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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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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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Bedroom Essentials: 9 Things Every Bedroom Design Needs

Bedrooms are some of our favorite rooms to design. Why? Because they’re intimate, personal, and all about you. They can reflect your style and personality more than any room in your home since they’re just for you.

And right now, as we’re all spending way more time at home, bedroom designs are more important than ever. Our houses have become not only the place where we eat and rest, but they’re our offices, schools, daycare centers, playgrounds, gyms, libraries, and so much more. With all that, it’s so important to have spaces of separation in our homes. More than ever, we need our bedrooms to be a retreat where we can relax, unwind, and get away from the frenzy or stress of the day.

But when it comes down to actually designing a bedroom, many people struggle with knowing what to do. What are the things in the bedroom that are essential? What are some of the fun, creative add-ins if you have a little extra space? Function is, of course, important. Bedrooms are for sleeping, above all else! But beyond the basic functions, it can be difficult to know what else you need.

That’s where we come in. We’ve rounded up a list of the nine bedroom essentials that will make every bedroom more cozy and relaxing.

bedroom essentials1. Layered Bedding

We spend about a third of our lives in bed—so we might as well be comfortable! Create a cozy, welcoming space with cozy, layered bedding. Start with a plush duvet. We love crisp white—but patterns can also be really fun to add pops of color and personality to your space! Then layer in soft sheets and maybe even a memory foam or down mattress topper! Why not?? Comfort is key, after all. Top off your look with some throw pillows. They can add both style and extra support for late-night reading or movie watching.

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bedroom essentials2. A Well-Styled Nightstand

Nightstand are about as essential as a bed in your bedroom. Because, when you’re lying in bed, you need a place to set down your phone and a glass of water. But you don’t want it to get cluttered. Keep your nightstand well-styled with just a few other bedroom essentials—like an alarm clock, a lamp, and maybe even a framed photo and a plant or flowers for a personal touch! Plus, it’s handy to have stashable storage within reach. And if your nightstand has a built-in shelf, it’s a great place to keep a stock of books or magazines. When choosing a nightstand, just make sure that it’s the right height to accompany your bed. Not sure where to start? Peek our complete guide to finding the perfect nightstand.

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bedroom essentials3. Cozy Reading Nook

Your bedroom should be a quiet place to retreat at the end of the day. Having a bedroom seating area that you can designate as a place to read, relax, and unwind each evening is essential. And it can double as a relaxing place to have you morning coffee! It doesn’t take much—just a chair, tucked in the corner. (Though you could also add a pouf for a footrest, a side table, a lamp, and some comfy pillows if you really want to deck it out.) Especially right now, when we’re all stuck inside, having a place to sit that isn’t the living room—but also not your bed—can really make a huge difference for your mental health.

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bedroom essentials4. Curtains

Natural light makes all the difference, doesn’t it? So, welcome it into your bedroom! But your neighbor’s porch light that goes on at 3 a.m.? Not so much. Enter: window treatments. They’re bedroom essentials! Curtains are great for privacy and for controlling light at different times, helping you sleep better. But they also add a lovely textural element to your space, whether they’re made of light gauzy material, soft linen, or crisp cotton. And if you hang them a few inches above your window frames, they’ll also help create the illusion of more space in your bedroom as they draw the eye up. Light sleeper? Go for blackout curtains.

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bedroom essentials5. Floor-Length Mirror

On a functional level, your bedroom is probably the space where you get dressed. So a floor-length mirror is a must in your bedroom design for making sure you look your best from head to toe! (How else are you going to capture that #ootd pic?) They also help visually open up the room by reflecting light, making even small bedrooms seem more open and airy! There are so many style options to choose from, too—whether you’re looking for a framed or beveled mirror, rectangular or oval, sitting on the floor or hanging on the wall. The options are endless!

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bedroom essentials6. Plenty of Storage

A cluttered room leads to a cluttered mind. And honestly, we just don’t need that. Keep your bedroom design feeling zen by investing in the right storage options. Dressers, nightstands, clothing racks, floating shelves, baskets, and bookcases are all great bedroom storage ideas. You can personalize the storage options based on your space and style.

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7. A Space for Your Favorite Activities

Since your bedroom is the most personal space in your home, make sure you create some room for the things you love most. An aspiring yogi? Create a yoga corner or meditation zone. Working on the next great American novel or love to unwind with a craft? Tuck in a desk for an inspiring workspace in your bedroom. Have a big reading goal for 2020? Then a reading nook is a must. Whatever makes your heart sing, make space for it!

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bedroom essentials8. Plants

If you haven’t heard the news, then hear it now: plants make people happy! So, bring some calm, cheery vibes into your bedroom with a few green friends. These can be fresh blooms, low-maintenance succulents, your favorite potted plants—or, go faux if you don’t have a green thumb! Short of floor space? Go for a hanging plant!

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bedroom essentials9. Statement-Making Art

Crown your bedroom with some show-stopping art. It’s the perfect way to personalize your space a bit more! Having something nice on your walls that makes you smile will make your bedroom a much nicer place to be. And it doesn’t matter what it is, as long as it inspires you and makes you happy. It can be a painting or print by your favorite artist, photos from your travels, an eclectic gallery wall, or you could even frame your kiddo’s art!

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April Edit: Our Favorite Bedroom Designs of the Month

What can we say: we love coming up with fun bedroom design ideas! No one can argue that having a great bedroom design is a major game-changer. We think it’s ultra important to become your own designer when it comes to choosing a style, decor, furniture, and bed frame style for your personal oasis.  They are our at-home sanctuaries and the place we associate with relaxing, rejuvenating, resting and getting a great from the business of the world. If you’re at home and can’t leave the house, bedroom ideas might just be on the top of your mind!

Since we’ve all been safely staying at home for the past few weeks, it makes sense that you’re  looking around at your surroundings. If you’re considering making a few changes to your home, the bedroom is a great place to start! It’s important to invest in master bedroom ideas that suit all your needs and makes you feel good. If you’re looking for some bedroom inspiration, check out our favorite bedroom design ideas this month!

 bedroom designsHigh-Contrast Coastal

If you love dark and moody bedroom designs, this daring coastal look might be just right for your master bedroom oasis. It is a contemporary style featuring home decor with coastal influence so you get those beachy vibes while you sleep. We love ideas for bedrooms with a dark and dramatic color palette and this one tops off the black and white with pops of blue.

This look is great for a small bedroom and offers a cozy layout and wall space with a gallery wall shelf that’s used for decor. The large circular mirror layered with a headboard creates the illusion that the bedroom is bigger than it is and the stark white touches pop against satiny black walls.

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 bedroom designsA Leather Platform

This master bedroom design mixes minimal and mid-century modern style influences, one of our favorite designer bedroom ideas! The neutral color palette is bedroom-friendly and has cheery pops of blue to warm it up. It’s minimal in furniture with one nightstand and a dresser on the other side of the bed, and it has pendant lighting that doesn’t take up extra floor space in the bedroom. The rug adds a warm blue hue to the overall atmosphere so you get those cozy sleeping vibes. And the platform bed adds an extra layer of texture to the bedroom with the rich leather upholstery.

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 bedroom designsBedroom Comfort

This bedroom design is one of the best ideas for a softer take on rustic minimalism. It features a warm, neutral color palette with pops of blue and purple and a crisp white cover on the designer bed. The layout is cozy and intimate with an oversized chair for reading by the sunny window. There is extra storage in the baskets and also in the nightstand with drawers.

And layering rugs, like this plush rug over a flat weave rug, adds extra comfort and depth in space. It’s always great to layer rugs near in a bedroom—put them near a seating area for extra cushioning!

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 bedroom designsSophisticated Blue

For a refined rustic style, we love this sophisticated blue bedroom design idea. This room features a sophisticated color palette of neutrals and navy with a crisp white bed, a perfect combo for a soothing, serene setting. The warm wood adds a rustic touch while soft white upholstery adds extra refinement. The traditional rug adds pattern and classic touch to make it feel even homier. The bedroom design features an open layout and even room for a reading nook! If you’re looking for more bedroom seating ideas, a cozy armchair in the bay window is a great way to create a distinct and separate space so you can choose to read in bed or out of bed!

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 bedroom designsA Nightstand Moment

We love the rustic style of this pared-down bedroom design. The furniture and most of the bedroom decor is in an earth tone color palette, giving it an outdoorsy vibe that is peaceful and calming. The interior design uses lots of natural woods and details like the caning inlay in the bed and the rattan woven pendant light add extra character. The nightstand is the focal point of the bedroom and features layers of decor and cute art.

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 bedroom designsMinimalist Comfort

This bedroom design features a rustic minimalism style with cool, calming furniture and decor. The style is rustic minimalist with natural wood tones and clean, pared-down styling. The foundational pieces have clean lines and the color palette is neutral with refreshing pops of sage green on the bed. The rug adds a welcoming element and plants help soften the modern nightstand with an organic touch. Wall sconces are good for this look—minimal but rustic in style and they don’t take up extra space in a master bedroom or guest room.

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Elegantly Traditional

This bedroom features a beautiful combo of traditional design with a rustic flair. We love the calming neutral color palette with pops of blue to give it more character. The floral print in the rug and pillows is very traditional—but it doesn’t look stuffy or old-fashioned in this interior design. The furniture is large and stately with lots of traditional dark woods. And the upholstered bench adds a practical and elegant touch to round out the style of this handsome bedroom.

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The Cozy Traditional

If you love traditional style but don’t want to commit to it 100%, try pairing it with some rustic elements like this posh bedroom design. It starts with a neutral color palette of soft, pale pinks and blues with a crisp white comforter. Then it gets tons of extra warmth and texture from the wood furniture and leather bench. The tall tufted headboard adds a sophisticated touch and extra comfort—imagine sprawling out in this plush luxury of this cozy bed! This bedroom design also has a super functional layout—the look is totally polished and it even offers a reading nook in the window bay.

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Transitional Turquoise

This stylish bedroom uses transitional style to set the stage—and a beautiful turquoise statement rug to make a splash! The color palette is mostly neutral with pops of blue and touches of black for dramatic effect. Layers of pillows add depth and patterning to create visual interest in place of wall art above the bed. A ladder bookcase acts as a nightstand—this is a great way to add decor and practical storage to a small bedroom design. The rug really steals the show, though. It adds comfort to the hardwood floor and gives the room a strong dose of bold color to liven up the bedroom.

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Taupe-y Goodness

This bedroom design achieves a totally soothing style by blending elements of transitional and coastal looks. Neutrals, browns and whites make up the monochromatic color palette and lots of varied textures keep things interesting! The jute rug has a coastal feel and mimics the texture of nightstand lamps and patterned pillows add depth.

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Cool & Collected

Coastal and rustic styles paired together make for a cool, casual bedroom design in a light and bright space. This design has a mix of patterns to add an element of fun—check out the textured rug, the polka dot pillows, and the funky stylings of the mirror and lamp. Caning in the bed frame adds extra detailing and the nightstands have an antique/weathered look for extra personality. A color palette of bright earth tones keeps this bedroom feeling natural and organic with an air of sophistication.

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Small & Breezy

We love the blend of classic and coastal stylings in this bedroom. The woven basket and sconce add touches of jute for a coastal feel, just like a seaside retreat. And nothing says “classic” like a wrought iron bed frame in a homey bedroom design. The vintage rug also adds a vintage touch and gives the room a pop of color.

