A Chelsea home’s master bedroom relies on just a few statement pieces to reflect a serene and modern aesthetic. The custom walnut bed, matching dresser and side table, and coordinating artwork make the minimalist space exude a modern feel,
Clean-lined geometric patterns are prized in the modern style. “Atomic” designs are an especially fun touch in a midcentury modern bedroom.
Although midcentury modern typically is fairly subdued in color, exceptions are the rule when it comes to interior design. This fun and colorful room from Keeping Interiors shows off the power of a lively rug to spark up the overall mood.
This modern bedroom uses recessed lighting within the ceiling to create more space and light. This room also flows well, because of simple decorative elements, such as the wood panel accent wall and head board, neutral color palette, and glass door and wall.
In a mid-century modern California home, a custom wall-mounted bed adds architectural interest, while the low profile design of the bedside table and bed frame boast a signature modern aesthetic.
Fussy knickknacks, unnecessary collectibles, and general froufrou are nowhere to be seen in the modern bedroom. Instead, this style spotlights artwork, especially large paintings, posters, or prints on the walls.
A summer camp-turned winter home is clad in pale pine shiplap, which contrasts with the arboreal green window trim. Modern sconces and bedding–along with a pop of red in the headboard–helped reimagine a cabin-like bedroom into a contemporary oasis.
Modern style celebrates natural materials, such as wood and stone, as artwork in their own right. Midcentury modern architecture often used wood not just as flooring but also to panel the walls and even the ceiling. This bedroom from Geometrix Design shows off a beautiful wooden accent wall.
Modern Bedroom Interior. Photo by poligonchik via Fotolia.com
In a minimal apartment, the neon wall sculpture in the master bedroom is by Glenn Ligon, and the Corian platform bed, a custom design, is dressed with Belgian linens; the circa-1960 bedside tables are by Joseph-André Motte, and the walls are sheathed in a Marmorino wall finish
A bedroom in a NYC penthouse features a bed by DucDuc, a Saarinen Womb chair by Knoll, and a pendant light by Kartell; the map decal is by Dezign With a Z, and the felt rug is by Patterson Flynn Martin.
The bed in the master bedroom of an upstate New York home is upholstered in an Edelman leather and dressed in Pratesi and Frette linens, the bedside tables are by Jallu Ebénistes, the Carol Egan stool from Maison Gerard is upholstered in a Toyine Sellers fabric and the circa-1970 Mazzega ceiling light was found at a Paris flea market. The walls are upholstered in a Ralph Lauren wool suiting, the ceiling is covered in a Stark tea-leaf paper, the custom wool carpet is by Hokanson and the artwork over the bed is by Richard Serra.
The master bed in this NYC apartment is upholstered in a Holly Hunt silk and dressed in Schweitzer linens; the stainless steel chair (right) is by Maria Pergay, and the Philippe Hiquily chair purchased at Sotheby’s has cushions in a Fortuny fabric; the curtains are of a Holland & Sherry silk satin, the carpet is by Beauvais, and the walls are sheathed in a Rubelli cotton velvet; the sculpture is by Rebecca Warren, and the painting to the left of the bed is by Richard Prince.
In the master bedroom of a modern Tuscan home, the bed and bedside table are Lissoni designs, for Living Divani and Porro, respectively.
This modern bedroom uses simple elements of decoration with color and furniture. The bright green accent wall and bedding add color, while keeping the room simple and modern. A touch of warm bright colors within the lamp shade, along with a fun motif behind the head board, adds more of a contemporary element, while creating character and interest.
Hanging light fixtures break up the mostly horizontal planes of a modern bedroom. This peaceful, beautiful master bedroom uses copper pendants to great effect. So serene and lovely.
Many people use the words “contemporary” and “modern” interchangeably, but they are not the same. Modern, as already explained, refers to a particular style. Contemporary, on the other hand, simply refers to those styles in vogue at that time, and so “contemporary” is a fluid, ever-changing concept. Because modern décor is currently extremely popular, it falls under the contemporary umbrella, adding to the confusion. The bedroom from Madison Modern Home shown here is a prime example of midcentury modern design.
