My personal Evernote treasure trove contains more than 500 pictures of bedrooms, all of them quite lovely. But for this particular post, I combed through them all and picked five — just five! — that I thought were especially beautiful. Here, for your viewing pleasure, are the top 1 percent of bedrooms — and a few notes about what makes them work, so your bedroom can be beautiful too.
The space: A Brooklyn townhouse spotted on Desire to Inspire.
What makes it work: Keeping the rest of the space simple so that a few colorful items really pop. White walls, trim, and ceiling make the space feel calm and relaxing, and a canopy contributes to the airy vibe.
The space: The bedroom of Anne & Richard's Manhattan apartment
What makes it work: This is, hands-down, one of my favorite bedrooms from all our Apartment Therapy house tours. Look, I love a good pattern as much as anyone, but I think there's just something so inviting about a big, fluffy, white duvet. In this room, the overall feeling of softness extends to the upholstered bed, the comfy chair, the thick carpet — this room is lovely because it's fully of lovely things, but also because it invites you to really relax.
The space: A gorgeous, moody bedroom by California firm Caitlin & Caitlin, spotted on Desire to Inspire
What makes it work: Of course everything in here is really beautiful, but I think ultimately this bedroom also owes its appeal to colors. The darker colors play together to create a cozy, intimate vibe, and the lighter colors are breezy and serene, and the contrast is just great. When you're dealing with beautiful things, contrast is always good.
The space: A room at the Moroccan hostel Riad Kaiss, spotted on Casa Vogue
What makes it work: I couldn't resist the temptation to include something a little unusual. I think the bedroom is actually a really good spot to try something a little unexpected, since it's really a very simple room — bed, nightstand, maybe a dresser. White walls, tile floor, simple bedding — this is a really wonderful, soothing combination, and one you could recreate with success even in a room without a beautiful cathedral ceiling.
The space: The bedroom of designer Joseph Dirand's Paris apartment, spotted on T Magazine
What makes it work: I think in bedrooms, it's best to err on the side of simplicity — you want something that's a little more calming for the less active parts of your day. This bedroom is monochromatic, but the different shades of grey give it a little movement. The minimal window treatments (shutters in this case, but you could opt for simple shades) contribute to the soothing, minimal vibe.