Small space hack: This 3 drawer chest doubles as a nightstand and we used a sconce instead of table lamp to save on surface area!

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Bold Rustic Vibes

This bedroom design shows off a cool modern style with rustic warmth. The color palette uses a smoky blue wall as the base with neutral furniture and decor. Pops of blue in the geometric area rug help tie the whole look together. The high ceiling makes it easy to use a tall headboard and still place art over the bed for a dramatic centerpiece—and the tall chandelier helps to connect the space. The patterned rug pulls in all the colors of the space and anchors the design. And there’s even a small seating nook with a floor lamp in the corner for a practical touch.

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A Touch of Gold

Minimal master bedrooms are always a good call if you like serene, uncluttered spaces for sleeping. But if you want to spice it up a bit, add a little glam! This modern bedroom has furniture with clean lines against a black accent wall that grounds the space and adds a little drama. Layered rugs add comfort and warmth to the minimal style but the glam touches really give this bedroom extra flair! The gold-flecked hide rug, velvet eclectic pillow and abstract art offer just the right amount of personality and vibrance to this minimalist space.

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Organic Minimalism

Organic minimalist style in a bedroom is perfect for washing away the stress of the day. The warm neutral color palette helps create a tranquil space for rest and relaxation. The rug looks great against the dark wood floors and the subtle tribal pattern adds interest without being too distracting. Curved chairs and a wood side table add a minimal touch and soften the lines a little and the woven and tiered pendant light adds drama and a focal point to the design.

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Pleasantly Pastel

We totally dig this mid-century modern bedroom design with its pretty-in-pink color palette! Pastels take center stage here with blush tones being the main color—a perfect hue for a romantic master bedroom. The wall art adds more color and a hint of drama to the room—same goes for the funky pillows! It’s a small bedroom so we went with a tiny nightstand and a pendant light to preserve surface space. And the upholstered headboard adds a soft, youthful touch to make this home styling extra welcoming and warm.

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A Minimal Mood

This bedroom design is minimal and masculine in style, with a cool, crisp look we adore. The main pieces are mostly made of metal and wood. Their low-to-the-ground profiles add to the minimal style and create a little drama. The plush gray carpet adds warmth without messing up the clean lines and bareness of the room and the sculptural chandelier is all you need when it comes to decor!

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Get Your Traditional Design Fix With These 12 Traditional Bedroom Designs

If you are looking for bedroom designs for the master bedroom in your home, you’ve probably come across every kind of style imaginable! Bedroom designs can be country chic, sleek and modern, contemporary and cool—name your tastes and you can whip up a design to match. A lot of people opt for modern bedroom designs because they are minimalist and serene—but they can also feel a little harsh if they are too sleek. If modern isn’t your cup of tea, maybe a traditional bedroom style is more up your alley!

Traditional design has withstood the test of time. It’s a style that mixes in more classic designs with vintage or antique appeal. Traditional bedroom designs have remained popular for decades—and for good reason! It’s a versatile, classic and elegant look that never goes out of fashion. Read on to get inspired by these 12 traditional bedroom designs!

 traditional bedroom stylePurely Traditional

Sometimes the timeless quality of pure traditional bedroom designs can speak for themselves.

This room has all the classic features and a refined atmosphere of traditional style. The design has lots of traditional decorating detail, including the four-poster bed, wrought iron details on the cabinet, a rattan wingback chair, and a spindle leg pedestal table. And the earthy palette with a few pops of color gives this transitional bedroom just the right amount of personality.

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 traditional bedroom styleRustic Warmth

This master bedroom mixes up rustic and traditional style for a perfect balance of warmth and elegance. Natural materials, like wood, jute, and cane, create a cozy atmosphere and elegant appointments like the lamps, chandelier and wall art keep it classy. Traditional bedroom designs benefit from added touches like the undertones of green in this neutral palette. The light colors help keep the room feeling cheery and fresh.

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 traditional bedroom styleClean and Traditional

Traditional bedroom designs mixed with transitional touches are perfect for a master bedroom that’s livable and elegant at the same time. This bedroom has a mix of ornate (tufted pieces) and uncomplicated finishes (modern end tables). The pared-back style feels clean and concise with a few classical touches. The botanical wall-art has apothecary vibes and traditional appeal. It’s a super relaxed traditional bedroom design thanks to blue-gray walls and stately earth tones.

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 traditional bedroom styleTraditional Contemporary

Traditional bedroom designs also work well with contemporary elements. The overall look is familiar and relaxed, and the asymmetrical layout makes foundational furniture feel more approachable. Furniture is traditional and contemporary at the same time and it creates a subdued look—great for getting some restful sleep. The headboard has a traditional silhouette but the upholstered platform and smooth finishes are very contemporary. The bright blue pops of color pull this style together and make the whole decorating scheme feel crisp and refreshing.

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Traditional Eclectic

We love this traditional bedroom design with an eclectic vibe! There’s a collected feel to the styling that makes it extra charming and cozy and the gallery wall offers an exciting mix of colors and patterns. The design blends a variety of materials like wicker, natural wood, metal and cowhide and dark earth tone accents tie all the different design elements together!

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Cozy Traditional

If you’re into contemporary furniture, but still love traditional bedroom designs, try combining both! Pairing these two looks creates approachable tranquility with an inviting, airy atmosphere. Bright and crisp materials like natural wood, brass, and cowhide look great with the lively pops of blue and camel. This bedroom design has plenty of lighting, also, adding to the brightness of space.

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Modern Traditional

Mixing up traditional bedroom designs with modern elements immediately creates a lively and familiar look. More casual than a pure traditional bedroom style, this master bedroom is the perfect space to enjoy a relaxing evening and get a good night’s sleep. The design features an inviting mix of pattern and detail—the modern geometric pillows and wall art fit right in with traditional feeling tufted headboard and rug. And the subtle pale gray tones are super zen and invigorating pops of yellow and earth red help to warm up this design and make it more inviting.

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Modern Rustic Traditional

Modern Rustic is one of our favorite styles to mix with traditional bedroom designs. It creates an approachable, relaxed yet dignified atmosphere, great for a cozy sleeping space and for lazy Sunday mornings in bed. Natural and industrial materials like wood, linen, metal blend perfectly with distinguished dark earth tones for a seamless design. And the formal, symmetrical layout gives this room a stately vibe.

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Classic Elegance

If you want a master bedroom design with plenty of refined femininity, this blend of classic elegance and traditional style might be just the right thing! These design styles together create a sophisticated atmosphere, perfect for dreamy bedroom designs. Luxe materials and patterns like velvet, glass, gold-leaf, toile create a soft, feminine look and the pleasant blue-grays and gold accents add refined quality to the design.

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Traditional Farmhouse

For the ultimate in relaxed refinement, add a little farmhouse flair to traditional bedroom designs. This bedroom starts with cozy reupholstered foundational furniture to create a luxurious traditional style. And the mix of “crafty” DIY farmhouse accents and traditional touches lend a more casual atmosphere overall. Plus, we love how well the refreshing blue-grays and greens compliment the soft pink and ivory palette.

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Transitional Meets Traditional

For another take on traditional bedroom designs with a transitional spin, this room blends elements of both to achieve a kind-of everyday elegance! The sumptuous earth tones and crisp black and white linens work together to create a stately but understated atmosphere. Dynamic and distinguished patterns keep traditional bedroom designs like this from feeling too sterile—we love how the marbling, floral, and geometric designs blend together!

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Rustic Traditional

Traditional bedroom designs can be pretty prim and proper, so if you want a more welcoming vibe, rustic design elements almost always do the trick. This bedroom design is both polished and welcoming with a mix of cozy and polished materials and finishes. Metal, linen, glass, and distressed wood create a cozy, casual atmosphere and the neutral color scheme with pops of gold add an elevated touch.

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10 Small Bedroom Design Tips to Help You Make the Most of Your Space

Small apartments and homes, by nature, often have small bedrooms. And these small bedrooms are often difficult to design. How big of a bed can you squeeze in without it feeling like it’s taking up the whole room? A bedside table on both sides of the bed or just one? What additional furniture fits in the room and how can you create a space that’s both practical and beautiful? With small bedrooms, the design challenges stack up.

And with all of the extended time at home this spring, your small bedroom is probably feeling even smaller. But don’t worry. We have a ton of tips and ideas for small bedrooms that you can put to work in bedroom designs of all shapes and sizes. And today we’re going to help you create a bedroom that’s functional and will help you make the most of your small space! Keep reading for our top 10 small bedroom design ideas, tips, and tricks.

 small bedroom design1. Make the Most of Your Square Footage

In small spaces, it’s important to maximize space by choosing multi-purpose furniture pieces. One of our favorite design hacks for small bedrooms is doubling the use of a desk by also using it as a vanity! Depending on your layout, you could also potentially use that same piece as a nightstand. Getting so much use out of one piece of furniture will save you valuable space and help you make the most of your square footage. This is especially great for rooms that function as both a space to get ready and a workspace—something we’re seeing a lot more of right now!

Choosing a desk with drawers will give you extra storage space in your room, whether for office supplies or personal care items. Add a lamp for multi-purpose task lighting, tabletop office supply storage for your workspace, and a mirror above the desk for getting ready. Then, all that’s left is picking out a comfortable desk chair, which conveniently also creates another seating option in your bedroom! Or, if you don’t want to keep every square inch of floor space available, opt for a stool that can be pushed under your desk when not in use.

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2. Let Natural Light In

In a small space, it’s important to let as much natural light into the space as possible. Natural light always makes a room feel larger, airier, and less cluttered. With views of the outdoors, it will help open up your bedroom, giving it the illusion of more space and helping it feel less visually cramped.

And with a small bedroom, don’t mask windows in heavy and large drapery. Use curtains or blinds when you need them, but leave them open whenever you can and let all that natural light come in! And, if ceiling height allows it, hang your curtains a couple inches above your window frames. This will add height and help draw the eye up, which will also help your room feel larger!

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3. Save Floor Space

Another great design idea for small bedrooms? Opting for a nightstand that’s attached to the wall instead of sitting on the floor. This option provides you with the storage space and tabletop convenience of a nightstand with a minimal form. And with the floor space you’ll save, you can add more fluid storage options underneath, like baskets and hampers—or even a stool or pouf! Wall-mounted nightstands can also be narrower than a typical nightstand, which is great for when you have only a small amount of space between your bed and the wall.

And this approach is actually something you can DIY. You could use a simple shelf or hang a drawer, like in the image above. Either way, you’re left with a clean and modern look. You can also customize the height, going lower for platform beds or higher for taller beds. Opt for a sconce rather than a table lamp, and it provides the perfect surface for a photo, plants, candles, and whatever else you like having close at hand!

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4. Don’t Clutter Up Surfaces

One of our key small bedroom ideas—or should we say rules, because this one is an absolute necessity—is to make sure surfaces like nightstands, dressers, and even the floor aren’t cluttered. We always want to avoid clutter, but it’s especially important in small bedrooms! At the same time, having ample light is essential in a small room, and you want to be able to have task lighting right where you need it. That’s why wall sconces are a great light source instead of table or floor lamps. They provide much-needed light near your bed, over a reading nook, or by a vanity—with the added benefit that they don’t clutter up floor or surface space.

And don’t worry, sconces don’t have to be complicated. Plug-in sconces don’t need to be hardwired. In fact, they hang just like a picture frame, making them great options for both small bedrooms and rentals.

