At the end of a long hard day there is nothing better than lying down on fresh bedding and crisp sheets, but how many of us have a conducive bedroom interior design? It’s hard to design a bedroom that is stylish yet functional and calming without making it look like a soulless showhome.
We all know the importance of a good night’s sleep but do we realise how much the interior can impact this? The LuxPad spoke to design bloggers and interior experts to get their top tips and advice on bedroom styles that will look great and provide you with the relaxing haven that you need. To discover bedroom decorating ideas that are sure to inspire you just click on the bedrooms below.
Even though the bedroom is a private space that will be seen by far fewer people than your living room or kitchen, it should be an equally stylish sanctuary. Whether you want a traditional design or an exotic retreat, you’ll find bedroomdecorating ideas to create the room of your dreams in this collection of spaces from the archives of Architectural Digest.
Best of all, you don’t need a complete remodel to bring new life to your bedroom. As these rooms prove, some well-placed art, bold wallpaper, or even a fresh coat of paint can make a space stand out.
The walls in this eighteenth-century house in Bath are painted in Paint & Paper Library’s ‘Slate III’ and the floor is painted in Farrow & Ball’s ‘Slipper Satin’. A delicate metal four-poster bed is hung with antique mangle-cloth drapes, with cushions covered in vintage Swedish ticking and antique flags. The two striped rugs are Turkish, circa 1950. A French tôle peinte helmet wall light is above the twentieth-century Indian teak folding table, which probably came from an old civic building. A mid-century brass-framed oval Swedish mirror hangs by the window.
Southwestern Design Style
Natural hues, geometric prints, and landscape paintings infuse the beauty of the Southwest into a bedroom. “I learned about New Mexico when I first started dating Jane Fonda,” remarks Ted Turner, who built a private desert lodge on Armendaris Ranch, his 350,000-acre wild animal preserve along the dramatic Fra Cristobal Mountains. “Ted doesn’t require luxurious accommodations,” says interior designer Laura Hunt. “He’s very cool that way. He just needs a pillow and a bed, and he’s happy.”
Above: The master bedroom. The paintings over the walnut writing table and the console in the hall are by Bierstadt; the print is by Catlin.
Floral Wallpaper Bedroom Design
A tiny floral pattern in green is picked up by the green in the blanket in this sophisticated bedroom in a Christopher Howe-decorated house in Bray. Behind and beside the bed, a sixteenth-century panel contrasts with a copper task lamp.
Warm and Cozy
Use warm hues, such as reds, oranges, and yellows, to create a space that feels comfortable and cozy. In the red guest room of Jim Joseph and Scott Frankel’s Livingston, New York, home, a French Empire bed from Stair Galleries is paired with an antique Venetian-stripe carpet.
Stripes are a classic choice for a bedroom. Try a bright color or wide stripe for a twist on tradition. Stripes of Benjamin Moore white and blue paints animate this bedroom in a San Francisco–area home; the curtains are trimmed with a Samuel & Sons border, and an Alan Campbell pattern covers the chairs, ottoman, and bench.
Desk Decadence Bedroom Interior Design
Feeling studious? A simple desk and an upholstered chair from Robert Kime creates a study area in the corner of this bedroom. The bedroom is elegant in its simplicity. The curtains are unlined with aquamarine silk from Claremont, with an inner curtain of linen. ‘When the sun shines, I draw the curtains, which throws a luminous light everywhere,’ says the owner. The walls are covered with tadelakt – a decorative lime-based plaster originally from Morocco.
Mix and match several motifs in the same color palette for a spirited space. A plethora of patterns enlivens a guest room in a Connecticut home designed by Miles Redd, from a Farrow & Ball wallpaper to a vintage fabric on the Louis XVI settee and chair. The swing-arm sconces and ceiling fixture are from Circa Lighting, and the table lamp is from Treillage.
Bedroom Interior Design Blue and White
You can’t go wrong with a blue-and-white theme. This classic color pairing works in both traditional and modern spaces. Painted furniture and a blue, white, and green palette freshen a master bedroom in Florida. Brackets from John Rosselli hang above a Louis J. Solomon faux-bamboo desk with custom-painted decoration by Christian; the curtain fabric is by Brunschwig & Fils, a Clarence House stripe covers the slipper chair, and the sea-grass carpet is by Stark.
Have a little fun with your bedroom design by incorporating eye-catching shapes, colors, and textures. The master bedroom of Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan’s Shelter Island, New York, home features an array of Adler designs, including the bed, reading lights, tiles, feather headdress, and duvet; the ceiling fan is by the Modern Fan Co., and the curtains are of burlap.
