These bedroom ideas will prove that when it comes to bedroom decor, you only have to make a few small changes to see a big difference. Pop a new cushion here, a lick of paint there, and voilà you’ve transformed your space into something wonderful.
To bring you the best bedroom decorating ideas around right now, we simply delved into our archives, scoured the internet, asked the experts and looked into our crystal ball to determine the latest bedroom design trends. Of course, it was worth it, because now you have the ultimate gallery of gorgeous bedroom decor ideas to get you inspired.
We have covered it all, from small tweaks to big revamps, so no matter what your style or budget you will find something you love here. Make sure once you are feeling full of lovely ideas to check out of bedroom design page too for all the practical advice you need.
1. Add pattern to your bedroom floor with a rug
When your bedroom flooring is looking a bit tired, or if you live in a rented home and want to add some personality, a rug is one of the easiest ways to do it.
If your current flooring is really ruining the whole vibe of your room, we recommend throwing down a massive area rug in a neutral colour and material (something like jute is perfect) and then adding a patterned rug on top.
For more tips on how to choose the best bedroom flooring, head to our guide. And, for more bedroom rugs we can help too.
2. Redesign your bedroom with a new colour scheme
If you want a completely new look for your bedroom, a new colour scheme is a great place to start. You might not need to change up too much either, especially if your walls are already painted quite a neutral colour.
Create a mood board or use Pinterest to come up with colours you love and even look at paint swatches to see how they will all work together. Then just start bringing all those new colours in with bedding, cushions, rugs and once you know you are really happy with the new colours you can maybe go a bit bolder with paint, wallpaper and furniture.
Uber fresh, light and airy, this sunny scheme using Crown’s Sunrise matt emulsion is a sure fire winner to lighten and brighten up a dark room and create the illusion of space.
If you aren’t sure where to start, check out our bedroom colours feature.
3. Choose a subtle pattern to add interest
If you are confident in the atmosphere you want to create in your bedroom, wallpaper can be a quick and cheap way to bring in the right colours and patterns. Use the colours within your wallpaper to dictate the rest of your room – we adore how the subtle pink hues work with the gorgeous bed set up in this room.
If you are worried about overwhelming your bedroom with wallpaper, just go for one wall and make a feature of it.
4. Wallpaper all your bedroom walls for a cosy feel
Oooh how cosy is this room? Love it. And this just demonstrates how lovely the right wallpaper can look on all four walls of a bedroom. The print is nice and neutral and really subtle, plus it totally matches everything else going on in the room, which is a great way to make a small bedroom feel nice and cocooning.
For loads more bedroom wallpaper ideas check out our gallery.
5. Or use paint to update your bedroom walls
Even easier than wallpaper, paint can totally change your room in a matter of hours, plus it’s a great way to experiment with colour because it’s not really permanent. Our choice for bedroom paint would always be soft, rosy hues that are going to be relaxing and you can add more colours in if you want a brighter look.
6. Pick warm ochres, rusts for a bedroom decor idea
If earthy shades are your thing, look no further than this down to earth scheme from Annie Sloan. Her famous chalky paints are the go-to-place if you love natural shades – they have a super quality that looks fabulous on any wall. The block design Annie has used here is so on trend – you can recreate it yourself with four colours and a roll of frog tape. If you fancy using the same colours they are Old Ochre, Honfleur, Oxford Navy and Scandinavian Pink.
7. Create a panel effect with paint
This is a great bedroom design idea for any space, and it works particularly well in small bedrooms to heighten the room. All you need to do is use masking tape and a ruler to mark where you want your lower colour to end and just get painting!
8. Work with the alcoves in your space
Working with your bedroom design is a must in all decorating schemes. And, if you want to be bold in your colour choices, particularly if you want to pick a dark colour for your bedroom, painting an alcove is a great way to work this in to your space. This room still looks bright and fresh but the dark wall, along with the matching bedding add a more dramatic feel.
If you love dark and dramatic interiors, we have a whole gallery dedicated to them so make sure you check that out next.
9. Create uniformity with DIY panelling
Panelling is everywhere at the moment! And, not just in traditional homes, as wall panelling works really well in modern spaces too. Fear not if you haven’t been blessed with original panelling in your bedroom, as you can DIY the look. Just head over to guide on how to DIY wall panelling for an easy to follow step by step.
10. Choose contrasting colours for a vibrant space
You see, wall paneling works so well in a cool and modern bedroom! We love this room, particularly because of the contrasting colours. The softness of the pink brings out bright teal and yellow so well, making it a great bedroom idea for couples and for anyone that adores vibrant spaces.
11. Add shiplap panelling for a rustic look
This is a look that’s all over Instagram at the moment. Very beachy, very relaxed, shiplap walls are the thing to have in a bedroom. Now, you can DIY the look with just cladding but we have also seen some fab wallpaper that replicates the look without the faff. Wayfair make loads, as do Etsy so check them out.
