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How to Choose Curtains for Your Home

Curtains are one of those finishing touches in your home that help make your space feel more pulled together and complete. But, as they also help provide privacy, window treatments aren’t something you want to wait on when moving into a new home or redecorating—especially in a bedroom! That’s why curtains are under the “essentials” in our bedroom checklist.

However, with so many different curtain styles and fabrics out there, it can be difficult to know what works best in your space! And then, of course, there’s the question of curtain hardware and how to hang them. What should be a simple task—hanging fabric over a window—can become quite daunting.

To help you out, today we’re breaking down how to choose curtains—covering the various materials and colors you can choose from, as well as guiding you through picking out the right hardware, how to hang curtains, what weight of materials to choose for bedroom curtains vs living room curtains, and so much more.

Read on for the most common questions we get from customers about curtains, along with all our best tips on how to choose curtains for your home!

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What types of fabrics work best in different kinds of rooms?

There are so many different types of curtain fabrics that you can choose from. But certain fabrics and materials are better for different spaces and styles. Below you’ll find the pros and cons to the most common types of curtain fabrics.

Polyester

Polyester is a synthetic, man-made material that is quite durable.

Pros: Polyester is super budget-friendly and is great for first-time home buyers. It tends to be very low-maintenance and durable—so it’s a great fabric for bedroom curtains, where you’ll be opening and closing them on a daily basis. Polyester curtains are also resistant to wrinkles and can be easily steamed if any wrinkles or creases do occur. Being more cost-effective, this is a great material when you’re thinking through guest room essentials.

Cons: The fabric is flammable and can absorb odors—so being mindful of where you place this fabric is key. Perhaps skip this fabric for dining room curtains, especially if your dining area is open to your kitchen? It can be difficult to remove stains from polyester curtains, so avoid placing these curtains in high-traffic areas or where children may be present.

Velvet

Velvet is a smooth, soft fabric that is characterized by a dense pile of fibers that have a smooth nap—which sometimes has an almost shiny appearance. Traditionally made from silk, today velvet can also be made from cotton, wool, mohair, and synthetic fibers.

Pros: Since velvet is a naturally heavyweight material, velvet curtains work great as black-out curtains. These are ideal for late sleepers or rooms which get heavy sunlight. Because velvet is a thicker material, it also provides more privacy than your average curtain. A higher-end material, velvet curtains provide a soft, luxurious look and feel which makes them ideal for main bedroom curtains.

Cons: Velvet can be challenging to clean and it is on the more expensive side, so you definitely want to carefully consider where you hang velvet curtains.

Linen

Linen is a breathable and durable woven fabric made out of natural fibers from a flax plant.

Pros: Linen is eco-friendly and one of the strongest and most durable natural fabric choices. Linen is also known to inhibit the growth of bacteria and fungi in most spaces—so if your bedroom or bathroom tends to be on the damper side, this is a great option.

Cons: Linen can wrinkle and shrink easily, so you’ll need to steam linen curtains more often if you don’t like wrinkles and take greater care when washing them.

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Picking the Right Curtain Fabric for Your Room

When choosing curtain materials and fabrics, think about the room in which you will hang the curtains. For living room curtains, you may want something a bit higher-end, since this is a space that more people see. If you like a more luxurious look, velvet might be just the thing. For a lighter, airier look, opt for gauzy linen as your living room curtains. In a home office, you might go a bit more utilitarian and want to keep costs down—so perhaps polyester curtains are a good choice here.

And if you’re wondering how to choose bedroom curtains, it’s all about if you want to block out extra light and what look you want to achieve. Blackout curtains, or curtains with a blackout liner, are best for light sleepers or those who want to keep their bedroom cave-like until they wake up. But if you prefer waking up to dappled sunlight, you could consider sheer curtains instead! Want some bedroom curtain inspiration? Head to our bedroom design ideas page!

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What should you consider when it comes to colored curtains?

If you’re thinking of going for colored curtains, rather than a neutral, you want to think through if you want your curtains to be a focal point in your space or simply serve as a functional element. This will help guide the color choice you make and how bold of a color to use.

With colored curtains, you also want to make sure that your curtains are complementary to the wall color of the space. Ideally, you’d want to have a touch of contrast between the curtains and the wall color so that your curtains don’t completely blend in with your walls. Beyond that, let your color choice express your unique style and the color palette of the room. In your bedroom, specifically, choose a color that you find soothing or calming.

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What about patterned curtains?

