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10 Minimalist Bedroom Ideas that Prove Less is Sometimes Way More

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

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

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

minimalist living roomWhat Do Minimalist Designs Look Like?

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

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

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

minimalist bedroomMinimalist Bedroom Designs

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

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

minimalist bedroom designThe Look: Classic Minimalism

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

The Key Elements

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

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

It’s perfect if you…

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

The Look: Contemporary Minimalism

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

The Key Elements

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

It’s perfect if you…

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

The Look: Modern Minimalism

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

The Key Elements

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

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

It’s perfect if you…

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

The Look: Mod Visionary

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

The Key Elements

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

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

It’s perfect if you…

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

minimalist modern bedroomThe Look: Moody Minimalism

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

The Key Elements

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

It’s perfect if you…

Prefer a bedroom that’s bold and moody.

The Look: Glam Minimalism

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

The Key Elements

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

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

It’s perfect if you…

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

The Look: Industrial Minimalism

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

The Key Elements

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

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

It’s perfect if you…

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

The Look: Mid-century Modern Minimalism

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

The Key Elements

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

It’s perfect if you…

Love minimalism but can’t give up color!

The Look: Refined Connoisseur

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

The Key Elements

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

It’s perfect if you…

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

The Look: Bold Minimalism

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

The Key Elements

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

It’s perfect if you…

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

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Style Spotlight: How to Get the Rustic Minimalist Look

You heard it here first: Rustic minimalism is a trend on the rise. What is rustic minimalism? Well, as its name indicates, this look combines elements of both rustic and minimal design styles and merges them into one space. What results are cool, spare rooms warmed up with bold but neutral colors and natural materials. You’ll also notice this look has a touch of rustic charm and a hint of industrial flair. Ultimately, this style combines pared-down vintage elements in a calm, monochromatic palette for a look that’s gender-neutral and inviting.

Ready to move in? We’ve got you covered! Read on to get the scoop on our stylists’ seven best tips to help you get the look in your own home.

rustic minimalist bedroom1. Go With Natural Materials

To really nail the rustic side of rustic minimalism, opt for furniture and decor accents that show off what they’re made of. Natural materials like unfinished wood, ceramics, metals, stone, jute, and linen are all great places to start.

Art that showcases the natural world is another way to pull the rustic vibe into your space – like this photograph of the Icelandic landscape.

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rustic minimalist living room2. Prioritize Comfort

Rustic minimalism is a style that’s meant to be lived in. That means it should be full of cozy, comfortable elements that make your room an inviting gathering space. For your base furniture, pick pieces that put comfort front and center – like this oversized sectional sofa. But don’t snooze on the fact that this sofa still has clean lines, which plays into the minimal side of this style. Layers of plush textiles and pillows will help up the comfort factor.

But to keep your room from feeling too weighty, you’ll want to balance out heavy and airy furniture, striking the right balance and contrast. For example, you can balance out the more substantial sofa with a minimal coffee table. Or, consider this accent chair: while still comfortable, it has a more modern frame that keeps the look lighter.

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office3. Add Warmth with Wood and Leather

We love the way that textiles can transform and warm up a whole space. Without the leather of the chairs, this office would feel very cool and industrial. But the addition of these chairs – along with the wicker baskets on the bookshelf and the palm leaf plant basket in the corner – changes the vibe in the best possible way.

Natural wood and leather tones add warmth throughout a room and will keep your rustic minimalist space from feeling cold or sterile, but they also won’t detract from the overall style! (Curtains and rugs are another great way to add warmth and texture.) And speaking of warmth, we love the way plants warm up a room and add a pop of color.

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office4. Stick to Frill-Free Furniture

To get this look, you’ll want to stay away from ornate decor and more traditionally shaped pieces, instead favoring sleek, clean lines. What results is a look that feels both current and gender-neutral. We love the wood and upholstery in this room, which together strikes the perfect balance of minimal and warm.

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dining room5. Go High-Contrast With Wall Color

Rustic minimalist design can feel spare. To keep it minimal but add a bold note, try painting a wall in a dark neutral. This could be an accent wall or the whole space. Either way, it will add a cozy vibe that’s right at home in rustic spaces but also strikes a bold note. It also creates the perfect backdrop for your art and decor to do the talking!

Bonus: a dark wall also makes wood and brass elements pop! Afraid of the room feeling too dark? You can add some life and color with a bright patterned rug.

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rustic minimalist living room6. Add Pops of Pattern and Eclectic Art

Rustic styles tend to feel more traditional – but to achieve the modern side of rustic minimalism, mix in fresh and contemporary elements to make it of-the-moment. We love an eclectic mix of organic patterns and playful art! A gallery wall is a great way to push your look more modern and trendy, and it gives you the opportunity to mix and match art styles to create a look that is all your own.

But don’t stop at wall art! Use textiles like throw pillows and blankets – but opt for patterns in the same color scheme to keep with the minimal vibe. We brought this to life in this room through using pops of black, white, and grey in the pillows, rug, and art.

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rustic minimalist bedroom7. Go Industrial With Your Lighting Fixtures

Remember how we said the rustic minimalist style has a slight industrial element to it? Well, you can usually spot this in the light fixtures.

Pieces made of metal, with a factory vibe, are key to this style. These matte black sconces are the perfect mix of rustic and industrial chic – but with a modern shape, they also add to the minimal vibe.

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