Bedroom Ideas: 5 Steps to Creating a Calming Bedroom

The bedroom is one space we get many questions about here at Modsy. After all, it’s the most personal room in your home where you start and end your days, so it should be a space that’s not only stylish but one that also inspires rest for you.

And whether you’re in the process of rethinking your bedroom or looking to make some updates, there are some key pieces that can help set it apart as the ultimate soothing space.

Here, we break down for you just what these design elements are when it comes to building a calming bedroom.


Calming bedroom


1. Establish an Inviting Foundation

The bed is what everything else in the room will revolve around. Rather than going for one that’s conveniently sized or quick to ship, invest in a bed that’s just right for you and will set a cozy tone in your room.

A good starting point: An upholstered bed with light or neutral fabric will instantly give your bedroom a soft, inviting look. If an upholstered bed isn’t your thing, a simple frame or an open base is a great alternative — they tend to take up minimal space and have a way of making your room feeling airy as opposed to cluttered.


Calming bedroom

2. Create a Personal Spot

In the bedroom, your nightstand is your most personal space. It’s an area where you should let your style shine.

A good starting point: Choose a nightstand or side table that suits your needs. Want extra storage to hold your binge-reading material? Opt for one with drawers. Just want a place to set your alarm clock or a late-night cup of tea? A nightstand with a larger swath of surface area is the way to go. Add a pretty table lamp and hang a favorite photo or painting to make the space feel extra personal; it’s a great way to incorporate elements that soothe your senses.


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3. Incorporate Light Wood Tones

Be it your nightstand or a dresser for all your clothes and blankets, lighter woods in the bedroom can keep the space feeling open and spacious.

A good starting point: We love the look of Mid-century pieces with their clean lines and tapered legs for bedside storage. If you have the space for it, a dresser that’s big enough to hold all your soft goods can also make for a simple and stylish display surface for small personal items. The key is to keep to a neutral and work with a light palette for your furnishings, bedding, and accents.


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4. Fill Your Walls

Admittedly your bedroom walls can be difficult to outfit, especially when you want to maintain a calm atmosphere. But if you leave them empty, your room somehow feels incomplete.

A good starting point: The round mirror trend is a great option. Placing it above the bed to reflect more light into the room gives the space the illusion of being larger that it is.

Another option is to bring in an open bookshelf in place of a nightstand because it solves two big dilemmas: it can function just like a nightstand but takes up little space and doesn’t feel bulky; and it also extends vertically so it fills the walls but doesn’t overwhelm your room.


Calming bedroom

5. Inject a Bit of Color

While a completely white bedroom can feel incredibly cozy, a strategic approach to color can make for a bedroom that’s equally alluring and calming. A little color will also help to break up white walls and white bedding.

A good starting point: Pick a color and stick to shades of it when you’re picking your pillows, rug, accents, and art. This way your space will feel united by one continuous palette, and the color becomes your guide for everything that you decide to add to your room later on. Keeping to one hue will also minimize the visual frenzy, creating a clean overall look and feel.

This render features shades of blue, as this primary hue has a soothing and serene quality. Shades of green with white is another easy color combo to encourage a calming effect. Blue and green are both easy to work with as they recall the outdoors and nature.


Calming bedroom


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Icelandic Interiors: Bringing the Nordic Look to your Bedroom

Recently we’ve found ourselves daydreaming of taking a vacation to Iceland. We can’t stop obsessing over the land of majestic mountains, cascading waterfalls, and the fluffiest sheep and reindeer. And while Iceland’s outdoors are a marvel in and of themselves, their interiors are just as stunning.iceland_3

Images of bedrooms with clean lines, a modern Nordic edge, living rooms chalk full of natural materials and neutral color schemes fill our social media feeds and Pinterest boards. And since a trip to Iceland isn’t in the cards (yet) we decided to bring these interiors to us with our latest Icelandic Bedroom collection!

Here, simplicity is the name of the game while materials and color help create a space that feels both informal, welcoming, and elegantly designed. Read on to learn how to get the Icelandic bedroom look and shop the collection below!

How to Create the Icelandic Bedroom Look:


Build your base:

  • Capture the Icelandic aesthetic by opting for foundational pieces that feel both simple and hearty. We love the clean lines of Pottery Barn’s Farmhouse Canopy Bed frame especially paired with the simple, yet slightly eclectic shape of the Tanah Nightstand (Anthropologie).


iceland_5Create a neutral color scheme:

  • Essential to this bedroom is the connection to Iceland’s majestic landscape. Help foster this in your space by creating a neutral color palette inspired by Iceland’s scenery. We opted for an elegant collaboration of browns, greys, blacks, and creams like West Elm’s Colca Wool Rug.



