You spend a third of your life in your bedroom, so it is vitally important to make sure your space is stylish yet functional and calming.
We all know the importance of a good night’s sleep, but do we realise how much the interior can impact this?
We have spoken to 50 of the top experts in design to give their top tips and advice on bedroom styles that will guide you to the relaxing haven that you need.
Many rooms do not have a pre-existing focal point. But fear not! Creating one isn’t difficult, and it can be much more fun. Adding an accent wall with paint, a mural, wallpaper, or even paneling is a great way to add a quick—and dramatic—focal point.
In this space, we created a focal point with a striking accent wall of deep blue paint. We added to the focal point with a custom upholstered headboard, and we just had to take it one step further by hanging the oversized art.
Putting a coherent scheme together can be a daunting task so here are some tips for creating a desirable bedroom (or any room for that matter)
Lighting and texture are the most important elements of a room for us. A bedroom should feel welcoming and warm no matter what the decor/colour or size. Getting the lighting right is vital that cannot be stressed enough. And all lights, especially overhead lighting should be dimmable otherwise it's impossible to create atmosphere.
A designer will rarely use a ceiling or pendant light as the main Light Source in a room, it's the lower level lighting such as lamps and picture lights that create warmth in a room.
Have you ever walked into a room switched on the ceiling light and thought how cold or glib the room felt? Chances are that was the only light source and thats the reason why.
Table lamps, Picture lights, floor standing lamps even a piece of artwork with an LED strip behind it will soften a room and create a welcoming glow.
Aside from this, texture is also key. Textures can be introduced with soft furnishings such as headboards, cushions, rugs, upholstered chairs etc., and then theres the smaller detail which often gets overlooked. A pile of old books or a vase or 3 (we like grouping things together for effect) complete a design.
Never underestimate the amount of bedding you should have either. A double bed should have at least 4 pillows (or 6) and a couple of throws in different textures but a complimentary palette, it makes it feel sumptuous even if your design is modern and minimalist.
Attempt a mood board, if your good on the pc then have a go at a digital mood board there are plenty of options out there and if not, opt for a physical version, this can really help if you cant visualise what the room will look like. Use cuttings of beds and headboards etc., from mags and samples of fabrics your thinking of using, whats really important here as with any interior is styling a room using detail, so don't forget to add that in too.
And finally, whether your scheme is light and airy or dark and moody keep the colour palette simple and bring in the colour with the smaller detail, that way it does'nt take too much time, effort and cost to change it up when you want to change it.
A great and really simple addition to a bedroom is a cosy reading corner which you can easily put together with a comfy chair and floor lamp.
A feature wall behind the bed will create a statement in your bedroom with the use of a bold wallpaper or coloured wall. If using wallpaper, pick out an accent colour from the wallpaper for the rest of the walls. If painting the walls, use a complementing colour in a lighter shade.
To maximise storage space, consider having a bespoke floor to ceiling unit built into your bedroom. As well as being practical they give a really clean look.
For a small bedroom, keeping the colours simple and light can make the room feel more open and airy.
A mirror is a really important element to the bedroom. As well as it’s functional use, it helps make the room feel lighter, brighter and larger. Prop a large mirror against the wall for an effortless look or above a dresser or dressing table to create a vanity area.
Go for an extra soft rug around the base of your bed for your feet to step on first thing in the morning. Something simple and timeless like a Berber rug would be perfect.
Opting for neutral, natural colors and interesting textures - and incorporating tone on tone for a “soothing cloud” like feel whilst also using softer grey tones on walls for comfort and a calming sense.
A soft and simple headboard goes a long way in making a bedroom feel cozy, and some great pillows for daytime napping and reading go a long way. When it comes to bedding, a thin wool throw to adjust for the temperature changes during the night and layering sheets and blankets is key to a good night sleep. Opt for a soft, rich carpet to step onto, but wood flooring in the rest of the room.