If you like the idea of patterned curtains, there are a few main things you want to consider. First, think through how the pattern will coordinate with the rest of the space. You’ll want to choose a pattern that aligns with the overall style of the room. It’s also important to be mindful of other patterns you may have already in the space, such as bedding, throw pillows or other upholstery. And if your room has wallpaper, you’ll want to consider those patterns as well! The scale of the curtain pattern should vary with those other existing patterns in the room, and ideally complement them. Patterned curtains can have the same effect as a piece of art when completely drawn so keep that in mind during the selection process.

Are custom curtains worth the price tag?

An important consideration when thinking through how to choose curtains? Whether you want to keep things simple with store-bought curtains or if you want to spring for custom curtains. Whether you go with custom or store-bought curtains is all a matter of how much you’d like to spend and how precisely you’d like your curtains to fit.

Custom curtains offer just that: a customized fit for your window size and a tailored look. With custom curtains, you’re able to choose the fabric and lining you would like, as opposed to store-bought curtains where you’re at the mercy of what’s already been made. With custom curtains, there are endless types of designs and styles to choose from. However, all that customization comes with a price tag.

If you aren’t ready to invest big bucks into your window treatments, you’ll probably want to go with a store-bought option. Just be sure to consider the length of the panels and if you have a living room with high ceilings, as this will impact the length of panels you purchase. More on curtain height later on!

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What are curtain headers and what style should you choose?

When picking out and hanging curtains, you’ll also want to think about the curtain’s header style. A curtain header is the area at the top of the curtain where it attaches to the rod. And there’s actually a wide range of curtain header styles that can add to the style and look of your curtains.

Pinch pleats, goblet pleats, and box pleats are the most formal header styles. Each style provides a classic look and is perfect for traditional bedroom curtains or for adding elegant style to your space. Curtains with grommets (or eyelets) involve metal rings attached to the top of the fabric, which you then feed the curtain rod through. This makes opening and closing your curtains a breeze! If you don’t like the look of grommets, there are also tab top curtains, which involve a series of fabric loops sewn at regular intervals along the top of the curtain, which you then feed the curtain rod through. This is a more relaxed style. A rod pocket header means you simply feed the curtain rod through a “pocket” at the top, which then creates informal gathers along the top of the curtain. These gathers are more informal and are a great style to use for small bedroom windows or even kitchen windows.

What should you consider when choosing hardware for your curtains?

Hardware Finishes and Styles

The finish of your hardware will greatly impact the look and feel of the room. Opt for finishes that are similar to what is already in the space. Iron and brass are the most popular curtain hardware materials and will easily flow with many styles. Once you’ve landed on a finish, you’ll also want to think about ornamentation. Do you want something more ornate, with scrolled details, or more simple and streamlined? The overall style of your space will help guide that choice.

Rod Sizes

When it comes to rod sizes, you need to consider both the length and the diameter of the rod. In terms of length, the rod should be slightly wider than your window frame so that your curtains can fully cover the window frames and offer optimal privacy.

The diameter is more impacted by the fabric you choose and how heavy it is. A thin rod can be used for sheers because it’s a lightweight material. A medium-diameter rod is used for custom-made curtains due to the weight of the fabric and lining. A large-diameter rod is used for rooms with high ceilings or two-story windows since you’re dealing with more fabric.

One other thing to consider with rods: Some are adjustable, so if you’d like the flexibility of being able to use curtains hardware from room to room or home to home, opting for an adjustable curtain rod would be a good option for you.

Types of Hardware

Also worth considering? If you want your hardware to be seen or hidden. Utility hardware is strictly functional and is made to be hidden. On the other hand, decorative hardware is meant to be visible. With appealing designs, decorative hardware is meant to add to the look and feel of your window treatment. This ties in closely with header styles since some headers are made to conceal hardware while others help show it off!

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How high should you hang your curtains?

This is somewhat a matter of preference—but at Modsy, we like hanging curtains closer to the ceiling than the window frame. This draws the eye up and helps living rooms with low ceilings seem higher! (It’s also one of our favorite small space hacks to make a room feel larger!) A good rule of thumb if you’re going this route? Hang the curtains about six inches above the top of your window frame. However, some people prefer the look of a curtain rod being right in line with the top of the window frame, or just above it. And there’s nothing wrong with that approach!

Just remember: the height of your curtains will impact the length of curtains you should buy. No matter the hanging height, you still want your curtains to hit the floor (or be about half an inch above if you don’t want them to drag on the floor). So, decide what height you want your curtains to be before buying them. (Unless you’re handy with a sewing machine and are confident hemming long curtains!)