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5. Use Vertical Space

Maximize the potential in your bedroom by creating storage vertically, not horizontally. Because when you have a small room, you’ll want to utilize vertical space to free up as much valuable floor space as possible. This helps your room be less cluttered, makes it easier to walk around, and creates better flow in the room.

There are many different ways you can create vertical storage. The most obvious is probably a bookcase, ideally a wall-mounted one that will save even more floor space. And, other than books, you can also fill the shelves with decorative objects and other daily items that you use. But another way to create some vertical storage is by choosing a tall and skinny wardrobe or dresser, for ample clothing storage space. Whatever you go for, the key is to draw the eye upward.

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6. Go Dual-Purpose

A storage bench is another one of our favorite dual-purpose ideas for bedrooms, because it adds hidden storage in a stylish facade. In a storage bench like the one pictured above, you could store anything from shoes or clothes to linens and books. And the dual-purpose of this piece isn’t just its stylish good looks. It, of course, also offers a seating option in your room. And if you don’t have space at the end of your bed, we also love the idea of a bench in front of a window, as a makeshift window seat!

And when it comes to style, these pieces are versatile. Storage benches come in any style and shape, so there’s one for just about any room shape. And with all the upholstery options available, it’s also a great way to add a pop of color and texture to your bedroom!

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7. Reflect Natural Light

One of our simplest small bedroom ideas? Add a mirror or two to your room. Mirrors are an amazing design solution in small spaces. They reflect the light of the room they’re in, giving the illusion of there being more light in space. This is especially great in bedrooms with few windows! They are also a great way to add wall decor and style while still being practical and functional.

We love placing small mirrors above dressers—where you can create a pseudo vanity. Large floor or wall-mounted mirrors are great for getting dressed, as a space for doing your hair and makeup, for photographing your #ootd, and generally making your room appear larger! Overall, whatever the size, mirrors are an easy way to add style and flair to a bedroom without adding clutter to the small space.

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8. Float Some Storage

If you don’t have room for a full bookcase but still want to maximize your vertical square footage, floating shelves are a great option for small bedrooms. They offer a surface to display decorative objects, photos, books, and plants, giving your space to show off your personality.

Floating shelves can be installed over a dresser, in any awkward nooks your bedroom might have, or even over your bed. They’re especially great in rooms with tall ceilings, as you can take advantage of the height to maximize space. And they’re not just for modern or industrial spaces! Floating shelves come in all different styles. Just remember that anchoring shelves to the wall makes it a more permanent fixture in the room. So, if you’re someone who likes to regularly rearrange or redesign your room, this might not be the best option for you!

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9. Use a Chest as a Nightstand

Instead of a typical nightstand, why not use a chest of drawers at your bedside table? Doing this maximizes the space next to bed for storage purposes (as dressers provide more storage than a typical nightstand) and adds double function. You’ll have storage for clothing and a nightstand surface next to bed, all in one piece of furniture!

The best way to achieve this is by choosing a chest that isn’t too tall. Something that sits at about the height of your mattress or a few inches taller is just right. You also want to make sure it’s not too deep, as it can make getting in and out of bed a bit awkward!

This is a great design option if you only have one side of bed available for a nightstand—or you could even do a nightstand on one side and a chest of drawers on the other, for balance! The main thing when taking this approach is to make sure you have enough space to open drawers and that you can easily access the chest for storage purposes.

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10. Opt For A Storage Bed

Here’s one more small bedroom idea to maximize storage space: a storage bed. It offers that double functionality that we love by combining two pieces of furniture—a bed and a dresser—into one. This is a great option because it doesn’t take up additional floor space. It’s the same size as a normal bed but adds ample storage. This eliminates the need for a separate dresser and is also great if you have a small closet.

Just make sure you have space around all sides of your bed to be able to access the drawers and fully pull them out. And if you don’t have an actual built-in storage bed and don’t want to get a new one, you can always slide baskets or storage drawers under your existing bed if it’s lifted off the floor! This is a great option for kids and adults alike, as you can buy storage beds in all sizes!

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20 Creative Ways to Add Seating to Your Bedroom

The master bedroom is our own private oasis at home where we get to relax in the evenings and greet the day each morning. The bedroom is usually the coziest room in the house—and a great way to make it even more comfortable is to add a bedroom seating area! If you want your bedroom to serve multiple functions, sitting areas are a great solution to incorporate furniture options that maximize use of the space.

With so much going on in the house, your bedroom is a retreat and relaxing space. It’s kind of like the “weekend” of the home—a space you go to unwind at the end of the workday. So it makes sense that it’s important to have additional bedroom seating, whether it’s for reading a book, doing crossword puzzles, watching a show, or just having a quiet moment to yourself.

How do I incorporate seating in my master bedroom?

There are many ways to create a sitting space in your bedroom! You’ll want to think about what your needs are, the size and shape of your bedroom, if you can make use of home furniture you already own, and other factors to come up with a bedroom design plan. To help you start brainstorming, we rounded-up 20 ways to add a seating area to your master bedroom! Read on to get ideas for your home.

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Seating for Two With a View

This type of sitting area feels casual and lounge-like—it’s a great idea for spaces that can accommodate larger furniture. The setup provides a perfect place to enjoy morning coffee, read a book or just relax in the sunlight. It’s good for couples who might want two different places to hang out, separately or together. It’s also a great idea for large bedroom layouts—the seating area is part of the bedroom but also feels like it’s own space.

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Cozy & Compact

This look features a small armchair tucked into the corner. It creates a cozy sitting area even though there isn’t a ton of space here—and with the bookcase it makes a good reading nook. There is also additional seating at the foot of the bed, and the footstools can be used to set blankets, put on your shoes, or prop up your feet while you read! This shows how you can make a little extra furniture go a long way.

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Simple & Streamlined

This master bedroom features a long bench for a sitting area at the end of the bed. It adds a polishing touch and helps to make the bed look finished since there is no footboard. The bench doesn’t take up much space and can be used to lay out outfits or keep blankets and throw pillows. A bench like this is so versatile, it can be added to a variety of different bed styles.

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A Place to Read

Sometimes all the extra furniture you need is a single seat beside the bed. This sitting area is great for reading and relaxing in the master bedroom. It doesn’t take up much space and is great for a smaller bedroom where you want another option for your bedroom sitting area. Instead of a whole bookcase, it is paired with a basket to stash books/blankets—and it has a floor lamp for great reading light.

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Bedside Manners

We love this sophisticated bedroom seating idea featuring a bedside chair and martini table. It adds a place to sit, drink coffee or tea, and get lost in a good book. This is a very elegant look and it fits into the whole design of the master bedroom. It’s great for those who prefer a more traditional setup or have a smaller space to work with. However, it’s not ideal if you are a couple and want a sitting area you can use simultaneously.

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Up On A Throne

This master bedroom seating idea is fun and functional! It turns the bedroom into a stylish, multipurpose space by incorporating a shelf. The space can be used as a work area or a vanity and doesn’t take up nearly as much room as a full furniture piece would. It’s not loungeable seating, so it won’t work for those who want a plush and cozy reading chair. But it’s great as a trendy sitting area that makes excellent use of a small space. And we are super into the mid-century modern/contemporary stylings happening here.

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Tucked Away

If you want to make use of an awkward nook or unusual space in your master bedroom, this type of sitting area is great! It uses a versatile stool tucked under a window shelf and can function as a desk or makeshift vanity space. It won’t work as a lazy reading nook, but it’s a casual, functional and inexpensive way to incorporate a desk/vanity into a smaller bedroom! The minimal-contemporary style keeps the bedroom looking crisp and uncluttered and you can save on floor space by tucking the stool under the shelf when not in use!

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End-Of-The-Bed Sofa

Placing a bench or footstool at the end of a bed is a common choice, but, if you have the room, why not make it a sofa? This sitting area at the footboard of this bed features a sophisticated loveseat with stools that you can use as footrests and coffee tables. It offers ample seating for two, fits right into the glamorous style, and makes great use of the long bedroom space.

Keep in mind that this idea takes up more space and isn’t quite as versatile as chairs (i.e. the sofa can’t be as easily moved to another position). Master bedroom sitting areas like this feel more formal and almost create a small living room area in your bedroom. This look is more of an investment, but a lovely option for a sitting area in the bedroom if you have the space.

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Bench With A View

Placing a long and narrow bench under the window of this bedroom is a perfect way to create a functional sitting area. It offers a lot of surface seating and can be much more versatile and less expensive than an armchair. Although, it’s not furniture you can lean back in and lounge/read, it’s a space-saving and convenient addition. This bench fits perfectly into this contemporary bedroom design but benches are easy to incorporate into almost any bedroom style.

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The Trendy Side Chair

If you really need to maximize space in your master bedroom, you can add a single dining chair next to your nightstand for a simple, understated reading nook. It’s not meant for hours of lounging, but it’s a trendy way to offer a practical seating area and a cool aesthetic to your bedroom. This type of seating feels casual, doesn’t take up much space at all and makes a very simple, affordable addition to a bedroom.

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Loveseat Oasis

This bedroom features a cozy loveseat tucked under windows for a relaxing sitting area. You definitely need extra floor space to make this setup work. It offers ample seating for one or two people as long as you have enough room to make sure it’s not crowded in with the bed. A loveseat adds comfort and makes a master bedroom more of a multipurpose area! It’s a great option for those who spend a lot of time in the bedroom.

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The Corner Nook

We love this classic reading nook in the window. It can only seat one, so it’s not the best choice for couples—but if you only need one chair and one nightstand, this layout is ideal. It features a floor lamp for extra reading light, natural light from the windows, and a large armchair + ottoman in the corner. This type of sitting area feels casual and adds a cozy element to the bedroom.

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One Pouf, Two Pouf

This look offers a trendy take on having a bench at the foot of the bed by using two poufs instead. Having two poufs in complementary styles but totally different looks is a great way to add character to a neutral color design, or bedroom with minimalist style. They are super versatile and you can move them around wherever needed. It’s a very casual and fun seating idea! The seats are soft and comfy and make an inexpensive addition to small bedrooms.

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Solo Seating

For solo seating, we love this simple dining style chair on the side of the room. It’s practical for those who have an occasional need to sit or set things down (i.e. clothes and bags that you don’t want to toss on the floor!). It is more for aesthetic value since it’s not super functional like a lounge chair. This is great if you have an extra dining chair you don’t use and need to give it a new home (you can easily pull it back into the dining room when hosting large dinner parties). This type of seating can feel casual or more formal depending on the chair style, but it’s a simple, understated look all around.

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Chaise Style

Who doesn’t love a chaise lounge for reading and relaxing? This large chaise is placed on one side of the bedroom and makes a perfect lazy lounge area. Bear in mind that it’s a large piece of furniture that takes up significant space, however! And it’s only a one-seater, but if you have pets or kids who love to snuggle with you while you read or have your morning coffee, it is a great choice. This type of seating is less formal because it’s all about providing maximum comfort and casual chill-out vibes.

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Formal Proportions

If you want to try something unique for your master bedroom seating, consider this look! The two modern and comfy chairs fit proportionally with the width of the bed, creating a lovely space for two people to sit and chat or relax. It’s great for medium and smaller bedrooms because the chairs don’t take up a ton of space. It feels plush and comfy, but the symmetry makes it elegant and formal so it can blend into a variety of styles!