Midcentury modern homes generally have large windows and plenty of natural light. Simple curtains or shades provide privacy without blocking the sunlight or adding visual clutter to the space.
This modern bedroom uses architectural elements, such as a bare concrete wall, shelves, and wood floors as its primary decoration. With accents of bright purple on the bedding, rug, and artwork, along with the white shelves, furniture, and vase, it is a perfect example of modernism at its best.
A soothing modern bedroom interior. Photo by Mihalis A. via Fotolia.com
While the term “modern décor” might bring to mind the flying cars and automated homes of the Jetsons, this now classic decorating and architectural style is actually fairly old. It arose out of the German Bauhaus art school in the early decades of the 1900s and reflected the mindset of the modernism movement. Simple, clean, and functional, modern style was a sharp contrast to the Art Deco look so popular at the time. This stylish midcentury modern bedroom is from Chris Nguyen of Analog Dialog.
There are many types of concepts and techniques within the Modern style that are used by designers, decorators, and architects. As an interior architect and designer, I define the modern style as the foundations invented by the fore-fathers of modernism, such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Walter Gropius, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Le Corbusier, who used function, clean lines and shapes, as well as architectural and natural elements for decoration. These modernists believed a home should be functional and everything within the home should have a purpose, including decoration, as best described by Le Corbuser, “House is a machine for living.” Here are some examples of these concepts that will help you design your modern bedroom.
Modern bedroom interior using several shades of pink. Photo by XtravaganT via Fotolia.com
Traditionally, the modern color scheme is neutral: Various shades of brown, cream, tan, black, gray, and white predominate. Early Bauhaus designers used small touches of red, yellow, or blue as accents. As the style matured, neutrals remained the primary palette, but the use of bright, cheery accent colors became more common.
The 1970s-inspired macrame pillows and wall hanging, along with the rattan side table, add a bit of funky retro style to this otherwise midcentury modern bedroom from Amber Interiors.
The bed in the master bedroom of a London townhouse is dressed in a custom duvet made from a Dedar fabric, the letter-shaped stools are from Andrew Martin, and the walls are sheathed in a Jim Thompson silk with hand-sewn red silk borders; the drawing over the mantel is by Lluis Lleo, and the work over the bed, which is inscribed with Buddhist phrases, was purchased in Singapore.
The modern style is not one for clutter or lots of furniture. Instead, an open, airy vibe adds to the overall clean and simple appearance.
Although midcentury modern design is mostly clean and without excessive ornamentation, one exception to that rule is the use of angular or unusual light fixtures, particularly “atomic” styled fixtures, as seen in the beachy modern bedroom from Amy Lau Design shown here.
In a playful New York apartment, a bed by Christopher Ostafin and a 1990s bench by Campion Platt in the master bedroom; the circa-1950 chair by Illum Wikkelso is from Hostler Burrows.
This room has many modern characteristics, like clean straight lines and shapes, natural wood, and architectural elements used as decoration. The sweet wall mural of white tulips behind the head board along with the bright colors, produce a lovely and functional modern bedroom.
Modern bedroom photo idea with simple natural elements. Photo by virtua73 via Fotolia.com
By far the most popular variation of modern style is what’s commonly referred to as mid-century modern, or MCM. Created in the United States during the 1920s and 1930s, MCM reached the pinnacle of popularity during the 1950s and 1960s, practically defining the decorating style of those decades. Midcentury modern is once again red-hot on the decorating scene, with no signs of fading away anytime soon.
Minimalism is similar to modern design in that it emphasizes a very clean, simple look without a lot of adornment. Often, midcentury modern furniture fits well into this “less is more” decorating philosophy. This gray and white minimalist bedroom from A. Gruppo Architects uses a colorful painting to add a spark of color.
Whatever your decorating style, feel free to have some fun adding your own touches to the mix. In this lovely midcentury modern bedroom from Kimball Starr Interior Design, the owner’s African painted masks add color, pattern, and a huge dose of personality to the room.
The soft colors, simple lines, and lack of clutter give the modern style a calming, relaxed vibe, making it an excellent choice for the master bedroom.
