While every room in your home is a reflection of your personal taste, there’s one space that should personify your true personality: the bedroom. Unlike a living room or kitchen, it isn’t the “focal point”, so to speak, as most of the guests who visit your home probably won’t ever see this room; nevertheless, it should still receive a lot of attention.
After all, your bedroom is the space where you spend a great deal of your time. It’s the last thing you see before you retire for the night and the first thing you see when you rise in the morning. It’s also the room where you go to relax, unwind, and enjoy some respite from the everyday hustle and bustle. A bedroom also serves as the foundation for setting for close, intimate relationships with loved ones.
Given how important your bedroom is, it stands to reason that its design demands your attention. You want it to be a relaxing sanctuary; a space where you can put your feet up, rest your head, and recharge your batteries.
If you’re redesigning your bedroom and you’re looking for inspiration, you’ve come to the right place.
Below, you’ll find a collection of ideas that you can draw on to create a sanctuary that you’ll love spending your time in. While each of the décor and design ideas we differ, they are all similar in that they incorporate soothing color schemes, are simplistic, and are visually appealing. Of course, you can add your own spin to these ideas to make the design truly your own, but you’ll be sure to find a great starting point for your bedroom design.
Create Uniformity with a Monochromatic Color Palate
If you want to go for a minimalist design, consider using a monochromatic color scheme. Varying shades of a specific hue – blues, greens, grays, browns, etc. – are sure to create a soothing vibe.
For instance, if you’re using the color blue, you could paint a focal wall (behind your bed, for example) a deep shade, such as indigo or peacock, and the remaining walls more of a neutral blue, such as stone or slate.
For the linens, including the sheets, bedspread or duvet, throws, and window treatments, as well as the decorative accessories, you could incorporate a variety of different shades of blue; cobalt, teal, navy, or even periwinkle, for example. To break up the blues, consider adding in some pops of white, black, or gray; or, you could add an unexpected color, such as soothing yellow or muted green.
No matter what the central color is, a monochromatic color scheme will certainly have a soothing effect that will invite rest and relaxation.
Bring In Patterns
If you’re goal is to create a relaxing sanctuary, you may shy away from the idea of using patterns for fear that they’ll make the space appear “busy”. However, there are plenty of calming patterns that can be incorporated into a bedroom to create a restful room. Damask, toile, paisley, and floral prints lend themselves well to a soothing bedroom design.
Even bolder patterns, such as animal prints, polka dots, chevron, and stripes, can be used to create a relaxed vibe in your bedroom. The trick is to use these prints in smart ways and to balance them with neutral finishes that play off the colors featured in the designs.
For example, you could use toile wallpaper on a focal wall and paint the remaining walls a corresponding color, dress the bed with a paisley duvet and paint the walls a solid hue, or use a chevron or floral pattern for the window treatments, throw pillows, and an accent chair.
They key is to choose a single pattern and scatter it throughout the space. If you use too many patterns, or too much of the same pattern, you’ll end up making the room look busy. With careful planning and strategic placement, patterns can create a visually appealing, yet soothing bedroom.
Create a Dark Backdrop
The walls serve as the backdrop for any room, and in the bedroom, dark hues instantly create a sense of relaxation. Choose a deep shade of a color you love – denim or slate blue, leaf or forest green, plum or eggplant purple, for example – and use it to cover the walls.
To offset the darker colors on the walls, dress the bed and windows with lighter shades, such as white or cream. You could also speckle in hints of the wall colors in the linens or accessories; polka dot throw pillows or a striped area rug, for instance.
A dark backdrop is sure to make your bedroom a place of respite, where you will be able to kick back, unwind, and take a much-needed time-out.
Texture is a great way to add some interest into your bedroom while keeping the overall vibe light, airy, and tranquil. While you can use any color scheme you’d like, we personally recommend using lots of textures with a neutral palate, so as not to make things too busy; white and gray or crème and tan, for instance.
Not only do textures add another dimension to these muted hues and create more visual interest, but they feel great, too! A tufted duvet, knitted throw blanket, and oversized quilted pillows will make your bed look inviting; it will make it a super cozy spot to take a nap.
A plush shag area rug on the floor will feel soft and warm under your feet when you wake up in the morning.
You can even add texture with decorative accents. Hang mirrors displayed in carved wood frames or fabric wall hangings and you’ll add instant interest to your bedroom.
A quick tip: to avoid making the space look crowded, choose symmetrical furnishings, otherwise the room make look too ornate and busy; not exactly the vibe you want to create if relaxation is your goal.
