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My Modsy Story: How Wit & Delight Conquered a Creative Block With Expert Help From Modsy

Wit & Delight blogger and designer, Kate Arends, knows style and regularly provides her 30 million followers with guidance on self-care, beauty, fashion, and decor. But when the style polymath found herself overwhelmed with choices for her bedroom design project, she turned to Modsy for some expert collaboration.

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Homeowner: Kate Arrends

Spaces:  Bedroom

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The Backstory

Kate Arends, founder of the popular blog Wit & Delight, enjoys tackling design projects on her own and sharing her wins with her followers online. She’s spent the past year conquering one design project after another in her home, documenting it all on her blog and Instagram. And while she certainly takes input from her husband, Joe, she tends to take the lead when it comes to their home’s design.

“Running solo has always felt simpler to me than relying on others—especially when it comes to design. I tend to have a specific idea I’m chasing and, admittedly, I’m not always the best at communicating my vision. So, it’s always been easier to do it myself.”

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The Design Dilemma

When Kate finally got around to designing her main bedroom, she found herself overloaded with too many ideas for the space. She was dissatisfied with her bedroom not feeling “grown up” enough; she wanted it to be a space that could feel restful and rejuvenating—while still being kid-inclusive; she wanted more storage and matching nightstands. But weaving together all of those ideas and solutions on her own started feeling overwhelming… What she needed was a sounding board to bounce her ideas off of and get a second opinion on how to bring them all together.

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“For the last year, I’ve been designing and making changes to the house here and there. Eventually, decision paralysis crept in. I grew exhausted with making all the design decisions. I needed to find someone to work with who would understand my design needs and walk through the process with me.”

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The Modsy Moment

Having collaborated with Modsy on a past design project, Kate knew that what she needed was  to work with an expert designer who would understand her desire for collaboration. She was also excited about trying on different ideas for the space in 3D to ensure she got everything just right—like a beautiful traditional-style wallpaper she’d found and a woven rattan pendant light that was her inspiration for the rest of the room.

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“In our last home, I worked with Modsy to assist in designing our living room, and I thought they’d be a great partner to help finalize the look of our main bedroom. What I liked about working with Modsy was just that—the act of working with them throughout the process. I don’t have to completely hand over the project or design, or compromise my original vision when working with Modsy. Instead, I have a collaborative partner to help with the design roadblocks and do some heavy lifting.”

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Kate’s design vision started to take shape once she talked one-on-one with her designer. They decided to go in a more traditional design direction, with elements of the Cottagecore trend, as well as some modern elements throughout the space. Going over inspirational images and chatting about the project in detail was a relief after flying solo for so long.

“I can’t tell you how nice it was to have a conversation with someone who spoke the same language and understood what I wanted for the room.”

“After sharing some moodboards, pictures, and bedroom measurements, my designer was off and running. I can’t tell you how nice it was to have a conversation with someone who spoke the same language and understood what I wanted for the room, even when I had trouble communicating exactly what it was I was looking for.”

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The Real Results

Kate’s bedroom has gone from being a frustrating, overwhelming project to a fully realized space that brings her joy.

“I love how this room turned out. I love how it feels like an escape at the end of the day, and a relaxing place to wake in the morning. I love that my kids love hanging out here with us. I love that we can watch movies together, read books, and just spend time together. To me, that’s a successful room redesign!

Modsy can select the perfect pieces for your space. They’re perfect for anyone looking to update the look of their space, no matter what stage you are in—whether you’re starting from a blank canvas or selecting the final accent pieces for your room.”

 

“I love how this room turned out. I love how it feels like an escape at the end of the day, and a relaxing place to wake in the morning.”

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Stunning Bedroom Transformations from Modsy Customers

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

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

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

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Ann’s Grown-Up Boho Glam Bedroom

The Design Dilemma:

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

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The Solution:

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

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What Ann Had to Say:

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

Deana’s Rustic and Traditional Bedroom

The Design Dilemma:

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

The Solution:

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

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What Deana Had to Say:

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

Read Deana’s full story here.

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Faith’s Bohemian Bedroom

The Design Dilemma:

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

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The Solution:

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

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What Faith Had to Say:

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

Read Faith’s full story here.