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Ultimate Guest Room Furniture and Decor Checklist

Have you ever wondered, when designing a room, what pieces are essential and which things are simply nice to have if you have the space or budget for them? Well, wonder no longer! With our buying guides, we’ll walk you through the essential pieces for your space, the nice-to-haves, and the little touches that make a space shine.

Guest rooms can always be challenging to design. You want them to look nice and inviting, but you probably don’t want to sink a ton of money into them, since it’s not a room you use everyday. But guest bedroom design ideas in the age of COVID-19? That’s a whole different challenge that can lead to a lot of interior design questions. What do I have space for? What can I afford? What if I don’t have the space for a guest bedroom anymore? What if I need my guest room to serve multiple functions?

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Early Guest Room Considerations

With all of these questions, you’ll want to think through a few things before you start designing or revamping your guest bedroom. Start by asking yourself how you need your guest room to function. The function of the space will determine what furniture you need.

Consider how you’ll use the space

You’ll need to decide if this space will strictly be a guest room, or if it will serve as a multipurpose guest room combo space. In the aftermath of COVID-19, it’s possible that you ditched your guest room and transformed it into a home office and you now need to turn it back into a guest room before the holidays.

If you’re welcoming guests into your home, one room may have to suffice for multiple family members, and it could even need to function as a place that family members can quarantine. Or perhaps you’ve kept the guest room essentials but are doubling the room as your office, a storage space, or a kids’ homeschooling zone. All of these potential uses have a huge impact on what you need to include in your guest bedroom.

Think through the size of the space and your budget

Once you determine how you’ll use the space, you can consider how much space you’re working with, what your budget is, and how you want the space to look and feel. This will help you hone in on the exact furniture and decor pieces to include!

Peek our guide to decorating bedrooms of different sizes for some essential tips on how to scale a bedroom design scheme up or down.

Now, let’s dive into our guest room checklist!

The Guest Room Essentials

When it comes to a guest room, there are certain pieces of furniture and decor that you need for the space to function properly. Here are our guest room essentials.

A Bed (Queen is Best)

You can’t have a guest room without having a bed! It’s an essential piece of guest room furniture. A queen bed is great for guest rooms; they accommodate most guests and can fit in small to medium size rooms. But use whatever works for your space! You can certainly size down to a double or size up to a king if you really want to create a luxe guest experience. Some people even opt for two twin-size beds.

Regardless of size, storage beds are another great option for guest rooms. They give guests space to store their items for a longer stay, or offer a great place if you need extra storage space in your home. It makes for easy and stashable storage!

Read our complete guide to bed frame styles to find the right option for your guest room.

Price Range: $800-$5,000

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Clothing Storage

Another important piece of guest room furniture? Clothing storage. It says, “Unpack and stay a while!” It’s nice to give your guests a way to feel more at home rather than living out of a suitcase, even if it’s just for a weekend. This bedroom storage can come in the way of a dresser or wardrobe, or even a larger chest nightstand. If your guest room doesn’t have a closet, it’s also nice to have hooks or a clothing rack where your guests can hang clothing that they don’t want to keep folded.

Price Range: $200-$2,000

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Good Lighting

It’s great to give your guests the opportunity to tailor the lighting in your guest room. Equip your guests with the best lighting in their space through a mix of table lamps, floor lights, and natural light. And if you have a lot of natural light, add blackout curtains to the space so guests can enjoy sleeping in and have an added sense of privacy.

Price Range: $200-$1,500

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Extra Pillows and Blankets

Your guests may prefer to use more pillows or blankets than you—so have extra pillows or blankets readily available. Stashing them in a cute basket in the room is a great way to showcase them so guests know where to find them.

Price Range: $100-$600

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Nice-to-Haves

These items won’t render your space unusable if you don’t have them. But including these guest room design tips will round out the space and make it more functional—not to mention more comfortable and extra welcoming.

A Desk

Including a desk and accent chair in your guest room gives your guests a place to set up their laptop while they’re staying with you. And hanging a mirror above it allows it to double as a vanity, so your guests can set out their personal care products in their room rather than leaving items in a bathroom. This also adds an extra functional aspect when your guest room isn’t in use, as you can use this space as your home office. (Need some extra help with a guest room/home office combo space? Check out our home office guest room design tips.)

