Makeover a room by rethinking the pieces you already have. Use up leftover wall paint on the frame of an old chair or refresh curtains and pillows by sewing fancy trim along the edge.
Achieve the drama of a major art piece inexpensively by displaying a tight grid of small frames.
Steal a space-faking secret from this tiny Brooklyn apartment. Choose a few full-size furniture pieces instead of cramming in lots of smaller ones. The living room will feel larger, and you’ll have a sofa you actually like to sit on.
The restoration of a Charleston guesthouse revealed traces of blue pigment on the original lime-washed walls, which inspired the palette of a guest room.
Zoffany wallpaper frames a niche in a colorful Texas home’s guest bedroom. Antique furniture and white bedding balances out the bold walls.
For a wind-scoured, airy feel, designer Tammy Connor gave a beach house bedroom a queen bed made of recycled wood. Framed shore-bird prints from Antonio Raimo Galleries hang in a tight grid, and vintage hurricane lamps were turned into reading sconces by John Turner.
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In the master bedroom of a Charleston guesthouse, the custom cypress platform bed has a roll-out trundle for guests with children. The hand-blown-glass chandelier is by David Taylor. The fur pillows were made from a vintage Pierre Cardin coat.
In the historic 19th-century London house of Milan-based design duo, Roberto Peregalli and Laura Sartori, a small guest bedroom’s headboard, bed skirt, coverlet and wall covering are all of the same Braquenié cottons. The pillows are covered with 19th-century Fez broderie.
Need space, stat? Swap boring shelving for more decorative options, then load up on fabric boxes or baskets to hide an overflow of knick knacks.
“This room was inspired by Charleston’s eclectic history as a melting pot of various cultures and religions,” designer Cameron Schwabenton says of a 1770s guesthouse. A vintage Bottega Veneta suitcase sits against the rough plaster wall, and the linen and raw-silk canopy creates the illusion of a four-poster bed. The Douglas Balentine drawing over the bed is meant to serve as the room’s centerpiece.
In Ninni Ryott’s diminutive rural cabin, a tiny sleeping loft is fitted with a bedside stool from Åhléns, and the white linseed-oil paint on the walls is by Kulturhantverkarna Färg.
A master bedroom designed by Elizabeth Kennedy and Ray Booth celebrates softness. It features an upholstered headboard from Joseph Company and bedding made from Rogers & Goffigon fabrics. Two skirted chairs by McAlpine for Lee Industries sit beside a custom steel-frame mirror, hand-silvered by R Squared. The ceiling fixture from Remains Lighting is one of several lanterns in the house.
Designer Lindsey Coral Harper piles on patterns in her Manhattan bedroom, with Quadrille’s Bali Isle wallpaper and a Jayson Home chair covered in Madeline Weinrib’s Daphne ikat. The Madison headboard from Lamshop is upholstered in Kravet’s Guilty Pleasure. The wardrobe and stool, in a Duralee fabric, are vintage Milo Baughman. An Ikea armoire has hardware from Nest Studio.
This Connecticut farmhouse nails country style. Underused neutrals rust and charcoal echo throughout with woodsy elements like oak, cedar, stone and leather.
In Ralph Lauren executive Buffy Birrittella’s East Hampton home, the bed in the master bedroom is from the Sundance Catalog. It is dressed with Ralph Lauren Home linens and an antique American quilt. The blanket chest and Tramp Art mirror are vintage, the sconces are by Ralph Lauren Home and the bedside table is custom made.
For her youngest daughter’s little room in their redesigned Cape Cod home, interior designer Raquel Garcia wanted to create a cozy, nestlike feel with peachy printed wallpaper. “I call it her nest because it feels like little birds decorated it.”
In a Florida guest bedroom, designer Tammy Connor covered twin headboards in Matteo’s nubby Knot throws to amp up texture. She also made a graphic pattern on the wall out of vintage spools of thread.
Whether it’s a complete overhaul or a quick change, spice up the family’s favorite room with these pro tips.