We recommend two sets of bedside lights, one to give a warm glow from a linen shade as well as bright, directional LED for reading - one that is small enough to not disturb your partner. Go from day to night with great black outs for night and simple linen sheers for daytime privacy. When selecting furniture, we always ensure the bedside table is large enough to fit all you need from phones, glasses, lamp, books…and a drawer to hide any other clutter.
And of course, a great mattress!
I love using a silvery grasscloth in bedrooms. It’s the perfect combination of texture and elegance. It’s also soft and serene and is a wonderful background for almost any accent color.
In the first image, the panels are a warm divider in a large guest suite on the third floor of a 20s Georgian home in a lakefront town outside of Chicago. The geometric panels separate the resting space from the lounging space. The room was designed to be welcoming and hospitable for visitors…whether a couple or a family. The back of the sofa on the other side of the room folds down for extra sleeping space. The panels are operable doors that add structure, dimension, texture and mystery to the large room.
In the second image, the panels are functioning closet doors that were intended to bring great character to the much-appreciated storage they add to the room.
Light is essential to create ambiance and set the mood in a room and should be carefully considered. Reading lights provide task lighting at night while bedside lamps create a gentle glow. Floor lamps are ideal for providing light by occasional chairs such as those positioned in the reading nook while a wider spread of light can be created with ceiling spots. Use lighting on passive infrared (PIR) sensors in wardrobes to highlight your clothing as a chic detail when dressing.
When choosing a colour decide on the mood that you want to create in the room. Our latest mood board was inspired by my love for this console table ‘Celeste’, by Laura Bohinc.
The design embraces this year’s trends for both Curves and Linear Design. Different tones of teal and gold are used for the walls and the rest of the furnishings. Using white with this creates a fresh uplifting feel to the room. To create a more calming room, I would replace the Mural wallpaper with a plain paint finish. Paler shades will create a calming retreat whereas darker shades a more dramatic cosy room.
I suggest decorating the wall behind the bed with shallow shelves, and placing many small pictures on top of it. I did it for my bedroom!
In a well-designed bedroom features relaxed and lived-in details. There's nothing more luxurious than beautiful bedding, plenty of storage and a delicate mix of textures. Make the bedroom welcoming and add warmth with layers of textiles.
To create the feeling of a luxe retreat pop a vase of fresh flowers on a drawer or bedside table. Express your personality with a unique or handmade wallhanging or fill a blank wall with your favourite art and create a casual vignette with leaning art.
Although my style is very bold, I like to keep bedroom designs relatively simple. Bedrooms are essentially for resting, and a simple design is easier to keep tidy. I use larger, often deeply saturated pieces to fill the space, which gives off a fully styled look. But if you really pick apart what's in there, there's not a whole lot of decor. This way, I can just turn down the bed to go to sleep and remake it when I wake up. There's very little to dust and if anything ever is out of place, it only takes a few seconds to put it back together again.
Feather a restful bedroom retreat by playing up a single color family within the room. Start by identifying one neutral color and one feature color. Then draw upon these two hues with varying values and tints for everything in the room, everything from paint to bedding to accessories. The unified color palette will help make for a calming spot to start and end each day.
The only tip I have for decorating a bedroom is not to have a television in the bedroom. I think bedrooms should be tranquil places to relax and sleep and private places to retreat too. A television in the bedroom intrudes on the tranquility and privacy.
Walls are the largest structure you see when you walk into a room. A cool, neutral color can really make or break the house. Choosing a neutral color with white trim will create a nice relaxing space for your bedroom.
Wallpaper, Wood planks and even tile are great ways to add some pizzaz to a bedroom to replace or accentuate your headboard. The easiest way is to use peelable wallpaper and peel and stick planks.
As far as your bedroom is concerned, you should use colours which really make you feel at ease. Surround yourself by things you love and do not be afraid of showing your passions!
