30+ best-ever bedroom ideas

Let these bedroom ideas inspire you to give your space a dreamy makeover. Find our top bedroom decorating tips and more

Bedroom ideas
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These bedroom ideas will prove that when it comes to bedroom decor, you only have to make a few small, select – and often inexpensive – changes, to see big results. A new cushion here, a lick of paint there, and voilà you've transformed your space into something marvellous. 

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 

White bedroom with blue patterned rug

(Image credit: Carmine & Teal)

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

Benjamin Moore bedroom

(Image credit: Benjamin Moore)

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.

If you aren't sure where to start, check out our bedroom colours feature. 

3. Choose a subtle pattern to add interest 

Pink bedroom idea with wallpaper

(Image credit: Cole & Son)

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

Scandinavian bedroom with Sandberg wallpaper

(Image credit: Sandberg )

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

Bedroom idea by Perch and Parrow

(Image credit: Perch and Parrow)

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. Create a panel effect with paint

Bedroom with half painted panelling

(Image credit: Farrow & Ball )

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! 

7. Work with the alcoves in your space

Bedroom idea with painted alcoves

(Image credit: Christies )

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. 

8. Create uniformity with DIY panelling 

Bedroom with grey panelling

(Image credit: Little Greene)

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.  

9. Choose contrasting colours for a vibrant space

Green panelled walls in a master bedroom with a metal bed, yellow and pink throws, and patterned cushions

(Image credit: Katie Lee)

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. 

10. Add shiplap panelling for a rustic look

Rustic bedroom idea by Amara

(Image credit: Amara)

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. 

Bedroom with mirror gallery wall

(Image credit: Rebecca Hughes Interiors )

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. 

12. Add pattern with an upholstered headboard 

blue walls and floral bedhead in Victorian home with view of stairs

(Image credit: Malcolm Menzies)

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.

13. Or, completely DIY a headboard with cute cushions

Bedroom with cushion headboard

(Image credit: Malcolm Menzies )

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. 

14. Go for a classic grey scheme in a bedroom 

Homesense x Lisa Dawson

(Image credit: Homesense)

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. 

15. Keep things neutral for a farmhouse feel

Victorian cottage slow living scandi bedroom

(Image credit: Future)

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.

16. Go for a beachy look with an all white bedroom

Secret Garden Collection 2018 by Lights4fun

(Image credit: Lights4fun)

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. 

17. Add softness to a bedroom with blush hues 

Bedroom ideas by Furniture Village

(Image credit: Furniture Village )

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.

18. Create atmosphere with a moody feature wall

Lucy Kemp Victoria Road house: Dark bedroom with parquet wood-effect wall behind bed

(Image credit: Malcolm Menzies © Future)

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.

19. Create a mini living room in your bedroom 

Bobby Berk's renovation of his childhood home

(Image credit: Design: Bobby Berk; Photography: @marisavitalephotography)

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. 

20. Mix and match for a modern take on a boho bedroom

Bedroom with a mix of vintage and ikea furniture

(Image credit: Ikea/Dan Duchars)

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. 

21. Make bedroom storage stylish and discreet 

Bedroom with build in wardrobe and mural wall

(Image credit: China Cooper )

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. 

22. Or, use an open storage system for decoration

Proctor House: Anna and John used there skills as an artist and architect in a colourful transformation of their Battersea home

(Image credit: Fiona Murray)

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. 

23. Add character with antique effect task lighting

Bedroom idea with floral headboard and side light

(Image credit: Jemma Watts)

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

24. And softness with pendant lighting

Ikea S/S 2020 look book

(Image credit: Ikea)

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. 

25. Warm up a small bedroom with fairy lights

Scandinavian style bedroom by Soak & Sleep


(Image credit: Soak & Sleep)

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. 

26. Make best use of natural light

Ikea Sanela bedroom curtains

(Image credit: Ikea)

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. 

27. Expose bare floorboards for a practical and sophisticated flooring choice

modern loft bedroom with open en-suite, free-standing bath, plants and exposed wood flooring

(Image credit: Katie Lee)

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. 

28. Or keep thing cosy with a carpet 

bedroom with large open windows and wood scheme by carpetright

(Image credit: Carpetright)

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.  

29. Add plenty of house plants for an easy bedroom update

Bedroom idea using houseplants

(Image credit: Ikea/ Polly Wreford)

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. 

30. Incorporate a small stylish workspace

Home office in a small bedroom

(Image credit: Ikea/Dan Duchars)

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. 

31. Create calm with a light colour palette

Bedroom with blue Loaf bed and pink Loaf curtains

(Image credit: Loaf)

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.

32. Add energy with canary-coloured shutters

Yellow shutters in bedroom

(Image credit: California 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. 

33. Clash patterns and use layering for drama

Bedroom ideas

(Image credit: John Lewis)

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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