These bedroom ideas will prove that when it comes to bedroom decor, you only have to make a few small changes to see a big difference. Pop a new cushion here, a lick of paint there, and voilà you’ve transformed your space into something wonderful.
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
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
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.
Uber fresh, light and airy, this sunny scheme using Crown’s Sunrise matt emulsion is a sure fire winner to lighten and brighten up a dark room and create the illusion of space.
If you aren’t sure where to start, check out our bedroom colours feature.
3. Choose a subtle pattern to add interest
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
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
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. Pick warm ochres, rusts for a bedroom decor idea
If earthy shades are your thing, look no further than this down to earth scheme from Annie Sloan. Her famous chalky paints are the go-to-place if you love natural shades – they have a super quality that looks fabulous on any wall. The block design Annie has used here is so on trend – you can recreate it yourself with four colours and a roll of frog tape. If you fancy using the same colours they are Old Ochre, Honfleur, Oxford Navy and Scandinavian Pink.
7. Create a panel effect with paint
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!
8. Work with the alcoves in your space
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.
9. Create uniformity with DIY panelling
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.
10. Choose contrasting colours for a vibrant space
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.
11. Add shiplap panelling for a rustic look
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.
12. Create a gallery wall with mirrors
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.
13. Add pattern with an upholstered headboard
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
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.
14. Or, completely DIY a headboard with cute cushions
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.
15. Pick bedroom furniture that plays with scale
What does this mean exactly? Well, it can mean three things. First, and importantly, you don’t want to put a king-sized bed in a small bedroom. So, furniture kept in scale within the room is much more likely to make it feel larger.
Next: don’t over-clutter a small bedroom with too much furniture. Doing so will again take up space visually (as well as really).
Lastly, pick a tall headboard like this one. Doing so will make the room feel taller and give it great focus. Patterns and prints on the bed and headboard like this fab design from KDLoves are great for distracting the eye and for keeping the bed as the focal point too.
16. Go for a classic grey scheme in a bedroom
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.