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Bay Windows For Two

These two identical armchairs in the bay window of the bedroom are great for bedrooms with an awkward nook, unused inlet, or bay window. The nook creates a more private bedroom sitting area that is great for intimate conversations, reading, or just hanging out in the sunlight! This type of seating offers comfy furniture to lounge in and is really easy to add to a bedroom layout like this.

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Nightstand Seating

This look features consoles used as nightstands for a smart and subdued way to add seating in your bedroom. It’s an awesome idea for maximizing floor space because it allows seating to be tucked away under the “desk.” That way you have an upholstered bench, a desk and a nightstand on each side of the bed. It’s a trendy, compact and casual seating area that can be used as a writing desk, sitting area to put shoes on, makeshift vanity space, and more. This is a great idea if you’re looking for an alternative to nightstands!

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Elevated Bench

This bench at the end of the bed is different from common options for a bedroom because it has a back and arms. As a seating area, it’s way more comfortable and formal than a typical bench. It’s a great idea for casual sitting at the end of the bed and it feels informal but still offers an elegant and sophisticated look to the room. The pouf offers a place to prop up feet—or you can even use it as a side table.

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Rest and Retreat

If you have lots of extra space in your bedroom, consider these large upholstered armchairs. Placed in the bay window, they offer seating for two and each person has their own large chair to kick back and get comfy in. It’s great for morning coffee, reading, and enjoying the natural light. A shared side table and pouf offer additional surface area and comfort. This type of seating is super plush and relaxing, as long as you have the room for furniture pieces like this!

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11 Ideas for When Your Home Office is also Your Guest Room

What do you do when you need a home office and a guest room but don’t have room for both? This is a common quandary when it comes to home design—especially these days with more people than ever needing to work from home! It’s rare that we have enough space at home to have a dedicated guest room AND a room for a home office, but if you have one spare room in your house you can try to make it work for both!

However, multi-purpose spaces are always tricky. Whether you are making a guest room double as an office or trying to fit an office into your actual bedroom, you want enough space to make it feel comfortable for both sleeping and working. The good news is that with some clever design tricks, you can have a functional and stylish room that works as both. Here are 11 ways to create an office and guest room layout in your home.

1. Put a Writing Desk In Your Guest Room

This office and guest room layout features a full bedroom setup: a queen bed with two nightstands for full functionality. The arrangement leaves room for a full-size desk, also. It’s a great setup for a work-from-home situation where you need an office space in your guest room or your own bedroom. It’s also a great option for hosting guests who need to work while they stay over.

The mirror above the desk adds function as it can double as a vanity. This layout works in a small space as the desk is up against the wall so it doesn’t impede the room. The desk is the same in style/colors as other pieces so it’s cohesive and feels part of the style and room’s overall look.

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office and guest room layout2. Style a Working-Meets-Lounge Space

We love how this room feels like a lounge or makeshift living room! The daybed acts as a sofa and doubles as a guest bedroom with a casual feel. Adding a reading chair in corner aids in this look and also adds function—you can work from there as well as the desk.

This look works great with a writing desk like this that’s smaller but stylish. A office and guest room layout like this could be great for a small apartment where you need a multifunctional space. The desk doesn’t take up much space or overpower the room. It still feels casual and open and there are multiple areas to relax or work from without overcrowding the space!

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office and guest room layout3. Replace Your Nightstand

A great idea for a smaller master or guest bedroom is to skip the nightstand have a desk do double-duty. We chose a desk that is small but stylish so it works as both a nightstand and workspace. (Feeling creative? Here are 8 more nightstand alternative ideas).

The color palette really pulls this room together. The blonde wood desk sports a mid-century modern form and doesn’t add visual weight to the green, white and neutral color palette. This look works in a variety of spaces, especially if you don’t need a huge desk.

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office and guest room layout4. Open Your Space Up With a Desk Area

This setup is ideal for larger guest bedrooms. The work area has lots of space for a desk, storage, and filing so you can use it as a spare desk for working from home or even as your main home office.

We added a chair in the nook to provide extra office seating for conversation or working in an alternate location in room. The layout works because this space is so big it allows for a larger work area. Plus, having the desk/work area situated across from bed makes it feel separate.

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office and guest room layout5. Know You Can Have It All

Nothing is lacking in this space! It features a full bed setup with nightstands, a large working desk, a floor mirror, and even a dresser for extra storage. This is an awesome setup for long term guests or working from home situations—there’s lots of space so you don’t have to worry about competing functions.

The room still offers space to walk around the bed so you don’t have to feel boxed into a cramped space or layout. And smart lighting options like the sconces and desk lamp as well as modern furniture help keep the space feeling open.

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office and guest room layout6. Convert a Closet Space

Sometimes you have to get clever with your space to make a home office design work for you! This office in the guest room layout cleverly uses a funky nook space, but you can also use a converted closet space for an office. Stylistically, a few decorative touches like wallpaper and a hanging lamphelp define it so your mini office feels like its own “space within a space.”

This layout is great for someone who is tight on space and has an awkward nook or unused closet that can be converted for usable space. It’s also great if you like a desk that’s not set out in the wide-open—you can tuck away and hide things a bit. The key to making this layout work is to keep the nook sophisticated in style and cohesive with the rest of the room so it doesn’t end up feeling like a cluttered corner.

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7. Go Vertical!

We really dig this chic office-meets-mini guest room space—it’s great for urban dwellers or tiny living. The daybed is compact as well as the desk so it accomplishes a lot without taking up a lot of room. The daybed could also function as sofa during the day if you like a chill spot to work.

This whole setup would fit in a small room and is super multifunctional. The vertical desk maximizes storage and function in a tall but small space and it’s an ideal solution if you don’t need a ton of surface space to work.

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8. Work, Lounge, and Sleep!

Watch out work-from-homers—this space is a triple threat! It combines a workspace, day-time living lounge, and sleep area for guests with plenty of room to spare! The desk has its own area, which makes it easy to concentrate and be separate from the rest of the room. The lounge area is big—there’s plenty of room to spread out on the floor, relax, listen to music, collaborate, etc. And the sofa pulls out to a queen bed so you can easily host overnight guests when needed.

This is perfect for those who have an occasional guest and don’t need to use the bed often. It’s also fantastic for those who want different options for where to work within the room. Just be sure you have the space for this—it’s essential to have a larger room to make a sofa bed work.

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9. Work in Chic Style

This room works well for folks who need an occasional workspace versus an everyday dedicated office. Instead of a proper desk, this room makes use of a floating shelve to serve as a clever desk hack. Just note: it’s not a huge workspace, more of a makeshift desk for short bursts of time. You could add a few baskets underneath for storage but overall it just acts as a stylish addition to a small space.

A desk like this could be used for vanity as well with a mirror placed above it. You can also use it as a shelf when not used as a desk, and since it’s floating it doesn’t take up much floor space!

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10. Work in Sunshine

If you enjoy working in natural light, you’ll love this open workspace in the bedroom. The daybed acts as both a bed and lounge and is low enough that it doesn’t block any light from the windows. It could be used for working, collaboration, etc. The desk is cohesive and stays in style with the space so it feels like it’s part of the room instead of a sad office corner. It’s also on the small side and makes a good writing desk or a temporary work station.

You can enjoy the views out the window or take cat-nap on daybed! This is a good layout for guests who need to use a desk while they stay over or for those who don’t mind sharing a small space.

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11. Let Creativity Flow

This office and guest room layout option offers a stylish blend of comfort and functionality. The bed is the focal point but the desk is a stylish addition to space—it adds practicality and makes good use of wall space. The look works best with a desk that is long but not deep—perfect for a wall space work area.

Placing a shelf above the desk and baskets on the floor add extra storage and an easy place for decor. And the arrangement is ideal because you can look out the window and enjoy scenery while you work. This layout would be great for art projects or working from home in a creative and inspiring space! It feels whimsical and youthful so you can let your imagination run wild.

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The March Edit: 11 Beautiful Bedrooms We’re Obsessed with This Month

The bedroom is one of the most personal spaces in your home. It’s where you go to relax and rejuvenate so you are ready to face every new day. It’s important for bedrooms to be places that we love to retreat to and feel good in—how else will you have sweet dreams? Whether a restful bedroom feels like a sleepy escape by the sea, a cool color scheme, or a calming spa, a beautiful bedroom design can help you rest easy and awake feeling refreshed and inspired.

If you’re looking for ideas for bedrooms in your home, we’re here to help. Welcome to the March edit: best bedrooms edition! This post will walk you through our favorite bedroom design ideas of the month. Explore the spaces and shop each look below!

The Style: Refined Connoisseur

This master bedroom starts with classic foundational pieces like the elegant headboard, and the mix of traditional and modern elements to create a truly refined style. The palette is a play on the classic red, white, and blue color scheme, but the hues are subtly tweaked to make it both comfortable and classy.

The Key Elements

Bold, red walls set the stage for the formal drama of this bedroom (when done right, red bedrooms are amazing spaces. The earthy shade is pleasant, not aggressive, and works well with the minimal styling and overall color scheme. The room starts with a symmetrical layout and classic pieces, like the tufted headboard, inlaid bedside table and glass lamps. They are subtle but offer a sense of luxury in the materials and details. We paired these with modern touches—like the metal accents, pendant light fixture, and cowhide—to keep the space feeling fresh and current. The best bedroom ideas offer equal parts comfort and style—and this one strikes the perfect balance.

Who is this look perfect for?

Someone who loves a classic look with a hint of drama.

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bedroom designThe Style: Contemporary Farmhouse

This small bedroom toes the line between contemporary and traditional style. It features a bit of the clean lines and modern playfulness of contemporary style along with the historic charm of traditional furnishings. All in all, the space feels current but rooted in cozy traditions.

The Key Elements

Robust traditional-inspired pieces, like the spindle leg bench and designer bedside table elements, add gravitas to this contemporary space. A dark accent wall adds height to the slanted ceiling and pulls in warm tones in pillows and woods. Palette of creams and earth tones are warm and inviting and subtle geometric patterns throughout the room give it texture and life. Smoky glass lamps and the upholstered bed frame are contemporary yet approachable and rustic materials like wood, jute and linen keep a small bedroom like this feeling cozy.

Who is this look perfect for?

Anyone who has a contemporary space but prefers a traditional style bedroom.

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bedroom designThe Style: Cool Minimalist

We love the clean lines and lack of ornamentation in minimalist bedroom ideas like this. The subdued color palette creates cool, calming energy for sleeping—it’s like a breath of fresh air.

The Key Elements

This designer bedroom features deliberately spare decor to enhance the openness of a large space.  The minimalism and streamlined foundational pieces make a quiet impact and the light color palette feels extra cool and refreshing. Blue is a super inviting color and one of the best bedroom ideas when you need to add depth to a room (explore more blue bedroom ideas).

Wall art and furnishings are sparse, which brings out the subtle impact of the brick wall and vintage patterned rug. Pops of gold geometric pattern on the side tables accentuate the smooth surfaces throughout the master bedroom. They also offer large closed storage to make sure the space stays tidy.

Who is this look perfect for?

Someone who values style and simplicity and needs both for a good night’s sleep!

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bedroom designThe Style: Rustic Minimalist

This master bedroom starts with basic foundational pieces to create symmetry and balance. The rustic bedroom furniture has minimal styling and a super neutral palette and the designer combo of light woods and strong lines are perfect for anyone looking for cozy, rustic bedroom ideas.

