85 Bedroom Ideas You'll Want to Recreate for an Elegant and Zen Escape

Wall color ideas, furniture choices and layout suggestions to inspire your decorating plan.

bedroom ideas, navy blue bedroom with a pink headboard, bright bedroom with a rattan hanging chair
Lol Johnson/ Life Created

Your bedroom is meant to be a haven, complete with the right decor choices to ensure a good night's rest. No matter your interior design style — traditional, modern, rustic or eclectic — everything from a stylish headboard to a charming accent wall or inviting paint color can transform your space into a dreamy retreat. And the good news is bedroom decorating doesn't have to be expensive or time-consuming. In fact, it can be fun! To keep you inspired, browse some of our favorite bedroom ideas that'll make any cozy setup or grand space feel zen.

The tricks we share in this roundup are simple. Take your pick of statement lighting and bold wallpaper designs. Or, get inspiration for choosing luxe bedding (check out some of our 2022 Bedding Award winners!) or the perfect shade of blue paint to create the ultimate escape. If you have a guest room that happens to be on the small side, you might even consider bunk beds to make every inch count. But if you're working with a more spacious layout, we've included options for seating arrangements, built-in bookshelves and more. It's also important to keep your budget intact in the process, so we included some ideas for reusing inherited pieces, like a vintage bed frame or sliding barn doors. They're brilliant for DIY lovers.

Take a look below at these gorgeous bedroom design ideas to maximize your room's potential. You'll be surprised by how even the smallest design tweaks can make a difference.

bedroom ideas, beaded light fixture above the bed
Jill Weller/ Design: Arterberry Cooke Architecture
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Hang a Beaded Light Fixture

In this Pasadena, CA, pool house bedroom by Arterberry Cooke Architecture, bright white walls add to the room's breezy feel. The beaded light fixture above the bed is a stylish addition that plays off the neutral tones in the space.


bedroom ideas, coral bedroom with green apple art and green decor
Jonny Valiant
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Combine Light and Dark Decor

Coral and green are unexpected yet complementary hues that can instantly bring a bedroom to life. Paint the walls a lighter shade, while keeping the curtains and any artwork in the room a darker tone (even the edges can be painted darker for even more depth).

bedroom ideas, office corner in the room with a clear chair, white shelves and neutral patterned wallpaper
Phil Crozier/ Design: Reena Sotropa In House Design Group
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Carve Out an Office Corner

Don't waste the opportunity to make the most of an unused corner. Turn it into a workstation! Install a built-in with just enough space for a desktop and two shelves, then amp up the area with graphic wallpaper.

RELATED: 42 Stylish Home Office Ideas

bedroom ideas, sliding barn doors in the bedroom leading to the bathroom
Saunders and Associates
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Install Sliding Barn Doors

Add a rustic flair to a modern bedroom with the addition of sliding barn doors. They're especially great for diving open spaces, like an en suite bathroom.

bedroom ideas, pink shiplap wall behind bed
Life Created
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Create a Focal Point with Paneling

Paneled walls, similar to this design by Living With Lolo, bring depth and character into a room. The pink pigment complements the trendy white lamps, bedside tables and bedding.

bedroom ideas, leafy green wallpaper in the room
Christopher Stark
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Experiment with Botanical Wallpaper

Clara Jung of Banner Day Interiors gave this room a "leafy" upgrade with wallpaper. Unlike animal, geometric or plaid prints, this mural features a stunning forest landscape that'll make you dream of sleeping among the trees.


bedroom ideas,  dark blue wardrobe in the room
Phil Crozier
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Install a Built-in Wardrobe

Let a floor-to-ceiling built-in wardrobe act as the focal point in a compact bedroom. To balance the look, take a cue from Reena Sotropa of In House Design Group and adhere to a classic blend of black and white to finish the look.

green bedroom with a chalkboard wall and orange sofa
Jenni Yolo of I SPY DIY
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Try a Chalkboard Wall

Give your kids' room a tree-house-inspired look, as seen in this design by Jenni Yolo of I Spy DIY. The chalkboard wall is a fun spot for little ones to draw, while the checkered fabric and orange sofa energize the room.

bedroom ideas, pull down bed with white bedding and blue decor
David Hillegas for Country Living
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Go for a Space-Saving Bed

There are plenty of ways to maximize space in a tiny bedroom, including swapping a traditional bed for a wall-mounted style or Murphy design. From the decorative headboard to the trendy wall lamps, the space has everything one may need to rest in comfort.

bedroom ideas, bunk beds in a white bedroom with green railing
Katie Charlotte
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Maximize Space With Bunk Beds

Save space with bunk beds, similar to this coastal-themed layout by Cortney Bishop Design. The white shiplap walls and muted pops of green evoke a calm and cool vibe.