Simplicity is the key for a bedroom with a peaceful, calm and intimate feeling. Careful use of lighting, an opening with an interesting outside view, natural materials for finishes and bed lining, a bedside shelf or table for your goodnight reading.
Create a luxe vacation feel in your bedroom by using a soft colour palette that creates a sense of relaxation and serenity. Add heaps of texture and visual interest to create a sense of relaxed luxury. Layer pure cotton or linen bedding, a beautiful plush quilt and cover, a soft velvet throw that is both pretty and functional in a contrasting colour, euro shams to create that sense of grandeur and a pretty accent cushion against a velvet or cane bedhead to complete the overall look. Add your favourite greenery to your bedside table, an oversize round wall mirror, functional yet statement beside lamps and a floor rug to sink your toes into but overall a find a style that engages you, interests you and comforts you...
Always plan for more storage space than you think you need. We always have more stuff than we think we do, even when we try to declutter with techniques like the Marie Kando method. Suitcases and other large, clunky items usually get left for last in the storage plan: Make sure that you’ve thought about them right at the beginning. Otherwise, you may be left with a suitcase sitting in the middle of your beautiful new bedroom.
We often look to the movies and films to find inspiration for bedroom decoration. One teenager’s bedroom that caught my eye recently was that of Lara Jean Song Covey in the recently released Netflix film To All The Boy’s I’ve Loved Before. Her highly individual and creative use of upcycled second hand furniture and a statement hand-painted floral mural are décor details we can all take influence from – whether young or old. We even got all the behind-the-scenes details from the Production Designer.
When it comes to the bedroom, a clear and calm space can help to promote a good night’s sleep, so clearing away the clutter is important to make the bedroom into a calming retreat. But how best to store away all those things you don’t want on display?
A bed with added storage is a great idea to keep the bedroom clutter-free - but first, consider what you want to store and how often you will need access to it.
If you want to store suitcases, large duvets or other big items that you don’t need access to all the time, then an ottoman bed is definitely the way to go. You can get so much in there and it’s all hidden away neatly.
If you’re using the storage for clothes, paperwork, shoes or smaller items that you use often, then drawers are the best bet. You can get easy access and you can even nominate a drawer for specific types of items, so you can keep everything neat and tidy but within easy reach!
Embrace the messy bed - The perfectly imperfect creased linen, the blanket nonchalantly thrown over the bed... It automatically adds warmth, coziness, and authenticity. The lived-in look is suitable for any style, even chic and sophisticated interiors. Such simplicity is beautiful and, quite frankly, liberating.
I'm a fan of keeping things calm and simple in the bedroom, often you can be tight on space so keep things to the essentials, I love soft dreamy colour palettes and great bed linen is a must, think indigo blues, olive green, shades of grey or pastels for a fresh but relaxing bedroom.
For a smaller, compact bedroom. Think about adding a large mirror to one of the walls. Not only does it make the room feel a lot larger, but it will also reflect the light and generally brighten the space.
I always try to keep it neutral, timeless and decluttered to create a space to relax, recharge and feel safe.
Your bedroom should be a sanctuary from the stresses and strains of everyday life, so be sure to keep it calm and uncluttered and if possible free of tech! Choose colours that make you feel happy and relaxed.
Don't be afraid to go bold. Many people think bedrooms need to be calm and serene, but if you prefer color, such as fuchsia nightstands, go for it.
I think one of the most important things when deciding how to decorate a bedroom is colour. What is it that you want from the room? So far in our home, we have only decorated the children's bedrooms so we've been having lot's of fun with bright colour and decor choices as that is where they have all their toys and play.
However, when the time comes for us to work on our own bedroom we will go for calmer, more subtle colours. Go for muted tones rather than bright ones when choosing your colour and this will help you create a space to relax and unwind in at the end of a busy day.
