur? Opt for a solid wood headboard instead of an upholstered bed. If you like to read in bed at night, a high upholstered headboard may be good for you. If you need extra storage, look for a storage bed or one that sits high off the floor so you can place bins underneath.

Check out our bed frame style guide for more information! (And remember, some bed frames necessitate the use of a box spring, while others don’t!)

Stylist Tip: Consider where your bed will go in your space. If you have low ceilings, a king canopy bed might not work. If you want to place your bed under a window, look for a bed with a low headboard.

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Nightstands

Another bedroom furniture necessity? Nightstands. Nightstands go next to your bed, and you can either have one on each side or just have one, depending on the size of your bedroom or your needs. They offer very necessary and practical storage and surface space next to the bed—offering you a place for a lamp, books, a glass of water, your phone, and more!

There are many different types of nightstands, and if you have two they can either be identical or mismatched. It all depends on your style preferences! (Like the mismatched look? Check out our guide to mismatched nightstands.) Just make sure it fits your needs. If you need drawer storage space or a larger surface area, put that into consideration! From there, simply find a nightstand style you like, then make sure it’s the proper height in comparison to your bed so it will be comfortable to use when you’re sitting in bed. Our nightstand size guide has more info on that.

Price Range: $100-1,000

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Clothing Storage

Even if you have a closet, you’ll probably want a secondary source of clothing storage in your bedroom. Dressers or armoires are typically better for clothing that needs to be folded—plus, dressers offer surface space to display decor or put practical items like trays and jewelry boxes, or even a TV. You can choose from many different styles of dressers, from a long and narrow dresser with six drawers to a tallboy dresser that’s narrow and tall. Need more storage space for hanging dresses or tall clothing than your closet allows? An armoire can be effective as clothing storage, too. But whatever style of bedroom storage furniture you choose, it should feel like it blends in with the vibe of the rest of the space, since a dresser or armoire is the second largest item in a bedroom after your bed! But before choosing a size and style, make sure you measure your space to guarantee the dresser can fit through doorways and comfortably fit within your bedroom.

If you like the idea of matching furniture sets, you can find dressers that match your nightstands or other elements in your space. Often, furniture designers will design dresser sets as well, with one tallboy and one lower, longer dresser if you have space for two pieces. If you like antiques, dressers are a great way to incorporate an antique element into your space. Most antique dressers have simple designs and are made of solid wood so you can have them for a long time and even pass them down in the future! Dressers can definitely be investment pieces, though, with material impacting price. As you’d expect, the more solid and quality the build and material, the more expensive. Dressers can be made of solid wood, medium density fiberboard, or even plastic or metal (and many mixes in between).

Price Range: $300 – $3,000

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Window Treatments

If you have windows in your bedroom (and hopefully you do), having privacy is important—especially if you live in an apartment or if your bedroom window is close to a neighbor’s house. Plus, for quality sleep, you want to be able to block out light, so some type of window covering is necessary.

Styles of window treatments vary greatly. You can have simple roller shades, wooden blinds, roman shades, or full drapes. You can even have a mix—having both functional shades and stationary drapes. And with drapes, there’s a lot of variety—from airy linens and light cottons to heavy velvets and blackout curtains. The cost of window treatments will also vary greatly, depending on what style of window treatment you choose, the size of your windows, if the window treatments are custom, and how many layers you have.

Price Range: $20-$300 per panel

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Bedroom Nice-to-Haves

Once you have your must-have pieces in place, you can consider what extras you have the space and need

Task & Accent Lighting

Lighting is essential in every room of your house. And, while many bedrooms have both overhead and natural ambient lighting, additional task and accent lighting is nice to have. Table lamps on your bedside table (or sconces hung above them) give you soft lighting for the evening, while floor lamps or other table lamps and sconces give additional lighting to other corners of your bedroom. And don’t forget about candles, which add lovely ambiance to your bedroom! Ultimately, having light sources other than your overhead light gives you more flexibility to tailor your lighting throughout the day. (Especially in the evening when you want your space to feel cozier!)

Price Range: $50-$1,000

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Seating

Having a place to sit in your bedroom can add a nice functional and stylistic touch—whether it’s a stool or small upholstered dining chair or a full-on bedroom seating area with a lounge chair or loveseat! What you choose greatly depends on the space you have available in your bedroom and how you want to use the space. If you want to lounge and read, a loveseat or large chair would be nice. But if you just want a place to sit and fold laundry, a simple upholstered bench at the end of the bed can work perfectly. Just remember that the seating you choose should fit right in with the style and scale of your space. You don’t want to cramp your bedroom by squeezing in a chair that doesn’t fit!

Price Range: $50-$1,000+

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Rug

Rugs add style and functionality to a bedroom. Functionally, they help insulate a room (especially if you have a wood or tile floor) and are great sound barriers. In a loft or a large room with hardwood floors, they can help dampen noise and keep the space from feeling echoey. But stylistically, they can help pull the whole space together with their colors, patterns, and materials. You can opt for something simple like a jute rug or go for a Turkish rug that brings lots of color and pattern into your space! And sizing definitely matters—you want a rug that covers a good bit of flooring under your bed! Check out our bedroom rug size guide for more details!

Price Range: $350-$10,000

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Mirror

Most people get dressed and ready for the day in their bedroom—so a mirror, while not a necessity, is very nice to have for outfit checks and doing your hair and makeup. Try putting a mirror above or beside your dresser for a complete dressing area. If you have room for a full-length mirror, we love the look of a leaning floor mirror—but a beautiful wall mirror is great, too! Mirrors are also great double duty items; not only are they practical, but they can also act as decor in your space. So, pick one that coordinates with the style of your space! And remember: mirrors can be expensive, but quality is key to make sure it’s stable and the glass doesn’t warp.

Stylist Tip: Since mirrors help reflect light, they can help a small bedroom feel larger! Even a smaller hanging mirror will help in a small bedroom design.

Price Range: $100-$1,000

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Bedroom Finishing Touches

To make your bedroom feel truly complete, add some finishing touches. These decorative items will drive home the style of your space and bring in some personality and life!

Artwork

Artwork adds color, pattern, style, and a personal touch to your bedroom design. It can be a whole gallery wall or just a single piece of art; what you choose depends on the style of your space and what look you want to achieve. But it should coordinate with the design of the space and be safe (no heavy frames over the bed!). If you don’t want artwork, you could also frame personal family photos or your own photography in your bedroom, which adds a very personal touch. And, while original artwork can be quite expensive, you can find prints for very reasonable prices.

Price Range: $40-$5,000

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Throw Pillows

Besides the pillows you sleep on, throw pillows add a lot to your bedroom. They help give your bed a polished look and are a great way to add color and pattern to your bedroom. They’re also great for leaning on while reading or for propping up a book or laptop! As for the amount, that’s totally up to you. You can pile eight throw pillows on to a big bed or just choose one for a more minimalist look. (Just remember that you’ll have to take them off and put them back on each day—so choose an amount based on the amount of work you want to put in each day!) In terms of style, throw pillows should contrast with your bedding, but also coordinate in some way.

Stylist Tip: Since throw pillows are relatively inexpensive, you can easily switch them out seasonally or when you want to make a style change! A simple way to update the look of your bedroom!

Price Range: $25-$150 per pillow

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Greenery

A pop of greenery is just the thing to give a bedroom that finished feel! Greenery adds texture, color, and a sense of life and hominess to a space. And with so many realistic faux plants, you can go for the fake ones if you don’t have a green thumb! You can go for a big plant in the corner, or just put a sprig of eucalyptus in a vase on your dresser—or any mix of sizes in between! Another option? Fresh flowers in a vase that you swap out weekly. Whatever size and style you choose, it’s a great way to add a bright, finishing touch to your bedroom! Just be conscientious of price. Fresh flowers can be $10 for a grocery store bundle, but a faux tree can easily cost up to $500.

Price Range: $10-$500

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Small Storage

Small storage is nice to have for smaller items in your bedroom—like throw blankets, shoes, and your collection of “currently reading” books. And woven baskets are our favorite small, multifunctional storage solution for bedrooms. They’re great for a place to stash things when tidying up in a pinch, and they add texture to your room and can help visually fill empty spaces. They also make great under-bed storage!

Price Range: $20-$500

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Want more bedroom design ideas? Check out our best bedrooms designs of 2020, walk through our guest room checklist, and learn how to design a bedroom with a TV.

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The Changes Our Designers Are Making at Home in 2020

2020. What a year, right?? Most of us are spending more time in our homes than ever before. We’ve talked about how to transform your dining room from day to night, how to set up a home office for two, and how to design a kid’s workspace for those who will be homeschooling this fall. We’ve even walked you through how to design an at-home gym! But what about giving your bedroom some love? Now is the time to give some serious thought to bedroom design ideas.

With our homes becoming multi use spaces to the extreme, our bedrooms have become somewhat of a sanctuary for many people. When you have nowhere else to go, this intimate space becomes your oasis and respite.  But for those of us with small bedrooms, you have to get extra clever with how you use your space.

Modsy customers aren’t the only ones struggling to adjust to the new reality. Our designers are also making changes at home to make their bedrooms to make them more relaxing—whether they’re tiny, small spaces or spacious master bedrooms. We polled our stylists to get inspired by the changes they’re making to their bedrooms—and we’re making some changes based on their tips! Read on to get inspired with our first-hand tips on small bedroom design 2020!