12. Create a gallery wall with mirrors
We have always been fond of a gallery wall, and we are loving the latest trend of maxing out on mirrors as an alternative to prints. A gallery wall of mirrors is a fab bedroom idea because no matter what the size of your room it’s going to bring in more light, texture and interest. We have loads more mirror ideas over in our gallery, so head over there for more ways to bring them into your bedroom decor.
13. Add pattern with an upholstered headboard
Choosing pattern can help soften this often cumbersome-looking object! Because, particularly if yours is dated, a solid headboard can often dominate the entire space. A really easy bedroom idea is to cover it up with a playful patterned fabric.
All you need for this DIY project is the fabric of your choice– enough to cover your headboard – and a staple gun. Lay the fabric flat on the floor, then remove the headboard and lay it over the fabric. Get someone to help you stretch the fabric over the front of your headboard and then secure it with a staple gun to the back. It doesn’t matter if it looks a bit messy at the back of the head board because no one will ever see it.
If you want an easy route, then checkout our roundup of the best headboards about right now.
14. Or, completely DIY a headboard with cute cushions
If you want an even softer look, copy this lovely bedroom look. For this super easy DIY project, just pick two or three large square cushions and attach some small brass rings (curtains rings work well) to the top two corners. Then, using the size of your chosen cushions as a guide, mark out where you need to place the nails or screws that will hold up the cushions. Hammer some large brass nails (or use screws if you prefer), hang the cushions and you’re done.
For more headboard ideas, head over to our feature.
15. Pick bedroom furniture that plays with scale
What does this mean exactly? Well, it can mean three things. First, and importantly, you don’t want to put a king-sized bed in a small bedroom. So, furniture kept in scale within the room is much more likely to make it feel larger.
Next: don’t over-clutter a small bedroom with too much furniture. Doing so will again take up space visually (as well as really).
Lastly, pick a tall headboard like this one. Doing so will make the room feel taller and give it great focus. Patterns and prints on the bed and headboard like this fab design from KDLoves are great for distracting the eye and for keeping the bed as the focal point too.
16. Go for a classic grey scheme in a bedroom
You can’t go wrong with a grey bedroom can you? It’s always going to be in style and grey is a really easy colour to work with other colours. You can change up the palette with seasons – in the autumn and winter keep things cosy by adding warmer colours and darker greys and then in summer keep all the greys pale and add plenty of crisp whites and light colours.
For loads more grey bedroom ideas check out our feature.
17. Keep things neutral for a farmhouse feel
We always love a neutral bedroom, so soft and inviting. We like this bedroom idea of adding in lots of nice textures too, just to keep things from looking a bit flat. The rustic bedside table, upholstered headboard and thick rugs all help to create interest in a space that doesn’t have much colour.
18. Go for a beachy look with an all white bedroom
And of course an all-white bedroom is a classic look. You can also do so much with a blank canvas and change it up easily as styles and seasons change. During the summer months, a relaxed beachy look is definitely one to go for and this works so well with an all-white scheme. Add in some greenery a few cream or grey accents to soften the look. While in cooler months, you’ll want to embrace Hygge a little more with some Scandi-style bedroom additions to your space.
For more beach house interior ideas, head to our guide.
19. Add softness to a bedroom with blush hues
Can you tell we love neutral bedroom decor? This room has just a hint of colour with all those lovely peachy, blush hues. Again so easy to style differently too – add darker colours for a more moody, wintery feel, add golds to go more glam or even add subtle prints for a cute boho feel.
Love pink rooms as much as we do? Well, we have a whole feature for you to check out.
20. Create atmosphere with a moody feature wall
Ah finally some darker colours! Feature walls can add so much to a bedroom, and come in so many different forms too. What we love about this bedroom is the dark feature wall. The herringbone tiling effect adds interest and textured, which works wonderfully with those blue walls. Plus, it would be so easy to change the look up too. Paint the walls white and voilà, a completely different space.
21. Create a mini living room in your bedroom
A bedroom chair is an essential! Somewhere to sit and read, or spend an afternoon working, it just brings a nice relaxed feel into a bedroom. Curate almost a mini living room in the corner with a small table and a lamp too, throw down a rug and add some cushions to make it cosier.
Oh also, if you are renting and basically only have a room to your name, this is a great way to zone your space to make it feel like you have separate areas for different activities.
22. Mix and match for a modern take on a boho bedroom
While old furniture in a bedroom can look lovely, it’s sometimes not the most practical. Drawers that don’t open properly, bedside tables with uneven legs, wardrobes with doors falling off their hinges? Yes, it’s a familiar set up. But why not keep that vintage bedroom, boho look with smaller infrequently used pieces of furniture and accessories, but pick modern pieces for the more heavily used items. The overall result is actually really cool.
23. Make bedroom storage stylish and discreet
Storage is a must-have in a bedroom, but trying to squeeze in a place to keep all your clothes, bedding, shoes and more, can be tricky. And for this reason we say keep your storage as discreet and possible so your room isn’t just overwhelmed by furniture. Make use of alcoves so wardrobes and drawers can be tucked away and pick small pieces of storage furniture that are going to add some style to the room as well as being practical – case in point this wooden blanket box.