Designer Nina Farmer layered shades of gray with autumnal colors in a New England home’s master bedroom. The walls are now sheathed in Phillip Jeffries’s soothing silk-and-abaca wallpaper. The custom Roman shades are in a Holland & Sherry print. A Circa Lighting ceiling fixture casts a warm glow reminiscent of the golden leaves on the river birch trees that line the property.
In art and furniture dealer Ralph Pucci’s Long Island beach house, a guest bedroom is characterized by whispers of grey and blue, which give the small space some big personality. The Charles P. Rogers bed is dressed in bedding by Restoration Hardware, and a Bertoia chair is paired with a vintage Indonesian desk. The photograph is by Christopher Makos.
The custom bed in this Oakland, California guest room is a sleek twin size, maximizing floor space without sacrificing comfort. The linens are by Ralph Lauren Home, the floor lamp is by Original BTC, the rug is Persian, and the glitter-on-canvas artwork is by René Garcia, Jr.
The key to subtle color lays at your feet. A patterned carpet plays up the neutral furniture in a New Jersey home, while a similarly-hued pillow adds another punch to the armchair.
In a Florida pied-à-terre, walls in Benjamin Moore’s Salmon Peach contrast with curtains in a green Norbar Fabrics linen and a Dash & Albert rug.
In an Atlanta cottage designed by Shon Parker, a vintage Ralph Lauren Home bed rests on an antique Afshar rug; the ceiling is in Benjamin Moore’s Woodlawn Blue.
The quickest way to let light in starts at the source. Replace heavy fabric curtains with gauzy ones, making sure the panels go all the way to the floor. To accentuate a tall ceiling, mount the drapes about a foot above windows and doors.
Spanish supermodel Eugenia Silva’s breezy Portuguese beach house features clean white walls with bold accents of color. The beds in one guest room are topped with crocheted-cotton coverlets from Bulgaria, the wall hanging is Portuguese, and the multicolored tile floor is original to the house.
In a contemporary farmhouse in Los Angeles, the petite Italian seashell bed came from the owners’ former house in Europe, the mirrored side table is from JF Chen, and the chandelier was found on 1stdibs.
Our home design director Sarah Richardson elevated this cozy gray-and-cream bungalow with surprising touches of orange.
With eight walls to work with, Charleston decorator Angie Hranowsky softened harsh angles with a bold Élitis wallpaper. A sculptural Room & Board canopy bed adds some geometry of its own in a neutral white.
Save square footage without sacrificing seating by using dining chairs in the living room. A rattan-and-cane perch takes up less real estate than a traditional recliner.
Grownups can have pink bedrooms too. Colefax and Fowler’s Bowood wallpaper covers the walls and ceiling of a townhouse bedroom. A pink shade tops Thomas O’Brien’s Paolo sconce, matching the monogrammed linens and tufted bench.
In a tight guest bedroom in Paris, the custom day-bed, walls and curtains are in Pierre Frey fabrics. French doors flood the space with natural light, making the space feel larger.
An intimate guest room in the poolhouse of a 19th-century farmhouse contains a John Himmel bed dressed in Schweitzer Linen bedding, a Swedish painted chest and a rug by Restoration Hardware; the matchstick Roman shades are custom.
This ultra-modern room uses color sparingly for a sleek look.
While this Maryland home features soot gray walls, a regal canopy adds a fanciful touch to a girl’s bedroom. Glass nesting tables from Donghia offer a sleek contrast. Nevis curtains by Lady Ann Fabrics are trimmed in a Samuel & Sons pom-pom fringe.
In Northern France, the daybed in this guest room is Louis XVI, and is the perfect, small-space alternative to a large bed frame. The side table in the same style is from the 19th century.
For a Silicon Valley family’s woodland retreat – sans the rustic implications of a cabin in the woods – architect Cynthia Wang and designer Jamie Bush conjured a completely new take on the country house that brings urban cool to Sierra, Nevada. The minimally-decorated bedrooms feature built-in wooden closets and a desk to keep from eating into the floorspace with hefty furnishings.
Architectural flat-file cabinets in his small bedroom give owner John Mayberry a surface for drawing as well as storage for completed works.