The Bedroom is a very important room in any home. It's the place where you relax both physically and mentally. A bedroom shouldn't be a place just for sleep, but also a place that stimulates the imagination. And while white or beige might be a great idea for a bedroom colour scheme, I for one, am fascinated with darker colours. The main reason is simple: anything you place on such a backdrop will pop out and create a wonderful contrast.
All you need for that to work is a darker colour backdrop (walls) and play around with more vibrant colours that can be found in pieces of furniture, accessories, curtains, art etc. For example, if you choose to go for a patterned headboard for your bed or use playful cushions, the result will be absolutely fab and easy to achieve (not to mention easy to switch up). Oh and let's not forget about the potential of art on such walls! After all, life is full of colour! We should all celebrate that!
For me, a successful decorating scheme for a bedroom is one which encompasses the dual aspects of decoration but also the element of creating a sense of sleep-inducing calm. Here is how best to achieve this:
Position the bed facing or side on to a window (try to avoid putting the headboard against a window/bay as it could be drafty and looks messy from the outside!).
Keep pattern to a super large padded headboard and to the wallpaper behind the headboard. Fabric covered walls are expensive but look amazing and create a softer look. Alternatively, consider hanging a large vintage or ethnic textile from a batten or pole on the wall behind the bed. The rest of the room that you look out onto from the bed is more restful if just painted.
Creating ambient reading light for your bedroom is best achieved with table lamps symmetrically placed either side of the bed or with wall lights which can be angled. Create a little extra glamour, depth and light to your bedroom with a mirror either side of the bed behind the table lamps.
Finally, ignore all cries from menfolk about having accent cushions on beds – and always have a bedspread - and valance if you have a divan. The secret to a luxurious bed is about layering with square pillows, oblong pillows, square and rectangular accent cushions.
Spruce up your bedroom with a fresh set of new bedding. Our bedding of choice? At the moment we're loving waffle bedding as well as natural linen. You can find linen bedding in an array of colours so it's great for revamping the look of a room with a new hue. And as well as being super cosy in the winter it's also great for keeping you cooler in the summer months. What's more, it's got that whole fuss-free thing going on so there's no need to iron it - dreamy!
Houseplants are all the rage at the moment - and your bedroom can be an amazing place to keep some!
As well generally looking beautiful, certain plants have been found to be especially beneficial to keep in your bedroom, for reasons such as air purification or oxygen production.
Great plants to keep in your room can include Aloe Vera (releases oxygen constantly throughout the night), Peace Lillies (can cleanse the air as much as 60%) and Spider Plants (can reduce the number of toxins in the air by up to 90%)!
When planning bedroom decor, make sure to consider function first. Do you need more hanging space? Include a wardrobe in the bedroom design. Do you need a spot to lay clothes for the day? Shop for a bench or chair. Do you need a place to hang necklaces?
Buy pretty wall hooks. The function should always be the starting point for any room makeover -- and, of course, choose beautiful pieces that serve those purposes! Just don't make the mistake of choosing beautiful pieces before determining the needs of the space.
A bedroom should be a place to relax and unwind - not somewhere you have to climb through a clutter of shoes, clothes, and accessories. Consider storage options such as beds with built-in drawers, storage units in wardrobes and slimline chests of drawers. If you want storage options that are more photogenic, you can always use some pretty baskets and eye-catching shelving to make a feature of your accessories.
Given that the average person spends a third of their life sleeping, it’s hardly surprising that creating a peaceful bedroom is high on the agenda for many of us. Your bedroom design needs to reflect your personality, but it doesn’t take long to realise that successful bedroom schemes have several key points in common.
The first is a fabulous bed and headboard. Use the headboard to set the mood for your room and anchor your colour scheme – low-slung, Italian-style padded in smart-looking wool for a chic penthouse feel; a taller headboard in a tactile fabric adds texture and softness. Or perhaps like us you’ve chosen a feature wallpaper and this must go behind the headboard making it the focal point.