For more bedroom storage ideas check out our full feature.
24. Or, use an open storage system for decoration
Of course, bedroom storage doesn’t always have to be practical, you can use it to add some personality to your bedroom too. Pick storage that has both open and closed options so you can hide clutter behind doors and keep your prettiest things on show.
25. Swap out bulky bedside tables for built-in shelves
If bedside tables are compromising your space, you can swap them out for shelving, painted to match the wall behind. The lower they are, the bigger the bedroom will feel, too.
26. Pick statement lights for bedside tables
‘Think about what feel you’re after in the bedroom, is it calming and pared back, warm and cosy or something with a more opulent flavour, then create your lighting scheme around that,’ says Rohan Blacker, Founder, Pooky. ‘In general, keep bulbs shaded with material as opposed to glass, unless you want to use the light source for reading. If you’re a book lover, directional wall or desk lights are far more effective than lamps with lampshades, but they are less equipped to create warm, ambient light.’
For more bedroom lighting ideas make sure you check out our feature.
27. Add character with antique effect task lighting
Looking for bedroom lighting ideas? Well a bedside light is obviously an essential. We love the seamless look that comes with a wall mounted bedside light, no wires and perfect if you want to keep the space on your table totally clear. They are also great in smaller bedrooms if you cant fit in a bedside table.
28. And softness with pendant lighting
And of course you will need a ‘big light’. In a bedroom the softer the better, so pick a shade in a light, warm material and add a warm bulb too. Rattan lights are so stylish at the moment and are perfect for bedrooms as they can make a bit of a statement but always give off a lovely light.
29. Warm up a small bedroom with fairy lights
And you just can’t go wrong with fairy light can you? Perfect for adding ambiance in a bedroom you can literally string them up where ever to add a soft cosy glow.
30. Make best use of natural light
If you have been blessed with lots of natural light in your bedroom, make the most of it. Pick out window dressings that aren’t going to block out any light during the day – lace, net, light linen, all of these sheer fabrics would work. You can add a discreet roller blind underneath or a heavier curtain over the top to keep out light during the night.
For more bedroom curtain ideas, check out our gallery.
31. Expose bare floorboards for a practical and sophisticated flooring choice
Floorboards are a really practical choice in a bedroom, they are easy to keep clean, work with any style and of course look lovely. If you are concerned about keeping the room warm, then rugs are the answer. Invest in a larger rug to keep the heat in and stop it being too noisy under foot, and then add smaller rugs over the top.
Oh and obviously you can paint floorboards too, just head to our guide on painting floorboards for all the tips.
32. Or keep thing cosy with a carpet
Carpet is another obvious choice for a bedroom. They are great for adding warmth and cosiness. Go for something relatively neutral on your bedroom floor so it’s not the focus of your room and can cope with whatever style you add to your space.
33. Add plenty of house plants for an easy bedroom update
House plants are such a great way to add some colour into a bedroom. Mix up the size of plants you choose and have them all at different levels to create a proper jungle feel. We have a whole feature on how to display house plants to check that out for plenty of ideas.
34. Incorporate a small stylish workspace
We are all working from home a lot more at the moment, and for some of us it might become a full-time thing. If you are squeezed for space in the rest of your house, or rent a room and need to create a home office, the bedroom is the place to do it. You want a home office to fit seamlessly into your bedroom, so pick furniture and accessories that match the room’s style. Let’s be honest you don’t want a massive ergonomic office chair and huge cumbersome desk, so go for slimline, stylish office furniture that could even double up as a dressing table.
If you are after more small home office ideas, head to our gallery.
35. Create calm with a light colour palette
For a truly chilled out ambiance, be sure to keep your decor – window dressings and the like – light in colour. You can still add some dark hues like in this room with the headboard, but otherwise choose light and breezy tones for the defining features of the space.
36. Get a cool Scandi look with wood panelling
More about simple and Scandi than dark and moody? You’ll love this oak wall covering, then. Behind the wall, there’s actually bespoke wardrobes made from MDF carcasses, but the covering is engineered oak flooring (there’s that topsy turvy floor-to-wall trend again!), which looks amazing contrasted with the plain white walls. This also shows that a feature wall doesn’t have to be behind your bed, either – use bespoke joinery like this to highlight interesting shapes or dramatic ceiling heights to amazing effect.
See more of this 17th century mill house in our feature.
37. Add energy with canary-coloured shutters
After colourful bedroom ideas but not sure where to start? Shutters always look lovely in a rainbow of colours, plus they are perfect if you just want a pop of brightness as when they are open they won’t look as dramatic. This sunny yellow is so cool, and works well with other hints of yellow dotted throughout the rest of the room.
We have a whole guide to how to choose window shutters, so if they sound like a good choice for your bedroom, have a read through that before you buy.
38. Clash patterns and use layering for drama
Prefer a maximalist look? Use curtains to add pattern and start to build from there. Choose prints and colours for the rest of the room that will both complement and contrast the existing patterns. We adore the clear colour palette of this bedroom idea, and it’s the contrast of patterns that adds that eclectic touch.
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