In the bedroom of textile-designer Kathryn M. Ireland’s Santa Monica home, a Barley Twist bed is topped with Indian bedding from her collection. The pillows and curtains are in her fabrics, the chair is by Sika Design, the lamp is from Hollywood at Home, and the rug is by Woven.
A Dallas home feels bohemian and well-traveled thanks to wood floors and gray walls. The neutral base helps a bold kilim-covered sofa and mix-and-match throw pillows shine.
For a graphic punch that’s still playful, one petite bedroom of this kid-friendly Manhattan duplex features a bed by DucDuc and a womb chair by Knoll. The futuristic pendant light is by Kartell, the map decal is by Dezign With a Z and the felt rug is by Patterson Flynn Martin.
Perfectly paired linens bring this elegant master suite together. The exterior canopy and bed skirt are in Manuel Canovas’s Solange fabric, and Leontine Linens’ bedding has a curvaceous border that visually anchors the bed in the ethereal space. Tufted armchairs upholstered in Holland & Sherry’s Kensington wool felt face a TV that slides out from under the bed.
In the master bedroom of this colorful Upper West Side apartment, a Hästens bed is dressed in linens by Sferra and Olatz, the circa-1970 side tables are by Milo Baughman, and the lamp is by Taylor; the walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Cinder Rose, and the photographs are by Marsha Lebedev Bernstein.
This Toronto home achieves balanced decor without being too matchy-matchy. The furniture and accent pieces are diverse, but the symmetrical design grounds the look.
A custom settee covered in cobalt fabric brings a surge of life to the master bedroom in a 1930s Georgian home. The headboard and Roman shades are in Chelsea Editions’ Gold Vine.
In a young couple’s monochromatic Swedish home, the master bedroom blends white and cool brown for a color scheme that makes the petite space feel more open and airy. The bed is by Hästens, and the lamp and stool are vintage.
The antique wooden beams are a welcome contrast to the modern furniture in an airy farmhouse.
Small bedrooms can have a big impact with the right design. Whether you opt for the illusion of more square footage or embrace what you have, there are endless ways to make a small space livable and chic.
Light-catching white makes the small guest bedroom of this San Miguel de Allende, Mexico retreat feel open and airy. The four-poster bed is custom, and interior designer/owner Rela Gleason painted her mother’s vintage vanity table white; the basket is from Oaxaca and the throw is an antique suzani.
This breezy Florida living room (with happy-hued pillows) is as pretty as it is practical. The sofa is upholstered in water-resistant fabric to create a put-your-feet-up attitude.
The beam-ceilinged master bedroom of Amanda Seyfried’s rustic Catskills retreat includes a Restoration Hardware bed, a bench from Gilt, and a rug from ABC Carpet & Home. The pendant light is by &tradition, and the beadboard walls are painted in Ammonite by Farrow & Ball.
To create a calming atmosphere in a California vacation home, designer Frances Merrill brought in neutral colors, including a floor painted in Benjamin Moore’s Rockport Gray. A Blu Dot Dodu bed in oatmeal wool felt and boudoir pillows in Kerry Joyce’s Rigoletto velvet add texture, and the bedside lamps are from West Elm.
Exposed brick and a thrifted coffee table work together to create a country vibe in this rustic room. Consider your living space as a place for your collections, too, like this homeowner’s vintage fans.
In a couple’s 19th-century villa high in the hills on the isle of Capri, even the home’s smaller spaces offer an easygoing, contemporary retreat. In the tiny guest room, an installation of porcelain roses is by Art et Floritude. The marble tub is antique, and the floor is paved with travertine tiles.
A neutral palette doesn’t always mean playing it safe. Layer textures and mix in flea market finds to keep things interesting like this glam home and avoid a flat appearance.
Inject personality into your living space with energetic hues and quirky secondhand finds, like this colorful apartment’s coral sofa and gilded accent pieces.