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Sandra’s Glam-Meets-Industrial Bedroom

The Design Dilemma:

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

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The Solution:

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

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What Sandra Had to Say:

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

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Zora’s Minimalist Studio Bedroom Space

The Design Dilemma:

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

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The Solution:

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

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What Zora Had to Say:

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

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Brooke’s Organized Teen Bedroom

The Design Dilemma:

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

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The Solution:

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

What Brooke Had to Say:

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

Read Brooke’s full story here.

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Koula’s Luxurious Bedroom Oasis

The Design Dilemma:

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

The Solution: 

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

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What Koula Had to Say:

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

Read more bedroom design stories from really Modsy customers.

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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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My Modsy Story: How my son and I designed a home together

Ready for a new phase of life, a father found an empty house where he and his son could start from scratch. The only problem was finding time to design the new space with his busy work schedule.

Actual Modsy Customer

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The Backstory

“I wanted a fresh start for my 12-year-old son and myself, so I found a new house here in San Francisco. The house is over 200 years old, and before we moved in it was decorated with very traditional decor. My personal aesthetic is much more modern, so I knew we’d start over with a blank slate. But with every room completely empty, I needed to get the space decorated—and fast—so my son and I could feel comfortable here.”

“I wanted a fresh start for my 12-year-old son and myself, so I found a new house here in San Francisco.”

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The Design Dilemma

“I know my personal style and I actually know quite a bit about design, as it factors heavily into my work. Having previously worked closely with traditional interior design services in both a personal and professional capacity, I knew plenty of people who could help me tackle my home design project. I could even have done a good job on my own, but I’m so busy that I wanted to outsource the work—and I knew I wanted it done faster than a traditional design service could offer. I’d heard about online interior design and decided I would give San Francsico based interior design company Modsy a try.”

“I knew I wanted it done faster than a traditional design service could offer.”

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Designer Insight:

“In our consult call, I could immediately tell that the client had style and vision but lacked the time he needed to bring his space together. I was determined to give him a well-thought-out design for each room within his tight timeframe.” –Janna, Modsy designer

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The Modsy Moment

“When I had my consult call with my Modsy designer, Janna, I told her I was very busy and I just wanted her to take my input I had for the space and to run with it. The results absolutely hit the bullseye!”

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“What was even more impressive than how well Janna nailed my design aesthetic, was the way Modsy’s 3D designs really took my son and me along for the ride. My son was a really big part of the move, he helped me choose the house and even took part in the lease negotiations (he’s 12!), so it only made sense that he should have a say in the design process, too. He loved seeing his room go from an empty space to a 3D design to actually seeing the room come together IRL. Not only was the process fun for him but it also gave him a sense of autonomy and helped him grow a little.”

“My son loved seeing his room go from an empty space to a 3D design to actually seeing the room come together IRL.”

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Designer Insight:

“As a Luxe designer at Modsy, one of the highlights of my job is revealing my clients’ designs during our Design Reveal video call. It was a special treat getting to present designs to this client; he was just so pleased to see how quickly his designs came together and was shocked by how little he had to do. And he was really excited for his son’s room, too, which was sweet!” –Janna, Modsy designer

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The Real Results

“Before using Modsy, the space was completely empty, without even a stitch of furniture. Now each room is fully furnished with beautiful furniture and paint selections that perfectly capture my design sensibilities. Janna selected colors and decor for every room that is appropriate for whatever I’m doing. Seriously, every space works for entertaining (when it’s safe to entertain again), relaxing, or even working from home on a busy day. Plus, my son really likes his bedroom design. His mind was blown and so was mine—but in the best possible way.”

“Before using Modsy, the space was completely empty, without even a stitch of furniture. Now each room is fully furnished with beautiful furniture and paint selections that perfectly capture my design sensibilities.”

Actual Modsy Customer

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Designer Insight:

“For this project, I knew it was key to imbue each room with a bit of fun, along with items that felt personal. In the son’s room, I added a large brass t-rex sculpture which was in line with Modsy customer’s cool sensibility, but it felt like something a kid would get a kick out of, too.” –Janna, Modsy designer

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“I was careful to think about the functionality and livability of the space. I imagined the client and his son hanging out together or with friends, and I also imagined that he might want to work in any space in the house and not just his office. Because of this, I chose colors and decor that were bold enough to go with Modsy customer’s style but versatile enough to fit many different occasions and scenarios.” –Janna, Modsy designer

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Buying Guide: The Ultimate Bedroom Furniture Checklist

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

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

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

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Early Considerations

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

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

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

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

Now, on to our bedroom furniture checklist!