Refresh Your Room With a New Coat of Paint

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: a fresh coat of paint can completely transform a room. It’s one of those simple bedroom design upgrades that makes a huge difference. So, whether you want to jump on the bold colors trend or decorate with neutrals, simply giving your walls some fresh color can refresh your room and give you a new perspective on the space.

“Quarantine finally gave me the excuse to finish my bedroom almost a year after moving in. I bought a can of paint (Naval, Sherwin-Williams’ color of the year!), a pair of sconces, and a new nightstand to complete the other side of the bed. It feels like a whole new space! It was so easy but the reward was huge.” – Mackenzie R., Modsy Designer

small bedroom design 2020Get Creative With Design Solutions

When you have a small bedroom, every square inch counts. And that often means getting creative with design problems and solutions. Start by considering your layout. Is it giving you the space you need? Or would putting the bed on a different wall open up the space differently? Then, think about your furniture. You can save room by choosing a bed without a footboard. And, if a traditional bedside table would make your space feel cramped, opt for a small, low-profile side table instead. You can even hang your curtains in a way that makes your ceiling look taller or your windows seem larger!

“Every inch counts in our small downtown Chicago master bedroom! To optimize the layout we positioned our bed in front of the window and hung layered curtains to give the illusion of a larger window beyond it. A small side table takes the place of a traditional nightstand and still provides surface space for necessities. Since there is no room for a lamp here, we suspended raw bulbs that hang over the curtain rod—no electrician or drilling required!” – Rebecca S, Modsy Designer

Upgrade Your Bedding

If you want to up the relaxation factor in your small bedroom, upgrading your bedding is a great place to start. Choose a color palette that brings you a sense of calm, and create cozy layers—whether that’s through a sheepskin throw, loads of pillows, or maybe a linen duvet for that perfectly relaxed look and feel.

“Painting our wall a mid-toned blue/gray color gives the space a sense of calm, while light bedding brings contrast and adds airiness. The layers of textured pillows to drive home the cozy feel and tie it all together.” – Rebecca S, Modsy Designer

small bedroom design 2020Cut Down On Clutter

To make your room into more of an oasis, simplify your space and cut down on clutter. By cutting down on what’s in your space, you’ll have more mental space to relax and unwind at the end of the day. It may even inspire you to carve out time for meditation or mindfulness—something we could probably all use a bit more of these days.

“My bedroom has become a sanctuary space where I enjoy my coffee in the morning and meditate in the evenings. I decluttered my room to make it more peaceful, and swapped out my nightstand for a small stool so I would have more floor space” – Katherine T, Modsy Designer

small bedroom design 2020Hang A Favorite Piece Of Art In Your Bedroom

Often, when we get a new piece of artwork or decor, we’re tempted to put it in our main living spaces to show it off. While there’s nothing wrong with that, we love the idea of saving some of your favorite pieces for your bedroom—helping to make this space more personal and inspiring.

“When I got my stimulus check this spring, I decided I was going to use some of the money to support small businesses that I love. With that, I finally pulled the trigger on buying a print I had admired for months from an artist that I love. I was going to hang it in my living room, but then I thought: how lovely would it be to hang it right over my bed, so it’s one of the first things I see in the morning and one of the last things I see at night. It’s brought me so much joy to have it in this space!” – Amy O, Modsy Designer

small bedroom design 2020Add Layered Lighting

Layered lighting can help your bedroom feel extra cozy in the evening. And, if you’re working in your bedroom during the day, changing the lighting can also help you transition from work mode to relaxation mode. If you don’t have extra floor space or surface areas for lamps, consider installing sconces. They’ll give you the layered lighting you deserve, without taking up any extra space!

“I gave my room a refresh to stay sane. I added a pop of color to one wall, added sconces, and changed up a few accessories.” – Cristina R, Modsy Designer

small bedroom design 2020Make Room To Move + Breathe

These days, it’s more important than ever to prioritize your mental health. While we’re all on different wellness journeys, taking time to pause and connect with our bodies is something we could probably all benefit from. So, we love the idea of making space in your bedroom to roll out your mat and meditate, stretch, deep breath—and ultimately just take time each day to connect with and care for ourselves.

“My small 9×11-foot bedroom is not only where I sleep and now work—it’s also become the space where I roll out my mat and do some low-key workouts and stretching since my gym closed. I arranged my room so that I have space to the side of my bed to do some at-home pilates, mindfulness, and stretching.” – Amy O, Modsy Designer

Add A Bedroom Seating Area

If you have space for it in your master bedroom, we love the idea of adding a loveseat or apartment-size sofa to your bedroom (one of our favorite small apartment furniture ideas). Or, for a smaller room, you could simply add a small armchair. Regardless of the size, it’s just nice to have a little corner where you can take a breather during the day—in a space that’s not your bed. Make this seating area extra cozy with a small side table and a pouf for kicking back and relaxing. Or, at the very least, add a sheepskin rug for extra coziness underfoot.

“I added a sofa into my office to use more as a TV room where I can get some ‘me time’ and relax with a glass of wine and Netflix.” – Cristina R, Modsy Designer

small bedroom design 2020Use Multipurpose Furniture

For those of us who have really small spaces and tiny bedrooms, you have to get creative in how you make room for both work and relaxation in your home. If you’re in a studio apartment or don’t have room for a home office outside of your bedroom, this can be especially challenging. One of our favorite small bedroom design tips is to use multipurpose furniture to make the most of your space when you’re looking for small home office ideas. Find furniture where your desk can pull double duty—whether that’s through a wall-mounted bookshelf/desk combo, nixing your nightstand and placing your desk beside your bed instead, or opting for a secretary desk that can double as a dresser.

“Both my roommate and I are working from home right now, and since we live in a small place, there isn’t room for either of us to have a proper home office. She’s working from the dining room table, so I wanted to create a separate workspace for when we’re both on calls—and the only place to do this was in my bedroom. I don’t have space for both a desk and a dresser in my small bedroom, so I use an antique secretary desk that gives me both drawers for my clothes and a desktop for my work!” – Amy O, Modsy Designer

small bedroom design 2020small bedroom design 2020Create Intentional Moments Of Calm

The reality is, not all of us have the luxury of making our whole bedroom into an oasis. But that doesn’t mean you should give up entirely. Even if it’s just one small corner of your room, turn it into an intentional space that brings you joy. That might mean decorating your nightstand with objects you love, since it’s the first thing you see each morning. Or perhaps it’s committing to buying fresh flowers for your dresser each week or decorating a shelf with your favorite photos and decor. Even in the smallest spaces, create intentional moments of calm in the midst of the chaos.

“Since my boyfriend and I are both working from home now, our bedroom has turned into a full-time office and gym, so there is not very much space for calm! So, I made my nightstand my one sanctuary in our bedroom, with a collection of objects I love.” – Karina L, Modsy Designer

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Treat Yourself: Simple Ways to Turn Your Bedroom into Your Oasis

Looking for some design ideas for sheltering in place? Start with your bedroom. With all the time at home right now, we believe your bedroom should be a restful oasis—a space that’s peaceful, relaxing, and separate from the chaos of the rest of your home.

But what do you do if it’s currently not a restful oasis? Not all of us can afford or pull off a total bedroom makeover. But don’t worry—that doesn’t mean you can’t make small updates to make your bedroom more cozy and relaxing!

There are some simple bedroom design upgrades you can make that won’t cost a ton of money but will make a huge design impact. So, if you’re looking for bedroom design ideas, let us be your guide as we dig into 13 simple ways to upgrade your bedroom design.

Decorate Your Nightstand With Objects You Love

A nightstand is one of those bedroom essentials. It’s one of the first things you see when you wake up each morning. So, make sure it’s decorated in a way that makes you happy and brings you peace! We love the idea of bringing in your favorite plant or flowers to give your bedside a refreshing vibe. Who doesn’t like waking up to flowers?? Then, layer on a favorite photo or decorative object that will bring you joy every time you see it.

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Get Organized In Style With A Basket

Want to get organized in a way that will also add aesthetic value to your master bedroom? Add a large basket at the end of your bed or in an empty corner. One of those easy bedroom design ideas, it’s a perfect place to throw your pillows when you’re getting ready for bed so they don’t spend all night on the floor. They’re also great for housing quilts or extra linens. And they’re easily moveable so you can switch up their location as needed. Don’t like the look of visible storage? Opt for under-bed storage, or even a bed with built in storage so you don’t have random stuff floating around under your bed!

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Incorporate Pops Of Color

If you’re into neutrals but still want a few fun pops of color in your master bedroom, pillows, throws, and decorative accents are a great place to start. Upgrade your bed pillows to your favorite color scheme. (Blues or earth tones are ideal for creating a calming vibe.) Then, layer in colors in other places for visual interest. Using your table lamps or small decor to echo the color scheme helps the room feel more cohesive. This is a simple upgrade for when you’re short on space and looking for small bedroom ideas!

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Find A Nightstand You Really Love

You want your nightstand to be a piece that’s both functional for your space but also to be a piece that you really love. So, if your current nightstand isn’t working for you, consider an upgrade! Choose a nightstand that offers enough storage for your bedside needs, and that’s large (or small) enough for the size of your bed. Consider this: You want to be able to easily reach your bedside lamp while you’re lying down. So, think about that when you consider the height of your nightstand.

