Who doesn't want a cozy bedroom right? Filled with plump cushions, soft sheets, low lighting and warm hues. Sounds dreamy. And it's a super easy look to recreate in your bedroom and can be adapted to suit all styles, as our cozy bedroom ideas will prove. So whether you want to make your minimalist space a touch more inviting or up the coziness of your boho bedroom you'll find some inspiration right here...
And if still want more bedroom ideas, we have a huge bedroom ideas gallery for you to peruse too.
1. Choose a warm color scheme
'We’ve seen so many homeowners use paint to create a restorative sanctuary in their bedrooms, where they need it most. We are seeing a lot of bedrooms incorporate colors inspired by the earth. Warm browns, deep greens and calming blues will be at the forefront as homeowners are bringing the outdoors in through design.' says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams (opens in new tab).
Nothing makes a room feel cozy like some deep rust oranges, muted (and tasteful) browns, soft creams and just a hint of bright white to offset all those subtle hues. And you don't have to go totally redecorating to switch up your colour scheme, try just switching up your bedding and throw pillows, maybe invest in a new rug and you'll see a difference.
- See more: 25 bedroom color ideas to inspire an easy makeover
2. Or go for something dark and dramatic
Or, if you are feeling braver than neutrals, copy this cozy bedroom idea and opt for a really dark and dramatic color scheme. Even just adding one feature wall of a deep color will have a cocooning feel and it's actually a great color to choose for a small bedroom too, if you want to enhance the cozy feel.
'Black paint used in excess can dwarf a small space, but is a fantastic choice for tying together a large open space and creating a cozy look.' says Helen Shaw, Director of Benjamin Moore (opens in new tab). 'If working with a small space, embrace a clean white color scheme to open up a space, then use accents of black on paneling, skirting boards or as a linear divide to the room to make a real statement.'
Check out all our black bedroom ideas for more looks like this.
3. Opt for an all white scheme (but make it cozy)
'An all-white interior creates the illusion of a room being lighter, brighter and larger.' says color expert Annie Sloan (opens in new tab). So if you are dealing with a small room or just like the all-white bedroom vibe, use this as your background color, however 'as useful as it is, white is not an emotional color, so you’ll need layers of texture and tones to bring depth and comfort. Use nuanced shades, from cool to warm, for a softer, more flattering look than a single, pure white.'
4. Panel your walls
It doesn't get much more cozy than a bedroom that's panelled. 'Panelling is everywhere we look, and although it is showing no signs of slowing down it is evolving into a more modern style, with cladding becoming increasingly popular.' explains Jen & Marr of Interior Fox (opens in new tab). 'It’s great at adding texture and color to walls and works in almost any room.'
And actually wall panelling is an easy DIY too if you trust your skills. You can add a wall of panelling yourself using MDF wall panelling kits or with wood boards.
5. Create texture for an instant cozy update
If you are after a super quick way to make your bedroom feel cozier, focus on adding plenty of texture by laying up your bedding.
'A well-made bed with high-quality bedding, a luxurious throw and decorative cushions will soften the space and make the overall scheme feel cozier.' continues Jen. 'When planning your soft furnishings think about how much time you want to spend making the bed in the morning. If the answer is not too long, then you don’t need to overdo it on the scatter cushions. We recommend a less-is-more approach, a soft textured throw at the foot of the bed will introduce texture, whilst an edited selection of cushions in a contrasting pattern will finish the look effortlessly.'
6. Soften up your lighting
Soft lighting is key to creating a cozy bedroom, so make sure you plan for lots of warm, glowing light sources dotted around the room. Think slightly practically, so include a bedside light for reading or any task lighting you may need in the rest of the room. But after you have those essentials covered we say just string up all the fairy lights and light all the candles (opt for LED ones if you like to keep them 'burning' throughout the day).
For more tips and bedroom lighting ideas head over to our guide.
7. Give a cozy bedroom a boho edge with rattan
'For a while now rattan has been making its way into our homes, but it’s important to not overdo this look as it can quickly feel outdated.' advises Marr. 'Rattan has been around for hundreds of years, so it’s safe to say it’s timeless but should be balanced with other tones, textures and materials. Avoid matching furniture sets for one-off statement pieces and contrast with warm-toned accessories.'
This cozy bedroom is the perfect example of how 'cozy' doesn't lend itself to one particular style. You can blend this slightly rustic, laid back aesthetic with whatever taste you like. Although, it does work particularly well in boho bedrooms.
8. Blend traditional with cozy vibes
And yes, cozy can still have a more formal feeling too, if you like a more traditional bedroom. The warm, earthy colors, oft lighting and plenty of textures going on in this bedroom do give it a very welcoming, cozy feel but the fabrics, furniture and the simple decor keep it feeling classic and sophisticated.
9. Add a canopy to your bed
Excuse us while we just drool over this bedroom for a minute... And while, we know most of us aren't blessed with whitewashed beams we can just drape some gauzy fabric over and have it look amazing, there is some inspiration to be taken from here.
Draping fabric around your bed add an instant softness to the room, and turns your sleep space into its own little nook. And you could recreate this look with a four-poster bed, or if you are on a tighter budget hang a lovely light drapey fabric directly from the ceiling and let it fall to either side of the bed.
- Love this space? See more like it in our romantic bedroom ideas feature.
10. Give an attic bedroom a cabin-like feel
Attic bedrooms lend themselves to well to the cozy aesthetic. The smaller dimensions and sloping ceilings that are usually synonymous with these spaces are perfect for creating that cabin-like feel so just roll with it and up the built-in coziness, you have.
You'll probably want to keep things light and airy as the sloping ceiling can feel slightly claustrophobic if you go introducing lots of dark colors. But take some inspiration from this cozy bedroom and add texture for interest with (yes, more) paneling, rugs, throws and even the lighting here add some more depth.
How can you make a bedroom feel cozy?
The easiest way to make a bedroom feel cozy is to layer up the textures – pile up the throw pillows, the blankets, the rugs, even drapes or a wall hanging can add some extra layers. Pick neutrals colors, nothing too bright, you want the room to have a soft cocooning quality, so if you want to add color we'd say keep them muted (more on that in just a sec).
Make sure your lighting is soft too. You want to create a warm and welcoming ambiance and a strong overhead light is going to kill that. Chose warm bulbs and shades that are going to disperse the light, creating an all-over glow rather than any focused light.
How can you design a cozy bedroom on a budget?
All our cozy bedroom ideas can be achieved on a budget. Switch out your throw pillow for something (yes, you guessed it) textures, add a rug to soften up the space, or pick out one roll of wood-effect wallpaper to add a feature wall of 'paneling.' Cozy bedrooms aren't meant to feel super swish, they are meant to have a lived-in rustic look so are perfect if you don't want to spend a ton on a bedroom makeover.
Oh and shop second-hand for pieces you can upcycle too, this will add to the cozy rustic look and can be a lot cheaper than buying new.
What colors make a bedroom cozy?
The best colors to make a bedroom cozy tend to be more muted tones. Think warm neutrals – cream, grey, peach, beige, brown and add in some white too to balance all those subtle colors.
You could also go down the darker color scheme route if you want to create a really cozy, cocooning space. Go bold and paint all four walls in a soft, matte charcoal and pair that with all the muted tones we just mentioned for a bolder, but just as warm and inviting vibe.