RELATED: Stylish Bunk Bed Ideas to Make the Most of Your Space

bedroom ideas, white bedroom with a pinecone wreath above the bed
Victoria Pearson
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DIY a Wreath

Instead of hanging a painting above the bed, get crafty with a DIY wreath made of live (or faux) evergreens and pinecones. While this works great for the holidays, it's also a fresh touch for the fall-spring months.

bedroom ideas, wall bookcase in the white bedroom
Troy Thies
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Design Based on the Room's Layout

Create a well-edited library in the bedroom with a built-in bookcase. Martha O’Hara Interiors displayed her client's decorative finds and reads on shelves that follow the architectural structure of a stairwell above.

bedroom ideas with a white floating nightstand in the room with floral wallpaper on the walls
Allison Corona
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Float Your Nightstand

For more floor space and a cleaner aesthetic, hang a bedside table to the wall. “Floating nightstands tuck away nicely and don’t intrude on the entirety of the space,” says interior designer Kirsten Grove, cofounder (with Sam Salinas) of We Three Design.

bedroom ideas, bedroom with yellow artwork above headboard
Christopher Dibble
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Hang Vibrant Artwork

Balance crisp white walls with artwork in energetic hues. Introduce even more color by finishing the space with an upholstered headboard and patterned window treatments.


bedroom ideas, teal monochrome bedroom with two beds and a large red toy airplane
Donna Dotan
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Design a Monochromatic Room

When in doubt, pick one paint color. Choosing varying shades of blue for all the walls in this attic bedroom manages to make the space feel lighter and brighter. "The different blues allow the space to read like a faceted jewel," says designer Rachael Grochowski of RHG Architecture+Design.

bedroom ideas, bedroom with polka dot ceiling and blue bunk beds
Lesley Unruh
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Wallpaper the Ceiling

Of course, you can carry your paint color up to the ceiling, but if your space is in need of a bit more personality, graphic wallpaper is worth a try.


bedroom decorating ideas, bright green bedroom with a brown nightstand and decorative headboard
Kerry Kirk
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Introduce Jewel Tones

Designer Emily June Spanos made this bedroom's lively walls even more of a focal point by being strategic with lighting. The trick? Placing lamps away from sources of natural light. "If it's a table or floor lamp, consider where the switch is and be sure it can be reached easily," she says. "Then put task lighting in areas where you need additional brightness."

bedroom ideas, rattan swing in the room with patterned purple wallpaper
Life Created
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Replace a Nightstand with a Swing

Swings shouldn't only be reserved for outdoors, right? Instead of a nightstand, create a playful vibe with a rattan hanging chair that's just waiting for you to curl up with a good book.


bedroom ideas, curtain headboard in the room with white walls and shiplap ceiling
Frank Frances
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Hang a Curtain Headboard

You can easily purchase a new headboard, but why not have some fun with a DIY version? Take a cue from designers Megan Pflug and Moses Nadel and experiment with a curtain headboard for a unique look.

bedroom ideas, bedroom with black wall paneling and a bed with a pink headboard
Lol Johnson
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Install Black Wall Paneling

Create a moody vibe — and introduce texture into your design scheme while you're at it — with black wall paneling.

bedroom ideas, rattan headboard in room
Jessica Bordner
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Decorate with Rattan Elements

To prevent an all-white bedroom from feeling drab, introduce pops of texture. A rattan (or cane) headboard and a complementary decorative screen can help add warmth.


bedroom ideas, black and white bedroom with a triangle patterned rug
Katie Charlotte
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Stick to a Black and White Palette

Believe it or not, a black-and-white bedroom doesn't have to be boring. Weaving in layers of patterns and materials into the space can help to boost its visual appeal.


bedroom ideas, a white room with a darker colored ceiling
Katie Charlotte
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Create a Statement Ceiling

Neutral paint hues aren't the only options for upgrading the "fifth wall." Take things up a notch with a daring ceiling color, as designer Cortney Bishop did in this bedroom.

bedroom ideas, kid's bedroom with herringbone wallpaper
Malcolm Brown
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Install Herringbone Wallpaper

If you love patterned wallpaper, like this herringbone design, use it everywhere. It's even a brilliant way to mask a design dilemma like navigating a steep roofline. "You can unify the room in a single color or go the opposite route and envelop it in a wallpaper that is also visually 'busy' to disguise and distract," says interior designer Liz Caan.

bedroom ideas, dark gray walls in the room with a black bedframe for the bed
Adam Macchia
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Go Moody

Opting for a deep hue, like gray, is an easy way to give your bedroom a cocoon-like feel. Introduce contrast with white bedding and wood nightstands.

bedroom ideas low profile console table next to the bed with trinkets and a mirror on display
Jennifer Hughes
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Use a Console Table as a Nightstand

If you love the idea of having both a vanity area and a nightstand, set a console table right next to your bed. Style it with your favorite accessories, including an oversized mirror, table lamp and framed art.

bedroom ideas, an accent chair in the room with a white bookshelf and wall lamp
Brian Woodcock
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Bring in Additional Seating

A simple accent chair can transition from side table to foot rest to extra seating if you need a spot for quickly putting on shoes.

RELATED: The 12 Best Sofas of 2020 at Every Price

bedroom ideas built in bookshelf in the room next to the canopy bed without curtains
David A. Land
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Go for a Built-in

Play up your bedroom's cozy factor by letting a built-in bookcase complement a comfy accent chair and white canopy bed.


bedroom ideas petite nightstand next to the bed
Max Kim-Bee
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Embrace Petite Furniture

Don't fret if you have a small bedroom. A narrow nightstand, like this charming Ikea design, is a great option to help reduce clutter.

bedroom idea, warm gray wood paneling on the ceiling and walls
Annie Schlechter
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Paint Wood Panels

To prevent wood paneling from feeling outdated, go for warm gray paint — the perfect choice to create a calming atmosphere.

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