Go natural:

  • Bring the Icelandic terrain even more into your space by incorporating furniture and accessories made of natural materials. Raw woods, chunky knits, fluffy sheepskin pelts, and braided wool and jute are all great choices. We especially love the Emmerson Reclaimed Wood dressers (West Elm) and the Antler Pendant Light (CB2).



Make it a room with a view:

  • Ok, easier said than done, but one of the most stunning parts of Iceland is the dramatic landscape! Since we can’t really bring Iceland to our windows, we opted for art that captures its beauty instead. We love the photographs by Robert and Tiffany Peterson from Artfully Walls, special shout out to Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier Field and The Black Church of Búðir!


All that’s left to do is grab a hot cup of coffee, a fluffy blanket, and maybe a cat and snuggle up and enjoy your Icelandic bedroom retreat! Staycation done right.


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Ala Amelie: How To Get The Look of her Eccentric Bedroom Interior

We love incorporating details from cinematic interiors into our own homes, and with the Oscars encroaching we’ve been thinking about some of our all-time favorites. At the top of the list is the French film, Amélie.

Amélie Poulain, is a shy waitress at a cafe in Paris who delights in helping other people find happiness in unexpected ways. As shy as Amélie is, her apartment interior is just as bold. Daringly red and buzzing with eccentricities, we are still getting interior envy over Amélie’s bedroom so we decided to recreate this iconic interior.

How to get the look of Amelie's bedroom

Read on to learn how you can get Amélie’s bedroom look and bring her je ne sais quoi into your home!

How to get Amélie’s Bedroom look:

  • The Basics: Amélie’s traditional wrought iron bed frame adds a touch of whimsy to her space. Recreate the look with a similar silhouette, like the spindle iron head- and footboard on the Mason Bed Frame (Crate & Barrel).
  • Seeing Red: Amélie’s apartment interior was awash with a warm and rich red. Opt for a textured wallpaper like Farrow & Ball’s two tone damask Silvergate wallpaper. A more modern and clean option, we chose a solid coat of red-orange Caliente (Benjamin Moore).
    • Balance out these hot hues by incorporating splashes of green and blue. We love how the indigo Washed Wood Nightstand (Anthropologie) adds a cooling rustic touch against the spicy red backdrop.
  • Animal Accents: Amélie loves her animal-themed decor, and her pair of Michael Sowa portraits are a must for capturing her look. Both prints, Dog with Cone and Fowl with Pearls, bring that signature touch of Amélie-esque whimsy to any bedroom.
    • Stylist Tip: Push the look more eclectic with mismatched frames, like Amélie’s.

What we love most about Amélie’s bedroom is how entirely livable it feels. Amélie isn’t rich and her home authentically reflects that. We wholeheartedly relate to her method of “organized clutter” and find her quirks charming.

What’s your cinema interior inspiration? Join the conversation and tell us in the comments what fictional room you want to see come to life!


The Collection:

Farrow & Ball

Crate & Barrel


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How Two Empty Nesters Transformed Their Son’s Old Bedroom

Trying to design a brand new space can certainly be challenging, but sometimes it can be just as hard reimagining a room you’ve had arranged a certain way for years and years.

This was the case for one of our earliest Modsy users, Dorene. Her son, Evan, was well into his college years when she decided it was about time to shed his youthful bedroom décor and recreate the room as something she and her husband could actually use. Dorene chose to turn the space into a nice guest room, a space where friends and family could comfortably stay when visiting their home.  There was the obvious need to upgrade the bed from a twin to a queen, but beyond that she struggled to figure out how to arrange everything in the space and decide which furniture to get rid of and to keep. After using that room for over 20 years as her son’s bedroom, it was difficult to truly visualize it in a new way.

“After using that room for over 20 years as her son’s bedroom, it was difficult to truly visualize it in a new way.”


That’s where Modsy came in. Using Modsy, Dorene was able to see her son’s bedroom fully transformed into the elegant guest room that she had only been imagining.  “I was actually thinking about keeping all the furniture and putting the bed in a different place,” Dorene explained. Seeing the Modsy designs, she decided to let go of most of the existing furniture, keeping only the armoire, and to position the bed in the same way as the Modsy design.  “I realized the way I was envisioning the room was not really ideal. Seeing the design ahead of time was so helpful in figuring out the best layout for the small room.”


“Seeing the design ahead of time was so helpful in figuring out the best layout for the small room.”

As hard as it is to see your kids grow up and move away from home, don’t let their rooms remain relics of their childhood’s past for too long – give that room a new life! Make it a lovely guest room (where they can of course come home to visit every weekend), maybe a library, or a home office. Once Modsy shows you how that room can be transformed, it’ll be hard to resist.