Price Range: $150-$3,000

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An Armchair (Or Two)

If you have the space for it, it’s nice to include a little seating area in your guest room, with one or two armchairs. Including an armchair in your guest bedroom furniture repertoire gives guests a comfortable place to lounge that’s all their own—one that isn’t the bed and isn’t in the main living area. This can also serve as a surface to lay out clothes and offers extra function to the room.

Price Range: $300-$2,000

Curtains

Give your guests the option for privacy and the ability to adjust lighting as they like by hanging curtains in your guest bedroom. As we mentioned earlier, blackout curtains are great if you live in a place that gets a lot of direct sunlight.

Price Range: $120-$800

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The Little Things

Sometimes it’s the little things that make a space really sing. These are the finishing touches that turn any guest room into a special place. They’ll transform it from simply being another room in your home to a space that feels like a high-end hotel and will leave your guests with fond memories of your amazing space.

Luggage Rack

Overnight guests will love having a surface for their suitcase. Two folding stools at the end of the bed are stylish but can act as a place to set your luggage, too. By opting for stylish stools rather than a traditional luggage rack, you also give your guests an extra place to sit.

Price Range: $15-$250

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A Basket or Hamper

Including a basket or hamper in your guest room gives your guests a place to stash their dirty clothes during their stay, and a place to throw their linens before they leave. Because who wants to hand over used towels on the way out the door—or worse, leave them crumpled on the floor for you to find when they’re gone?? A cute hamper is the perfect solution. This is great if your guests are staying longer and will need to do a load of laundry while they’re at your house.

Price Range: $30-$250

A Full-size Mirror

A full-size mirror is one of those things you don’t miss until you need it! Including this in your guest bedroom makes the room infinitely more livable. It allows your guests to fully get ready in their space, from applying makeup and fixing their hair to final outfit checks!

Price Range: $120-$900

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Touches for Comfort

Add a feeling of luxury to your guest room with small touches of comfort. Give the bed that hotel-feeling with high-quality bedding, fresh pillows, and cozy throws. Consider including a coffee station, with a coffee maker and a tray of mugs for early risers. Or you could simply include a carafe of water and a drinking glass on the nightstand. These thoughtful touches will really wow your guests.

Price Range: $50-$1,500

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Fresh Flowers

The perfect touch to add before guests arrive? Fresh flowers. Adding fresh flowers to the nightstand or dresser top is sure to brighten their day. You could even use faux botanicals if your guests have allergies or if you don’t want to worry about buying new flowers every time you host guests. Whether faux or real, they add a lively feel and can be that extra homey touch that makes guests feel welcome!

Price Range: $10-$200

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

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

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

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

Decorate Your Nightstand With Objects You Love

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

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Get Organized In Style With A Basket

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

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Incorporate Pops Of Color

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

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Find A Nightstand You Really Love

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

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

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simple bedroom design Upgrade Your Bedding

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

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

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Let Your Favorite Vacation Spot Inspire Your Room Design

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

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

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Add A Reading Nook

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

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Change Up The Color Scheme

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

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Add A Bright Burst Of Color

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

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Give The End Of Your Bed Some Flair

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

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Give Your Room The Hotel Upgrade

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

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Incorporate Natural Greenery

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

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Invest In A New Bed

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

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

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

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

What Sizes To Consider

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

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

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

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

The Best Rug Sizes for King Beds

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

King Bed With a 9×12 Rug

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

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King Bed With an 8×10 Rug

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

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The Best Rug Sizes for Queen Beds

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

Queen Bed With a 9×12 Rug

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

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Queen Bed With an 8×10 Rug

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

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Queen Bed With Two 5×7 Rugs

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

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

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The Best Rug Sizes for Full and Twin Beds

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

Full Bed With a 6×9 Rug

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

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Twin Bed With a 5×7 Rug

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

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

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

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

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

Bedroom design mistakes1. Your bed is pushed into the corner

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

The Fix

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

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

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

The Fix

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

Bedroom design mistakes3. You have too much clutter

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

The Fix

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

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

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

The Fix

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

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

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

The Fix

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

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Bedroom design mistakes6. Your wall color is too aggressive

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

The Fix

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

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Bedroom design mistakes7. You forgot a mirror

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

The Fix

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

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May Edit: The Best Bedroom Designs of the Month

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

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

 best bedroom designsContemporary Minimalist

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

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 best bedroom designsDiscerning Collector

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

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Traditional Chic

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

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 best bedroom designsClassic Collector