The Bedroom Essentials

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

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Bed Frame + Mattress

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

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

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

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

Price Range: $300-$5,000

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Nightstands

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

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

Price Range: $100-1,000

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Clothing Storage

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

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

Price Range: $300 – $3,000

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Window Treatments

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

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

Price Range: $20-$300 per panel

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Bedroom Nice-to-Haves

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

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Task & Accent Lighting

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

Price Range: $50-$1,000

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Seating

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

Price Range: $50-$1,000+

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Rug

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

Price Range: $350-$10,000

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Mirror

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

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

Price Range: $100-$1,000

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Bedroom Finishing Touches

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

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Artwork

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

Price Range: $40-$5,000

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Throw Pillows

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

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

Price Range: $25-$150 per pillow

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Greenery

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

Price Range: $10-$500

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Small Storage

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

Price Range: $20-$500

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

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Year In Review: Best Bedroom Designs of 2020

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

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

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

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1. Modern Farmhouse

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

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Why We Love It

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

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2. Earthy Boho

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

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Why We Love It

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

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3. New Traditional

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

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Why We Love It

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

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4. Discerning Collector

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

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Why We Love It

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

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5. Industrial Glam

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

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Why We Love It

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

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6. California Modern

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

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Why We Love It

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

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7. Victorian Farmhouse

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

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Why We Love It

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

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8. Organic Modern in Color

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

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Why We Love It

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

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9. Tropical Boho

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

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Why We Love It

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

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10. Scandinavian Modern

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

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Why We Love It

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

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11. Mod Collector

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

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Why We Love It

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

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12. Modern Coastal

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

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Why We Love It

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

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13. Rustic Warmth

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

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Why We Love It

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

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14. Modern Farmhouse

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

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Why We Love It

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

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15. Crisp Contemporary

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

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Why We Love It

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

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16. Modern Art Deco

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

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Why We Love It

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

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17. Rustic Traveller

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

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Why We Love It

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

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18. Mod Collector

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

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Why We Love It

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

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19. Bohemian Elegance

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

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Why We Love It

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

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20. Organic Modern

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

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Why We Love It

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

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Snooze in Style: Try These 13 Easy Bedroom Art Ideas

These days, staying at home more means we need to create spaces that comfort and inspire, from the dining room to the bedroom. One easy way to make rooms look and feel more welcoming is to hang up some art and stylish wall decor.

People usually think of the living room first when it comes to art, but don’t forget your bedroom! It’s the most intimate and personal space in the home, so make sure to give your bedroom some art love, whether it’s adding above bed decor like a mirror or arranging a gallery wall of black and white photographs. To inspire you, we’ve rounded up our favorite bedroom wall decor ideas to help you get started. Find out more below and get our decorating tips!

Need ideas for your bedroom furniture and layout? Check out our gallery bedroom design ideas for tips and inspiration!

Art Ideas for Main Bedrooms

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Center A Round Mirror

An easy and elevated idea for above bed decor is to hang a stylish round mirror. It adds a 3D element to your wall and creates an instant focal point. It’s a trick that works in any style bedroom. If you’re designing a small bedroom, a mirror can help reflect light into the room and open up the space to make it feel larger. Just make sure your mirror is safely secured to the wall!

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Double Up On Mirrors

You can also take a bolder approach with mirrors by flanking your bed with two full-sized mirrors above your nightstands. By doing this, you’ll open up the room in a big way, whether you’re working with a small bedroom or a large space. It’s also a practical solution if you have nowhere else to put mirrors in your room. Not to mention, a pair of large mirrors also give your bedroom a bold contemporary look. Just remember that two big mirrors can easily feel visually overwhelming, so match them with a low bed or a simple streamlined headboard.

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Arrange A Gallery Wall

When it comes to foolproof decorating ideas for bedroom art, try experimenting with gallery wall designs above your bed. This is especially great if you have high ceilings. No matter the arrangement, a gallery wall brings a simple and sophisticated touch and it adds visual interest that doesn’t overwhelm or look too cumbersome. You can line up a series of small photos and prints, or go with a few larger artworks—just be sure they’re proportionate to your bed size and not too big.

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Frame Your Bed With Art

An alternative to above bed decor is to decorate the walls behind your nightstands. Hang mismatched art and different-size works above each of your nightstands, or lean into a more symmetrical look with a complementary set of prints or photos. It adds a formal touch and works great in long bedrooms or if you have a tall headboard and not a lot of room above your bed.