Bedrooms can often be the forgotten room in your home because no one else sees it — but it should be the exact opposite, because it’s the one space where you get to recharge. With 100 different designer styles, there’s an idea for everyone here. And if you’re also seeking inspiration for other areas in your home, our bathroom and living room design galleries have hundreds of gorgeous tricks to steal.
Avoid future boredom with calm colors using texture and pattern. In a dreamy beach house, muted prints in the same palette keep a neutral room from looking bland.
An incredibly tall canopy in gray linen with Samuel & Sons trim highlights the vertical space in the master bedroom of this renovated 400-square-foot East Village apartment. The coverlet is in a Miles Redd fabric for Schumacher, and the carpet is by Stark.
Inside a historic house in upstate New York, the grey-and-white guest room downstairs makes a case for the less-is-more approach. The bed is dressed in linens by Matteo, the side chair was found in India and the stool is from Dennis & Leen. The lithograph is by Joan Miró.
The petite scale of the Colonial-era house required designer Jill Sharp Weeks to abandon symmetry and overlap one of the master bedroom’s windows with the king-size bed. The upholstered headboard is by Restoration Hardware, and the lamps are from Ralph Lauren Home.
Designer Christina Rottman describes this Santa Barbara suite as “one of the most luxurious guest bedrooms I have done.” Cozy bed-curtains in Martyn Lawrence Bullard’s Senja fabric outfit the custom four-poster by Gregorius Pineo terra, providing a warm contrast to the black-and-white prints around the room.
Measuring just 250 square feet, a tiny guesthouse copies a staple of Scandinavian style. Bright white shiplap creates the illusion of added space.
A family home’s master bedroom “has a cocooned, tree house feeling,” says designer Chloe Warner. Oly’s Willa bed is topped with shams in a checked pattern by Chelsea Textiles and a lumbar pillow in a Lee Jofa linen.
Retail guru Jeffrey Kalinsky’s West Village townhouse maximizes the impression of space by keeping the use of color low to the floor in the master bedroom. A bed by Christopher Ostafin and a 1990s bench by Campion Platt fill out the space along with a circa-1950 chair by Illum Wikkelso from Hostler Burrows.
In John Robshaw’s country home, the cozy guest room’s headboard, bedding, and curtain fabrics are all by Robshaw, and the walls are painted in Dark Lime by Benjamin Moore.
Graceful prints and a muted palette lend quiet intimacy to a guest bedroom in a mountain getaway. The walls and valances are in a Brunschwig & Fils hound-dog toile. An antique needlepoint of terriers watches over the room.
New York City-based decorator Alex Papachristidis designed two twin beds, upholstered in a Mokum fabric, for the charming guest room in his London apartment. The side table is by John Dickinson.
Look to the opposite end of the color spectrum to tie everything together. A moody blue grounds a windowed living room by Sarah Richardson without overwhelming it.
Change up tired decor with this quick DIY. Add old wood planks to a coffee table as a bonus shelf. And skip painting — the weathered finish has more character.
Don’t overlook a DIY project. Justina Blakeney designed the curvy headboard with built-in nightstands for her “Jungalow”. The bed is dressed in a Matteo duvet cover and a vintage Moroccan wedding blanket. The rug is by Blakeney for Loloi. The ceramic pendant lamp and artwork are vintage.
In the guest bedroom of a Paris apartment, the custom forged-iron bed frame is finished in gold leaf and is dressed with pillows in Robert Normand and Lelièvre fabrics. The light fixture is a 1940 plaster bird sculpture, and the curtains are of a Pierre Frey chintz and Dedar fabric.
HGTV host Emily Henderson uses a “hero color” throughout every room to pull it all together. In her Los Angeles home, blue with gray and olive accents creates a casual, layered look.
In his designer Mackay Boynton created a dramatic backdrop for the bedroom by hanging a valance from the ceiling and along the wall and lining the canopy in a navy-and-white lattice-patterned fabric. The coverlet is an antique suzani, and the monogrammed shams are from Pottery Barn.
Tucked into a tidy alcove in Steven Gambrel’s Art Deco apartment, this custom bed is upholstered in a Zimmer + Rohde fabric, while the houndstooth pillows are in a Holland & Sherry fabric, and the 1950s sconces are by Ignazio Gardella.