Nightstands are actually a great piece of furniture to splurge on if you’re able. The finish of a nightstand can make it either look cheap or high-end. So, consider the materials and finish and invest in higher-quality materials.

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simple bedroom design Upgrade Your Bedding

Good bedding is key when focusing on comfortable home design. And a new duvet cover is one of those easy bedroom upgrades that can impact the vibe of your whole room. To freshen things up, consider switching out your duvet seasonally—having one for the fall and winter and one for the spring and summer. Opt for lighter weights in the summer months, with a lightweight duvet and a linen or light cotton cover. In the winter, get cozy with a heavier down duvet (or down alternative if you want the warmth but have allergies!) and a darker or more textural cover.

But a comfortable and cozy bed goes way beyond the duvet cover or comforter. In fact, the comfort of your bed starts with your mattress. This is one bedroom element that it’s important to not skimp on! While it doesn’t contribute to the overall aesthetic of your bedroom, it does impact your sense of comfort. So, find a mattress that suits your needs, and decide if you want a mattress topper as well. Top that with some lovely sheets for a good night’s sleep.

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Let Your Favorite Vacation Spot Inspire Your Room Design

Think of your favorite vacation spot—and then let the colors and aesthetics of that location inspire the design of your bedroom! In this room, we were inspired by the coast—so we brought some coastal vibes inside. We paired bright blues with warm woods and leather to recreate the natural elements of water and sand and bring in a beachy color scheme. Plus, we added some ocean-inspired prints, like the shibori pillow. This room is quite simple on it’s own—but these decorative accents give it a really specific vibe.

If your dream vacation is a mountain escape, incorporate greens, browns, blues and rough natural elements to your space. If it’s the desert, focus on earth tones and desert-inspired prints. Overall, simply consider your favorite locale, then incorporate the colors, prints, and materials from that place into the accent decor, which will really help your space come alive.

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Add A Reading Nook

Ideally, your master bedroom will offer more than just a place to sleep at night. As a relaxing oasis, it’s important to also create a space for yourself to unwind that’s separate from your bed. We love the idea of adding a little reading nook, with just a chair and perhaps an ottoman or pouf. But you could also add a desk for crafts or a meditation corner. Whatever helps you relax and brings you joy, make a small space for that within your bedroom!

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Change Up The Color Scheme

Color changes the whole vibe of a space. So, painting your walls is one of those simple interior decorating ideas that can majorly upgrade your bedroom. Not sure what color to choose? Consider going monochrome. A monochrome space is calming and soothing. In this room, we chose greens and greys to give this room a very relaxing feel. But it’s not just one tone of green, but rather varying shades that pair well together and are in the same color family. The shagreen nightstand looks grey on its own. But, when paired with a green wall, it brings out the green hues in the space—from the rug to the basket and pillows. Overall, a more monochrome palette brings relaxing balance to the space.

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Add A Bright Burst Of Color

Not a fan of monochrome? Add a bright burst of color instead. This could be through a fun statement accent wall—whether painted or wallpapered in a fun accent wall. Either way, it brings a fun, bold element to the space without requiring you to paint the whole room. You can also get the effect of a bright burst of color through oversized wall art or a woven wall hanging for a lower investment of time! The idea is more to create a fun central focus and statement in your room.

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Give The End Of Your Bed Some Flair

The end of the bed often gets forgotten about or underutilized. But placing a bench or trunk here—or even an oversized basket—makes use of this space. This also helps visually ground the space and provides a lovely resting place for your decorative pillows, as we mentioned earlier in this post. And, if you choose a storage bench, or opt for a trunk or basket, you suddenly add a lot more hidden storage to your room!

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Give Your Room The Hotel Upgrade

One of our favorite ideas for bedrooms is to give your room the hotel upgrade. What we mean is, with a few subtle elements, you can make your master bedroom feel like your favorite hotel in your dream destination! Start by paring down any bedside clutter to simplify your space, and upgrade your bedding like we mentioned earlier. Then, add in some color and wall art or simple decor that evokes the vibe of your dream location. In this room, we were dreaming of Palm Desert, so we added subtle nods to that in the colors and decor.

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Incorporate Natural Greenery

When it comes to your bedroom, don’t skimp on plants. They add a natural element to your space to keep it from feeling sterile. But bringing plants in your bedroom has a ton of benefits, other than just adding visual interest and color. They help lean the air and visually brighten the space. However, if your bedroom doesn’t get a tone of natural light, faux plants work just as well (other than purifying the air). Add a plant to a dark or empty corner to create some visual interest to that nook!

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Invest In A New Bed

If you have a little more money to spend, consider upgrading your bed in your master bedroom. Since a bed is really the main piece of furniture in your bedroom and the focal point of the space, it’s an opportunity to set the tone for your whole room. Choose a bed frame that you’ll love for a long time to make the investment worthwhile. Consider your storage needs, the material or finish, and the color, which will influence the color and style of the rest of your space.

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Bedroom Rug Size Guide: How to Find the Right Rug for Your Bedroom

Your bedroom is a place to relax and unwind at the end of a long day. And it’s also where you start each new day. So, you want it to be a beautiful and relaxing space, so that each day starts and ends peacefully, despite what happens in between! A comfortable bed and cozy bedding are absolute musts in any bedroom. But a rug is another one of those bedroom essentials, adding a comfortable, cozy element to your room while also adding a grounding element. Though there are plenty of other reasons your bedroom needs a rug!

But it can be tricky to figure out what size of rug is right for your space. There are so many rug dimensions to choose from! (Choosing the wrong rug size is one of the most common bedroom design mistakes we see!) There’s no one-size-fits all answer to bedroom rugs. It all depends on the size of your room and the size of your bed.

What Sizes To Consider

There are a couple of different sizes of area rugs to consider in a bedroom. A 9×12 rug is very large—which can be a pro or con, depending on how you look at it. It gives you a ton of floor coverage and still showcases the design of the rug, but it’s also the most expensive option. However, it’s great for covering old floors or layering over old carpet and adding a plush feel underfoot. Just make sure you have at least six inches between the rug’s edge and the wall so that it doesn’t look like wall-to-wall carpeting.

An 8×10 area rug is one of the most popular rug sizes, making it easy to find a design you love in the right size. And this rug size will obviously be more affordable than a 9×12. However, if you pair this size with a king or queen bed, a lot of the rug’s design will be covered by the bed.

If you have a smaller bed, like a full or twin, 6×9 area rugs are a good size to consider. Like an 8×10, it’s also a pretty versatile size that can be used elsewhere in your home. While it would be much too small for a queen or king-size bed, with a full or twin, this rug size will give you plenty of coverage while still showing enough of the design to make a big impact. A 5×7 rug is the smallest area rug size you’d want to go for in a bedroom—but it’s also the most affordable option.

Want some extra guidance? We’ll walk you through a bedroom rug size guide and help you determine which rug size is right for your bedroom. Keep reading for some bedroom design ideas, with insight on the best rug sizes and layouts for bedrooms of all kinds—from master bedrooms to small bedrooms, king-size beds to twins, and everything in between. (You can also check out our living room rug guide to help you find the right size of rug for your living room, too!)

The Best Rug Sizes for King Beds

If you’re looking for the best rug size for a king bed, congratulations! You’re living the dream, at least as far as beds go. King sized beds are the biggest of them all, so you’ll need a larger rug size to go with it. Here are our recommendations:

King Bed With a 9×12 Rug

A 9×12 area rug is going to be your best bet for a master bedroom with a king-size bed. It’s big enough to cover space on either side of the bed, along with plenty of space at the end. In fact, you’d have enough rug there to add a bench at the end of the bed, while still having walking space beyond it. And even if you have larger nightstands, a 9×12 rug will be wide enough to go past the edges of both nightstands. A 9×12 rug is certainly big, but it feels in proportion to the size of a king bed.

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King Bed With an 8×10 Rug

An 8×10 area rug will cover the width of a king-size bed—but it definitely shows less on the sides and the end. To give yourself enough coverage at the end of the bed, especially if you have a bench at the end, you’ll have to place the rug further away from your nightstands. This size of rug is a good choice for smaller master bedrooms that have king-size beds, as it won’t overwhelm the space like 9×12 bedroom rugs would.

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The Best Rug Sizes for Queen Beds

With a queen bed, you have less bedframe area, so you have a few more options when it comes to picking the right rug size. A lot of this will depend on your room size and shape, but here are our rug size recommendations for standard queen bed frames:

Queen Bed With a 9×12 Rug

If you have the square footage to support it, we also believe that a 9×12 area rug is the best size for bedroom rugs under a queen bed. It’s big enough to cover a great deal of space on either side of the bed, at the end of the bed, and can also go under the front legs of your nightstands. We love that it covers a lot of floor space around bed so that a majority of the rug’s design is visible. A 9×12 rug is large compared to a queen-size bed, which gives this look a  big design impact.

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Queen Bed With an 8×10 Rug

An 8×10 area rug is a very popular size for rugs in general, and works really well with a queen-size bed in a master bedroom or guest room. It still covers the bed’s width with about two feet of space on either side, but to have enough showing at the end of the bed you won’t be able to have the rug’s edge under your nightstands. 8×10 area rugs are more affordable and are easy to find—and they very much suit the proportions of a queen bed. The one downside to this size of rug is that much of the rug’s design will be covered by the bed.