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Pull In A Divider Screen

Classic and elegant, decorative room-divider screens are great stand-ins for a headboard if you don’t have one. It’s one of many unexpected and versatile bedroom decorating ideas that’s perfect for open bedroom spaces in a loft or apartment studio (also if you’re renting and don’t want to hang things on your walls). They’re also easy to move around when you feel like switching things up in your bedroom.

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Show Off Baskets Art

Woven baskets make perfect above bed decor. They’re like wall sculpture. And because baskets are generally soft and lightweight, they’re safe and easy accents to hang over your bed. Play with baskets in different sizes, shapes, and patterns and group a few together into a unique display. They’ll bring depth and dimension and add a touch of fun texture to your walls.

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Art Ideas for Guest Bedrooms

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Try A Triptych

With guest bedrooms, you can have a little more fun with color, patterns, and decor. Consider hanging a three-piece artwork above the bed for a focal point that’s unique but visually cohesive. This is an easy way to add a pop of color and a gallery-like effect without having to pair or mix different art together. It’s also a less expensive option than getting multiple artworks!

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Play Up Sconces

When it comes to small guest room ideas, it’s all about making the most of space-saving furniture and accents so that they also function as decor. One way is to install a pair of wall sconces above your guest bed or daybed. They’ll provide practical lighting and also serve as wall sculptures. Arrange them with a cool poster or colorful print to create a fun vignette.

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Layer Tons Of Greenery

One of our favorite guest room ideas is to surround the bed with lots of plants and greenery, which instantly brings the space to life. There are endless decorating ideas with plants, but an easy one for the guest room is to hang greenery above the bed for a focal point and a lively touch of boho color and texture. And to keep things low maintenance, consider faux greenery!

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Art Ideas for Kids Bedrooms

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Set Up Functional Shelving

A kids’ bedroom often needs to work extra hard, tripling as study and play spaces. Optimize the space above their bed by installing floating shelves that provide storage for books a well as give them a place to display art, trophies, mementos, and other objects. Let them come up with their own shelf decor ideas so that the space feels personal to them. Just be sure they’re not overloading the shelves with too many heavy items!

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String Up Some Lights

String lights are casual, fun, and practical additions to a kids’ and teen bedroom. Hang one or two strands of lights above their bed to add ambient lighting that also brings a bit of magic and wonder to the room. This is perfect in kids’ rooms where there isn’t room for floor or table lamps.

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Accent With Wallpaper

For major impact, transform the entire wall behind a kids’ bed with graphic wallpaper. By covering just one wall in wallpaper, it functions like a floor-to-ceiling artwork that also sets the mood and tone of the room. Try a black and white pattern for a neutral color scheme that works with a wide range of furniture and accents. Not ready for wallpaper? Consider a temporary peel and stick wallpaper that’s low commitment. Or see how you can swap it for other equally bold accent wall designs.

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Mix Different Wall Decor

The most important thing to remember as you’re considering kids bedroom design ideas is to keep the decor fun and colorful for them. Try mixing different art mediums all together on the wall above their bed without being too precious about it all. Pair a 3D stuffed animal wall sculpture with a colorful print and a confetti garland or whimsical sconce design. It’s all about adding bright and surprising elements.

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Our Best Tips For Decorating Around A Canopy Bed

The ultimate bedroom luxury, canopy beds are gorgeous statement pieces that take any style space to the next level. They’re large-scale pieces, so they’re ideal in a spacious master bedroom or a guestroom. But even in large spaces, canopy beds can be tricky to design around given how much height and room they occupy.

If you’re looking for canopy bed ideas for your bedroom, first decide on the style you want. There’s a wide range of canopy bed frames available, from ones made with wrought iron to solid wood pieces. You’ll also want to think about whether or not you’ll hang fabric curtains with your frame, which can influence the look and feel of the canopy bed style you choose. From there, you can move on to the interior design part and start thinking about the canopy bed decor you want above and around it.

To help guide you along, we rounded up our best tips for decorating around a canopy bed. We’re here to help make your adult canopy bed dreams come true! Read on to find our answers to some of the most common design dilemmas with canopy beds.

Still not sure if a canopy bed is for you? See what the pros and cons are in our bed frame buying guide and get inspiration for layouts from our gallery for bedroom design ideas.

How do I lay out a bedroom with a canopy bed?

