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Year In Review: Best Bedroom Designs of 2020

It’s time for our annual Year in Review! While 2020 didn’t turn out how any of us expected, here’s one thing that did go well: home design. At Modsy, we designed countless rooms this year—and today we want to share some of our favorite designs.

This year, our bedrooms shifted from merely the place we start and end each day to a place of rest and retreat. We needed a space in our homes that was a calm in the midst of the storm of this year—especially for those of you juggling working from home and managing distance learning and keeping everyone in the house fed and relatively happy.

To celebrate this room that gives us a little privacy and some room to breathe—we’ve rounded up our favorite bedroom designs of 2020! Keep reading for some inspiring bedroom design ideas.

modern rustic bedroom with tall tufted headboard and large blue rug

1. Modern Farmhouse

This Modern Farmhouse bedroom is cozy but refined. Rustic accent furniture helps drive home the Farmhouse vibe—but the tufted linen bed makes this bedroom a true retreat. The warm, earthy color palette supports the relaxing vibe of this space.

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Why We Love It

It feels indulgently relaxing—just what we all need after the year we’ve had.

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2. Earthy Boho

A stunning example of bohemian design, this bedroom brings in layers of textures, patterns, and colors to create a bedroom that’s playful, inviting, and a little bit trendy!

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Why We Love It

The muted green walls add an earthy element to this boho bedroom, while the pops of orange (an unexpected color pairing) brings in a trendy element that keeps this space feeling fresh!

iron bed in rustic bedroom with shiplap walls

3. New Traditional

This bedroom has its roots in American Traditional design—but it manages to have a slightly modern edge. Take the bed frame for example. It’s a celebration of the classic spindle bed, but the shape and finish give it a decidedly modern air.

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Why We Love It

New Traditional design gives us all the comfort of Traditional interior design, but with more streamlined and unfussy design elements.

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4. Discerning Collector

This eclectic bedroom is all about those high-contrast neutrals. A mix of black and white patterns give this space a dynamic, energized feel. But the simple mid-century-inspired furniture helps ground the look, and sticking with this simple color palette keeps the eclectic mix of patterns feeling cohesive.

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Why We Love It

We’re so inspired by the fun mix of black and white patterns throughout this space!

glamorous style bedroom with rust colored paneling and a iron canopy bed

5. Industrial Glam

This Industrial Glam bedroom has a bold look that not everyone can pull off. But for those who love to make a statement with interior design, this bedroom does just that. With a minimalist edge, the furniture and light fixtures do most of the talking in this space and help celebrate the architecture of the room.

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Why We Love It

This bedroom is absolutely striking, and we love that this canopy bed is the visual centerpiece of the space.

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6. California Modern

California Modern style is all about relaxed comfort—and this bedroom pulls off that vibe beautifully. An upholstered bed, cozy bed linens, and a plush, textural rug lay a comfortable foundation, while the wood and leather tones in the accent furniture add visual warmth.

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Why We Love It

The laid-back-but-pulled-together look of this bedroom makes us want to turn on our out-of-office replies and stay for a while.

victorian bedroom with black spindle canopy bed

7. Victorian Farmhouse

This Victorian Farmhouse bedroom has a sense of opulence to it. But the high-contrast black and white color palette and simplicity in the styling helps balance out the more ornate moments and ground it in the Farmhouse camp. The result? A bedroom that feels both refined but comfortable.

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Why We Love It

This bedroom has an old-world feel with modern sensibilities—perfect for those Victorian-loving people out there!

neutral bedroom in mid-century modern style

8. Organic Modern in Color

This monochrome bedroom infuses some color into the Organic Modernism trend. In terms of style, geometric and curved forms set the tone. But its spectrum of oranges and browns—autumnal shades of warm earth tones—that make this bedroom feel both calm and energized.