The Key Elements

The minimal, sparse layout of this master bedroom let’s the charming and cozy foundational pieces speak for themselves. The worn wood finishes give the bedroom set the rustic charm of a countryside farmhouse. And the cool grayscale color palette makes birch wood finishes really stand out! High-contrast bedroom ideas like this give bedrooms that designer touch.

Playful details like the tiger pillow, wood bead chandelier, and geometric rug add modern charm to the otherwise old-fashioned room. And the styling and layout are extra streamlined to let the character of each carefully curated item stand out.

Who is this look perfect for?

Someone who likes cozy spaces but also a cool and crisp aesthetic.

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bedroom designThe Style: Elegant Connoisseur

This elegant bedroom features formal and glam styles brought together in a fabulous mix. Statement pieces and a color palette of rich blues with pops of yellow combine for a look that’s regal and rollicking at once.

The Key Elements

Classic foundational bedroom furniture pairs with the symmetrical formal layout in plenty of bedroom ideas. But this blue beauty gets a glam update! The tufted headboard floral pillows have a classic appeal and metal accents, luxe velvet upholstery and the pendant lights turn up the glam. And other design ideas, like the twin crane bird lamps and gold brushed abstract wall art have a chic elegance that stands out. This is a look that has fun with the design but doesn’t go crazy.

Who is this look perfect for?

Someone who wants to feel pampered in their posh space.

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bedroom designThe Style: Scandinavian Chic

Add a cozy feeling to your master bedroom design with inviting Scandinavian touches. The vibe of this room is slightly eclectic but still clean and open. The neutral palette and birch mid-century foundational pieces give off that strong Scandi vibe we love.

The Key Elements

We love bedroom ideas with an “Off the wall” layout like this. Instead of arranging the bed flush with the wall, we placed at an angle to the corner to keep things interesting. Leaning art up against the wall creates a fun, casual look—plus it leaves room for the large statement mirror and the cool pendant lights to shine.

Light wood finishes add texture but remain sleek and the neutral palette makes the space feel open and airy. The organic textures add visual intrigue throughout the master bedroom and are extra cozy and calming, while the plants play up the organic feel of this space.

Who is this look perfect for?

Someone who loves the simple, minimalist aesthetic of Scandinavian design.

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bedroom designThe Style: Rustic Traveler

Bohemian bedroom design and rustic elements make a beautiful pair! This bedroom features an eclectic assortment of furnishings and decor in rustic finishes and materials. The color palette benefits from all the natural light, making this a great place to wake up every day.

The Key Elements

This master bedroom design is the perfect blend of homey comfort and worldly style! The palette of subdued neutrals and grays make it calming and cool and pops of navy blue add contrast. Natural materials like the rattan chair, wicker headboard, and bench add warmth and the woven area rug and white room accessories are the perfect contrast against the grey wall.

The collected feel of the decor makes the space extra welcoming and unique. Cool grays and woven tans add dimension and depth to the room—and we love the playful assortment of patterns!

Who is this look perfect for?

The person who wants their master bedroom to have a unique character by showing off their tastes and travels.

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bedroom designThe Style: Mod Collector

There’s nothing boring about this modern bedroom design! It’s an awesome mix of classic mid-century modern style with youthful eclectic touches that brighten it up. It’s a balanced, curated look that gets an edge from funky statement pieces!

The Key Elements

Mid-century modern foundational furniture is the basis for this small bedroom—you can see the classic mid-century form in the bed, nightstand, and wall art. These pieces blend with edgier black and white bedding and accessories to create tons of visual intrigue.  A strong sense of geometry and pattern enlivens this relaxed modern bedroom. We love how much character the grid-like square poufs and wall art pillows give to the space. The tall industrial mirror adds light to the space and makes the narrow room feel wider—same goes for horizontal stripes on the rug!

Who is this look perfect for?

Someone who loves mid-century modern but wants to put a youthful spin on it.

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bedroom designThe Style: Modern Rustic

This style is all about creating an informal space that’s inviting and aesthetically pleasing. The small bedroom design mixes touches of mid-century modern with rustic charm for a beautiful bedroom you’ll love coming home to at night.

The Key Elements

This bedroom softens the white walls with a warm palette of gray and beige hues—a perfectly relaxing color scheme! Textures and patterns, like the ottoman, cowhide, and woven pillows, warm up the look even more. Abstract wall art, geometric-inspired patterns and the faded vintage rug could be overkill in some rooms but the neutral color palette keeps it from going haywire! And the rustic elements warm up the mid-century modern gray wood foundational pieces.

Who is this look perfect for?

Someone who likes a clean modern bedroom with a little rugged charm.

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The Style: Contemporary Chic

This modern bedroom plays off the beautiful lighting from the skylights to create a space that feels soft and approachable. The contemporary look adds a cool composure while a touch of modern glam makes it totally distinct.

The Key Elements

A contemporary master bedroom is stylish to begin with but this one feels like a place to be pampered! This room has luxe touches galore, like the dusty pink highlights and velvet pillows and curtains.

Organic materials and shapes like seagrass, the gourd-shaped lamp, a mottled rug, and curvy, wrought-iron ottomans give it a Deco feel. And the symmetrical layout is a formal design element that contrasts with the eclectic material/shape choices for a curated look. And the pops of gold and nightstand mirrors feel super glam against the white walls.

Who is this look perfect for?

Anyone who wants a mod, romantic master bedroom or a touch of Hollywood glam.

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bedroom designThe Style: California Collector

Fun west coast vibes abound in this funky bedroom! It features a playful mix of modern and traditional pieces that will make you feel happy while you hang loose.

The Key Elements

This modern bedroom design definitely has a relaxed coastal feel. It’s modern but chill, like a seaside escape—you can almost hear the waves crashing outside! The blue accent wall creates depth and the complementary orange and teal color palette create a playful harmony. The light wood bed frame and crisp white bed linens make the bedroom feel calming and serene. The guitar as wall art plays up the casual surfer vibes and the woven rug and leather bench feel both collected and casual.

Who is this look perfect for?

Someone who wants their bedroom to feel like a balmy beach getaway.

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10 Minimalist Bedroom Ideas that Prove Less is Sometimes Way More

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When it comes to interior design, do you love a more pared-back look? Something free of trinkets and frills? Then a home with minimalist style might be right for you.

What even is minimalist interior design? Minimalist design was conceptualized by the Bauhaus, a German design school in the 1920s and 30s. It’s a design style that’s guided by the idea that “less is more” and adheres to the principle that form follows function. Essentially, minimalist style results in spaces that are, above all else, functional and with few added frills. But that doesn’t mean they’re totally utilitarian. In fact, minimalist rooms can be quite elegant, as you’ll see later in this post.

For disciples of the minimalist movement, there’s a belief that minimalism facilitates a better lifestyle by stripping away the unnecessary and leaving you only with what you need—including plenty of breathing room and more brain space for creativity.

minimalist living roomWhat Do Minimalist Designs Look Like?

So, what does this actually look like? Minimalist interiors are generally void of or very light on decorative objects and have minimal furniture. What furniture is present tends to have geometric forms for visual interest and feature simplified versions of expected forms; upholstered pieces tend to be minimally stuffed. Walls and surfaces usually have smooth and natural finishes, and color palettes, overall, tend to be pretty limited.

While you can pull off a minimalist style in any part of your home, one room that we particularly love a minimalist look is in a bedroom. This is a space where lack of visual clutter can promote relaxation in a very tangible way. Because, what is a bedroom for if not unwinding after a long day (or starting the day with a clean slate)?

So, if you’re interested in creating a minimalist bedroom, keep reading. The biggest step for most people will be to simplify. This involves highly curating the space and including only the essential furniture. Beyond furniture, you’ll want to only display what is most important. The intended result? A space that offers a clean, relaxing vibe with no clutter!

minimalist bedroomMinimalist Bedroom Designs

Want to get some minimalist bedroom ideas and make this look your own? Below, you’ll find ten examples of minimalist bedrooms. Each of these rooms show you ways to blend minimalism with other styles, for a look that perfectly suits your vibe—along with room decor ideas to help bring your own minimalist bedroom to life.

Why did we mix minimalist style with other design styles? Because few people want a purely minimal space—in fact, it can be impractical. But there are so many stunning ways to integrate minimalist design with other looks for a room that reflects your style and is both beautiful and functional.

minimalist bedroom designThe Look: Classic Minimalism

This simple bedroom is about as minimal as they come. It includes only what a person actually needs, is all about the clean lines, and no added frills or ornamentation.

The Key Elements

For a truly minimalist look, we love the idea of using only one major piece of furniture in the whole bedroom. Enter: this streamlined bed frame with super functional built-in nightstands. One piece, and this room is almost complete. A grayscale color palette keeps things neutral and simple white bedding looks crisp and refined.

Though, for some visual interest, we incorporated subtle patterns in the art, pillows, and rug. This adds dimension and visual texture to the space. The matching lamps are geometric and add a sculptural element to the space. These types of additions keep the space a little more dynamic. And the large plant adds a pop of life and—along with the rich wood tones of the bed—keeps the room from feeling too cold!

It’s perfect if you…

Want to fully embrace minimalism and create as simple of a bedroom as possible.

The Look: Contemporary Minimalism

This bedroom is a transitional twist on minimal design. Purely minimal spaces can have a harsh vibe or feel impractical for everyday life—so we love that this minimal bedroom has a more livable feeling to it.

The Key Elements

The bed is the focal point of the room, with its sculptural, streamlined form and simple white linens. The brass details add a little pop of color and personality—but, ultimately, form follows function in this piece. With a bench and larger nightstands, this space features more furniture than a purely minimal space, and that’s part of what makes it feel more inviting and livable. Beyond the furniture, there are pops of art and accessories. The styling is minimal, but it gives this minimalist bedroom a more personal touch with some definite elegance!

It’s perfect if you…

Like the minimalist aesthetic but don’t want to live in a purely minimal space.

The Look: Modern Minimalism

Some personality shines through in this modern and minimal bedroom. With some fun pops of color and the playful artwork, this room really sings (and swims!).

The Key Elements

The true statement piece of this minimalist bedroom is the platform bed frame. Minimal in design, it’s free of frills, favoring sharp lines instead. But with its brass finish, it’s far from boring or straightforward. The blue accent wall complements and contrasts with the bright gold of the bed and adds depth to the space.

And the bubble pendants not only save space on the nightstands, but they beautifully add function with minimal forms. Finally, a patterned black and white rug ground the room with texture, helping break up the high contrast of the space and make it a little more inviting.

It’s perfect if you…

Prefer minimal forms but aren’t afraid of a little color and texture.

The Look: Mod Visionary

This minimalist bedroom features a style we like to call “mod visionary.” Essentially, it combines the mid-century modern aesthetic with minimal styling for a bedroom that is truly a retreat.

The Key Elements

To bring this style to life, we opted for warm, natural wood tones, primary colors, geometric forms, and bedroom furniture with tapered legs. We kept the color palette more muted—though we did add subtle pops of blue in the pillows, art, and side chair to compliment the neutral colors.

While the styling is still sparse, pieces like the floor mirror and mid-century-inspired pendant light, along with the natural textures found in the leather bench and jute rug, add warmth and dimension.

It’s perfect if you…

Love mid-century shapes with a minimal approach to styling.

minimalist modern bedroomThe Look: Moody Minimalism

The darker color palette of this minimalist bedroom gives this space an edgier vibe—but it still manages to be neutral and minimal.

