Bedrooms have always been about sleeping, but they are a personal retreat, where worries recede and serenity is a welcome luxury. Looking at rooms from our house tours and beyond, it's clear that people seek a restful, cozy environment that doesn't overwhelm with flash and sparkle, but is also far from boring. The modern bedroom strikes that balance.
Above, a room at La Maison Champs Elysees, which embodies many of the following trends:
Textured Feature Walls
Texture has been a huge story in design in general, and we especially see it on statement walls behind the headboard. It's one more added layer that adds visual interest to the room — especially when there isn't a lot of color.
- This blocky wall from Period Living gives just enough dimension, but the white tones down the distraction.
- Erin Martin designed this modern cottage with slat wood wall that reaches all the way to the ceiling.
- Rebecca & Dustin created this rustic wall in the bedroom of their re-invented mobile home.
- Plywood sheets wrap partially around the bedroom at an Australian residence designed by sister design duo, Yasmine Ghoniem and Katy Svalbe of Amber Road. It's both modern and a do-able alternative to a headboard.
- Texture doesn't have to always come from wood. Neutral grasscloth adds tons of visual interest to this bedroom from My Domaine.
Dark & Moody
Bedrooms are the perfect spot to go dark and create a sleeping cave to nestle into at night. We've seen this moody look in other rooms as well, but it makes particular sense here.
- Meme Design's black bedroom is balanced by the soft purple and watercolor prints that give it softness.
- This hunter green bedroom from Lonny is sophisticated and cozy.
- Sophisticated bedroom from House & Garden has just enough sparkly gold to keep it vibrant.
- Jordan Ferney's bedroom from Cup of Jo is cozy and inviting.
- The warm rich wood in Alison and Derek's home keeps the black walls from feeling too stark and cold.
Negative space brings much-needed calm to bedrooms. When you achieve the perfect amount of furniture, art and accessories, it feels sophisticated and exciting but not so full that it feels overwhelming or like the walls are closing in.
- Sam & Linsey's Chicago home is thoughtfully decorated with well-made furniture and sentimental touches that give it life and a (calm) personality.
- Chelsea of Frolic! captured the restful minimalism of her AirBnB in Portugal with its textured white walls.
- The traditional and dramatic architectural details of Cedric and Sunny's bungalow don't need a lot of additional decor.
Violaine & Gaetan's Montreal home is Scandinavian with a Japanese twist. It has clean lines, a neutral palette, and a mix of new and vintage elements.
Angela's bedroom is a fascinating mix of quirky and spare.
Where once there were boring boob lights, or chandeliers in the dining room only, there's now form and function found in every room in the house. Bedroom lighting is well-chosen.
- François Doll's French apartment (seen on Milk Decoration) is calm and serene, with drama provided by the atomic-style light fixture above his bed.
- This renovated Montreal apartment is modern and minimalist. The only bit of flash is the brass chandelier overhead.
- If you are on a budget, lighting is great place to get big bang for your buck. In a minimalist setting especially, even simple fixtures stand out.
- Bedroom designed by Tamara Magel Interiors, with Peter Buchman art on the wall, and a vintage Italian chandelier by Stilnovo that adds serious drama overhead.
- Even better than one bold light fixture over the bed? Multiple ones! As seen in this room in Jeff & Joseph's Silver Lake Bungalow, clustering several light fixtures over a bed is quite the dynamic display.
Re-edited from a post originally published 10.18.16-NT