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Why We Love It

There’s a laid-back 70s vibe to this bedroom, thanks to both the color palette and furniture shapes—and we’re here for it.

rattan canopy bed with layers of pink, rust and orange bedding

9. Tropical Boho

The mix of pink and a variety of natural materials gives some really fun energy to this eclectic boho pink bedroom. The curved rattan bed brings some big boho energy to this space, while the mix of materials, colors, and patterns play up the eclectic nature of this style. Meanwhile, the gold side table brings in just a touch of glam!

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Why We Love It

This bedroom feels so fun and feminine. It’s a great look for teenagers and grown-ups alike!

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10. Scandinavian Modern

This Scandinavian Modern bedroom is all about embracing those cozy vibes. Soft fabrics and plush textures gives this room a refined and relaxed vibe. Natural materials—like cane, jute, rattan, and rustic tones—mix together to create an inviting warmth in this bedroom.

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Why We Love It

The minimal styling but textural feel of this bedroom is giving us all the cozy vibes!

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11. Mod Collector

A fun take on a kids’ bedroom, this space packs a lot of personality with the fun use of colors and decor. But the mid-century furniture helps ground the look—and gives kids furniture pieces that can grow up with them.

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Why We Love It

This bedroom feels so joyful. We love the bold color palette, which feels youthful but not at all childish.

modern coastal bedroom with woven textures and blue and green color accents

12. Modern Coastal

This cozy and approachable Modern Coastal bedroom has a casual but pulled-together vibe. The modern lines of the furniture and the beachy color scheme makes the space feel light and airy and oh-so-inviting.

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Why We Love It

The color scheme of this bedroom gives us those beach house vibes, but the mid-century lines of the furnishings help the look feel really relevant.

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13. Rustic Warmth

With an approachable mix of rustic and transitional style, this bedroom feels both refined and relaxed. The foundational furniture features simple transitional silhouettes, which contrast with but complement the rustic, organic natural wood and woven textures throughout the space. The result? A bedroom that’s elegant yet approachable.

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Why We Love It

There’s a simplicity to this bedroom that we can’t get enough of. The neutral color palette with natural textures, wood tones, and pops of blue makes it feel very relaxing indeed.

modern farmhouse bedroom with tall spindle-style bed and shiplap walls

14. Modern Farmhouse

Modern design elements mix with rustic materials and natural textures in this Modern Farmhouse bedroom. This bedroom features traditional elements—like the spindle bed and bench at the end of the bed—but each piece is given modern updates. Overall, this bedroom has a relaxed but stylish aesthetic.

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Why We Love It

This bedroom looks so pulled together and stylish. But we love that comfort is at its core!

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15. Crisp Contemporary

Natural light makes this small bedroom feel much larger than it actually is. The styling is simple in this smaller space to keep it from feeling over-crowded—but the pops of fun colors and patterns gives the space some dynamic personality.

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Why We Love It

The rug and wall art bring in some lively pattern and color to this space. We love how they play together and make the whole room come alive!

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16. Modern Art Deco

Art Deco design has been around for more than a century—but we’re loving this modern take on this age-old style. The bold pop of color in this decadent curved headboard makes this room feel very fresh and trendy. And the burl wood side table uses material as decor—a decorative approach Art Deco design is known for.

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Why We Love It

We love the modern way this room pulls together Art Deco elements—the luxurious colors and textures, the sculptural decor, and the geometric patterns.

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17. Rustic Traveller

A mix of textures throughout this space gives this rustic bedroom a ton of depth. That, and the lovely use of saturated earth tones in the rug, pillows, and wall decor. This color palette was one of our favorite fall color schemes this year—but it’s a combination that holds its own year-round.

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Why We Love It

The combination of colors and textures in this space feels both trendy and timeless—and also very cozy!

navy blue walls in bedroom with picture ledge shelf hanging over bed

18. Mod Collector

This bedroom combines pink and navy in a very sophisticated but fun manner. The transitional bed frame has an understated quality which lets the color take center stage in this bedroom!

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Why We Love It

The saturated pink rug is a really fun way to incorporate pink into your bedroom. It contrasts beautifully with the navy walls and white accents.