A recessed bedside niche, low-profile bed, and fan-shaped cerused oak headboard channel a spa-like vibe in this modern master bedroom.
Contemporary bedroom with a modern, simple elements of design. Photo by twohumans via iStockphoto.com
In the master bedroom of a Pacific Palisades home, the custom bed is dressed with linens by Deborah Sharpe Linens and a Frette coverlet; the photograph is by David Drebin.
This modern bedroom uses natural wood on the wall and floor, a crimson red accent wall, and natural light as its main decoration. The glass globe lamp shade used in this bedroom enhances the natural light, while the furniture creates the clean lines and shapes that are known in modernism.
Simple platform beds are a common sight in the modern bedroom, particularly Scandinavian modern style.
While a subdued color scheme is a hallmark of modern décor, pops of bright accent color keep it from being lifeless. Red and orange are especially popular as accents, although any favorite color can play the part. Just look at how the shots of color light up this otherwise white room from Causa Design Group.
The modernism movement embraced the concept, “Form follows function,” meaning that the most important aspect of a piece of furniture (or space) is its intended use, rather than its appearance. In other words, appearance, or form, is secondary to function. This doesn’t mean modern style is ugly; it means that it is typically without unnecessary adornment. Clean lines on furnishings and plenty of open space in the room are essential components of this look.
In the master bedroom of a California home, the linen coverlet is by Area, the photograph above the bed is by Olafur Eliasson, and the 1930s lamp on the custom-made table is by George Carwardine; the capiz-shell pendant is vintage, and the redwood closet doors are original.
Modern bedroom idea with purple bedding and rug. Photo by virtua73 via Fotolia.com
In a Palm Beach home, the master bedroom’s settee by Gastone Rinaldi is upholstered in a Bergamo fabric, the rug is by V’Soske, the walls are covered in Venetian plaster, and the adjacent closet structure is sheathed in acrylic panels; the drawings above the bed are by Ciprian Muresan, and the photographs in the corridor are by Mircea Cantor.
This bedroom is a great example of modernism: It has architectural elements, clean lines and shapes, lots of natural light, and other simple accents–like books and vases–used as decoration. The concrete accent wall, wood floors and steps add character to the room, while keeping the concept simple, open, and functional.
The bed in this Palm Springs master bedroom came with the house and is dressed in Barbara Martin linens with a blanket and shams by Hermès. The painting is by Daryl Edwards and the wood screen and marble bedside tables are estate-sale finds.
Despite the simple lines, neutral colors, and lack of accessories in the typical modern bedroom, the look isn’t at all boring or sterile. Just one special touch, such as the dandelion light fixture in this room, is all it takes to add interest.
An offshoot of midcentury modern, Scandinavian modern—as shown in this lovely room from Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire of Mini Moderns—embraces a similar clean, streamlined, and functional look but tends to use white far more than the other neutrals, particularly on the floors and walls. Classic IKEA furniture is an example of Scandinavian modern design.
This bedroom is borderline eclectic-modern style, because of the different styles of furniture, such as a modern inspired bed with a vintage side table. This room uses dark wood panels, trim, flooring and furniture as its main decorative elements, but lightened with color and other textiles.
In the NYC loft of Homepolish co-founder Will Nathan, the industrial style of the home was accentuated with minimal furnishings and modern accents, including a low-profile bed, matching nightstands, a neutral rug, and a black & white palette.
Modern Bedroom with dark wood. Photo by webphotographeer via iStockphoto.com
Modern style is versatile enough to work with just about anyone’s needs. Create a bedroom that works for you; after all, functionality is a basic theme of modernism. Madison Modern Home incorporated a small work area in this modern bedroom.
Modern and midcentury modern decor embrace natural materials, particularly wood, as seen in the master bedroom from Capital Building shown here. However, the use of plastics and chrome is an integral part of the MCM look, adding the color, shine, and celebration of all things mass-produced that are so typical of this style.
One thing you’ll see a lot of on midcentury modern furniture are legs, particularly metal hairpin or simple wooden dowel legs. The raised profile of MCM furniture is characteristic of the airy openness of the style and makes these pieces especially well-suited to small rooms. This bedroom from Emily Henderson shows off a quintessentially midcentury modern dresser.
