While bedrooms are a deeply personal space—and one many guests may never see—they're also where you will spend most of the hours in your home. Simple ideas and innovative tips and tricks can elevate the space, creating a room that reflects as it restores, impresses as it invigorates.
Yes, the bedroom of Colombian fashion designer Johanna Ortiz's Cartagena vacation home enjoys the benefit of large glass doors leading to a hammocked balcony al fresco. But natural materials—like the raffia-and-seashell pendant and a woven room divider behind the headboard—lend an elevated, earthy feel.
Santa Barbara Pendant, $298, Serena & Lily
A bedroom is the most personal space in your house, which makes it perfect for expressing seemingly disparate facets of your own unique sensibility. In this New Orleans home, an antique bed resides happily alongside a vintage Chinese screen, a handmade Moroccan rug, and a black and white photograph of Kate Moss.
Alfred Eisenstaedt Portrait of Actress Marilyn Monroe, from $134.99 for 12" x 16", Art.com
It might seem counterintuitive, but in a bedroom with relatively small square footage, sizing up the bedside tables can make the most of every inch. In this Brooklyn Heights apartment, a West Elm dresser is repurposed as a roomy nightstand to house bouquets, books, and beauty products.
Malone Campaign 3-Drawer Dresser, $899, West Elm
Canopies of the frilly and flouncy variety are best suited for the childhood bedroom of your dreams. But in luxe materials—here, a mirrored bed frame is upholstered in Romo velvet—the accent feels all grown-up. (This one is in a Beverly Hills bachelor pad!)
Acrylic Canopy Bed Queen, $1999, CB2
Chalkboard paint has found its place in kitchens, playrooms, and children's bedrooms, but it's also an innovative and evolving element for adult spaces, too. In this rental treehouse in Florence, a chalkboard doubles as a headboard and a message space for hosts to leave welcome missives to guests.
Black Chalkboard Brush-On Latex Paint, $17/quart, True Value
Perhaps there is no other room in the house where you'll appreciate lush, opulent textiles and finishes than the place you'll spend most of your time. In Sophia Amoruso's Los Angeles jewel box, a custom silk velvet bed frame is dressed in Frette sheets and blanket, and placed aside brass and black lacquer nightstands and handmade silk drapes.
Winter's Tale Light Quilt in Burgundy, $1750, Frette
A spacious bedroom is the dream, but outfitting it with accents that speak to that scale is key—lest it feel like a gymnasium, not a haven. In this Parisian apartment, an oversized pendant and jumbo mirror feel right at home in an airy, open space.
Large Dome Copper Pendant, $472, Shades of Light
A room is never completely finished until you address your window dressing situation. In the guest bedroom of a Paris apartment, the custom forged-iron bed frame is finished in gold leaf and stands out against the curtains made from a Pierre Frey chintz and Dedar fabric.
Derby Window Panels, from $74.99 for 2, DKNY
Create the illusion of more space in a tiny guest room by opting for a daybed instead of a large bed frame. For more ideas, browse our favorite daybeds.
Louis Daybed, $1,099, Ballard Designs
Less can be more when designing around a statement art piece. In this minimal apartment, the neon wall sculpture is by Glenn Ligon and stands out beautifully against walls sheathed in a Marmorino finish.
Where Love Lives Neon Sign, $119, Urban Outfitters
Sticking to one light color is an easy way to make a small bedroom feel less claustrophobic. In a young couple's monochromatic Swedish home, the master bedroom blends white and cool brown for a color scheme that makes the petite space feel more open and airy. The bed is by , and the is vintage.
Crane Nickel Floor Lamp, $149, CB2
If you grow tired of things easily, using curtains as a creative headboard lets you update your room to fit every season and mood. In the master bedroom of a palatial Florence estate, the bed coronet and curtains are of an stripe.
Setting Sun Curtain Panel, $95, ABC Carpet & Home
Layering is key to a beautiful bed. It gives your space an instantly glamorous upgrade, you'll be beyond cozy in the wintertime. The master bedroom of a Gramercy Park apartment seen here features a luxe bed dressed in custom Frette linens.
Noto Ricamo Sheet Set, from $499.99, Frette At Home
There's nothing more frustrating than a bedroom with just one overhead light. Give yourself options by adding a dimmer or opt for several fixtures throughout the room, like Christian Siriano's Connecticut country home. Who are we to say no to a bedroom chandelier?
Maxwell 3-Light Crystal Chandelier, $122.99, House of Hampton
There's no need to go overboard with the art in your bedroom: pick one piece that speaks to you and also makes a statement. This charming bedroom in a Uruguayan country house prominently features a painting by Eva .
You want everything in your bedroom to exude comfort, and the color palette is no exception. Whether you're a fan of warm or cool shades, pick colors that you naturally gravitate toward and give you a sense of calm. This home in Mexico opted for organic colors like ocean blue and deep brown. The statement wall is painted with Patagonia by Comex and the Eames chair and ottoman are by Herman Miller.
Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, from $5,295, Herman Miller
You should have as many family photos as you wish in other rooms in the house, but it's best to keep the bedroom's artwork less emotionally loaded. Elegant photographs add some character to your space without reminding you of specific people while you're trying to fall asleep. All of the photographs pictured in this Upper West Side bedroom are by Marsha Lebedev Bernstein.
Modern White Frames, $100 for 6, Pottery Barn
Even the brightest, most cheerful bedrooms need an element of dark, sexy glamour. Balance is key. Stick with a few dramatic pieces, like in this Windsor Terrace home that features a bed frame upholstered in a Lake August fabric and is topped with a vintage Moroccan blanket.
Moroccan Berber Striped Blanket, $645, Chairish
Of course your bedding is h as could be, but don't forget texture throughout the rest of your room. The guest bedroom of a glamorous Illinois home plays with texture by incorporating a black channel-quilted leather headboard and a Moroccan wedding blanket covered in sequins.
Abid Upholstered Platform Bed, $778, Wayfair
Whether they're on your nightstand, vanity, or windowsill, flower arrangements are a lovely thing to wake up to. Especially in the winter when you need a dose of greenery. Take inspiration from the fresh flowers that flank the bed—not to mention the flora on the walls—of this West Village master bedroom.
The Minimalist Bouquet, $79, Farmgirl Flowers
The end of your bed is a perfect and unsuspecting spot to fit in more storage. In the bedroom of a Los Angeles country house, a vintage clothing trunk steals the decor spotlight while also giving you much-needed space.
Tanja Trunk, $998, Anthropologie
Although most designers would advise against working in your bedroom, that's not always a reality. Designate a specific work area in your room, preferably as far from your bed as possible, so that you don't feel guilty for finishing up paperwork.
Penelope Mini Desk, $279, West Elm
Mirrors are a pretty magical design element. They make any space feel larger, brighter, and more unique, whether you decide to hang them or simply prop one up against the wall. Learn from this Hamptons summer home, where a rustic-style mirror perfectly complements the antique bed frame and Swedish chest.
Vintage Green Mirror, $100, Chairish
Give your personal space some glamour with a statement bed frame. From four-posts to platforms, the options for a chic piece of furniture are endless. In the master bedroom of a Connecticut weekend home, this bed frame is by Hickory Chair and dressed in Restoration Hardware linens.
Stonewashed Belgian Linen Bedding Collection, from $59, Restoration Hardware
Nothing ruins a happy morning (or makes a gloomy one worse) than stepping out of the bed onto a cold, hard floor. Do yourself a favor and make sure your feet are greeted with a beautiful cushy rug. Opt for something soft, stylish, and timeless, and you'll be destined to keep it (and love it!) forever.
Equinox Grey Ombre Rug, $599, CB2
It's the first thing a child will consider when putting together their bedroom, but adults tend to shy away from decorative themes. A theme can be a powerful unifying device, not to mention calming. In this Netherlands bedroom, the wall-covering, curtains and bedcover are all a classic toile de Jouy. The headboard is custom-made, and the side table is vintage.
Benvolio Toile Wallpaper, $1.26/sq ft, Brewster Home Fashions
How to figure out this number: It should be enough pillows so that your bed looks sumptuous and inviting when properly made, yet not so many that getting in bed requires 10 minutes of excavating. The sweet spot is usually between two to six, depending on the size of your bed. The bedroom of this Connecticut country home makes a solid argument for four being the perfect number!
Silk Dupioni Pillow, $48, Varanasi
"The bedroom is about sleeping. What do you need when you're sleeping? Not a smartphone," says designer . And that goes for a television as well. As a result, you'll get more restful sleep, more room for furniture and accessories you love. (This gorgeous bedroom in Amanda Seyfried's Catskills getaway is proof.)
Louis XVI Bed, from $1,995, Restoration Hardware
This room, designed by , has more than one area to unwind. A good spot to sit down will serve you well when you're reading or need to have a conversation with your partner. It's also great for putting on shoes or checking email so you can leave tech out of your bed.
Forest Green Kaylyn Bench With Bolsters, $174.99, World Market
It doesn't have to be an entire étagère-full, but a cluster of pieces that make you smile will go a long way in making a bedroom feel just right, as with this bedroom in a Greenwich Village penthouse, featuring antique French linens, a 19th-century Indian lantern, and plenty of paintings collected over the years. Bonus: This is also a great way to incorporate pieces you've acquired over time but can't quite figure out where to put them.
Anglo-Indian Purple Bell Jar Lantern, $1,750, Chairish
Yes, a nightstand with all the necessities looks lovely, but it can also be a way to showcase your personality. The more idiosyncratic and "you" it feels, the better it will work and the more it will be a testament to your personal style. In Megan Mullally's room, her and husband Nick Offerman topped their Holly Hunt nightstands with vintage mercury-glass lamps and fresh flowers.
Leera Antique Mercury Glass Table Lamp Base, from $59, Pottery Barn
"You want a mattress that keeps you cool and gives you great lumbar support," says Ron Rudzin, CEO of . And of course, one that looks great in your room. Rudzin recommends choosing a mattress and foundation height based not just on your bed frame and headboard, but also the height of your night tables and window sills
Luxury Firm Queen 11.5", $1099, Saatva