Rebecca Deczynski

Published on July 11, 2019

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Your bedroom is the first thing you see each morning and the last thing you see at night—so it pretty much goes without saying that its design should make you happy.. Maybe an all-white minimal bedroom is what you need to be lulled off to sleep, or perhaps you’d prefer something with a hodgepodge of color and pattern to inspire some kaleidoscopic dreams. 

We scoured Pinterest and our archives for the best bedroom ideas, so even if you don’t know where to start, you can get all the inspiration you need—and plenty of advice on how to bring their design to life in your own home. After all, there are so many decisions to be made beyond just your nightstand and bedspread. A bit of extra effort (wallpaper! plants! paint!) goes a long way to creating a space that feels special. Trust us: these bedroom ideas are no snooze.

Wallpaper can replace a headboard

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Green, psychedelic wallpaper (and, okay, the massive feather pendant) in this Columbus, Ohio, bedroom keeps things simple. Like, really simple: the homeowners eschewed a headboard to allow the dramatic wall to have all the attention. Consider us captivated.

Novelty pillows are absolutely fair game

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Custom terrazzo nightstands, an on-trend cane headboard, and an antennae-like double sconce: There are so many amazing details in Caitlin Mociun’s bedroom. Yet we can’t stop our eyes from immediately going to her massive banana pillow.

Navy walls don’t have to read nautical

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In this, Charlotte, North Carolina home, the dark blue bedroom is a dramatic contrast to the rest of the light and airy space. A heather gray bedspread (as opposed to a bright white one) and deep emerald headboard prevent the palette from feeling too sailor-chic.

Statement walls are essential

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The trick to making this stunning wallpaper moment work? Choose one or two colors from the wallpaper’s motif and invest in bedding and textiles in similar hues.

Gallery walls will always be in style

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Just when we thought we’d seen every type of gallery wall, this jaw-dropping beach house master bedroom swoops in to tell us otherwise. For major impact, hang your frames from floor to ceiling, only stopping when you hit the molding.

Plants can make or break a bedroom

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Photography by JARED SOARES

If there’s one thing we learned from Hilton Carter‘s cotton mill-turned-plant-heaven-loft, it’s that there is no such thing as too many plants—especially when it comes to the bedroom. Every surface—the floor, the ceiling, the window ledge—is an opportunity to go green. 

No color is too bold

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Far too often, we find ourselves gravitating towards neutral paint colors in our bedrooms. Allow this bold charcoal and red space to serve as the inspiration to choose an untraditional scheme.

Primary colors rule

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Don’t be afraid to go all out with color—including the primary shades. Rather than adhering to classic red, yellow, and blue, opt for muted versions that won’t overwhelm your space.

Embrace the understated

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Photography by CODY GUILFOYLE

Consider this bedroom modern simplicity at its best. Skip the superfluous accents and opt for a setup that includes just the essentials: white sheets, a nightstand for your novel, and a basket to house extra bedding layers.

Fake it

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Here, a French-tufted mattress stands in as a headboard alternative, adding rich color and texture to the otherwise subdued room.

Go moody

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Blues rule in this  bedroom. The tightly curated color palette ties together the eclectic array of prints and patterns.

Mix and match aesthetics

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There is no rule for sticking to one decorative style. Mix and match elements pulled from different eras to create a one-of-a-kind space.

Don’t forget to look up

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Hang a diverse mix of trailing greenry in lieu of a traditional overhead pendant. Lots of bedding layers complete the bohemian look.

Paint it black

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Nothing says “statement wall” quite like black paint. Warm it up with colorful artwork and smaller accents, like a throw.

Brighten up a monochromatic room with flowers

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If permanent pops of color just aren’t your thing, try a constant rotation of fresh florals instead.

Ditch the oversized lighting

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Swap that clunky table lamp for a wall-mounted sconce that’s minimal in size though not in power. Small space-dwellers, this one’s for you.

Use art as your headboard

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Low-hanging art helps distract the eye from the lack of a headboard, all the while providing this bedroom with a personal touch.

Bring on the lights

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While we’re on the subject of no headboards, allow us to drop in this inspired alternative spotted in Timothy Goodman’s NYC studio apartment. The personalized neon wall sign is an ode to his love for jazz music.

There’s no such thing as “too saturated”

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The best small bedroom ideas are often unexpected. Take this one: Unapologetic use of color, on everything from the bed frame to the curtains, will actually distract from the space’s cramped dimensions.

Trick the eye

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Tight on space? Mirrored furniture gives the illusion of a larger bedroom. Choose a reflective nightstand or even an armoire and relish in its depth-defining qualities.

See more bedroom inspiration:
5 Headboard Alternatives You Can DIY This Weekend
We Asked 3 Designers Exactly How to Lay Out a Master Bedroom
I Tried West Elm’s New Bedding Rental Program—Here’s What Happened