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.
Of course your bedding is plush as could be, but don’t forget texture throughout the rest of your room. The guest bedroom of a glamorous Illinois home plays with texture by incorporating a black channel-quilted leather headboard and a Moroccan wedding blanket covered in sequins.
Less can be more when designing around a statement art piece. In this minimal apartment, the neon wall sculpture is by Glenn Ligon and stands out beautifully against walls sheathed in a Marmorino finish.
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.
Sticking to one light color is an easy way to make a small bedroom feel less claustrophobic. 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.
Nothing ruins a happy morning (or makes a gloomy one worse) than stepping out of the bed onto a cold, hard floor. Do yourself a favor and make sure your feet are greeted with a beautiful cushy rug. Opt for something soft, stylish, and timeless, and you’ll be destined to keep it (and love it!) forever.
“You want a mattress that keeps you cool and gives you great lumbar support,” says Ron Rudzin, CEO of Saatva Mattress. And of course, one that looks great in your room. Rudzin recommends choosing a mattress and foundation height based not just on your bed frame and headboard, but also the height of your night tables and window sills
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.
Even the brightest, most cheerful bedrooms need an element of dark, sexy glamour. Balance is key. Stick with a few dramatic pieces, like the bedroom in this Windsor Terrace home that features a bed frame upholstered in a Lake August fabric and is topped with a vintage Moroccan blanket.
The end of your bed is a perfect and unsuspecting spot to fit in more storage. In the bedroom of a Los Angeles country house, a vintage clothing trunk steals the decor spotlight while also giving you much-needed space.
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.
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.
Zoffany wallpaper frames a niche in a colorful Texas home’s guest bedroom. Antique furniture and white bedding balances out the bold walls.
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Architectural flat-file cabinets in his small bedroom give owner John Mayberry a surface for drawing as well as storage for completed works.
“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.
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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.
How to figure out this number: It should be enough pillows so that your bed looks sumptuous and inviting when properly made, yet not so many that getting in bed requires 10 minutes of excavating. The sweet spot is usually between two to six, depending on the size of your bed. The bedroom of this Connecticut country home makes a solid argument for four being the perfect number!
You should have as many family photos as you wish in other rooms in the house, but it’s best to keep the bedroom’s artwork less emotionally loaded. Elegant photographs add some character to your space without reminding you of specific people while you’re trying to fall asleep. All of the photographs pictured in this Upper West Side bedroom are by Marsha Lebedev Bernstein.
Layering is key to a beautiful bed. It gives your space an instantly glamorous upgrade, plus you’ll be beyond cozy in the wintertime. The master bedroom of a Gramercy Park apartment seen here features a luxe bed dressed in custom Frette linens.
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.
This room, designed by Emil Humbert and Christophe Poyet, has more than one area to unwind. A good spot to sit down will serve you well when you’re reading or need to have a conversation with your partner. It’s also great for putting on shoes or checking email so you can leave tech out of your bed.
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.
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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.
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.
Whether your style skews boho or modern, we have designer tips and tricks to quickly elevate your bedroom without tearing down walls or racking up a high bill. These pieces and ideas cover everything you need to create your most comfortable, luxurious and personal bedroom ever.
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 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.
“The bedroom is about sleeping. What do you need when you’re sleeping? Not a smartphone,” says designer Aurélien Gallet. And that goes for a television as well. As a result, you’ll get more restful sleep, plus more room for furniture and accessories you love. (This gorgeous bedroom in Amanda Seyfried’s Catskills getaway is proof.)
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.
Yes, a nightstand with all the necessities looks lovely, but it can also be a way to showcase your personality. The more idiosyncratic and “you” it feels, the better it will work and the more it will be a testament to your personal style. In Megan Mullally’s room, her and husband Nick Offerman topped their Holly Hunt nightstands with vintage mercury-glass lamps and fresh flowers.
Although most designers would advise against working in your bedroom, that’s not always a reality. Designate a specific work area in your room, preferably as far from your bed as possible, so that you don’t feel guilty for finishing up paperwork.
It doesn’t have to be an entire étagère-full, but a cluster of pieces that make you smile will go a long way in making a bedroom feel just right, as with this bedroom in a Greenwich Village penthouse, featuring antique French linens, a 19th-century Indian lantern, and plenty of paintings collected over the years. Bonus: This is also a great way to incorporate pieces you’ve acquired over time but can’t quite figure out where to put them.
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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.
There’s nothing more frustrating than a bedroom with just one overhead light. Give yourself options by adding a dimmer or opt for several fixtures throughout the room, like Christian Siriano’s Connecticut country home. Who are we to say no to a bedroom chandelier?
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.
A room is never completely finished until you address your window dressing situation. In the guest bedroom of a Paris apartment, the custom forged-iron bed frame is finished in gold leaf and stands out against the curtains made from a Pierre Frey chintz and Dedar fabric.
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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.
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Mirrors are a pretty magical design element. They make any space feel larger, brighter, and more unique, whether you decide to hang them or simply prop one up against the wall. Learn from this Hamptons summer home, where a rustic-style mirror perfectly complements the antique bed frame and Swedish chest.
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You want everything in your bedroom to exude comfort, and the color palette is no exception. Whether you’re a fan of warm or cool shades, pick colors that you naturally gravitate toward and give you a sense of calm. This home in Mexico opted for organic colors like ocean blue and deep brown. The statement wall is painted with Patagonia by Comex and the Eames chair and ottoman are by Herman Miller.
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There’s no need to go overboard with the art in your bedroom: pick one piece that speaks to you and also makes a statement. This charming bedroom in a Uruguayan country house prominently features a painting by Eva Claessens.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
Whether they’re on your nightstand, vanity, or windowsill, flower arrangements are a lovely thing to wake up to. Especially in the winter when you need a dose of greenery. Take inspiration from the fresh flowers that flank the bed of this West Village master bedroom.
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If you grow tired of things easily, using curtains as a creative headboard lets you update your room to fit every season and mood. In the master bedroom of a palatial Florence estate, the bed coronet and curtains are of an Ian Mankin stripe.
Give your personal space some glamour with a statement bed frame. From four-posts to platforms, the options for a chic piece of furniture are endless. In the master bedroom of a Connecticut weekend home, this bed frame is by Hickory Chair and dressed in Restoration Hardware linens.
It’s the first thing a child will consider when putting together their bedroom, but adults tend to shy away from decorative themes. A theme can be a powerful unifying device, not to mention calming. In this Netherlands bedroom, the wall-covering, curtains and bedcover are all a classic toile de Jouy. The headboard is custom-made, and the side table is vintage.
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 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.