Generally, you can arrange your canopy bed in the bedroom just as you would any other bed frame type—against the largest wall, between windows, tucked away in a corner, etc.

Just be sure to pay extra attention to height with canopy beds. If you have a low or slanted ceiling, consider placing your bed under the highest ceiling point, or you can opt for a bed with shorter posts.

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Here are two easy layout ideas to try:

Layout Tip #1: Centered In The Room

Canopy beds put emphasis on the symmetry and balance of your space, so if you’re not sure how to set up your bedroom, we always recommend this classic layout approach.

You’ll want to center your canopy bed along largest wall and keep the headboard against it. This gives you an easy foundation to arrange the rest of your bedroom furnishings. Go for pairs of furnishings, from armchairs for the foot of the bed right down to matching table lamps and pillows. It will play out a symmetrical look, but it also makes for a layout that’s sophisticated, functional, and perfect for a master bedroom.

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Layout Tip #2: Floating Off A Wall

If you have the space in your bedroom, you can have a little more fun with your canopy bed placement. A chic layout approach is to have your canopy bed floating off the wall.

Floating simply means placing your bed away from the walls—either in the center of your bedroom or at an angle for a more dramatic effect. One of our favorite ways to add even more drama to canopy beds is to give them curtains. If you happen to have floor-to-ceiling bedroom windows, floating a canopy bed with sheer curtains (or just any light, opaque fabric) near them will give the bed a luminous look and make your space feel like a luxurious hotel suite.

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How do I choose nightstands to go with a canopy bed?

This is a frequently asked question and understandably so! It can be hard to find the right bedside table when it comes to canopy beds given their towering scale.

The good news is that it’s pretty much the same as looking for nightstands with any other bed frame. Size, shape, and material all are factors at play. But there is one design rule of thumb: Go with matching nightstands or don’t have nightstands at all. Mismatched bedside tables have no place in a bedroom with a canopy bed because it throws off the visual balance.

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Here are two great tips for finding nightstands for your canopy bed:

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Nightstand Tip #1: Choose By Size

As with any bed, choosing the right height nightstand is probably one of the first and most important factors to consider. This will vary depending on the size of your canopy bed.

For starters, remember this golden rule: Your nightstand should be equal height or a few inches lower than the top of your mattress. Also, your nightstands should be substantial in size and proportional with the size of your canopy bed. Because canopy beds are so large and tall, you want bedside tables that don’t look puny next to them.

We often suggest solid nightstands as opposed to open styles to visually balance out the large open canopy frame—especially if you’re going with a more sculptural design, like an arched wrought-iron bed.

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Nightstand Tip #2: Match Materials

An alternative approach is to tie your canopy bed frame and nightstands together visually based on common materials or finishes. This is perfect for canopy beds that feature unique materials and details.

Here, the canopy bed has a black frame and brass accents and nighstands were chosen to match that aesthetic. This is a great way to create a more polished and cohesive look in the bedroom since the matching materials will make the bed and nightstands feel like a set.

Another way to connect materials is if you’ve decided to hang curtains with your canopy bed. Depending on the fabric you choose, you can pick your nightstands based on the color and texture of the material. For instance, a blue fabric might inspire you to go with bedside tables that have painted blue drawers or knobs.

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How do I hang art over a canopy bed?

This is another frequently asked question we get about canopy beds! Hanging art above a canopy bed will create an instant focal point in the bedroom, but it’s more tricky than a normal bed since it has to be placed just right. If not, your entire bedroom will look off-center.

The good thing is that you do have a defined and contained space to work with. Try to think of the bedposts as a picture frame for the art you’re hanging. There are a few approaches you can take.

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Here are two ways to mix art with canopy beds:

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Art Tip #1: Framed Focal Point

The easiest way is to center art between the back posts of a canopy bed. This does two things. First, it turns the area above the bed into an instant focal point in the bedroom; second, the art acts as a makeshift decorative headboard. This is a more formal way to showcase artwork, so it’s ideal for any master bedroom.

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Art Tip #2: Spanning Art Wall

For canopy beds that don’t have a boxy frame, you can, well, go outside the box. Hang a series of art pieces extends from inside the bedposts to the outside of them, so that the works span across the wall behind the canopy bed. This creates a dramatic gallery wall effect in the bedroom that feels less formal but is nonetheless captivating. If you need some bedroom art inspiration, check out this awesome list of ideas for what to hang on the wall above your bed.

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How do I add lighting around a canopy bed?

