45 Beautiful Bedroom Designs | Midwest Living

45 Beautiful Bedroom Designs

Bedrooms offer a retreat from the stresses of everyday living. Make your bedroom relaxing and refreshing with inspiration from some of our favorites.

Room with a hook

Horizontal white molding across one wall, accented with evenly spaced knobs, offers creative display space in a bedroom. Used together, the knobs form a ledgelike place to prop items, such as this painting. Individually, they are hooks for items such as the straw hat.

Snug in the rafters

Floral prints on the walls, ceiling and bedding unify this snug bedroom. Three landscapes above the bed stand in for a headboard.

Quirky modern

Find a clever way to display a favorite collection -- like placing vintage handbags on individual box shelves above a bed. The handbags become unique, colorful art in this playful, contemporary bedroom, complete with a platform bed on wheels. A checked bedspread echoes the box shelves.

Lovely in lavender

Vertical and horizontal beaded board, painted in dreamy lilac (Benjamin Moore #1381 Easter Ribbon), give the walls and ceiling in this bedroom all-over texture. Leaf-green and white accents make it a whimsical, garden-inspired retreat.

Serene blue

In this serene blue master bedroom, an old window stands in for art above the bed, and a vintage chest adds pretty color on the nightstand.

Pretty in gray

Ranging from a cool silver to a warm taupe, gray looks good in every room. Navy accents pair with pale gray in this bedroom.

Vintage dreams

Vintage finds and a mostly white palette, accented by a soft grey-blue ceiling, give this bedroom a dreamy feel.

Modern cottage

Serene blue and cream bedding gives contemporary furniture a relaxed cottage feel. If your bedroom has natural privacy (a woodsy location with tall trees), skip window treatments (and trim) for a sleek look and great views!

Garden delight

Create a light and cheerful mood in a bedroom with whites, blues and greens. An oversize, stylized floral wallpaper on just one wall (Paper Roses in White/Sky from Lee Jofa) gives the room a touch of garden-inspired whimsy. Wallpaper on all four walls would be overkill. Sage-green pillows add contrast to the white matelasse coverlet and shams and blue-and-white checked quilt.

Appealing choices

An antique bed renewed with turquoise paint continues the cheery paint scheme of the green walls ((Benjamin Moore #2029-40 Stem Green). A little brown keeps bold color choices from overwhelming.

Bold and beachy

A sleek iron bed adds a bold, geometric element to an otherwise pastel space.

New country

Mix in a pinch of modern for a fresh take on country style that stays true to its roots. Here, ticking- and quilt-patterned pillows mix easily with a modern silk coverlet and a contemporary floral-print sheet set.

Soft comfort

A warm taupe on the walls paired with luxurious lavender silk drapes makes this room pretty and relaxing. Textiles in silks, suedes and cottons soften a hand-painted metal bed.

Eclectic flair

A mix of exotic accents, including a faux-zebra rug, leopard-print pillows and crocodile-look leather ottomans, give this bedroom a modern look/feel. A warm brown hue on the walls (Benjamin Moore 2096-30 Chocolate Truffle) looks rich and pairs well with rust and cream accents.

Small-space style

For small or challenging spaces (bedrooms with pitched and low ceilings), try low platform beds, like the one tucked under the slant here. Add wall shelves for extra storage and a display area for art.

Add drama

Dark purple (Benjamin Moore #AF-635 Bonne Nuit) lends a sophisticated vibe to this Chicago bedroom. To balance the deep purple, a divider wall was painted a golden tan (Benjamin Moore #1069 Twilight Gold). Yellow-gold tones are complementary to purple, across the color wheel. The combination offers an exotic backdrop for the homeowners’ collection of African art and patterns.

Light and bright

All ceilings in the second-floor bedrooms in this home open to the rafters. The blue dresser in this guest bedroom is vintage; old and new quilts dress the queen bed.

Pretty in pink

A cottage-style bedroom gets a flirty, feminine update with pink beaded-board walls (Benjamin Moore #1331 Ballet Slippers). A rug and accent pillows add just the right amount of floral pattern.

Farmhouse cheer

Make guests feel like they're visiting Grandma's house with a comfortable room inspired by country style. The chandelier complements the white iron bed. Layers of quilts, a floral bed ruffle and an embroidered pillow recall simpler times.

Transitional bedroom

Shades of black, white and brown-gray create a classic yet modern bedroom. A suede upholstered headboard with a black platform base is an updated take on a traditional bed. Chunky white molding and streamlined accessories maintain the sleek look.

Playful nature

A porthole window adds architectural interest to a vaulted wall, while the wallpaper in an overscale Queen Anne's lace pattern gives it vibrant style. Colorful quilts and a fuchsia upholstered chair complete this cheerful room.

Old and new

A whitewashed bed frame and painted bench mix with pretty new bedding to create a welcoming haven in a renovated farmhouse. An old painted screen door takes the place of a traditional closet door.

