Our Favorite Real-Life Bedrooms
If you can't settle on bedroom wall art, try something else entirely! This shiplap-covered room has enough great texture on both the walls and textiles that it doesn't need frames to dress it up. Bedside wall sconces ensure the walls aren't completely bare.
Calm Yet Colorful
Muted sandy walls, simple white bedding, and a geometric white bed frame cast a laid-back calm over this modern master bedroom, but colorful accents kick it up a notch.
What we love: Bedrooms should be restful, but that doesn't mean they should be boring. And this bedroom manages to do just that, thanks to color in all the right places—on the accent pillows, the rug, even a painted bench. Incorporating a few great art pieces above the bed emphasizes one of the room's assets: its vaulted ceiling.
Mixed, Matched, Perfect
Solid neutrals mixed with patterned accents and shapely antique nightstands make the perfect case for how wonderful mixing and matching can be. Beige bedding and a neutral headboard are purchases you buy once and love forever, and they can easily be mixed with like-it-now accessories, accents, and colors.
What we love: This master bedroom decor captures global and glamorous in a real-life setting. Simple window treatments and gray walls mix with gold accents and international-inspired patterns for an overall look that's stylish but laid-back.
Master Bedroom Makeover
This all-brown master bedroom got a huge makeover with fun accessories. Smart updates, splashes of color and pattern, and working with what was already there took this bedroom from basic to beautiful.
What we love: This bedroom makeover proves that even the most boring of bedroom can become a stylish space with a few easy updates. Starting with a base of white bedding, the introduction of complimentary colors and big patterns gives this space unique style.
Green-yellow walls and botanical motifs join traditional furnishings to form a classic, nature-inspired master bedroom. The wooden bed design perfectly accents the organic shapes and patterns of the space.
What we love: This master bedroom design idea embraces traditional without being stuffy. The key to the laid-back vibe is unfussy window treatments and bedding, and one statement-making piece of furniture (the handsome four-poster) paired with a nonmatching, but perfectly fitting, nightstand.
Hand-glazed woven raffia wallpaper wraps this bedroom in texture, while white wainscoting crisply contrasts the nubby texture of the upper walls. The wool blanket adds color, but the gray-based blue stripes almost read as neutrals.
What we love: A fearless sense of editing. Devoid of splashy colors and assumed staples, such as a bed skirt, this master bedroom does minimalism in a soft, traditional way.
A palette of sophisticated grays mixes with pops of yummy saturated hues in this fresh bedroom. Painted paneling projects a fresh spin on vintage charm. This small master bedroom idea gives a citrus pop to a little layout.
What we love: Several calculated risks pay off in this dynamic bedroom. A lime green dresser is a risk, as is mixing patterns, but this bedroom makes no apologies for its eclectic approach to decor. Smart choices prove this bedroom's design is no fool. The gray-and-white modern botanical print shares hues with the geometric-motif pillows and stripe-painted floor, and the pops of color share the same intensity. These small nuances add up to a successful design equation.
Serene and Stylish
Take a peek inside this pretty bedroom that blends calming vibes with upscale touches.
What we love: This master bedroom design pairs soft lilacs with rich turquoise to achieve a serene but energizing space. Lighting and window treatments play a key role in defining the style and function of the space.
Pretty in Pink
Pink is the name of the game in this bedroom. The wall behind the bed is a metallic blush shade, while the other walls, headboard, and drapery panels bear only the slightest resemblance to pink. A lotus-pattern bedspread and limed oak desk bring structure to the airy space.
What we love: Shades of pink paired with polished accents carry a sophisticated, not saccharine, tone in this small bedroom decorating idea. Clean-lined furniture and graphic prints add substance to a sweet master bedroom color scheme.
A sunny biscuit hue kicks off this bedroom's comfy neutral color palette. Touches of glam lend a little spark.
What we love: Mixing subdude with glam ensures this room is restful but sophisticated. Nailhead trim, a mirrored nighstand, and a gold-tone mirror shine against the warm walls and linen headboard and lampshade. Limiting the pattern to a single oversize paisley on the bedding also keeps in step with the subdued-yet-chic vibe.
Complementary and Chic
Piles of bedding and silk curtains layer on comfort in this master bedroom idea. Warm beige walls and similar-color carpet cast a neutral backdrop for dynamic pumpkin and dusty-blue accents.
What we love: Complementary colors blue and orange can come off as strong, but when used in grayed-back tones like the blues and oranges in this space, the palette manages to be eye-catching but not overwhelming.
Crisp white bedding and walls elevate the style of this bedroom's eclectic menagerie of accents.
What we love: Taking a clean approach to decor, this bedroom bridges modern and eclectic with panache. The gridwork wall brings clean-lined structure to the space, while an overdyed fucshia rug, a flea market headboard, and a gold trunk-turned-nighstand introduce whimsy.
Soothing blues color a bedroom filled with dramatic design. Voluminous folds of plaid fabric drape from a corona above the bed, and modern nightstands juxtapose the traditional bed frame. This master bedroom floor plan is simple yet includes cozy accents to make the space feel luxurious rather than basic.
What we love: This room doesn't fade in light of its tiny dimensions. It embraces several grand gestures, such as the corona above the bed and richly patterned rug, usually reserved for rooms with grand proportions.
Decked out with natural textures and accented with splashes of bold, leafy green, this master bedroom decor looks warm and inviting. The upholstered bed frame features a playful ikat pattern, which looks right on trend when paired with the statement-making sunburst mirror above.