There are a few ways to do this. First, consider the type of lighting you need: Is it one overhead light above your canopy bed? Or do you want something more ambient? Or is it directional/task lighting that’s missing in your bedroom? No matter the lighting, it’s an essential interior design element to consider when decorating around canopy beds.

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Here are a few tips on incorporating different lighting sources:

Lighting Tip #1: A Central Chandelier

The great thing about canopy beds and chandeliers is that they’re practically made for each other—they both add a sophisticated and elevated look to the bedroom. If you love the idea of one statement hanging light in the master bedroom, center it over your canopy bed for a bold and balanced feel. Just make sure the chandelier doesn’t hang too low—at or just above your canopy bed top is an ideal level.

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Lighting Tip #2: Flanking Sconces

Sconces, like canopy beds, draw the eye up in a bedroom and emphasize symmetry. A pair of sconces above nightstands flanking your canopy bed are highly functional. They free up surface area on your nightstands and they also serve as practical reading lights. If you’re adding fabric curtains, consider mounting sconces inside the back posts of your canopy bed.

With sconces, you also don’t have to match them to your canopy bed. In fact, sconces that contrast with the bed’s material will help add depth and interest to your bedroom.

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Lighting Tip # 3: Bedside Table Lamps

The most traditional bedroom lighting option is table lamps. With canopy beds, we recommend two of the matching lamps that are decently sized and scaled so that they look proportional to the bed. In this space, the canopy bedposts are tall, so short lamps would look odd. Instead, the taller table lamps help balance out the lower-profile of the platform canopy bed design.

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How do I keep the canopy bed from overtaking the bedroom?

This is a common concern! Canopy beds have a lot of presence. It’s easy for one to overwhelm a bedroom. Which is why it’s key to round out the spaces around the bed with equally bold nightstands, art, lighting, and other furnishings and accents. Hanging solid-color fabric curtains (or using sheers for bed curtains) can also help ease the impact of more substantial wood or metal canopy beds.

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Here are two clever ways to balance the focus in your space:

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Design Tip #1: Open Up Your Space

Flank your canopy bed with matching mirrors, pendants, and bedside console tables (if you have the space). Adding these captivating elements to your bedside will bring a formal touch to any master bedroom. But they will also even out the focus so that they have equal visual impact as the canopy bed. Also, mirrors will help open up the look and feel in the bedroom, so definitely consider them for above your nightstand, especially if you have a substantial solid-wood bed.

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Design Tip #2: Play Up Negative Space

If you have a more streamlined and slender canopy bed, balance can simply be leaning into a more pared-down look. This is a very stylish use of negative space, where the emphasis is on the minimalist, openness of the bedroom. While there’s very little decor and the room is largely neutral, the windows and the view of the outside become the art. The overall simplicity perfectly balances out the slim bed frame.

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May Edit: The Best Bedroom Designs of the Month

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

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

 best bedroom designsContemporary Minimalist

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

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 best bedroom designsDiscerning Collector

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

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Traditional Chic

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

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 best bedroom designsClassic Collector

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

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Rustic Minimalist

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

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 best bedroom designsEarthy Glam

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

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Elegant Connoisseur

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

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Contemporary Chic

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

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 best bedroom designsEarthy Industrial

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

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 best bedroom designsMoody Industrial

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

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 best bedroom designsDesert Jewel

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

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 best bedroom designsMinimal Industrial

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

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Contemporary Minimalist

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

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 best bedroom designsModern Rustic

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

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Organic Modernist

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

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 best bedroom designsFarmhouse Fresh

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

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 best bedroom designsRustic Warmth

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

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Rustic Contemporary

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

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Casual California

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

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Traditional Bohemian

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

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 best bedroom designsContemporary Luxury

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

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 best bedroom designsEclectic Geometry

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

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Bold Jewel-Toned Dreams

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

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Bedroom Essentials: 9 Things Every Bedroom Design Needs

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

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

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

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

bedroom essentials1. Layered Bedding

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

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bedroom essentials2. A Well-Styled Nightstand

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

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bedroom essentials3. Cozy Reading Nook

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

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bedroom essentials4. Curtains

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

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bedroom essentials5. Floor-Length Mirror

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

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bedroom essentials6. Plenty of Storage

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

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7. A Space for Your Favorite Activities

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

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bedroom essentials8. Plants

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

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bedroom essentials9. Statement-Making Art

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

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