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19. Bohemian Elegance

This playful-but-polished Bohemian Elegance bedroom is the perfect place to crash at the end of a long day. The tailored bed, traditional nightstands, and classic bench contrast with the boho pillows and colorful rug for a space that feels charming and elegant.

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Why We Love It

The rug brings a lot of personality to this bedroom and gives a playful pop of color to a space that’s otherwise fairly straightforward.

minimalist style bedroom with upholstered platform bed

20. Organic Modern

Making use of the 2021 Sherwin-Williams Paint Color of the Year, Urbane Bronze, this minimal bedroom feels almost hotel-like in its simplicity. The natural and organic nature of this color seem to inspire the organic shapes and decor of this space, while all of the natural textures bring depth to an otherwise neutral space.

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Why We Love It

The earthy undertones of the paint color go beautifully with the natural elements incorporated throughout the space.

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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.

orange bedroom design with a platform bed frame

1. Platform Bed Frames

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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Platform Bed 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.

Platform Bed 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.

gray contemporary bedroom design with an upholstered bed frame and end-of-bed bench

2. Upholstered Bed Frames

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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Upholstered Bed 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.

Upholstered Bed 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.

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3. Storage Bed Frames

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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Storage Bed 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.

Storage Bed 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.

bohemian bedroom design with a woven rattan sleigh bed frame

4. 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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Sleigh Bed Frame Pros

  • Slay With Style: Think sleigh beds are out of style? Think again! 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.

Sleigh Bed Frame 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.

blue bedroom with a queen bed with a carved wood headboard

5. 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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Headboard 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.

Headboard 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.

neutral bedroom with a canopy bed frame

6. 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. If you’re considering a canopy bed, be sure to check out our tips for decorating around a canopy bed!

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Canopy Bed Frame 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!

Canopy Bed Frame 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.

farmhouse bedroom with a wrought-iron bed frame and shiplap walls

7. The 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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Wrought-Iron Bed Frame 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.

Wrought-Iron Bed Frame 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.

home office bedroom design with a rattan daybed

8. Daybeds

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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Daybed 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.

Daybed Cons

  • Smaller 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!

bedroom with red walls and an upholstered shelter headboard

9. Shelter Headboards

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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Shelter Headboard 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.

Shelter Headboard 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 bedroom with a warm wood bed frame

10. Mid-Century Modern Bed Frame

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

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Mid-Century Modern Bed 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.

Mid-Century Modern Bed 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.

modern farmhouse bedroom with a spindle bed frame and matching nightstands

11. Spindle Bed Frames

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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Spindle Bed Frame 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.

Spindle Bed Frame 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.

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12. Bunk Beds

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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Bunk Bed 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!

Bunk Bed 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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This post was updated on May 21, 2021

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The Changes Our Designers Are Making at Home in 2020

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

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

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

Refresh Your Room With a New Coat of Paint

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

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

small bedroom design 2020Get Creative With Design Solutions

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

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

Upgrade Your Bedding

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

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

small bedroom design 2020Cut Down On Clutter

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

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

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

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

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

small bedroom design 2020Add Layered Lighting

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

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

small bedroom design 2020Make Room To Move + Breathe

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

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

Add A Bedroom Seating Area

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

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

small bedroom design 2020Use Multipurpose Furniture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Decorate Your Nightstand With Objects You Love

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

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Get Organized In Style With A Basket

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

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Incorporate Pops Of Color

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

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Find A Nightstand You Really Love

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

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

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simple bedroom design Upgrade Your Bedding

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

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

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Let Your Favorite Vacation Spot Inspire Your Room Design

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

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

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Add A Reading Nook

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

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Change Up The Color Scheme

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

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Add A Bright Burst Of Color

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

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Give The End Of Your Bed Some Flair

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

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Give Your Room The Hotel Upgrade

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

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Incorporate Natural Greenery

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

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Invest In A New Bed

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

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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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