On the walls we often opt for neutral paint colours from a restful and calming palette, and using your cushions, throw and other accessories for the injection of colour, this also allows you to undertake the occasional revamp. We’ll be using Farrow and Ball’s new Sulking Room Pink for a bedroom this year – although it’s of-the-moment, its restful tones should hold your interest for many years to come.
Using different elements of upholstery is also a key way to make your bedroom feel sumptuous and fully furnished. Consider an ottoman or beautiful velvet bench at the end of the bed and a stylish chair as an opportunity to boost your layers of texture and colour. If you have a wooden floor, add rugs for comfort and colour, or use them to zone a bedroom if you opt for cosy inviting carpets.
Full-length curtains in fabrics that drape amazingly really add a sense of luxury. Wools, silk blends, glazed soft linens, all are great for true colours and a perfect hang. If you already have blinds then consider adding dress curtains for that feeling of warmth and it makes the room feel finished.
Make sure you also ear-mark enough of your budget for lighting and mirrors. We love a statement chandelier at Interior Folk, but this is pointless unless you can marry it with practical but decorative task lighting for reading. Hang mirrors to harness natural light if possible and this is particularly important if you have a dressing table mirror.
Your one take-home message? Start with the colour you love for the wall or headboard or a feature wallpaper and build from there. Make sure you decide on as many elements as you can before you start buying anything. Remember, great rooms rarely happen by chance but if you plan carefully then a good night’s sleep awaits you.
When decorating a bedroom my advice would be to fill it with things that bring you joy. Colours that feel calming, pictures of loved ones, fresh plants and art that inspires.
If you are decorating on a budget, don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty and try some DIY. Upcycling old furniture, homemade trinkets and statement artwork are all easy to achieve and so affordable.
Artwork is a great way to add personality to your bedroom as well as create a statement that helps to tie your interior design scheme together. Determining the right size of artwork for your room can be tricky and it's easy to get this wrong. If in doubt, always choose bigger pieces so that you can really maximise the impact of the artwork. In general, artwork should take up two-thirds to three-quarters of the wall. If you are hanging artwork above your bed, you should position the bottom of the piece about 20-25cms above the top of the headboard. For any other locations in the bedroom hang your artwork so that the centre of the piece is at eye level.
Think carefully when picking a paint color for your bedroom. Think of soothing colors that will not only help relax you but also help you to sleep well. Bright colors like red have the effect of making your heart race and inhibiting sleep, while calming colors like blues (or any soft color really) will create a calm environment that's best for getting some quality shut-eye!
To us, a bedroom should be soft, cozy, and calm. Three components that help make up your haven where you can escape to. Add lots of cozy blankets and pillows - adding interest with different textures. We prefer softer colors to invoke that calmness a bedroom should have. As for the small decor items, they should be in line with what the rest of your home entails - all items that please YOU!
The wall behind a bed is a perfect place to incorporate an accent that says “wow”! By incorporating textures, tones, and patterns, with paint and plaster a custom effect is created which complements the rooms décor in a unique one of a kind way.
Create a moodboard first, it's so helpful. I couldn't decide between grey or white finished furniture and a quick moodboard helped me decide this. There are lots of free online tools to help you create one, I like Canva.
For a smaller bedroom, consider painting the longer walls a dark color, like black. It can help lengthen the room. Leave the other walls, ceiling, and any moldings lighter to offset the darker hue.
Don't feel like you have to do a makeover in one day. Add things little by little that you absolutely love, and then the room will have a more collected feel.
While many rooms in the home are perfect canvases for expressing personality and style, the bedroom is an important space to decorate with its use in mind. Try to use calming and natural tones within the interior as colour selection has more of a psychological affect on us that you may initially think. Lighting is also another important area to focus on, try using indirect lights and ones that are able to dim to allow you to wind down in the evenings. Think about your morning and evening routines and ensure that the space is designed around them to ensure you make the most of the day
In city homes, space is at a premium, so for small bedrooms my top tip is to install well-designed, bespoke storage solutions. Include a small desk or dressing table area like I did in this bedroom to absolutely maximise the space you have available.