What we love: The interplay of various woven textures gives this bedroom a rustic and refined character. Whether it's the burlap curtains or the sisal area rug, every inch of the room is drenched with personality.
Mixing modern with country, this bedroom brings together polar opposite styles in perfect harmony. Red ticking and a burlap shade contrast the fresh throw and accent pillows.
What we love: Simplicity that makes a statement. Not overly decorated or decked out, this bedroom proves that more is not always best.
Floral bed linens and antique botanical prints bring the beauty of the outdoors into this bedroom. A glazed finish on the carved bed frame and bench lend aged appeal.
What we love: Rather than pairing the antique bed and bench with a traditional cream, the smoky gray walls are a fresh alternative. The subdued scheme makes the space ultra-inviting.
Standout elements mix with livable neutrals in this stylish bedroom. Colors, such as the peacock blue of the side chair, and patterns, like the overscale geometric throw on the bed, appear in moments that add punch to the timeless appeal of the room's classic trimwork and warm wood floors.
What we love: Restraint when necessary. Simple bedding shows off unique pieces, such as the stone elephant side table.
Bold and Blue
In a stroke of boldness, a large-scale wallpaper isn't the only statement-maker. A sculptural headboard is eye-catching, but the white fabric provides a visual break from the pattern action.
What we love: Using a pattern to determine a color scheme. The blues and greens of the bold floral wallpaper play out in the bedding and accessories.
Easy style gives this bedroom real-life appeal. Gray-blue walls, a flax area rug, and a matching upholstered bed promote relaxing, while wide-striped bedding in yellow and white is casual and fun.
What we love: Custom molding on the wall, made with just $30 of trim, adds a touch of sophistication for less.
A curvy headboard and bed frame function as works of art in this bedroom. Both pieces are upholstered and backed with padding, making the bed look even more comfy and cozy.
What we love: Although the bedroom features an exclusively neutral color scheme, a blend of textures ensures it looks anything but one-note. The beaded-board wall paneling contrasts with the sleek tile floor, which in turn gets a bit of warmth from the area rug beneath the bed.
Light and Bright
Light and airy colors create serenity in this bedroom. Piles of fluffy bedding and pillows support the vibe. Ebony floors ground the room.
What we love: The emphasis on the architecture. Planking adds interest to the soaring ceiling. The substantial width of the planks suits the scale of the room. A crystal chandelier at the apex of the vaulted ceiling emphasizes its height.
Budget-friendly buys mix with do-it-yourself projects to create a personality-filled bedroom. The headboard and chair were scooped up from an online flash-sale site and are staples that can mix and match with a variety of accessories. Wispy curtains made from sheets dress the windows in style on a dime.
What we love: Although done on a dime, layers of neutrals—including the mushroom-gray headboard, the clay walls, and white bedding—give this room a designer look.
Get the Blues
Soft aqua walls and accessories are a breath of fresh air in this bedroom. Accents of warm beige and pumpkin orange break up the tone-on-tone blue color scheme. This modern master bedroom benefits from streamlined pattern and furniture without feeling stark.
What we love: Whether it's the weathered wood bed frame or the vintage chair or the mismatched wall art, every item in this bedroom tells a story. The eclectic blend of furnishings gives the bedroom a welcoming vibe.
Soft peach walls and green accessories pop against a crisp white headboard and bedding in this cheery master bedroom. The graphic-print throw pillows and wall art above the headboard create a unique style contrast with the simple headboard and sleek, modern side table. The light pink tones in this master bedroom color idea make the shades of green more dynamic in the space.
What we love: White bedding creates a clean and neutral backdrop for patterned accent pillows. Mixing prints with solids, such as the chartreuse throw, creates balance.
An upholstered headboard steals the show in this bedroom. The swirly design of the fabric echoes the look of the carved motif featured on the small dressers that flank both sides of the bed.
What we love: In addition to the upholstered headboard, cushy bed linens and cozy seat cushions ensure this bedroom is chock-full of places to perch.
Modern style doesn't have to come at the cost of comfort. This sunny bedroom is outfitted with plenty of contemporary pieces, such as the bed frame and clear acrylic vanity table. But the funky red-and-white-pattern throw and shams ensure the space is warm and inviting.
What we love: The warm wood flooring and ceiling mitigate the potentially stark look of the clean-lined furniture. Creamy off-white walls also give the room a welcoming vibe.
Slate blue-gray and golden yellow mingles with soft whites and grays to look right on trend. Although many people shy away from going dark in a small space, this bedroom proves it can look just right. The white ceiling, trim, and bed frame help mellow the potentially overwhelming look of the rich navy walls.
What we love: Textures and patterns reign supreme in this small master bedroom idea. The metallic yellow throw pillows on the bed lend contrast to the dark wall color. The ikat-pattern benches at the foot of the bed convey personality and style.
A neutral palette and casual furnishings give this bedroom a welcoming and homey feel. The mismatched nightstands complement each other thanks to their size and wood finish. The throws on the bed were made from old feed sacks, which further emphasize the eclectic and relaxing aesthetic of the bedroom.
What we love: A large painting hung above the bed is an alternative to a standard headboard. Colors featured in the painting find their way into accessories scattered throughout the room.
In the market for a stylish new neutral? Give gray a try. In this bedroom, cool gray walls and a gray-painted ceiling create a soothing and tranquil environment. Accessories in shades of creamy white and dark wood tones on the furniture lend contrast.
What we love: The symmetrical arrangement of furnishings looks classic and elegant. The statement-making headboard draws the eye forward.