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Queen Bed With Two 5×7 Rugs

If you want a more unique look, consider placing two matching 5×7 rugs on either side of your queen bed. This is a great look for long and narrow spaces, as the rugs cover the length of the room on both sides of the bed, giving your feet a soft place to land! With a pair of 5×7 rugs, you’ll see almost the full design on both sides—which is great for rugs with beautiful designs and intricate patterns.

There’s a versatility in this approach as well, as you can easily use this size of rug in other spaces throughout your home. And it may even be more affordable to buy two bedroom rugs of this size rather than one 9×12 rug. However, you do need two of them. And, since there’s a portion of floor space that isn’t covered by a rug at the end of the bed, you’d have to skip a bench or trunk at the end of the bed, as it just wouldn’t look right.

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The Best Rug Sizes for Full and Twin Beds

When it comes to the smallest two bed frame sizes, finding the right rug size depends a lot on your room size and bedroom layout. Here are our recommendations for the best rug sizes to go with your twin or full sized bed:

Full Bed With a 6×9 Rug

If you have a bed that’s full-size, a 6×9 area rug is a great choice. It covers the bed’s width, plus it’s an affordable and versatile rug size. However, it doesn’t give you quite as much coverage on the side or end of the bed as a 8×10 rug would, so most of the rug’s design will be covered by the bed. It also won’t come as close to your nightstand. However, if you’re looking for small bedroom rugs, this is an ideal size to still give a high-impact look without wall-to-wall coverage.

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Twin Bed With a 5×7 Rug

For a bedroom with a twin-size bed, you can get away with a much smaller rug. A 5×7 area rug provides coverage where you need it, covering the width of the bed and still having a bit at the end of the bed. However, it does cover up quite a bit of the rug’s design. If you want a bit more floor coverage and more of the design to show, you could always bump up to a 6×8 rug. The great thing about 5×7 rugs are how affordable they are. They’re great for a bedroom with a twin bed to keep it from sliding around on a hardwood floor—which is especially great for those with rambunctious kids! In a small bedroom where the twin bed is pushed against a wall, you could also flip the rug the long way and layer it under the front legs of your nightstand and along the exposed side of the bed.

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The Most-Common Bedroom Design Mistakes and How to Fix Them

At Modsy, we’re big believers that your bedroom design should be an oasis—a place where you can retreat at the end of a long day to relax and unwind. It’s also the place you start each day, so you want it to be a bit inspiring as well! But that can feel like a tall order—especially for a room many people neglect to design since it’s not as high-traffic as other rooms in your house.

But here’s the thing—you spend about one-third of your life in bed. Sure, a lot of that time is sleeping. But for those waking hours, spent relaxing or getting ready for the day, you want your bedroom to be functional and beautiful. But that requires some intentionality in the design.

We’ve seen a lot of bedroom design mistakes over the years. So, we’ve rounded up the top offenders to help you identify these bedroom design mistakes and learn how to fix them!

Bedroom design mistakes1. Your bed is pushed into the corner

Most people instinctively push furniture against walls. But this is a major bedroom design mistake. It creates bad flow in the space and makes it awkward and difficult to design the rest of your room around it. Since your bed is the main furniture piece in your bedroom, you want to give it a prominent space in your room—so, don’t put baby in a corner.

The Fix

Instead of tucking your bed into the corner of the room so that two sides are touching the walls, pull your bed away from the wall. Make sure only the headboard is against the wall, and keep both sides open. This helps make your bed more of a centerpiece in the room and gives it a more sophisticated look, overall. (And speaking of your bed, your headboard is the perfect place to make a stylish statement and set the tone for the rest of your room’s design.)

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Bedroom design mistakes2. Your rug it too small or missing altogether

When it comes to choosing a rug for your bedroom, you want to get the size right. A rug that’s too small will make the room look strangely out of proportion. Too large and it will feel cramped. Worse yet is not having a rug at all! Not only does this amplify the noise in your room, but it also makes your room look cold and spare—and not in a lovely minimalist way either.

The Fix

In general, an 8×10 rug is the perfect size for a bedroom—but of course, adjust the size for a larger or smaller bedroom. Rugs can be an investment, but there are plenty of budget-friendly options, like natural fiber, flatweave, and indoor/outdoor rugs.

Bedroom design mistakes3. You have too much clutter

A cluttered room leads to a cluttered mind. And who wants that?? Leave anxiety at the door by nixing clutter in your bedroom. This will help make your room more of an oasis and less of a dumping ground for discarded clothing and objects.

The Fix

Invest in clever storage solutions that help you stay organized. This might look like under-bed storage, choosing a nightstand with drawers where you can stash stuff, and making sure your dresser is big enough for your folded clothes. You can also add floating shelves for a bit more surface space for bedroom decor and incorporate baskets for good-looking stashable storage! Then, take five minutes at the end of each day to return everything to its proper place.

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Bedroom design mistakes4. Your nightstand is too short (or tall) for your bed

A common bedroom design mistake is having a nightstand that’s too short or too tall for your bed. Furniture proportion here is key—and when you don’t nail the proportions, things just look off, no matter how lovely the design of your bed or nightstand.

The Fix

You want to make sure your morning alarm or midnight gulp of water are well within arm’s reach. So, opt for a nightstand that’s about the same height as your mattress. (Here’s a quick guide to finding the right nightstand to help you out!)

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Bedroom design mistakes5. You’ve got no place to sit

One bedroom design element many people fail to consider? A place to sit! While you don’t need to create an all-out bedroom seating area with multiple furniture pieces, a single chair is nice to have. It gives you a place to put on or take off shoes, lay out the next day’s outfit, and—for the germaphobes—an easy way to keep street clothes away from clean bed sheets!

The Fix

Simply add a bench at the end of your bed or place an armchair in the corner—which also makes for a perfect reading nook. You can even steal a chair from your dining room table if you don’t need a full set!

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Bedroom design mistakes6. Your wall color is too aggressive

Your bedroom should be a soothing, serene place. But loud, jarring wall colors make it hard to relax. Stay away from bright colors like neons or bold reds and oranges.

The Fix

Opt for shades that are calming. Soft blues, greens, and neutrals are our favorites. But if you want something more saturated, you could opt for a deep charcoal or navy, which gives you that moody look without being aggressive.

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Bedroom design mistakes7. You forgot a mirror

If you’ve ever stayed in an Airbnb without a mirror, you know what a struggle this is. Mirrors in a bedroom are necessary for outfit checks and getting ready in the morning. But they also reflect light and help make your room feel larger!

The Fix

We’re going to make this one easy: simply add a mirror. It could be a full-length mirror hung on the back of your door or a floor mirror leaning against your wall. If you don’t have room for a full-length mirror, simply hang a smaller mirror over your dresser. Or, you could hang a statement mirror above your bed for an added dose of style and practicality.

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May Edit: The Best Bedroom Designs of the Month

Bedrooms have always been one of the most important household areas, but they are especially important right now! Spending more time at home means that our bedrooms are our sacred spaces—they might be the only room in the house that’s just for you. That’s why it’s important to come up with master or guest bedroom design ideas that help transform your sleeping space into a serene escape that’s both restful and rejuvenating.

After rounding-up the best bedroom designs of April, we had to keep the ball rolling and do the same for May. We put together this list of the best master bedroom designs of May to help you get inspired to create your own private oasis!

 best bedroom designsContemporary Minimalist

We are super into master bedroom ideas with a clean and calm vibe, like this contemporary minimalist space. The room has a neutral palette based in soft white, pinks, and delicate pops of blue. It’s a symmetrical white bedroom look that’s on the formal side and has tons of natural light pouring in from the windows. The tufted bench adds contrast and the headboard and rug bring in tons of texture for visual interest in this master bedroom.

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 best bedroom designsDiscerning Collector

For refined master bedroom decor, try pairing eclectic and minimal styles into a black and white bedroom look like this sophisticated retreat. The vibe is casual and curated with tons of personality on display—it’s perfect if you like eclectic but want a pared-back look. The master bedroom has a super neutral, high-contrast look with an energized palette. Geometric accents in the rug, art, pillows, and pouf give it tons of character and pops of brass warm up the modern bedroom decor.

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Traditional Chic

This master bedroom design offers a fun mix of traditional and eclectic styles with lots of dazzling reds. It’s a good look for the “grand millennial”—we like to think of it as grandma chic! The bedroom decor offers an elegant combo of red, white, and blue without feeling too patriotic. Instead, the highly saturated red pops give it an updated feel and the furniture forms are traditional—check out the caned bed frame, wingback chair, bedside tables, and gourd lamps. It also has extra fun pops of patterns, like the florals in the art and pillows, the oriental rug, and the boho bench.

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 best bedroom designsClassic Collector

For a youthful take on classic style, we love master bedroom ideas like this pared-down blend of classic and eclectic grays. It has a classy, formal vibe but also doesn’t take itself too seriously. For the person who loves to collect or has a love of older things and styles, it’s a great way to show off your personal tastes. The room has lots of layers, like the nightstand decor, pillows, and rugs, so it is streamlined but still plush and cozy. And the unexpected color combo of orange and purple/grey adds softness while the whites help brighten it up!