The Key Elements

Overall, this room features a bit more of an eclectic approach to minimalist style. It features pops of personality with bold decor choices—like the wall art, or the sculptural and organic shapes of the plants. However, the platform bed and bench have decidedly sleek forms, while the tables and lamps have a more geometric influence. There are very few objects in this space, but each one is an understated statement.

It’s perfect if you…

Prefer a bedroom that’s bold and moody.

The Look: Glam Minimalism

You may think that minimalism and glam can’t go together. But just take a look at this minimal chic bedroom and you might start changing your mind. When mixed in the right way, these two seemingly opposite styles work quite well together. You’ll notice the bold choices in materials, shapes, and patterns—that’s all glam. But the minimalist design elements come in with the approach to form, styling, and color palette.

The Key Elements

How did we bring this look to life? Velvet and gold accents add luxe touches to this look—but you’ll notice that they’re rendered in sleek shapes and minimal designs. (Like the upholstered platform bed and the sleek but sculptural bench.)

Pops of pattern add a playfulness to this bedroom while the mid-century modern-inspired dresser and nightstand ground the look. The muted palette is punctuated with pink and warm woods, for a look that’s high-contrast but still neutral.

It’s perfect if you…

Love a little drama and glam but believe that a truly chic look is achieved with less.

The Look: Industrial Minimalism

Industrial style and minimalism are two styles that agree very nicely. This look comes to life through a minimalist approach to shape, function, and color but an industrial approach to materials.

The Key Elements

Raw woods and mixed metals add a rugged flair and show some history—bringing this look to life. Specifically, we see this in the platform bed, which features exposed metal and rough-looking wood. Sculptural forms abound, from the oversized round mirror to the table lamps and the decorative objects on the dresser.

But everything has a no-frills, non-fussy approach. The muted, neutral color palette—with crisp whites, dark woods, and a splash of gray—helps give this minimalist bedroom a spare, crisp, and clean vibe.

It’s perfect if you…

Like the depth and ruggedness of industrial materials but want a bedroom that’s still a minimalist retreat.

The Look: Mid-century Modern Minimalism

Here’s another mid-century take on minimalism, but with a little less “mod.” It features a bold approach to color, which is something that doesn’t usually work with minimal designs. But it certainly works here!

The Key Elements

What makes this space so unique is its very thoughtful approach to colors—used in just a few places but creating major impact. Blue and orange are complementary colors, but the colors aren’t just tossed around. Rather, they’re very intentionally placed in pieces that visually draw the whole room together. You’ll also notice that the shapes of individual pieces are tailored and streamlined for a very sleek look throughout.

It’s perfect if you…

Love minimalism but can’t give up color!

The Look: Refined Connoisseur

If you love classic, formal details and ornamentation, with just a touch of frill—but you also love clean, spare rooms—then this is the style for you! Refined connoisseur is an unlikely combination, but it certainly delivers. It embodies the relaxing quality of minimalist designs—with a bit of added flair.

The Key Elements

What brings this style to life is the combination of classic patterns and shapes with spare and clean styling. However, even the classic forms are more pared-down versions—like the lamps, the headboard, and the nightstands. They have classic shapes but are presented with more restrained, minimal styling. The muted color palette helps instill calm and drives home the minimalist vibe. What results is an elegant space that’s timeless yet modern.

It’s perfect if you…

Gravitate toward the formality of classic design but still love a spare, clean look.

The Look: Bold Minimalism

This room is a bold, graphic take on minimalism. It features a high-contrast, black and white color palette and bold geometric patterns that are certainly at home in minimalist designs—but with an unexpected combination of both traditional and ultra-modern elements.

The Key Elements

You’ll notice the traditional design elements in the spindle bed frame. This adds an approachable warmth to an otherwise very graphic space. However, the simplicity of the design and the black finish still feels pared down and sleek and plays up the geometric vibe. The ultra-modern moments show up in the mix of materials—lucite and metal—which you can see in the lamp and luggage stools. Meanwhile, the abstract art ties in the black and white palette while creating some visual impact.

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Want to design a kids room or guest bedroom that’s bold and unexpected.

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Layout Guide: 2 Ideas for a super large master bedroom

In our “Layout Guides” series you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. Finding the right layout for your room can be the trickiest part of interior design! This week we’re looking at two different ideas for a super large master bedroom with tons of open space.

  • The Space: A huge, open master bedroom
  • The Style: Classic Rustic and Industrial Rustic
  • The Challenge: Designing a master bedroom layout that makes use of all the open space.

Your bedroom might not get a ton of foot traffic, but it is where you do most of your important work—sleeping and recharging for the day ahead! Designing a master bedroom layout can be hard with a small bedroom—but it can be even more challenging with a super large bedroom! All that open space can feel daunting… But with a little creativity, you can find a master bedroom layout that makes use of all the open space. Check out these 2 ideas for a super large master bedroom and get some ideas for yours!

Large BedroomMaster Bedroom Layout Idea #1: Seating and Sleeping Areas

Master bedroom layout #1 blends rustic design with a very classic formal look. It’s an eclectic twist that creates a really cozy, yet elegant look in the bedroom. It has a cottage vibe with tons of rustic materials, traditional style furniture, and lots of classic underpinnings to make it more stately. The soft textures and rustic accents make it an easy, breezy feminine space with plenty of countryside charm.

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The key elements:

Queen Bed along the short wall. We chose to put the queen bed on the short wall vs the super long wall. This helps section off the room and create a cozier sleeping space – and there’s still room for 2 nightstands on either side of the bed.

Lots of storage. With a room as large as this, there’s no reason not to have ample storage! We used two full dressers and an armoire. That way you have plenty of space to tuck away your wardrobe, unused bedding, laundry, etc. and keep your bedroom clean and tidy.

Seating area. This master bedroom layout also features a cozy reading/conversation nook. This is a great addition to any bedroom and gives you a space to relax that is in a totally different zone. The rugs help separate the space so you feel like you have two rooms in one.

Will this layout work for you? Yes if you…

  • Love soft, feminine vibes with a touch of rustic charm and elegance.
  • Need a bedroom escape full of relaxing, calming energy and color scheme.
  • Want two distinct areas in your bedroom—one for sleeping and one for reading/relaxing.
  • Need extra storage to make your room clutter-free, crisp, and oh-so clean.
  • Want your window view unobstructed for maximum sunlight and views.

Master Bedroom Layout Idea #2: Bedroom with a Home Office

Master bedroom layout #2 features a more industrial take on rustic style. This design is slightly edgier, offering a more masculine version of the rustic look. It uses raw, rugged materials, like metal and unfinished wood, to give it a cozy, cabin-like feel with a downtown twist.

All the furniture features a contemporary vibe, with sharp angles, straight lines, and no decorative ornament to be found. The bold patterns and high contrast color palette help add visual texture and make the overall style feel tailored and cohesive.

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The key elements:

Bed on the long wall. Placing the bed in front of the windows on the long wall leaves the entire front of the room wide open for other purposes. This is better if you like your sleeping spot tucked away from the main entrance for a more secluded vibe.

TV viewing. Having the bed positioned here is also ideal for TV viewing against the opposite wall. We opted against using a tall bed frame for this layout so it wouldn’t block any light or view from the window.

Desk area. This layout left plenty of space in the front of the room for a desk/work area—perfect if you need a home office and don’t have a separate room for it. We used a leaning wall shelf with a built-in desk to stay in line with the minimalist look, but there’s enough room for any desk of your choice! Just try to steer clear of heavy, clunky furniture with a style like this.

Tons of storage. The master bedroom layout also allows for tons of storage in addition to the desk. We were able to fit two dressers in addition to the nightstands, desk, and even some extra seating with the bench at the end of the bed!

Will this layout work for you? Yes if…

  • You want to watch TV in bed. The bed is ideally situated across from the TV for watching your favorite shows before the lights go off.
  • Want distinct areas in your space. Here two area rugs create two rooms in one—a sleeping area and a workspace.
  • You love raw materials and minimal ornamentation.
  • Cool, high-contrast industrial spaces are your jam. Bonus points if you love anything that makes a bold statement!

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10 Essentials Your Bedroom Needs Right Now

bedroom essentialsThere’s no fixed formula when it comes to designing the perfect bedroom. But, there is such a thing as the perfect bedroom. At least the perfect bedroom for you. Regardless of your personal style or budget, it simply comes down to the bedroom essentials. From plenty of good lighting to a plush rug and soft bedding, we’ve rounded up the top 10 must-haves for a vibrant and thoughtful bedroom design. Read on to get inspired and get our tips for bringing each bedroom essential into your own space.

1. Layered Bedding

No magic formula here. You can always count on good, comfy bedding as a surefire way to brighten your bedroom and make it look thoughtfully pulled together. A bed with just two standard pillows can look a bit sparse and empty, so pile on lots of colorful and textured pillows, make sure you have soft sheets and a fluffy duvet, and top it all off with a throw blanket.

2. A Stylish Headboard

If there’s a piece of furniture that signifies a grown-up bedroom, it’s a stylish headboard. Just like nice bedding, a solid bed frame with a fun headboard adds instant personality and polish. Plus, it provides added support for leaning back with a good book in bed.

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3. A Comfy Rug

A bedroom without a rug can feel cold and uninviting. Make sure to choose a rug that adds color, texture, or pattern to your bedroom from the ground up. This will help tie the room together and muffle sounds and the pitter-patter of footsteps. The best part? You’ll always step out of bed on to something soft and cozy.

4. Good Curtains

While we love a bedroom that gets lots of natural light, we appreciate the privacy that curtains provide for our most intimate space in the home. Find curtains that have subtle texture and can filter in sunlight when you need an afternoon nap. For a more vibrant approach, pick curtains that pull in colors from your rug, pillows, and other furnishings.

bedroom essentials5. Ample Lighting

All rooms benefit from having ample, layered lighting, but in a bedroom it’s especially important. Ensure there’s more than one light source in your space. Think an overhead lamp, a floor lamp in a corner, table lamps on your bedside tables, and even an extra task light on the dresser. This bedroom essential will create a layered lighting effect that will elevate as well as cozy up your space.

6. A Bench For the Foot of the Bed

Tuck in an extra place to sit beyond your bed to increase the function of your bedroom. A bench at the end of your bed offers a stylish place to plop bags, take off/put on shoes, and –if you’re a germaphobe – also helps keep street clothes away from your sleeping space. The end-of-bed bench can also serve as a luggage rack if you’re often on the go. If you’re tight on storage, opt for a bench with cubbies or one with a seat top that flips open with a big compartment for holding extra pillows and blankets.

rustic bedroom essentials7. Storage Dresser and Nightstands

And speaking of storage, it might seem like a no-brainer, but plenty of enclosed storage is a bedroom must. Not only does this help minimize clutter, dressers and nightstands make for additional surfaces for corralling everyday items, such as keys, wallets, sunglasses, books and knick knacks.

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8. A Statement Mirror

Let’s face it: a mirror, be it a full-length version or a large one that hangs above a dresser, is a practical and stylish addition to any bedroom. It establishes your bedroom as a place to get ready. It also adds a touch of glamour and makes your room feel more open and airy by bouncing light around the space.

9. Personal Decor

Make the space feel truly you by showcasing bold accents and items that carry meaning for you. This is a fun way to add more personality to your room and warm up with a sense of familiar comfort. Think favorite books and perfume bottles, pretty ceramics you love and vases with fresh flowers, beautiful trays and jewelry holders. These are all perfect objects you can display on your dresser to play up a cozy, lived-in vibe.