Bring the Outdoors In
Have you ever noticed how you feel calm and serene when you’re outdoors? That’s because nature is incredibly soothing. So, why not take advantage of that natural comforting feel and bring the outdoors into your bedroom?
There are so many ways that you can incorporate nature into your bedroom. For starters, you could use a color scheme the mimic the hues in your favorite natural setting. If the woods is where you feel most at peace, moss and forest green, rich browns, cream, and perhaps a hint of sunny yellow and pale pink would create a woodsy-like look for your bedroom.
If you prefer feel at home in the mountains, a combination of dark and light grays, deep and muted greens, and dark and subdue blues would do the trick. To choose a color scheme, think of your favorite outdoor location or search for an image of a natural setting that really speaks to you and choose as your inspiration.
For the flooring, hardwood would work perfectly in a nature-inspired bedroom. Opt for furniture that is made of natural wood, too; oak, maple, cedar, or pine, for example. Plants are a definite must, such as ferns, succulents, lavender, palms, or ivy, as they not only add texture and dimension, and of course, are natural elements, but they can also purify the air and add a delicate fragrance, too.
Just be sure that if you choose real plants that you provide them with the proper care, otherwise silk may be a better option. Display framed photos or paintings of nature, and use natural materials for the linens; 100% cotton sheets, a flax comforter, and bamboo blinds, perhaps.
Play with Mirrors
Mirrors can be used for more than just getting ready; they can also be used as decorative elements, as they can add depth and interest to the space. If your bedroom is on the small size, for example, positioning a mirror on the wall opposite the window or across from the bed will help to make it appear larger.
Use mirrors displayed in interesting frames as artwork. Position an oversized, free-standing mirror in the corner of the room to add volume and dimension to the space. Mirrors hung on the walls between or next to windows can also help to make the space look larger.
However you use them, mirrors will certainly help to make your bedroom look more spacious, lighter, and airier, and can establish a “luxe” look.
Create a Rustic Chic Retreat
Rustic chic is all the rage these days, and for good reason; it incorporates natural, organic elements that are perhaps a bit worn and aren’t so “stuffy” as other interior design styles, such as traditional or modern. In other words, it creates a more lived-in and relaxed look, which makes it perfect for a bedroom.
To create a rustic chic look in your bedroom, add architectural interest by hanging shiplap on a focal wall or install faux wood beams on the ceiling.
Choose a mixture of wood and metal furnishings; an oversized headboard made of reclaimed barn wood planks, an chandelier made of natural wood and iron fixtures, complete with Edison bulbs, and a large mirror displayed in a wood frame propped up against the wall, for example.
To pull this look together, choose an earthy-like color scheme, such as browns and whites, accented with a pop of color, such as a subtle green or a sunny yellow.
Make the Bed the Focal Point
It goes without saying, but the bed is the main attraction in a bedroom and it should take center stage. As such, you want to make it not look inviting and feel cozy; it should invite you to climb in, relax, and settle in for a restful sleep.
To make your bed the showpiece, you’ll want to use elements that coordinate with the overall theme of the room; however, try to go all out with the dressings. A large tufted fabric headboard, for example, will give your bed a comfortable “armchair” look, and lush bedding made of premium-quality fabrics, such as Egyptian cotton (with a thread count of no less than 500)will feel delightful under against your skin.
Pillows that are soft and comfortable, yet supportive, will cradle your head as you sleep so you can drift off into dreamland with ease. A knitted throw blanket tossed along the foot of the bed is the perfect accent to pull the comfy look together, and will provide you with the perfect amount of warmth for those afternoon cat naps.
Create a Focal Wall
A focal wall in the bedroom should be the wall behind the bed. Not only does it draw attention to the main feature of the room, but it also helps to ground the entire space and serves as the jumping off point for the design of the rest of the room.
There are so many different ways you can create a focal wall in your bedroom. Perhaps one of the easiest ways is to use a specific paint color that contrasts or compliments the colors on the rest of the walls; for instance, mauve for the focal wall and light pink for the remaining walls, or emerald green on the focal wall and cream on the rest of the walls. Instead of paint, you could use wallpaper.
Cover the focal wall with wallpaper in a beautiful print and paint the remaining walls. Another great way to create a focal wall is by adding architectural elements. You could cover the wall in varying types and colors of natural wood planks, hang faux brick or install a stone façade, for example. Get creative! When it comes to creating a focal wall, the only limit is your imagination!
Summing It Up
When it comes to bedroom design, there are endless ideas to choose from. Choose a design that speaks to your personal taste and that makes you feel tranquil and alleviates your stress. Just remember, whatever design you choose, creating a relaxing vibe should be the ultimate goal.