Our Favorite Real-Life Bedrooms
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.
Fab Wood Grains
Wood-paneled walls were a staple of decorating years gone by. But this retro-style midcentury master bedroom design proves that they can look right at home in this century, too. A fluffy shag rug adds warmth and texture underfoot.
What we love: The tribal-print bedding and sculptural wall medallion are a stylish contrast to the retro look of the wallcovering.
Cool blue walls wash this master bedroom with welcoming energy. The pattern featured on the upholstered headboard echoes the motif of the bedside dressers and mirrors above. Floral-pattern curtains infuse the room with another layer of texture.
What we love: A collection of small art prints above the headboard emphasizes the relaxed and welcoming energy of the entire bedroom.
Sophisticated and Cool
A canvas of soft white is a flattering and soothing backdrop for a palette of rich colors. Carefully placed pops of color, such as on the oceanic painting and the purple Euro shams, invigorate without overstimulating.
What we love: Striking a mix between neutral and color-saturated, this bedroom captures the serenity of the former, with the pizzazz of the latter.
Billowy white bed linens and a handful of ultrafeminine accessories make this bedroom a serene and soothing escape. A collection of vintage-style furnishings create a relaxed and welcoming environment.
What we love: Although white often gets a bad name for looking stark and cold, this bedroom proves that the right accessories make all the difference.
A sleek, modern bed frame and an airy bedside table make the most of this small master bedroom idea without weighing down the space. A complementary color palette of aqua blue and fiery orange forces the decor to remain simple, while various fabrics and patterns add punch.
What we love: The bed's placement in front of the window maximizes limited square footage. Don't be afraid to place your bed in front of a window, especially if it will create more room for other essentials, such as dressers or armoires.
A handsome, richly stained bed frame with a classic silhouette is the dominate figure in this master bedroom design, but playful patterns, an infusion of electric blue, and glam silhouettes introduce vitality and spark.
What we love: Hybrid style that's not afraid to be bold. Modern furniture, such as the X-base ottomans placed at the foot of an antique-inspired bed, demure floral wallpaper as a background for funky textiles, and soft neutrals teamed with zingy indigo all make for unique style pairings.
A simple four-poster draws the eye up, up, and away in this dreamy bedroom. The shimmering chandelier in the center of the room also grabs attention and reflects light streaming in from the windows.
What we love: The room's tone-on-tone color scheme looks anything but dull thanks to a mixture of textures and subtle patterns. Accents of creamy white provide contrast and help the space feel more light and airy.
White on White
A clean, all-white color scheme gives this bedroom soothing energy. A symmetrical arrangement of accessories on both sides of the bed also creates a relaxing environment and conveys traditional style.
What we love: Coating the walls with white paint helps the bedroom look larger. The decorative mirror hung above the bed and the mirrored nightstand reflect light streaming in from the windows, which also makes the room feel more open and airy.
Small and Cozy
With such rich details and elegant finishes, the narrowness of this beautiful bedroom becomes an afterthought. Ample window treatments, a flowing bed skirt, and gilded finishes all give the room presence, beyond its diminutive size.
What we love: Purple. While purple is regal, an orchid shade is both grand and suited for a small space. The soft hue introduces color without becoming an overwhelming feature.
One Color, Endless Possibilities
This monochromatic bedroom is anything but boring. An accent wall of patterned yellow wallpaper and a trio of sunburst mirrors draw attention to the cozy bed, while a retro-inspired rug adds a touch of contrast underfoot.
What we love: Monochromatic color schemes are unified and soothing, a perfect match for bedrooms. This bedroom avoids looking one-note with a collection of complementary patterns and soothing textures.
Vibrant and Fun
Splashes of bright pink create a decidedly feminine vibe in this master bedroom decor. A group of four floral prints provides a bold focal point and contributes to the infusion of magenta throughout the space. A built-in dresser transforms a potentially unused corner into a convenient vanity area.
What we love: Groups of wall art, such as the four prints above the headboard and the stacked mirrors in the built-in vanity area, are a clever solution for filling bare walls. Hung together, the pieces read as one cohesive unit.
The Sky's the Limit
Lime green walls and a bold blue bed frame create a fresh vibe in this bedroom. A large-scale paisley-print quilt and a wicker bedside table inject a fun cottage vibe that's echoed by a series of whimsical bird prints hung above the headboard.
What we love: A fresh coat of paint spruces up a tired old bed frame. Take a cue from this transformation for a simple update that will make a big impact for low cost.
Convenient built-ins made arranging this bedroom a snap. The stylish tufted headboard tucks snugly into a small alcove set off as the room's focal point with crisp white trim and cheery blue beaded-board panels. Nearby, shelving offers storage and display space for chic flea market accessories and books.
What we love: A soothing mix of blues creates a dreamy space. To create a similar look, find a paint chip strip in a tone you love and experiment with the various shades on the card. Use the darkest color for accents, match the lightest color to trim and furniture, and use a color in the middle for walls.
Neutral walls lend the perfect backdrop for dramatic furniture pieces. In this bedroom, the oversize headboard doubles as furniture and a stunning focal point. Suzani-pattern throw pillows add a splash of character to break up the neutral bed linens.
What we love: A clear acrylic console table placed at the foot of the bed creates a convenient place to store books and magazines without drawing attention away from the dramatic headboard.
Pops of Pattern
Warm beige walls and a fabric-covered headboard offer a neutral backdrop for a mix of playful patterned accessories in this chic bedroom. The bedding and draperies, in a palette of salmon and off-white, add contrast to prevent the neutral walls and furniture from looking plain. A bold-pattern duvet and shams jazz up the traditional-style bed, while dotted draperies and a modern floral window shade make the small windows seem larger.
What we love: The mastery of pattern mixing is achieved by sticking to a single color palette and complementary motifs.
Traditional-style furniture mixes with eclectic accessories in this bright bedroom. A sunburst mirror hangs above the charming four-poster, creating a stunning focal point that echoes lines featured in the printed pillow shams. A skirted nightstand lends a tailored look and ties in with the window draperies and the bold turquoise hue of the ceiling. Draperies hung several inches above the window trim draw the eye upward to further call attention to the room’s soaring height.
What we love: High ceilings offer endless decorating opportunities. In this bedroom, the ceiling is painted an eye-catching turquoise hue, which calls attention to the vaulted ceiling.
Feminine touches abound in this master bedroom design, such as the soft paisley bedspread and the floral-pattern throw pillows. The weathered surface of the classic bed frame creates a cozy cottage vibe that is echoed by dainty accessories throughout the room.
What we love: A curtain rod hung across the wall gives the illusion that this is a bank of windows, rather than just one. The soft blue draperies flanking the headboard and window create a stunning focal point in this sunny bedroom.
Coloring Inside the Lines
With an upholstered headboard and side rails, there's no need to fuss with a bed skirt. The streamlined look provides the perfect foundation for a mix of textured linens in this bedroom. A long and lean piece of neat art echoes the straight lines of the bed.
What we love: As private sanctuaries, bedrooms are terrific places to let loose with color. This duvet's playful pattern and bold turquoise hue feels as fresh as a summer breeze.