Colorful Bedroom Interior Design
For a bedroom that’s energizing and stylish, go bold with floor-to-ceiling color. A 19th-century Persian light hangs in the Green Bedroom of a home in Morocco; the bedspread is Gujarati mirrorwork embroidery, the chest is 19th-century Moroccan, and the desk and chair are embellished with bone inlay.
Architectural Bedroom Design
If your bedroom has incredible architectural elements or amazing views, let them take center stage by keeping furnishings minimal. Wallace E. Cunningham, assisted by Guy West, created a residence near San Diego with “structural fin walls that provide a sculptural statement and act as a louvered privacy screen,” he says. “We incorporated visuals to trigger memories from the owners’ lives.
Framing views and light was a major artistic goal. The overhead span in the master bedroom seems to stretch the interior space and the horizon,” says Cunningham.
French Bedroom Style
Ornate furnishings, antique accents, and rich fabrics are hallmarks of traditional French style. “The challenge was to make it comfortable while maintaining the magic of the original architecture,” designer Timothy Corrigan says of Château de Gallerande, his 15th-century estate in the Loire Valley, which he renovated. The 18th-century chinoiserie wallpaper inspired the design of the Chinese bedroom.
Bedroom Interior Design with Coastal Tradition
Combine relaxed pieces, such as cozy armchairs, with warm wood antiques for an elevated coastal look. Bring in blues for an extra nod to nautical style. A family’s 100-year-old Shingle-style summer house in the Hamptons was restored and expanded by New York architect Alan Wanzenberg.
New York–based Thad Hayes was asked to do the interior design. “We wanted a house that our family could grow in,” says the wife. In the master bedroom, Hayes switched out an iron bed for a 19th-century English four-poster.
Island Bedroom Style
Hang a canopy over the bed and incorporate tropical materials such as bamboo for an island-inspired bedroom. For Jim and Michelle Falk’s Maui house, “we tried a synthesis of island, bungalow, and Mediterranean elements,” says architect Joel Barkley, of Ike Kligerman Barkley. Wilson and Guidera created the master bedroom’s textile-draped four-poster.
Bedroom British Colonial Style
Wood four-posters and sunny shades of yellow capture breezy British Colonial style. Carleton Varney brought a sophisticated take on Caribbean style to Janis and Duane Bobeck’s seafront residence on St. Croix, designed by architect Hortensia D. Lanio.
The master bedroom’s gracious plantation bed was custom-made by a Jamaican artisan in collaboration with Patrice Wymore Flynn, Errol Flynn’s widow. Above it, Varney, who worked with colleagues Dan Parker and Andee Schell, arranged colorful floral photographs.
For a minimalist space, keep the palette restrained and pare furnishings down to the essentials. Interior designer Jennifer Post’s aim was to “respect the apartment’s prewar details” yet imbue the spaces with her elegant brand of modernism. In the master bedroom are Bret Reilly’s Lick (2006) and a 2001 Jacqueline Humphries oil. The rug is by Patterson, Flynn & Martin.
A piece of abstract art and streamlined furnishings add a modern vibe. “It’s meant to feel ephemeral and diaphanous, as if it were lightly inserted into the meadow,” architect Maryann Thompson says of the weekend house she designed for Doug Reed and Will Makris on 42 acres in rural Massachusetts. “The guest room has the same bed, the same side tables, and the same rugs as the master bedroom,” interior designer Thad Hayes says. “It was a very democratic approach.” The gouache is Sol LeWitt’s 1998 Irregular Form.
Embrace a rustic look with pieces that look like they came straight from a charming farmhouse, such as gingham fabrics, four-poster beds, and spindle-back chairs. “They wanted a Shingle Style beach house with uncomplicated interiors,” Karin Blake says of the residence she designed for Greg and Teresa Nathanson in Malibu, California. The master bedroom “has high ceilings and lots of light,” Blake says. A portrait by Ammi Phillips hangs near the Vermont pencil-post bed. A lamp made from a train lantern is on the circa 1850 hutch table.
Warm woods, sleek lines, and plenty of white infuse calming Scandinavian style. A New York couple hired Shelton, Mindel & Associate to renovate their Central Park West apartment. A wall paneled in bleached walnut warms the master bedroom. Hanging over the Poul Kjaerholm chairs is a 1959 work by Lars Englund.
A transitional bedroom mixes traditional elements with modern pieces for a comfortable and stylish space. Jeff Neal hired designer Thomas Pheasant to shape the interiors of his 2,500-square-foot condominium in Washington, D.C. For the master bedroom, Pheasant referred to the aesthetic of an ocean liner’s stateroom. Sitting atop the circa 1810 Austrian mahogany pedestal, from Karl Kemp Antiques, is a late-1960s vase by Annelise Seidenfaden. The leather-and-brass lamps are from Baker.