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Rustic Minimalist

We can’t leave teen bedroom ideas off this list! Rustic bedroom designs like this room are ideal for the young national parks enthusiast/earthy nature lover out there. It has an earthy palette with a laid-back vibe and the greens and neutrals help create a serene and safe outdoorsy space. The room features minimal styling and a clutter-free living area so your teen has a cozy, comfortable modern bedroom to retreat to whenever they need!

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 best bedroom designsEarthy Glam

For a master bedroom with a simple, chic earthy vibe, go for lots of rich, saturated colors and warm earth tones. The room incorporates lots of metal accents—check out the brass for warmth. Organic and abstract patterns soften the industrial accents and elements like the pillows, bench, curtains and rug create depth of texture. It’s a great room for a couple with opposite styles because you can merge different tastes and create a contrast between strong and delicate looks. The color palette and industrial elements like the bed frame skew more traditionally masculine and the materials and finishes are on the feminine side.

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Elegant Connoisseur

Another of our favorite young person’s bedroom ideas, this room has a fun, light-hearted vibe. The art is playful and foundational furniture has classic shapes—like the bed and nightstand. The color palette is neutral and calm with pops of pinks and brass to lend warmth. The faux fur feels glamorous and luxurious but it also adds a youthful flair.

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Contemporary Chic

For a gorgeous take on contemporary style, try combining transitional and cheery glam decor! The result is a foundation of neutrals with lots of colorful pops in bold jewel tones. The brightly colored rug anchors the space and softer colors throughout pull from the rug’s palette. The TV over the dresser is a great way to add a viewing option into the bedroom without making it the main focus.

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 best bedroom designsEarthy Industrial

For a bedroom design that’s rich with color, we love this earthy industrial look! It features a soothing green bedroom palette with monochrome greens and a moody edge. Industrial elements like the bed, bench and bedside tables create a foundation of clean and sharp lines. Plush textures help soften the look and the layered bedding, bench and curtains keep it soft and plush. The bedroom makes references to nature with botanical art, abstract landscape painting, and plants.

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 best bedroom designsMoody Industrial

For a guest bedroom with a cool, hip vibe, check out the cool blue and white tones of this design. Straight-line furniture and hard metal lines work well with the black and grey contrasts. The asymmetrical layout with lamp and sconce and the bold, abstract art adds an edgy vibe. Overall this is one of the best blue bedroom ideas for bedrooms with a hip bachelor pad look.

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 best bedroom designsDesert Jewel

Guest bedroom ideas that mix mid-century modern and eclectic design are perfect for a Mod Collector look! This room features bold jewel tones mixed with natural materials for a major contrast. The palette feels super glam and blends in lots of pastel desert SW colors like pinks, yellows, and rust. Natural textures in the wood bed + pendant pair well with metal sculptures to add a little extra edge. And the asymmetrical lighting from the task lamp + sconce adds a super eclectic touch.

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 best bedroom designsMinimal Industrial

This bedroom design focuses on earth tones like orange, rust and greens, for an earthy minimal industrial look. The room gets warmed up with the brass sconce and wood tone ceiling while the flat weave rug and layers of pillow add soft texture. The nightstand ledge built-in instead of a free-floating nightstand works with the minimal look and there is a casual, cool vibe to the overall atmosphere.

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Contemporary Minimalist

We love the muted blue + white color scheme of this contemporary minimalist bedroom design. It gives the room a cool base and wood tones from the bed and upholstered headboard add lots of extra warmth. Layers of bedding, pillows in the window seat, a cute side table and a woven basket add softness and create a comfortable and inviting vibe. The artwork is simple but adds a focal point over the bed and added greenery brings in a pop of organic life.

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 best bedroom designsModern Rustic

This bedroom design is a blend of mid-century modern and rustic looks. It features a mid-century modern bed frame and wood tones in the side table for a rustic feel. The blue bedroom has a casual and cozy vibe, like an updated cottage. There’s a good blend of styles, like the hairpin bench with southwestern blue upholstery and lots of textures and patterns. Gingham on pillows, floral print on the rug, and the kilim on the bench add tons of visual texture and the blue butterflies offer a nod to nature.

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Organic Modernist

This organic modern design features a gorgeous leather upholstered bed frame for an unexpected statement. The clean line dresser and chair work well in the asymmetrical layout because it makes the formal furniture a little more casual. The warm, organic color scheme of orange, rust, browns and taupes is minimal with the decor but also full of simple, but impactful touches. The vintage style rug is unexpected, but anchors colors and adds pattern into the bedroom.

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 best bedroom designsFarmhouse Fresh

This modern farmhouse bedroom design features a rustic style with traditional touches like the woven bench, spindle bed and shiplap—it’s traditional and rustic in wood tones. The room has a pop of rusty orange in the pillow and rug that adds extra warmth and color. It’s a neutral look with a high contrast color scheme to give it personality. The symmetrical layout feels formal and inviting but the individual decor elements feel inviting and homey.

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 best bedroom designsRustic Warmth

Rustic and transitional styles blend together in this bedroom design to create a super stylish design in a compact space. The weathered wood furniture feels rustic and light and caning detail in the bed adds lots of texture. Layered pillows add softness and comfort and rust colors contrast with deep green walls. Nature-inspired art along with the plant on nightstand add extra organic touches to pull together the earthy bedroom look.

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Rustic Contemporary

This calming bedroom design features rustic elements and beautiful turquoise decor like the woven natural texture bench and the bookcase that doubles as a nightstand. The large upholstered bed is sleek and neutral, but loads of pillows add personality. A bold teal rug adds a pop of color for a fun, lively vibe, and classic pieces like the sculptural light fixture add interest and charm.

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Casual California

This casual California-style bedroom design has a light and airy vibe with loads of natural light. Pops of blue with neutral foundation aid in calm and serene feel. The mid-century elements in the design work well with an asymmetrical layout—it has a nightstand and bookcase on one side. The leather bench adds texture and a practical touch and the room stays bright and cheery with loads of natural light.

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Traditional Bohemian

We love the eclectic, worldly vibes of traditional bedroom designs with bohemian influences! It strikes just the right mix of old and new and the use of rich wood tones with soothing green walls captures the essence of nature. Lots of textures and patterns blend together to create visual interest without appearing too busy—and the antique dresser adds a lovely sense of history to the space.

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 best bedroom designsContemporary Luxury

This beautiful bedroom space incorporates the best of contemporary bedroom designs and traditional influences. The result? A wonderfully approachable style with a unique sense of drama! Traditional hints in the nightstand, lamps and bench provide formal touches while the neutral, light palette maintains a breezy feeling in the room. The high-contrast palette adds energy while the abstract art ties dark wood elements together for a polished look.

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 best bedroom designsEclectic Geometry

We can’t get enough of the eclectic geometry in this black and white contemporary bedroom design. It’s a busy, energetic space, and the pared-back design allows room for plenty of patterns and textures. The rich woods add heaps of warmth to the space and show off the natural beauty of the wood grain. Pattern-blending can get overwhelming but the cohesive color palette here keeps the room from feeling too over the top.

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Bold Jewel-Toned Dreams

The rustic-meets-boho look of this gorgeous bedroom is perfect for the world-traveler, daydreamer out there. It’s a mix of old-school traditional pieces that each add an element of style to the mix. It features lots of patterns for an updated take on “Grandmillenial” design style. The rich colors in walls and decor—peep the deep burgundy and blues!—mix with creams and neutral woods for a soothing space that’s full of personality!

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Dresser Styling: 10 Ways to Decorate This Bedroom Essential

It’s safe to say that most bedrooms have a dresser. But it’s important to remember that a dresser is not only a piece of furniture for clothing storage—but it also offers surface space to your room! And it’s important to consider this element in bedroom design if you want a space that feels polished and considered.

dresser decorating ideasBut what do you put on a dresser? And how do you style it in a way that looks polished and not cluttered? First, there are many ways to style a bedroom dresser, so there’s not one right or wrong answer! It all depends on your needs—Is the dresser in a kids room? Is there a TV on top of it? Do you need extra space for storage and organization?—your personal style, and what else is happening in your space. (Aka the room shape, size, and window placement.)

But there are some universal tips that you can use to style your dresser. And we’re not just talking tips for on top of your dresser, but also for around it. Keep reading for our 10 best dresser decorating ideas and tips on how to style your dresser in a way that complements your design style!

For the Contemporary TV Viewer

When you have a TV on or hung above your dresser, we recommend adding low-profile decor on the dresser top. Think: short vases and plants or a small stack of books. You want to make sure you don’t obscure the view of the TV. But using these elements on your dresser top helps incorporate the TV into the design so that it doesn’t feel like an eyesore.

We also love the idea of having a full-length mirror next to your dresser for getting dressed and having a tall basket nearby for laundry or extra storage. A taller plant on the other side of the dresser helps visually balance out the overall set-up.

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dresser decorating ideasFor the Refined Rustic Lover

Going for a symmetrical design is a more formal approach to dresser styling—but one that certainly looks beautiful. Top your dresser with a mix of sentimental objects, photos of loved ones or favorite vacations, and a plant for a vase of flowers. (And maybe even a tray for your morning coffee!) But don’t overdo it—keep your dresser top decor simple and refined.

