While cruising through house tours in search of inspiration, I started to see a few patterns for ideas that work.
Big and/or bold art: By virtue of its size and function, the bed is clearly the focal point of a bedroom, and over-sized or brightly colored art will immediately draw the eye there. While I have to assume Kevin's Sharkey's giant painting (Image 3) is out of my modest price range, Jeremy's tessellation art is an impressive DIY solution (Image 6). Really, if I had my way, the height-emphasizing Tord Boontje tyvek curtain (Image 7) would already be in my room.
Headboards: Headboards are an obvious answer, but they really can set the whole tone for a bedroom. I have to say I've coveted the green one in Rachel's "Door's Open" House since I first saw it (Image 2).
Walls that talk: Be it a bold color or something textural, focusing on the walls can have just as much of an impact as picking perfect artwork (Image 8). The simple bedding and minimal, meta art let the woodwork stand out in the bedroom from John & Tyke's Modern Cabin (Image 4).
Go low-key: If any room should be peaceful, it should be the one where you snooze. In Sharon & Chris' Monochrome Wonder, the artwork provides interest but blends seamlessly into the room and home's subdued color scheme (Image 1).
Images: 1. Sharon & Chris' Monochrome Wonder 2. Rachel's "Door's Open" House 3. Kevin Sharkey's High Over the Hudson 4. John & Tyke's Modern Cabin 5. Christopher's "el Corazon"Mission Flat 6. Jeremy's Endless Energy and Resourcefulness 7. Philippa's Worldly Vignettes 8. Chelsea Loft Redux by Justin Shaulis 9. Shannon's Colorful Canvas 10. A House-Wide Cabinet of Curiosities