10. Playful and Graphic Art

Just like how all the little objects are an intimate expression of your personal style, so is some eye-catching art. Hanging a favorite painting or colorful abstract print in the bedroom is a great way to add depth and inject color into your personal haven. Hang a few pieces to instantly bring your bedroom walls to life.

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Designing a Rustic Bedroom? Start With These Tips!

rustic bedroomMove over Mid-Century Modern, rustic is taking over as the trendiest style in your Pinterest feed. From the Fixer-Upper look, to Chris Loves Julia’s cozy minimal style, rustic interiors are truly having a moment.

But how to bring the rustic look to life in your home can sometimes be a challenge. With so many rustic styles out there, where do you even start? To help, we’re cracking open our designers’ playbook and dishing our best rustic design tips.

Keep scrolling for 10 ways to bring the rustic bedroom of your dreams to life!

rustic bedroom1. Look for Traditional Shapes

Foundation pieces with a more classic or traditional shape will help steer your room to a decidedly rustic look. Don’t you love how this wrought-iron bed brings a timeless quality to the room?

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2. Embrace an Industrial Aesthetic

Industrial design is all about incorporating raw materials that show off their age and history. Bring this idea to your rustic bedroom by seeking pieces that display their age and even feel a bit unfinished.

This will help add texture and dimension to your room, and give it that distinctly weathered vibe that rustic spaces are so well known for.

rustic bedroom3. Keep to a Neutral Palette

Rustic interiors tend to shy away from bold colors and embrace a more muted aesthetic. This helps the materials and textures shine, and also creates a cozy feeling.

To keep your space from feeling too eclectic and modern, look for neutral tones when styling your rustic bedroom. Check out how this refined bedroom works a neutral palette that still feels full and never flat!

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4. Play With Pattern

Pattern is an amazing way to add personality to any space. Rustic rooms in particular can use pattern to easily create a sense of cozy, homeyness.

When picking your patterns, go either for something classic, like these medallion patterned pillows, or traditionally rustic, like this plaid rug.

rustic bedroom5. Add Organic Textures and Materials

What really brings a rustic bedroom to life is the layering of textures. Specifically, go for pieces that have an organic look and are made of natural materials to give your rustic bedroom dimension.

Think natural fiber rugs, reclaimed woods, metals, woven wicker and rattan, as well as leathers and sheepskins. Then layer them all together for a rustic bedroom look that’s as cozy as can be!

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6. Try a Hand-Made Look

Unlike more contemporary styles, rustic interiors embrace a less sleek and overly-polished aesthetic. To bring this idea to your space, look for pieces that have a hand-made feel, like this leather bench and chunky knit blankets.

rustic bedroom7. Go Vintage

Just like hand-made pieces, if you have any family heirlooms or antiques, your rustic bedroom is a great place to let them shine. This trunk-turned-nightstand adds a unique flair to this bedroom and gives it a slightly retro vibe.

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8. Pile on the Pillows

Nothing makes a bedroom more inviting than a pile of pillows on the bed! Not only do they make for a comfortable place to watch TV or read a book, lots of pillows give your room that full, lived-in look that is so crucial to rustic interiors!

rustic bedroom9. Stay Symmetrical

If you want a more traditional rustic vibe, embrace a symmetrical layout in your bedroom. This will create a sense of balance and give your bedroom an air of formality that will keep it from feeling too modern or edgy.

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10. Keep It Cozy

The most important thing tip to remember when designing a rustic bedroom, is to always keep it cozy. Coziness is probably the thing above all else that sets rustic interiors apart. They’re always warm, inviting places you want to snuggle up in and never leave.

So add some chunky throw blankets, light a few candles, and get ready to snuggle up inside your cozy, rustic bedroom!

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7 Tips for Designing a Mid-Century Modern Bedroom

Even if you’re not obsessed with mid-century modern interior design, chances are you know what it is. A style popularized in the 1940s and 60s, the Mid-Century Modern design movement was born out of the romantic idea that “good design could change lives.” It was a style that was all about functionality, accessibility, and modern simplicity.

Still an incredibly popular style today, the mid-century modern look is great for anyone living in a smaller space; who likes a clean, modern aesthetic; or if you just want to embrace that Mad Men look in your home. And while this is a style that you can bring to life in any room, today we’re offering up some tips for designing a mid-century modern bedroom.

If you’re looking for bedroom design ideas, look no further than these mid-century modern bedroom ideas!

Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Ideas

1. Look for Tapered Legs

Not sure how to spot mid-century modern furniture in a lineup? Check out the legs.

Round and slender, the tapered leg is a signature of mid-century modern furniture. Distinctive and sleek, these legs give the sense that your furniture is floating. This is great for small spaces, as it won’t clutter up the visual plane, and helps your room look more open and airy.

If you’re looking for mid-century modern bedroom design tips, shopping for pieces atop tapered legs is the perfect place to start.

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2. Add Natural Woods

The 60s, in particular, were all about going natural, and the furniture of this period reflected that philosophy. Natural and unstained woods are a huge part of mid-century modern design, so look for pieces that aren’t painted and unafraid to show off their grain.

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3. Opt for Organic Forms

Curved lines, rounded shapes, and asymmetry, were another defining trait of mid-century modern design. Designers embraced curved, clean, and sculptural forms that evoked the natural world and even the human body.

One of our favorite mid-century modern bedroom ideas, bring organic forms to your space through lamps, chairs, and artwork that are sleek and free of frilly ornamentation.

Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Ideas

4. Go for Graphic Patterns

Hand-in-hand with organic forms, geometric shapes and patterns were just as important to the designers of the Mid-Century Modern era. Nothing spelled groovy more than graphic patterns – imagine wild curves, boomerangs, kidneys, and spiky starbursts.

For your bedroom, don’t be afraid to experiment with pattern. Invite geometry into your space through your art, pillows, or even wallpaper.

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Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Ideas

5. Mix Your Materials

The mid-century was all about shattering norms. No one wanted their mother’s matching bedroom set anymore. Designers were embracing new materials like plywood, metal, glass, and even molded plastics. These materials were often mixed together and juxtaposed in the same room or even same piece of furniture.

Mixing materials and even different kinds of furniture are great mid-century modern bedroom ideas. Incorporate pieces made of wood, metal, leather and even fabrics that appeal to you. Don’t be afraid to use pieces in creative ways, like a chair as a nightstand, or a bench as an accent table.

Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Ideas

6. Incorporate Earth Tones

When bringing mid-century modern bedroom ideas to life, be sure to play with color. If you want a more authentic take on a mid-century bedroom, skip the pastels or jewel tones. Instead, embrace the colors of choice of the Mid-Century era.

Mid-century designers loved earth tones like brown, rust, and green combined with the primary colors of red, blue, and yellow. Play with these hues in your accents (like pillows and art) or even invite them in bolder ways (like wall color or a statement rug).

Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Ideas

7. Add Retro-Inspired Accents

Create your special mid-century modern signature by infusing retro-inspired accents into your space. It isn’t difficult to find contemporary pieces with a retro edge, items like a Sputnik chandelier or an Eames-style side chair are sure to do the trick.

 

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Bed Frame Styles: A Guide to Finding the Perfect Type of Bed For You

When it comes to finding the type of bed frame that’s perfect for you, picking the right mattress size is the easy part. But there are so many other factors to consider—like the color, material, and bed frame style—that you can easily feel overwhelmed.

Not to mention questions like, do I need a box spring? What about a headboard and footboard? Is a canopy bed too much? What’s a sleigh bed and is it just for log cabins?

If parsing through all the different types of bed frames and variety of styles has you ready to take a nap, this guide is here to help!

We tried on the most popular bed frame designs, added a few newcomers for 2020, and are breaking down the pros and cons of each. Read on to find out which type of bed frame is right for you.

platform bed frameThe Platform Bed Frame

Out of all the types of beds, one of the most popular frame styles is the platform bed. Platform bed frames come in a wide range of styles and offer a sleek, low-profile look. You can easily spot a platform bed frame by its flat base—all you need is a mattress, no box spring required!

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The Pros:

Cost-Effective: Platform bed frames are generally more affordable, as you don’t need to purchase a box spring to go with them.

Use Any Mattress: You can use any type of mattress with your platform bed. They’re especially perfect for memory foam mattresses.

Small Space Friendly: Platform bed frames are one of the best frame styles for small bedrooms. Why? Their sleek design takes up less floor space, which will help you minimize clutter.

The Cons:

Climbing In and Out: Platform beds tend to be low to the ground, so climbing in and out of bed takes getting used to. If you have back or knee problems, consider if this is something you want to do daily!

A Note for Side-Sleepers: Because the mattress sits directly on top of a solid platform or wooden slats, platform beds tend to be firmer. For side-sleepers, a firm mattress can create too much pressure and might become uncomfortable.

What to Look For:

Platform beds are made for comfort across the board, so find a design or style that appeals to you. Many styles also feature hidden interior storage—an added bonus for small-space dwellers!

Perfect For…

Small spaces, such as urban lofts or small apartments. They also work well for open floor plans, as platform beds have a sleek look and feel that won’t add visual clutter.

upholstered bed frameThe Upholstered Bed Frame

If it’s luxury you’re looking for, upholstered beds have you covered. These beds are super comfy, bold, and can easily fit into a wide range of spaces.

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The Pros:

Ultra-Comfy: The cushioned support and a soft headboard means you can comfortably read or watch TV in bed.

Variety: There are tons of different types of fabric, color, and pattern choices, so you’re bound to find a design that works with the rest of your bedroom.

The Cons:

Maintenance: You’ll need to keep your upholstered bed in tip-top shape with frequent and light vacuuming to keep dust and pet hair at bay. If you’re allergic to dust, an upholstered bed might not be for you.

Wear and Tear: Because fabric is simply less durable than wood or metal, dents, impressions, and grease spots can develop over time.

What to Look For:

Make sure the bed frames are made of sturdy hardwoods and choose a fabric and color that can stand up to a little wear over time, such as a deep purple, navy, or gray. Check out our guide to upholstered beds for more helpful tips.

Perfect For…

Classic and traditional-style bedrooms or a large master bedroom that needs an infusion of cozy vibes.

storage bed frameThe Storage Bed

Designed to help you maximize storage in the bedroom, the storage bed is the most multipurpose and space-efficient of the bed frame styles.

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The Pros:

Storage (Duh): Storage capabilities are designed and built directly into the bed frame, so you have a bed frame that is one cohesive unit, stocked with everything you need!

Sturdy: Many storage beds are made with beautiful woods that give them good looks as well as a sturdy and solid construction.

The Cons:

Difficult to Move: Because they have all those extra parts and pieces, storage beds are heavy. And since they’re often built as one large piece, they tend to be difficult to move.

More Expensive: Equally hefty is the price tag on storage beds. They can often be more expensive than other bed frame styles.

Maintenance: It’s hard to maintain the hardware and track rollers that are built into the storage units underneath the bed. Over time, these can fall off or become loose and require repair.

What to Look For:

Opt for a platform bed with storage built into the base. This approach guarantees your bed will have firm mattress support given the flat surface, deep storage units, and a stylish streamlined look.

Perfect For…

Modern and eclectic style rooms, especially a city apartment bedroom where storage is limited. Just make sure there’s enough space to fully pull out the under-bed compartments! Storage beds are also great for kids bedrooms where extra and easy storage is always welcome.

sleigh bed frameThe Sleigh Bed Frame

Simply put, the sleigh bed is exactly what it sounds like—a bed that’s shaped like a sleigh, with a high headboard and footboard. This is one of the types of bed frames that has serious style and works in any setting.