With this approach, we like the idea of centering a mirror over the dresser—just make sure it’s no more than two-thirds the width of the dresser. Because then you can hang sconces or pendants on either side, saving surface space on your dresser while still giving you cozy layered lighting. However, this lighting approach is definitely more permanent—so it’s not great for renters or if you like to rearrange your layout often!

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dresser decorating ideasFor the Contemporary Collector

Love an eclectic bedroom design? We have some bedroom dresser decor ideas for that. Hanging a tapestry above your dresser adds soft texture and an interesting decorative element. Pair that with a large lamp to add light and give an eclectic flair to the set-up. We also love the idea of using a hat as a decorative element in your dresser styling—which also allows you to keep it close-at-hand for sunny days!

Add a practical element with a hanging clothing rack for jackets, hats, and bags, as well as a nearby mirror for getting ready. And a record player atop your dresser lets you enjoy your favorite music while beginning and ending each day.

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dresser decorating ideasFor the Discerning Collector

Hanging a mixed media gallery wall above your dresser is a perfect way to incorporate a small TV, a mirror, and some favorite artwork. With a busier wall design, keep the surface of your dresser minimal but personal—with personal touches like a jewelry box, picture frames, and fresh flowers. A neutral color palette creates a cohesive look and keeps it from feeling too eclectic. Meanwhile, large plants add texture.

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For the Mod Enthusiast

Bedroom decorating can be challenging when you have to work around doors and windows. If you have a window above your dresser, keep dresser top decor simple below the window and don’t block the view. Above, you’ll see a great example of how to style a dresser under a window, with just a lamp, vases, and a box for trinkets or jewelry. Since the dresser top design is more simple, we added a practical element to the side, with a wall mirror, stool, and storage basket—along with some cheery pops of yellow!

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dresser decorating ideasFor the Classic Collector

Just because you have a smaller dresser doesn’t mean you can’t utilize large decor. In fact, we recommend it! It’s a fun, unexpected way to play with scale. And, as long as you’re embracing the drama, consider some dramatic contrast with colors as well—like dark walls with pink, orange, and gold decorative accents.

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dresser decorating ideasFor the Rustic Traveler

Add some personality and color to your dresser set-up with a large piece of art hung above your dresser. Pair it with layered decor like baskets, plants, and an interesting lamp. Small baskets atop your dresser are perfect for jewelry, scrunchies, or makeup.

Next to the dresser, add extra storage with woven laundry hampers and other baskets—which coordinate with the baskets on the top of the dresser. A large mirror makes getting dressed and checking your outfit a breeze, plus helps make your room appear larger—a great hack for small bedroom designs!

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dresser decorating ideasFor the Contemporary Minimalist

Are you a minimalist? Go for a clean and clutter-free dresser top. Include just what you need—a small, practical lamp, and perhaps your journal and current book to keep them nearby. Opting for a larger mirror gives you a more bold, contemporary look. (And we love how the shape of this mirror echoes the shape of the dresser.) A simple, muted color palette keeps the look calm and clean.

A hamper next to the dresser is really the only other thing you need. Just make sure you opt for one with a lid if you don’t like seeing dirty socks and want to have a more streamlined look!

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dresser decorating ideasFor the Rustic Bohemian

A trunk-style dresser is a bold and unique bedroom furniture piece—not to mention very sturdy. Layering decor on and near your dresser promotes an eclectic vibe. The tapestry, mirror, and basket all add some wonderful texture. (And the basket offers both storage and an aesthetically pleasing way to fill out the empty space next to your dresser.) On top of your dresser, play with different heights of objects—like taller vases and a simple tray, perfect for placing your morning cup of tea in a way that keeps the look classy and helps ensure you don’t spill on your dresser! But, with all these layers and textures, you may want to ground the look in an earthy color palette, which gives this space a soothing vibe.

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dresser decorating ideasFor the Kids Bedroom

There are many approaches you can take to styling the dresser in your child’s bedroom—but we love taking the practical approach. In a nursery, you may want to simply go for a dresser with a changing table topper. But once you’re past the diaper-changing phase, you can leave the changing table topper on there and use it to help corral clutter and keep things organized! Here, we’re using it for layered storage of toys, blankets, and other necessities—great for small rooms that don’t have a ton of storage. We love baskets as an easy and low-maintenance way to stash kids toys. And, during the day, you can just set the basket on the floor and let your kids dig in!

To balance out the practicality of layered storage, we went with a colorful and youthful approach—with bright walls, fun poms on the basket covers, and a lovely lamp.

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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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7 Tips for Designing an Eclectic Bedroom That’s Curated, Not Chaotic

Eclectic style is a fun way to mix together looks and materials and create a style that’s all your own. But it can be a tricky look to ace, as eclectic design can easily turn into cluttered chaos.

At its best, eclectic interior design is a style that mixes together different time periods, home decor styles, textures, patterns, and colors—but in a way that feels harmonious, despite the contrasting elements. It’s all about creating a cohesive space. It’s also a great opportunity to let your personality shine. Eclectic spaces tend to lean a little boho—but really, there are so many ways to bring it to life.

We’ve covered how to design an eclectic living room, and today we’re tackling eclectic bedroom design! We love that you can really get creative with eclectic bedroom design and make it your own!

Ready to dive in? Here are our best tips to ace an eclectic look in your bedroom.

eclectic bedroom1. Start Simple

If you like the idea of eclectic style but don’t know if you can pull it off in your own space, our advice is this: start simple. We recommend starting with some small pops of color. Greens and blues are great in eclectic spaces and they pair really well with natural materials and textures. And you can walk them back or forward pretty easily—adding more or less depending on your comfort level.

Another easy way to do this is by incorporating botanical elements into your master bedroom. This is an approachable step into the world of pattern-mixing and color. Start simple by adding these elements through decorative accents like throw pillows and wall art. You can also add little adornments throughout your space. Choose blankets, pillows, or rugs with tassels or poms. Or mix some unexpected materials, like woven elements with metallic accents.

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2. Add Some Natural Textures

When it comes to designing an eclectic bedroom, incorporating natural textures is an absolute must. Natural texture adds a dynamic and casual vibe to your space. In bedrooms, we love starting with a solid foundation by getting a texture-forward bed—whether that’s one with caning details, with a rattan frame, or an abaca-wrapped headboard.

Natural fiber rugs also add great texture—and we also love the idea of layering rugs if you like the texture of a jute rug but also want something soft and fluffy underfoot. Use a natural fiber rug as your base, then layer a patterned area rug or a fluffy sheepskin on top! You can even bring natural textures to your walls by hanging some woven baskets and plates for a unique, textural gallery wall!

But incorporating natural textures in your eclectic bedroom doesn’t have to begin and end woven materials. Add pops of metal and glass in your lamps, planters and decorative objects for some sleek contrast to the more textural pieces in the room, like in the bedroom pictured above.

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3. Layer In Mixed Materials

Another key to eclectic bedroom design? Mixing materials. In a master bedroom, this can come to life through the mix you choose for your bedding and accent pillows, your rug, a headboard, and even your nightstand and dresser materials. It’s a simple way to create a relaxed, boho bedroom design.

Not to mention, this is an area where you can turn the eclectic dial up or down. You could keep your eclectic bedroom more cohesive and neutral, but punctuate it with some color and metallic moments, or you could punch it up with a wider array of materials but in a cohesive color palette

to unite the space. You can also do this by the wood tones you choose—either sticking with one wood tone throughout or adding in contrasting tones to your bedroom design.

In the bedroom above, we went for an ornately carved headboard to set a boho tone. Meanwhile, the nightstand is a brass and marble combo. We then layered in a leather fringe pendant, a cowhide rug layered with a colorful patterned rug, and an oversized woven wall tapestry. The modern butterfly chair in leather adds some of that soft, natural texture while adding to the boho vibe.

Bonus tip: Cowhide rugs are a perfect addition to an eclectic bedroom. And they’re also a great way to fill in an awkward nook!

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eclectic bedroom4. Create An Unexpected/Asymmetrical Layout

With eclectic bedrooms, you don’t have to go with a traditional layout. In fact, we encourage you to try something a little funky and unexpected! Going eclectic lets you break some of the traditional rules of bedroom design and go a little more casual.

In a bedroom, this might mean only having a nightstand on one side of the bed, choosing mismatched lamps, or going for an off-centered gallery wall. Even better: mix all of these elements together, like we did in the eclectic bedroom design, above! We love the trio of off-centered baskets on the wall—it’s so unexpected but really delightful. And the lamps? We went with one table lamp and one wall sconce, which somehow really works in this space. We also made use of that built-in nook as a nightstand alternative. But to keep this bedroom from feeling chaotic, we used a mix of natural materials and a consistent color palette to make it more cohesive.

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eclectic bedroom5. Try Some Wallpaper + Pattern-Mixing

An eclectic bedroom is a perfect place to make a major statement—and we love making a statement with patterned wallpaper! You could wallpaper your whole room for more of a statement, or just use it as an accent wall behind your bed.

With wallpaper, you have the opportunity to go as big or as subtle as you’d like. That’s the great thing about eclecticism—there’s a scale, and you can rev it up or turn it down, depending on what you’re most comfortable with. So, if you just want to dabble in the eclectic, go for a more subtle pattern. Or, you can go big with a bright, busy pattern like the one pictured above. In this design, the wallpaper also takes the place of wall art—so it keeps the look a bit more simple!