Don't feel like you need to use soothing, quiet colors in the bedroom because that's what all the designers recommend. Choose colors that work for you, colors that make you happy doesn't mean you won't be able to unwind at the end of a long day!
Every room should have a hero piece, and in most cases it is the main furniture of the room that deserves to be in the limelight. So for a bedroom, invest in a bed or headboard that wows. Balance the drama of the headboard with textiles and accessories in calm muted colours or natural tones which make the bedroom feel serene, cosy and inviting.
There are three fundamentals for designing a bedroom that I hold dear for a successful (and restful) space.
The first is a bit of wisdom I picked up from my mother’s interior designer, the late Mr. Berle Smith, who remains iconic in Mississippi. He felt you should always enter into a bedroom looking at the foot of the bed. I stand by his viewpoint to this day as a foundation for bedroom furniture placement. However every space, and every family, is different. Ultimately, it is most important to consider how you live day to day and what works best for your space, as well as your lifestyle.
The second rule of thumb for a great looking bedroom is of course, color. Color has arguably the biggest impact on your first impression of a room. The paint on your walls can easily manipulate your mood, so it’s important to stick to a serene color palette that promotes tranquility and a restful mind. Stick to soft neutrals for a sleepy space, or soft blues to promote relaxation. I generally avoid families of red or orange, but funny enough, a great chocolate color can make for a knock out bedroom.
The final fundamental can be tricky and often impacts the color of your walls. Harsh lighting in your bedroom can make a soft grey wall appear green, or a warm ivory go too yellow for your liking. Ensure your bulb wattage follows the same theme as wall color and remains soft and natural. If you’re an in-bed reader, consider soft task lights in addition to bedside lamps. A trick to help with scale is you generally want to be able to turn your bedside lamp on and off without standing up out of bed. Bedside lamps need to be tall enough to shed light down on an amazing read, but not so tall they tower out of reach.
The dimensions and layout of the room will ultimately guide your furniture placement, but the final product should be your haven from the chaos of daily life.
Don't worry about matching your bedding sets. Buy a plain duvet cover - white or grey, cotton or linen, it doesn't matter so long as it's neutral - then mix and match with pricier pillowcases. It will change the look and feel of your bedding so much, and you can go for different fabrics, colours and patterns depending on the season or your mood.
I like to do the same with extra layers of bedding, using a big, warm wool blanket in the winter and a lightweight cotton throw in the summer. Just changing these few things around can make such a difference to the feel of your bedroom and stop you getting bored with the same old duvet set all the time.
A bedroom should be a calming space to relax in at the end of a long busy day but that doesn't mean we can't add some personality. Green is such a calming colour, I wanted to add some shades of it to our master bedroom at home in a bold, botanical way so I wallpapered behind the bed. For an unexpected playful feature I also wallpapered the door panels of the wardrobe.
For me the bedroom is all about comfort and lushness and I love a good lie down! Whether I’m reading, watching Netflix or calling friends I want to be really cosy to maximise the enjoyment. My tip is to really think about your headboard by making it super comfortable and supportive so that all of the above activities are done in the most relaxing way. Upholstered padded headboards with a slight rake or slant is perfect in my opinion.
There are so many gorgeously upholstered beds available at the moment, and you could choose a really amazing colour that fits with your scheme, a really stand out, pop-of-colour piece, or a subtle shade that blends in with the room. If a new upholstered bed/headboard isn’t in the budget you can still achieve the luxury feel with some layered cushions. I would recommend a couple of 60x60cm in feather for that hotel feel, with a coordinating smaller option on top so it has that stacked look. All you need to do then is lie back and sink in.
From the functional to the inspiration – allow these tips to guide your next bedroom decorating venture.