Masculine mode

Dark wood furniture and fit-for-a-king suede bedding create a masculine aesthetic, perfect for a husband's retreat. Warm tan paint on the walls and a few metallic accessories give it a luxurious feel.

Room to relax

Built-in cabinetry adds function to this spa-like, aqua-and-cream loft bedroom. Interior shutters offer privacy in the wall opening that overlooks the living room.

Seasonal slumber

High-thread-count sheets and soft-to-touch satin pillows make any bed look and feel more inviting. To update bedding seasonally, simply change accent pillows. Go green for spring, chocolate for fall. For an added treat, switch out flowers, shells or pinecones on the nightstand to reflect the season.

Secret garden

A green-and-white palette with hints of pink and blue makes this bedroom feel as if you're stepping into a spring garden. Plain white walls keep the focus on the colors of the bedding and upholstery. A large bay window fills the room with light and is the perfect spot to enjoy a cup of coffee.

King-size escape

A rich leather headboard spans almost an entire wall, becoming the focal point of this masculine master bedroom. Chocolate-brown accents give neutral bedding and walls a warm feel.

Guest bedroom ambience

This Lake Michigan homeowner outfitted her guest room with calming colors, super-soft bed linens and plush mattresses to make it feel like a luxurious hotel. 

Updated cottage style

Colorful, nontraditional bedding updates a cottage-style bed. A clip-on lamp and a painted child's chair eliminate the need for a bedside table in this guest bedroom.

Dramatic decor

Walls painted deep eggplant create a definitive backdrop in a master bedroom. Lime green in the curtains and accessories provides a bright accent. Black marble around the fireplace and traditional furnishings continue the upscale look.

Calming elegance

Soft yellows, ivories and aquas create a restful bedroom palette. Texture takes the place of pattern on pillows with tone-on-tone embroidery and watered-silk fabrics.

Elegantly simple

A tray stands in as a bedroom nightstand in this simple, soothing bedroom at an Indiana Beach home.

Loving blue

Love all things blue and white? Then this bedroom is for you. Blue walls and white trim set the stage, but the real charm comes from the mix of patterns and shades of periwinkle. A solid comforter keeps the combination of fabrics and colors from looking too busy. All the accessories -- from the lamps' blue-and-white shades to the blue-and-white rag rug --complement the scheme. Dark nightstands provide a bit of visual relief.

Play room

A daughter's room gets a playful update in pink and green. The pink gingham fabric canopy is a crowning touch of sweetness.

Double-duty furnishings

A daybed built into an inviting nook means a sitting room can double as a guest room. The window seat mimics the built-in bed and soaks up the morning sun. Wallpaper covers the ceiling as well as the walls, wrapping the room in color. A tailored valance and curtains lend a cheerful final note.

Master bedroom color

Lime green accents give this lower-level master bedroom an energizing jolt of color. 

Romantic frills

Give a guest room a feminine touch with a pink-and-white scheme. Decorate with cottage roses, flea market finds and green accents. Twin beds tuck under the eaves, creating a cozy space. Pretty rose comforters, checkered quilts and ruffled shams pile on the comfort. An antique chandelier hanging between the beds sweetly completes the space.

Zesty yellow

This color of yellow might be too much for a master bedroom, but in a guest bedroom it looks joyful and welcoming. The strong color pairs well with crisp whites and a touch of muted sage green. Strong colors are the only “star” needed in a room, so keep accessorizes and other colors to a minimum.

 

Attic bedroom storage

Shelves built into the eaves maximize storage in an attic bedroom.

Tradition with a twist

Intense cool tones (blues and greens) on walls invigorate a traditional-style bedroom. Silver-and-white accents provide crisp contrast, creating a sophisticated scheme.

Updated rustic

Antiques and earthy accessories give this bedroom a modern rustic aesthetic. To create interest in a large bedroom, highlight one area (such as the window alcove here) with a contrasting paint color.

Simple does it

Pure white cotton bedding almost guarantees a restful night's sleep. White walls accommodate a diverse mix of furniture and accents, such as the vintage colorful Crazy Quilt on the wall.

Modern loft

Clean-lined wood furnishings match the contemporary mood of a lofted bedroom. A wall cutout opens to the kitchen below. For privacy, a cherry shoji, hung on barn-door hardware, slides shut.

Room with a hook

Horizontal white molding across one wall, accented with evenly spaced knobs, offers creative display space in a bedroom. Used together, the knobs form a ledgelike place to prop items, such as this painting. Individually, they are hooks for items such as the straw hat.

Crazy quilt color

A Victorian crazy quilt decorates brings a big splash of color to this bedroom.

Summer cheer

Happy green-and-yellow bedding echoes apple-green walls in this summer escape bedroom. A salvaged window header pediment above the bed adds cottage style.

Browse more bedrooms at our sister publication, Better Homes and Gardens (bhg.com). 

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