With eclectic room design, you can also mix patterns and colors. In other words, if you go for wallpaper, that doesn’t have to be the only pattern or color in your bedroom. Eclectic style is all about the art of power-clashing. So, don’t be afraid to mix patterns and colors! Just consider varying the scale. If you go for a big, bold pattern in your wallpaper, go for a smaller pattern in your bedding and rug—or vice versa!

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6. Use High-Contrast Neutrals

Eclectic bedroom design isn’t always about bold colors and patterns. In fact, another great way to dabble in eclectic style is through the use of high-contrast neutrals. To get this look, keep your foundational furniture a bit more classic and neutral. A bed in a rich wood tone is a perfect option. Then, add in contrast with decor and upholstery. This is less risky than going for an ornate or textured bed, because you can easily swap it out if you decide it’s not for you. But if it is your jam? You can work your way out as you get more daring—perhaps swapping out a white duvet cover for something darker, or getting an accent chair with patterned upholstery. It’s a great way to flex up and down and let your personality shine!

You can see this approach come to life in the bedroom design above. It’s muted, but the mix of black and white patterns feels really energized. Gallery walls are perfect for eclectic spaces—and this one features a variety of high-contrast neutrals, but in a consistent color palette that helps it feel cohesive. The patterned lamp shade and accent pillows tie in perfectly, but the mirror and bed frames keep the look grounded.

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eclectic bedroom7. Mix Furniture Styles

Eclectic style is all about mixing different styles and elements together. And this includes mixing together different furniture styles! So, you could mix a classic nightstand with a contemporary lamp. A glam headboard with two layers of funky rugs. And maybe throw in an Art Deco mirror for good measure! The key to combining so many unexpected elements is to ground the look with a cohesive color palette.

In the design above, both furniture pieces are white, even though they’re very different styles. The orange of the throw pillows ties in with the colors in the rug, even though the patterns are totally different. And the dark wall color creates some of that high-contrast neutral vibe we mentioned above, which grounds the whole space.

Bonus tip: The mirror leaning on the nightstand is an unexpected move, but in a small bedroom it’s a great way to reflect light and give the illusion of a larger space!

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Sleep In Contemporary Style: 12 Bedrooms You’ll Want to Doze in All Day

Designing a master bedroom is a fun endeavor that lets you exercise your design chops and create cozy space you can retreat to at the end of the day. And if you want to infuse your bedroom with fresh, approachable vibes, look no further than contemporary style! Contemporary is a look that’s all about relaxed approachability. It’s a fresh and clean style that feels pared down without being too stark or minimal—just the right amount of uncluttered. Contemporary design style is also a great choice for those who like dabbling in new trends but don’t want to commit to something too “of the moment.” If you like the polished look of modern bedroom design but don’t want it to feel stuffy, these contemporary bedroom ideas might be just what you’re looking for.

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Contemporary style, also known as transitional, is a mix of traditional designs and modern finishes. We like to think of it as a low-drama, “safer” style because it lets you play around with designs for bedroom styles without committing to one trend or another. Contemporary bedroom ideas are meant for easy living—this means that you feel right at home from the second you walk in. You can mix it with more daring bedroom styles to create a slightly different vibe but contemporary itself is about straightforward approachability and comfort.

This style is full of comfy furniture—you’ll often see plush and inviting designs that make you want to curl up with a good book and a cup of hot tea! Think oversized armchairs, creature comforts like plush rugs and downy linens, and straightforward nightstands and side tables that double as storage space. Contemporary style often follows “rules” of interior design, meaning symmetrical layouts and balanced spaces. It’s fair to say that there is nothing “unexpected” in contemporary design—it’s a sensible style with clean lines and conventional forms.

Similar to modern design, contemporary works best with a neutral color scheme and you’ll also find lots of chevrons, trellis, and two or three-tone geometric patterns. You can find lots of furniture, decor, linens and other essentials for your contemporary bedroom at places like Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel, and Room & Board.

The best thing about contemporary style is that it is one of the most versatile looks that you can mix with other styles to create your own unique space. To prove it, we pulled together 10 contemporary bedroom design ideas to help you get inspired!

contemporary bedroomContemporary Minimalist Bedroom

Combine contemporary design with minimal stylings to create a clean and cozy modern bedroom. These two styles are perfect for creating a casual and tranquil atmosphere in your master bedroom or a guest room. Minimal ornamentation makes the bedroom feel unfettered and bright so you can sleep peacefully after a long day. The color scheme of this bedroom focuses on subdued and soothing grays for a clean, contemporary balance. Adding in pops of lively grass green brings a refreshing, organic feel to an otherwise cool-toned space.

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contemporary bedroomModern Contemporary

Contemporary bedroom design looks amazing with touches of mid-century modern design. This bedroom is all about stylish comfort and immediately creates a relaxed and hip atmosphere. It incorporates a mix of modern patterns for a classy mid-century look—check out the wall art, bed linens, and the funky leaf print rug! To keep the patterns from feeling too loud for a bedroom, we went with a grayscale color palette. A little greenery and some warm wood accents ensure the bedroom feels warm and cozy with an overarching sense of modernity.

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contemporary bedroomPure Contemporary Vibes

This bedroom style is 100% pure contemporary to create an atmosphere of casual elegance. Unlike stark modern design, this look is super welcoming and packs in tons of smart style. Geometric patterns like the rug and duvet cover look crisp and clean against a white brick wall. Elegant touches like the bench at the foot of the bed of the striking bed frame make the space feel serene and modern. And the navy blue and gray with bright pops of yellow add just the right inviting touch.

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Mod Enthusiast

We love this bedroom’s pairing of mid-century modern and contemporary. The design is sparse but manages to feel supremely fresh and welcoming, and the lack of clutter creates an airy and elegant atmosphere. The pared-back bedroom combo allows for funky statement wallpaper that offers a visually stunning backdrop (one of our favorite wall decor ideas for bedrooms). And the crisp, wintery whites lend the space romantic modernity that can stand the test of time.

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Discerning Minimalist

This contemporary bedroom design incorporates elements of both mid-century modern and minimal styles for a look that’s discerning yet casual. This is a great option if you’re looking for contemporary bedroom ideas that create a dignified and modern bedroom atmosphere. The refined mix of materials, like leather, linen and wood, look striking with understated neutrals and rich black accents. A bedroom like this is a testament to the peacefulness of monochrome style!

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Serene Contemporary Style

Another great contemporary bedroom design for purists, this master bedroom is 100% modern comfort. The atmosphere exudes hipness, yet the bedroom is still down-to-earth and accessible. A muted gray color palette draws attention to the pastel wall art with pops of pink and blue to create a soft, cozy vibe. And the clean silhouettes and pared-down styling makes the small bedroom design feel more open and expansive.

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Cool Contemporary Style

If you want a calming, bedroom with a curated look, this blend of minimal and contemporary strikes just the right balance. The aesthetic is all about creating discerning tranquility—the bedroom looks as immaculate as an art gallery yet still feels welcoming and soothing. To retain a sense of warmth, it makes minimal use of mixed materials like metal, buckskin, and dark wood. And the bedroom has a low-profile color scheme focused on dark grays with a few pops of warm yellow to give it a playful vibe.

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Contemporary Bohemian

If you aren’t super into the sleek looks of modern bedroom design, try blending contemporary with elements of rustic and bohemian design. This combo results in a bedroom with a charming personality and a welcoming atmosphere. Natural materials like wood, leather, and woven accents make this bedroom homey and approachable, but it still has a crisp and clean aesthetic overall. The neutral palette is super zen and earth tones like camel and terracotta warm it up and offer a rustic, organic appeal.

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Classic Contemporary

This contemporary bedroom features classic elements for sophistication and elevated comfort. Furniture pieces like the platform bed and the gorgeous twin nightstand lamps add to the refined and cozy atmosphere. Classic formal touches like the gold accent add additional polish—and we love the assortment of textures. The upholstered headboard makes a definite statement against the dark blue-green wall—and the warm cream tones play up the elevated feeling of this luxurious bedroom.

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Contemporary Chic

Adding a few well-placed touches of glam design to your contemporary bedroom is a great way to create a look of pampered simplicity. A dramatic green wall color creates a dark and moody base and the light gray platform bed and rug feel restive and relaxing. Glam materials like velvet, gold, and glass give this look a classy boost, and the stimulating hues and rich textures add to the luxurious modern atmosphere.

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Contemporary Collector

If you like a master bedroom that feels as lavish and serene as a snazzy spa, this mix of transitional and eclectic styles might be just what you’re looking for. The look starts with transitional base furniture like the king-size bed and armchair—think clean lines and expected forms that offer a sense of livable ease. The neutral palette is crisp and calming, perfect for creating a delightful bedroom oasis. To give it a little personality, layer in eclectic accents on top like playful patterns, geometric shaped nightstands and lamps, the mid-century bench, and tropical art. The eclectic mix of materials enlivens the bedroom—just pick items based on what looks good together, like the natural jute rug, chair, and bench. This look is great for striking a balance between unique and serene space. It has a simple, accessible design but the accents give this design a totally original character.