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The Pros:

Slay With Style: A sleigh bed is an instant statement piece that’s sure to become the focal point in your bedroom. Sleigh beds come in styles ranging from solid wood designs to upholstered versions with more streamlined appeal, so you’ll have endless options to choose from.

The Cons:

Limited Leg Room: If you’re tall, a sleigh bed with a footboard might not be the best option for you.

Difficult to Move: Traditional sleigh beds are made entirely from high-quality solid woods so they tend to be heavy. Modern upholstered versions are lighter, but can still be unwieldy to move.

More Expensive: Sleigh beds are generally quite expensive, given their design and construction.

What to Look For:

If you’re considering an upholstered sleigh bed, make sure the bed frame is made of wood and not metal for durability.

Perfect For…

Grand, classic-style rooms and modern, open bedrooms alike. They’re suitable for spaces with distinctive interior architecture, like exposed wood beams or ornate molding.

The Headboard

For a bed that gives you all the style without the full frame, a beautiful, standalone headboard is a great choice.

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The Pros:

Cost-Effective: You have the option of getting the headboard alone, which is less of a commitment and more cost-effective. A standalone headboard works with a range of setups, like a box spring or a metal mattress stand, and still looks super stylish from afar.

Easy to Move: Freestanding headboards can be easily attached and detached from a bed frame, making them easy to move.

The Cons:

One-Piece Wonder: A headboard is just that—a headboard, not a full bed frame. If you’re looking for something to also hold your mattress, this might not be the option for you.

What to Look For:

Headboards that are made with solid or kiln-dried hardwoods, or an upholstered headboard that coordinates with your design style and bedding.

Perfect For…

When you’re looking to upgrade from your IKEA furniture on a small budget. Standalone headboards are perfect for guest rooms and kids rooms, too, because they’re simple, clean-lined, cozy, and versatile.

canopy bed frame styleThe Canopy Bed Frame

Also known as a four-poster, the canopy bed has been gaining popularity in recent years with more streamlined and modern designs cropping up in the marketplace.

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The Pros:

Stylish Statement: It’s difficult for other bed frames to compete against the ultimate stylishness of a canopy bed frame.

Cozy Vibes: Canopy beds make a room feel immediately cozy thanks to its enveloping design. Add some draped fabric for extra cozy vibes!

The Cons:

Maintenance: Dust tends to collect at the top, so you’ll want to clean it regularly.

Size Restrictions: Many of today’s canopy bed designs are built to fit into spaces both large and small, but you’ll still need tall ceilings in order for a canopy bed to work in a room.

Difficult to Move: Because of their size and construction, canopy beds will require a good amount of assembly to move in and out of your bedroom.

What to Look For:

Consider a modern canopy bed with a built-in headboard for a piece that can evolve with your interiors over time—meaning you can redecorate and it will still blend nicely with your decor.

Perfect For…

Classic and modern bedrooms alike. They’re best in lofty spaces with lots of space and high ceilings, but would also be perfect in a master bedroom that gets a lot of light.

wrought-iron bed frameThe Wrought-Iron Bed Frame

When it comes to longevity, a wrought-iron bed outshines all other bed designs given its strong metal construction. These beds also come in a wide array of styles.

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The Pros:

Low-Maintenance: They’re extra durable, since metal doesn’t warp or fade over time. Wrought-iron beds don’t require the same amount of cleaning and care that wood and upholstered bed frames do.

Durable: Wrought-iron beds are durable and can hold a lot of weight, making them a great investment that will last for many many years.

Easier to Move: They’re not as heavy as you might think. In fact, they’re often lighter than other solid wood and platform beds.

The Cons:

Limited Styles: While there are lots of wrought-iron bed shapes to choose from, these beds have a very distinct look that can be difficult to decorate around if you’re looking to change up your bedroom design in the future.

More Expensive: Price points vary greatly and wrought-iron beds, in particular, can get super expensive. But that’s because of their high-quality construction, with perfectly welded joints.

What to Look For:

Try wrought-iron bed frame styles that have a painted finish to them for a more versatile option, such as bright, antiqued white.

Perfect For…

Rustic and boho spaces alike. They’re great in starter apartment bedrooms where you want a bed that lasts or in guest bedrooms and kids rooms where you want a bed that’s durable and low-maintenance.

daybed designsThe Daybed

If you love multipurpose furniture pieces, then you’ll love this. A daybed is a bed and sofa in one. Typically a twin-sized bed, it can be used for sleeping, reclining, lounging, or as an extra seating option.

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The pros:

Space conscious: Because of its dual purpose, it’s great for homes with limited space, where you need furniture to pull double duty.

Stylish: Daybeds can be more stylish than a typical bed. They have an almost luxurious feel that begs to be used for lounging.

Good for split-use spaces: Have an office that’s also a guest bedroom? A daybed is the perfect option, as it can be used for seating during the day and a bed at night.

The Cons:

Size: You don’t have a lot of versatility in sizing since daybeds typically only come in twin size frames.

Bulky: Despite holding a twin size mattress, daybeds are bulkier than a typical twin bed, so you’ll need to consider that when thinking of the space where you want to use it.

Party of One: Since daybeds hold twin-size mattresses, they only sleep one person. So, this isn’t ideal in a guest room if you tend to host more than one person at a time!

What to look for:

Daybeds come in so many different styles, so you can definitely find one in the style you want. Look for one that functions for how you’ll use it—like opting for a style with a three-sided “headboard” if you want to primarily use it as a sofa. Many daybeds also have trundle bed add-ons if you want additional sleeping space.

Perfect for:

Small spaces like studio apartments, where your bed also needs to function as your sofa during the day. They’re also great in guest bedrooms and kids rooms—or in home offices and basements where you just want another sleeping option for guests!

shelter headboard styleThe Shelter Headboard

These tall headboards wrap slightly around on the sides—almost like the bedframe version of a wingback chair. They give the illusion of a safe shelter around your bed, enveloping you in cozy comfort.

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The pros:

Cozy: Shelter headboards are typically upholstered. Between that and the shape, it gives a cozy feel to your space.

Style Statement: Their unique design makes a bit of a statement, adding a stylish flair to your bedroom.

The Cons:

Size: These headboards are very large, making them unwieldy to move or less-suited for small spaces.

Accessibility: Because of the wraparound edges, they can block easy access to your nightstand. You’ll either have to float your nightstands a little bit away from the wall to make them more accessible or just be willing to reach a bit further to grab your glass of water at night.

Maintenance: Upholstery tends to need extra cleaning and special care, so these headboards are a bit more high-maintenance than a wooden or metal headboard.

What to look for:

Since these headboards are taller and wider than average, you’ll want to choose a style that fits in your space, considering both ceiling height and the width of your room. You’ll also want to choose a headboard with sides that don’t block too much of your nightstands.

Perfect for:

A master bedroom suite, where you want your bed to make an elegant statement. They’re also perfect for creating that cozy bedroom feel.

mid-century modern bed frameMid-Century Modern Bed Frame

If mid-century modern design is your jam, opt for a mid-century-inspired bed frame! This style has tapered legs, simple forms, and are often made of polished wood in a blonde or acorn finish.

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The pros:

Sleek design: These beds are stylish, sleek, and simple—great for a modern space. Their sleek forms also mean they visually add less clutter, making them a good design choice for small spaces.

Low-maintenance: With simple forms lacking extra ornamentation, they’re easy to maintain and clean.

Versatile: While they have mid-century lines, this style of bed can be incorporated in rooms of many styles, making it a very versatile piece.

The Cons:

Not soft and cozy: While polished wood is beautiful, it doesn’t have the soft, cozy appeal of upholstered bed frames.

Style-specific: While these frames are simple, they definitely have a specific style and vibe, more specific to mid-century, modern, and eclectic spaces.

Price: Solid wood frames can be more expensive than other materials. And since mid-century style is popular right now, price tags for this style are sometimes marked up.

What to look for:

Look for a frame with sleek, modern lines and tapered legs. These styles are often labeled as mid-century in the product description, which can help point you in the right direction. Look for polished natural wood—but make sure it’s not raw with knots, as this gets to be more rustic than modern.

Perfect for:

Modern and minimal spaces, where you want a bed frame that matches the style of your space without being a statement piece of furniture.

The Spindle Bed Frame

Spindle bed frames are classics—and for good reason. They have a timeless, traditional look that’s still very versatile. What is a spindle bed frame, you ask? It’s a bed frame with—you guessed it—spindles, arranged in a row to create a headboard, and often a footboard. Typically these bed frames are wood, but occasionally you’ll see one made of metal.

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The pros:

Open + Airy: The open space between each spindle creates an airy look and feel.

Lightweight: These bed frames are often more lightweight than a typical solid headboard—a great option for those who love to constantly rearrange their room.

The Cons:

Not comfortable for reading: Since the headboard isn’t a solid piece of wood or upholstery, it’s not the most comfortable to lean against. So, those who love to read in bed will either need to pile on the pillows or opt for a different style.

Style-specific: Spindle bed frames are a very specific style, so you don’t have the versatility of it translating as well to new spaces.

What to look for:

Spindle beds can range from very traditional, with slightly more ornate spindles—like the Jenny Lind style—or lean a bit more minimal and Scandinavian modern. You can find spindle beds in natural wood finishes or many-colored finishes.

Perfect for:

Rustic and traditional bedrooms—or even for acing the modern farmhouse trend. This style is great for people who aren’t used for reading a lot in bed, where the less comfortable spindles won’t have a negative impact.

bunk bed frameThe Bunk Bed

Want to make use of vertical space in a kids bedroom or at the cabin? We love the space-saving features of a bunk bed.

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The pros:

Saves space: The most obvious reason to love a bunk bed? You’re getting two beds for the floor space of one!

Fun for kids: It’s a truth universally known that kids love bunk beds. There’s something so fun and adventurous about them! It’s also a perfect design solve for shared kids bedrooms or when you’re short on space.

Great for sleepovers + guests: Bunk beds offer wonderful extra sleeping options for both guests and when your child’s friends sleepover. Opting for a double bed on the bottom bunk gives even more space and versatility!

The Cons:

Climbing: When it comes to top bunks, there’s no avoiding climbing steps or a ladder to get to it. This isn’t ideal for kids under the age of six.

Not easy to get in and out of bed: Whether you’re on the top or bottom bunk, getting in and out of bed is more difficult in a bunk bed. You either have to climb up and down a ladder or watch your head if you’re on the bottom bunk.

Size: Even though bunk beds take up the same amount of floor space as a normal bed, they’re obviously larger with the top bunk. You’ll want to make sure you have enough ceiling height to accommodate someone sitting up in the top bunk.

What to look for:

Look for style and construction that is easy to use for the age group using it. If you have younger kids, opting for a bunk bed with thicker ladder rungs and side rails. Then, consider if you want a twin over twin bunk bed or a full-size mattress on the bottom bunk, depending on how it will be used. We also recommend choosing a style that can be repurposed as individual beds when your kids grow out of wanting to bunk together. Finally, make sure you choose a set that fits the height of your space and matches the room’s overall design style.

Perfect for:

Households with kids or families that host a lot of guests. We also love using bunk beds in vacation homes and cabins where you’re likely piling lots of people into a smaller space!

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