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

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Rustic Minimalist

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

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 best bedroom designsEarthy Glam

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

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Elegant Connoisseur

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

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Contemporary Chic

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

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 best bedroom designsEarthy Industrial

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

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 best bedroom designsMoody Industrial

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

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 best bedroom designsDesert Jewel

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

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 best bedroom designsMinimal Industrial

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

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Contemporary Minimalist

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

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 best bedroom designsModern Rustic

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

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Organic Modernist

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

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 best bedroom designsFarmhouse Fresh

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

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 best bedroom designsRustic Warmth

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

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Rustic Contemporary

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

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Casual California

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

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Traditional Bohemian

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

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 best bedroom designsContemporary Luxury

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

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 best bedroom designsEclectic Geometry

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

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Bold Jewel-Toned Dreams

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

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Get The Nook Look: 11 Ways to Design A Comfy Reading Nook

If you haven’t heard, we’re major reading nook fans! Who doesn’t love the idea of a cozy place to curl up with a good book and a cup of tea or just a little corner to snuggle up with a throw blanket and a glass of wine at the end of a long week? Now more than ever as we hunker down at home, carving out space for a designated reading nook isn’t just a good idea, it’s totally necessary.

If you don’t think your space makes sense for a reading nook, think again. The best thing about reading nooks is that it’s really up to you how you want to design them. You can simply anchor one corner in your bedroom with a comfy armchair and side table to turn it into a reading space or if you have a window seat, you can pile it with throw pillows and blankets to really make it the perfect spot for snuggling up with a book.

Of course, finding the essential furniture pieces is key to building out a stylish and functional place to read, whether it’s the choosing the perfect chair, a side table at the right height, a few poufs to use as footrests, or having all the cozy finishing touches like a soft rug and plush pillows. But once you’ve nailed down your furnishings, all you need is to do a bit of clever arranging to create your perfect place to read.

To inspire and show you how you can easily fit a reading nook in your living room, bedroom, home office, or even kid’s room, we’ve rounded up some of our best reading corner ideas in a range of interior design styles and spaces. Read on to get our tips and see how you can bring the ideas into your own rooms.

A Boho-Chic Reading Area

There’s no rule saying that reading nooks have to be tucked away. Take a cue from this eclectic boho corner where a high-back chair, pouf, and accent table create a cozy nook-like spot.

Essentials For This Reading Nook:

  • Pair a colorful pouf with a small side table for a footrest and a practical place for coffee.
  • A faux fur rug adds softness underfoot and will define the zone for your reading nook.
  • Place a chair, like a wingback or a birdcage style, by the window to capitalize on natural light.

Great For… any unused window corner in a living room, and if you love the eclectic boho look. This is also one of our favorite nook ideas for people living in a small home or working with a small living room since it doesn’t take up a lot of space but still has presence.

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A Classic Reading Nook

If you have a random window nook in your home, turn it into the perfect place for curling up with a good book. All you need are some pillows, baskets, greenery, and a rug to warm up the otherwise unused space.

Essentials For This Reading Nook:

  • Lean into symmetry by hanging art on the walls and opting for accents in pairs.
  • Add layers of pillows to a deep window ledge to build out a comfy resting spot.
  • Play up a serene scene by keeping to a neutral palette of soft greens and natural hues.

Great For… anyone trying to maximize use out of an awkward alcove or window seat. We can picture this in a traditional elegant family house that has open areas along wide hallways.

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A Cozy Bedroom Spot

When it comes to bedroom essentials, a deep armchair that gives you an instant cozy reading nook ranks high on our list. Take after this bedroom and opt for a clean-lined modern armchair.

Essentials For This Reading Nook:

  • A sheepskin is a must for a bedroom reading spot that’s all about chic comfort.
  • Baskets are a necessary storage piece for holding pillows, blankets, and books.
  • Focus on armchairs versus side chairs because you want this to be a curl-up corner.

Great For… those looking for stylish bedroom seating ideas that bring more comfort and function to the corners of the room. It’s also perfect if you love to read your favorite book before getting into bed at night.

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An Industrial-Chic Reading Nook

With bold elements like a large ornate floor mirror, a black faux fur rug, and a towering sculptural bookcase, this industrial-chic nook approach combines comfort with edgy design.

Essentials For This Reading Nook:

  • A mid-century leather swivel chair makes for a cozy and design-forward anchor piece (AKA the perfect spot for lounging)
  • Bold details, like a gold mirror, lucite table, and brass floor lamp are key here.
  • A tall and sculptural floor lamp is both a style statement and a practical light for reading your book.