Your style may be posh, your furniture can still be cozy. Plush sofas and armchairs rule the roost in Ellen Pompeo’s L.A. home. “It’s fancy in a cool way, not in an ‘I can’t sit there’ way,” she says.
Setting up a booze station on your bar cart is a no brainer — but using it as an end table (especially when space is limited) to display blooms, art and coffee table books is just genius.
In a Hamptons bedroom by Lisa McFadden, two lively fabric patterns from Designers Guild call on a similar palette in different scales. The tulip print, Mei P’ing, graces the twin beds and Roman shade, while a geometric fabric covers the benches.
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Walls in Benjamin Moore’s Clearlake are overlaid with a white-palm motif in a Florida bedroom. A portrait of the designer’s mother holding her dog hangs over the canopy bed.
The neutral palette throughout a South Carolina home is maintained in the master bedroom, where Michelle Prentice chose Kravet’s Wild Silk for the curtains. The four-poster bed is from Hickory Chair. With its many mirrored surfaces, “the room sparkles so much at night, it feels lit by candlelight,” the designer says.
Yep, white furniture can work in a house with kids. Just choose durable fabrics (a leather couch) and surfaces (the plastic rocker, the lacquer table) that wipe clean easily.
Give beige a break. Dramatic hues can drench a large living room, like this inky wallpaper. The deep blue provides a surprisingly neutral backdrop.
Lilac runs throughout a Park Avenue apartment, including the master bedroom’s custom headboard and hummingbird wallpaper by Cole & Son. Linens from Restoration Hardware cover the bed, and the swing-arm light is from Vaughan. Pottery Barn’s Duncan Diamond rug adds a neutral counterpoint to a room filled with pattern and color.
In the master bedroom of this San Francisco art dealer’s warehouse-turned-apartment, the broad headboard is covered in a Rogers & Goffigon fabric, the bed linens are by Sue Fisher King, the bedspread is antique Belgian linen, the walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Super White, and the artwork is by Joan Mitchell.
In a pattern-happy home, Anne Maxwell Foster and Suysel dePedro Cunningham covered the bedroom walls in Sandberg’s Raphaël wallpaper. A Tilton Fenwick for Target headboard is upholstered in the duo’s Jax fabric for Duralee.
Start with an all-white canvas and swap in seasonal accents all year-round. This summery living room uses cool blues, jute accessories and nautical accents for a beachy vibe.
An open floor plan like in this Connecticut cottage creates one large space for entertaining. Two columns (garage-sale finds from years ago) stand at the corners of the kitchen, anchoring the room.
Don’t forget to punctuate color with natural texture. Sarah Richardson used wicker baskets, a wood-frame mirror and an antique pine dresser to warm up this rustic cabin.
In a Nantucket beach house, the master bedroom walls have a decorative cross-glaze paint finish by Audrey Sterk, and an armchair by the window is the place for taking it all in.
The 18th-century sleigh bed in the master bedroom of a Paris pied-a-terre is covered in a Travers fabric; the 17th-century Italian wall sconce is from Galerie Sylvain Lévy- Alban.
Ceramist Amanda Moffat’s Brooklyn townhouse has a big dose of personality with saturated colors, intricate patterns and an array of treasured heirlooms, and the attic bedroom is no exception. The Louis Vuitton trunk in the attic bedroom belonged to Moffat’s mother, the bed is dressed in Coyuchi linens, the 19th-century chair is from John Derian and the walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Decorator’s White.
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Short pieces, like this tufted couch, keep an open floor plan cozy. Use area rugs to define individual “rooms” within the space.
For fashion insider Meredith Melling and her family, designers Ariel Ashe and Reinaldo Leandro crafted a hip new take on classic Martha’s Vineyard style. The low-windowed master bedroom’s Hans Wegner Papa Bear chair and ottoman are from Modernica; the bed is dressed in a duvet cover from Parachute and a throw from L’Aviva Home, the chest is a custom design, and the rug is by John Robshaw.