In a TriBeCa apartment’s master bedroom, the bed is by Meridiani, the wall lamp is by Serge Mouille, the vintage Poul Kjaerholm daybed retains its original leather, and the side table is by Wyeth; the console is a vintage piece by Paul McCobb, and the circa-1970 Beni Ourain rug is from Double Knot.
In the master bedroom of a Tahoe vacation home, an armchair and stool by Minotti, upholstered in a Holly Hunt leather, are paired with a side table by Jonathan Adler; the bench and dresser are by Lawson-Fenning, and the drawing is by Ching Ho Cheng; the wall is painted in Bank Vault by Dunn-Edwards, and the carpet is by Decorative Carpets.
The Ralph Lauren bed in Andy Cohen’s master bedroom is upholstered in a Maharam plaid by Paul Smith and dressed with Pratesi linens. The vintage leather bench is from Black Swan Antiques, the custom nightstands are by Blend Interiors, the vintage Pierre Giraudon green-resin lamps are from John Salibello, and the sconces are by RH Modern. The rug is from Crate & Barrel and the walls are covered in a Ralph Lauren Home wallpaper. The photograph over the bed is by Micheal McLaughlin, and the “Sweety” image to the right of the bed was taken by Cohen at a carnival outside Saint-Tropez.
With accents like a 1960s wall sculpture and antique French tole clocks, this bedroom manages to exude modern elegance. Thanks to a palette of rich grays, a layering of textures, and clean-lined silhouettes, the space has an overarching sense of modernity.
Contemporary Bedroom design using the color green and bright accents. Photo by phiseksit via FreeDigitalPhotos.net
In a contemporary Manhattan master bedroom, a bed by Minotti is dressed in linens by E. Braun & Co., the bedside table is from Philippe Hurel, the custom rug is by Tai Ping, and the walls have a custom textured finish by Atelier Premiere.
Color is vital when decorating your bedroom or any room in your home. Choosing the right color can be cumbersome and intimidating, especially if you have to live with the color for a while. In modern bedrooms any color, hue, or shade can be used, whether you decide to incorporate pastels, bright, or neutral colors, try to be selective where you place your color selections. For example, this modern bedroom uses a monochromatic color scheme within the furniture and bedding as its main decoration.
Let’s face it, a modern bedroom design can easily impress. Not only is it sleek and current, the simplicity of a modern room promotes a sense of tranquility–and consequently–a good night’s sleep. At the same time, bedrooms can be a conundrum for those of us with a sleek modern aesthetic. How do you make a space that’s inherently full of pillows and soft bedding also be a tour de force of polished design? Fortunately, it’s not an insurmountable dilemma; these 25 modern bedrooms will give you all the inspiration you need to do it right.
In a spacious Tribeca master bedroom, a statement black bed frame contrasts the white walls and bedding. Modern sconces and a BDDW lounge chair tie the space together.
The bed, dresser, and side tables in the master bedroom of a Mexican home are by Roche Bobois; the Eames chair and ottoman are by Herman Miller, the bedside lights are by FontanaArte, and the wall is painted in Patagonia by Comex.
Sometimes modern bedrooms can seem too cold or uncomfortable, which is why some folks do not like this style. When designing your bedroom try to incorporate elements that will help promote better sleep and comfort, such as soft lighting, plush bedding, and a comfortable mattress. This bedroom is a perfect example of using light fixtures, an area rug, window treatments, and bedding to soften up this modern room.
For the most part, surfaces in a modern room are smooth and often shiny. Polished floors, lacquered or highly polished furniture, accents of metal—especially chrome—and glass all add to the clean, modern vibe. This modern attic bedroom by interior designer Stanislav Ermolenko is a gorgeous example.
In the master bedroom of a San Francisco loft, the 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 the bedroom of a West Village home, the vintage Cityscape headboard is by Paul Evans, the bed is dressed in Casa del Bianco linens, the bedside tables are ebonized mahogany, the 1950s American lamps are from Wyeth, and the carpet is by Beauvais Carpets.