Great For… city-dwellers who love the urban-chic aesthetic or anyone living in a loft-like space. If you live in a city apartment with modern interior architecture, this mix of furnishings is perfect.

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A Modern Rustic Office Nook

For a modern rustic take on a reading spot, this home office corner has it all. The wingback chair, ottoman, drum accent table, and floor lamp lend big comfort while also setting a cool rustic vibe.

Essentials For this Reading Nook:

  • A high-contrast palette mixed with warm wood tones establishes the modern rustic vibe.
  • The statement rustic wood bookcase provides storage as well as major visual texture.
  • The fringed oval rug distinguishes this reading nook from the rest of the room.

Great For… any WFH office in need of a little cozy spot for unwinding and reading. If you have a shared home office, this is the ideal way to give both people a place to take breaks during the day.

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A Contemporary Reading Area

A common challenge is making sure your reading area feels separate but also part of the larger living space. This chic spot nails that balance with its contemporary-cool palette and furnishings.

Essential For this Reading Nook:

  • The gallery wall behind the armchair makes this reading spot feel like it’s own space.
  • A versatile pouf works wonders here as a footrest or extra seat for the larger living space.
  • A floor lamp with small eye-catching details is best here for a chic and practical accent.

Great For… a reading spot that’s clean-lined and seamlessly integrated into your living space. This approach is also perfect for open living and dining space in city apartments.

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An Under-Stair Reading Nook

The space under your stairs is full of design possibilities. Our favorite idea is to repurpose it into a cozy reading spot. All you need is a simple chair and a few practical storage accent pieces.

Essentials For This Reading Nook:

  • Lay down an area rug to define this area as its own spot from the entry and living room.
  • Tucked away floating shelves add practical storage and keep clutter out of sight.
  • Instead of a floor lamp, hang a pendant light to maximize floor space.

Great For… homes with an awkward staircase alcove or corner that can fit a chair and some small accents. If you also work from home and need extra reading and storage space, this approach is for you.

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An Eclectic-Cool Reading Nook

An easy way to create your own reading space within a larger room is to decorate it as its own room, like this corner. The armchair, table, and layers of accents make it feel like its own space. If you have space, you could even swap in a chaise lounge for a more “home library” vibe.

Essentials For This Reading Nook:

  • The foolproof pairing of an accent table and a pouf add instant comfort and versatile style.
  • Opt for an always-chic tufted armchair that can work with a range of eclectic accents.
  • Layering a sheepskin with an area rug sets off the space and adds a cozy, homey vibe.

Great For… those who want a place in the home to call their own within a larger living space. This can also work in a family room where one side is used for watching TV.

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A Traditional Reading Area

Sophisticated and refined, this corner for two is the definition of a classic reading nook. Perfect for a master bedroom corner, it’s as elegant as it is simple with a pair of elegant armchairs.

Essentials For This Reading Nook:

  • Traditional swivel chairs make for a great matching set in any conversation area.
  • Don’t underestimate luxe accents like a faux fur or cowhide pillow that add bold texture.
  • Fewer but more traditional accents, like a bird print, add the most impact in this instance.

Great For… a master bedroom suite with room beyond the bed for lounging. Or this can also work as a second seating area in a spacious living room corner.

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A Nursery Reading Nook

If you’re a new parent, having a comfy and relaxing spot for nursing and napping in the nursery is non-negotiable. The best part is that it also functions as a cozy reading spot by default.

Essentials For This Reading Nook:

  • A glider or rocker is a nursery anchor piece, so make sure it’s comfy for parent and child.
  • A pouf can easily be moved, is lightweight, and is non-hazardous for a baby’s room.
  • Keeping to a neutral color palette with earthy flairs adds a serene and calming feel.

Great For…  new parents who want an all-in-one nursery and kids room that’s made to handle all types of activities, from nursing to nap time.

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A Boho Window Nook

With any awkward nook or open space that’s too small to make a full room, turn it into a private reading space. Simply pull in a chair, add a rug and pouf, and layer in some lighting.

Essentials For This Reading Nook:

  • An area rug will help define the area as well as add color and soften up the wood floors.
  • An outdoor chair, like this rattan one, is an airy yet comfy alternative to armchairs.
  • Candles and a hanging pendant make for different sources of lighting that add ambiance.

Great For… a seating area that’s off to the side in the house or an empty space that can be transformed into a private hideaway within the home.

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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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