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Contemporary Comforts

Who doesn’t love a bedroom filled with creature comforts! If you’re into plush and cozy spaces, you might just love the style of a rustic-transitional bedroom like this. The design is all about comfort—it’s the perfect bedroom for cozy hibernating (or sheltering-in-place!). The bedroom’s foundational furniture is plush and ultra-comfy, like the upholstered shelter bed and plush oversized armchair (because a bedroom seating area is always a good idea).

Natural textures are a great way to bring the outdoors into your bedroom, adding an approachable element. For extra soothing vibes, we went with a neutral color palette and the super comfy sheepskin rug, white linen armchair and white duvet cover look clean and cozy at once. This bedroom is functional too! The baskets, nightstand, and side table offer plenty of storage and the armchair and pouf provide extra seats when you don’t feel like lounging in bed.

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Rustic Contemporary

Mixing transitional and contemporary design elements is great for creating a welcoming space with rustic vibes. The look features sleek pieces with streamlined, clean lines and a hint of minimalism. Rustic materials like the weathered wood bed, distressed and vintage-style rug add texture and cozy charm. And the plush layers in pillows and curtains are perfect for a bedroom. Notice there’s not a lot of stuff—minimal clutter adds to a clean vibe in the space. This style is great if you want a rustic design without a lot of stuff—mixing it with contemporary keeps the bedroom approachable and fresh.

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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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Stress-Free Hosting: 7 Things Every Great Guest Room Needs

guest room essentialsHosting season never seems to end! Whether you’re hosting for Thanksgiving or the holidays, this time of year it seems like guests are always around the corner. Whether you’re hosting an intimate get together or the whole family, being the host with the most extra bedrooms is no easy feat.

But fret not, the secret to stress-free hosting isn’t skipping town for the weekend, it’s a well-prepped guest room that’s sure to impress.

Since you probably already are familiar with the guest room basics like a bed frame, comfy mattress, and clean linens, here are 7 of our favorite ways to whip your guest room into shape, all before your in-laws arrive.

1. Set Up a Place to Unpack

After they lug their suitcase up the stairs, your guests will appreciate having a place to park their luggage and unpack.

Try placing a bench or a pair of poufs at the foot of the bed. This also doubles as a great place for them to take shoes off or get ready for the day.

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2. Keep Guests Feeling Cozy

No matter the season, give your guests the hotel treatment by readying your guest room with a basket stocked with extra linens, pillows, and blankets.

Think cozy cashmere throws, cable-knit blankets, and fluffy pillows for winter, or linen sheets and cotton throws for the warmer seasons.

3. Dress to Impress

Sometimes it’s those finishing touches that truly round out the guest room ambiance.

A full-length mirror is just the accent piece that brings a luxe look and feel to the space. Place one against a wall for your guests to use while they get dressed for breakfast or dinner.

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4. Start a Conversation With Art

Tell your story to visitors through the art and objects you display in your home.

While this might not seem like an essential, showcasing unique art and accessories is a great way to make your guests’ stay more memorable.

Not sure what to pick? Think about choosing pieces that will spark a conversation – photographs from your trip to Iceland? Perfect. A woven plate that looks better on the wall than in the kitchen? Yes please!

5. Make Storage Easy

Set your guests up for success with a handy place to stash clothes, toiletries, and even surprise hostess gifts (wishful thinking?).

A stylish dresser and pair of nightstands is a great place to start! Also consider pulling in a woven hamper for your guests to easily toss used towels and linens. This simple addition majorly ups the hospitality factor.

6. Ensure Ample Lighting

Place a pair of reading lamps on the nightstands, but don’t forget to think about lighting for the rest of your guest room as well.

Sconces above a dresser or on the wall opposite the bed can be a light-touch way to add more sources of illumination, while a floor lamp by a window will cast a warm glow that can help cozy up the ambiance for your guests.

7. Make Room for Personal Space

Give your guests a place to relax and unwind with a cozy reading nook or desk area. This is a great, no-pressure way for them (and you) to enjoy some personal space during their visit.

Add a bookcase with old and new tomes for guests to peruse, and even include a tray stocked full of goodies like coffee, tea, and snacks.

It’s these finishing elements that can truly make a space feel homey for visitors.

 

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Wall Art Ideas: 5 Creative Ways To Fill Blank Walls

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Blank walls are full of possibilities. It’s easy to dream up a million ways to fill them, but oftentimes it’s difficult to pick an idea that works for your style and your space.

To help, we rounded up 5 of our all time favorite wall art ideas to inspire you.

We rounded up 5 of our all-time favorite wall art ideas to inspire you and your home.

 

Over-Sized Wall Art Ideas

1. Opt for Over-Sized Wall Art

Large-scale paper wall murals are one of our favorite wall art ideas. They are easy to hang, easy to move, and easier on the wallet as they don’t require framing (which, when it comes to large wall art, can cost more than the art itself!).

Learn More: 5 Budget-Friendly Ways to Try the Over-Sized Wall Art Trend

 

Wall Art Ideas for the Bedroom2. See It Side-By-Side

Looking for wall art ideas for the bedroom? Try hanging two pendant pieces above your nightstands. This option works well if you have a tall headboard or if you crave a little negative space.

Learn More: 6 Over the Bed Decorating Ideas

 

Wall Art Ideas – Animal Portrait3. Add a Little Whimsy

Animal art doesn’t have to mean that horse poster you had in your bedroom growing up. A fun and approachable way to make your space feel unique, try adding an animal portrait to your home. This portrait of a highland cow named Gertrude is one of our current favorites.

Learn More: 7 Ways To Try The Animal Portrait Trend In Your Home

 

Wall Art Ideas for the Living Room

4. Crown Your Sofa

The best seat in the house, as far as your art is concerned, might be the blank wall above your sofa. Give this living room focal point the royal treatment by crowning it with something special. Be it a mirror, gallery wall, or a bold piece of art, it’s your space so make it something you love to look at daily!

Learn More: 3 Ideas for the Wall Above Your Sofa

 

Wall Art Ideas – Gallery Wall5. Try a Gallery Wall With a Twist

Who doesn’t love a good gallery wall? Rather than going with the standard grouping, try propping a few of your favorite pieces on a shelf above your sofa. This is a especially great if you like to switch up your artwork or move pieces around on the regular.

Learn More: 6 Fresh Takes on the Gallery Wall

 

bedroom design tips

7 Bedroom Design Tips to Help You Sleep Better

You don’t need us to tell you how important a good night’s sleep is to your health.

And while we all know catching our full 8 hours of uninterrupted Z’s is important, it can be hard for many of us to actually make that happen.

Because while it would be great if our habits simply guided by our intentions, they more often are triggered by our environments. A well-designed bedroom can be a key ingredient in a bedtime routine that makes sleep a priority.

Here are 7 bedroom design tips to help you get better sleep.

bedroom design tips1. Find the Right Spot

The placement of your bed can have a huge impact on the quality of your sleep.

Consider where the sources of natural light are in your bedroom and where your bed is in relation to things like doors and walkways. Bedroom Feng Shui principles suggest that you avoid placing your bed directly in line with the door and, if possible, try and place your headboard against a solid wall.

Ultimately what matters most is that you find the layout that is most comfortable for you. If you need help, Modsy can show you optimal layouts for your space in a 3D model of your room.

Bedroom design tips2. Park Your Screens

We all know it’s good sleep hygiene to put down our screens at least 30 minutes before going to bed.

Bake this habit into your bedtime routine by carving out a designated place to park your electronics so they don’t detract from a good night’s rest. Try placing a charging station on the other side of the room, or consider adding a tray to your nightstand to hold your phone at night.

By creating a designated place to hold your electronics you can get into the habit of eliminating pre-bedtime distractions and get a better night’s rest.

3. Keep It Climatized

Outfitting your bedroom to keep you comfortable is super important.

If you run cold, consider adding extra blankets and fluffy pillows to your bed. If you run hot, look for sheets that will help keep you cool at night.

bedroom design tips4. Layer Your Lighting

Having only one, bright overhead light in your bedroom is the opposite of relaxing. Try adding different light sources in your bedroom to create a layered and relaxing vibe.

This will give you more control over how bright your space is. Turn it up bright in the morning when you’re getting ready and opt for softer light in the evening when you’re winding down.

5. Ban Clutter

There’s nothing like a big pile of dirty laundry staring you in the face to make going to bed less relaxing.

Kick clutter to the curb by designing a bedroom with ample storage. When everything has a place, keeping your bedroom tidy will be much easier.

bedroom design tips

6. Designate Areas for Different Activities

For many of us, our pre-bedtime routine might involve as many things as laying in bed, watching TV, and working on our laptops all at once. This jumble of activities can confuse our brains and make it hard to focus on getting a good night’s sleep.

Try creating a designated space for different activities in your bedroom. Maybe you have a desk by your bed where you attend to some late-night paperwork. A comfy armchair in the corner can provide a great reading nook.

This can help create environmental cues that tell your brain when it’s time to do what. So at the end of a long day, when you finally do tuck yourself into bed, your brain knows it’s time to sleep.

bedroom design tips7. Make It Yours

Your bedroom, like the rest of your home, should be a reflection of you!

There’s no greater deterrent to good sleep than a bedroom that you hate spending time in.

Pick furniture and decor that speaks to you and turn your bedroom into a place you want to go to bed early in. So even if you can’t – because you know, life – it’ll still feel like a treat when you finally get there.

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