These 18 modern bedroom ideas offer all the inspiration you need to create a stylish, memorable and elegant bedroom scheme.
From statement bedroom lighting, statement beds and dramatic murals to timeless colour schemes, get inspired by these chic modern bedroom ideas below.
Trying to define modern bedroom ideas is not as straightforward as you might think: are we talking clean-lined minimalism? Going for more glam and glossy uptown finishes? Interested in a mix, not match, of vintage finds? Layering up colours, styles and materials for all-out maximalism? Or choosing contemporary designer pieces? Actually, it’s about every one of these style choices and more, for modern nowadays is about creating a look or mood that reflects the tastes and needs of the person who uses the space, rather than simply investing in the latest on-trend must-haves.
1. Hang bedside lamps for a modern look
Forego classic bedside lamps for a more modern approach; hanging bedside lamps from the ceiling. This creates a cleaner, less messy look and is space-saving too as it frees up space on the bedside table.
In the modern bedroom scheme below, Alison Berger’s Moon Pendant lights hang either side of the bed, creating a chic, modern look.
The same effect is achieved below, in a slightly warmer and more colourful master bedroom. The hanging pendants look modern and tidy, without wires or cables, and freeing up bedside table space.
The bedroom below features more statement bedroom lighting, with a modern chandelier and modern pulley lights. The pulley lights enable the owners to instantly change up the room’s ambience.
2. Dare to go dark
Summer or winter, dark bedrooms are a great remedy for rooms that don't receive much natural daylight, whether that's due to a lack of windows or a north facing aspect. Rather than trying to brighten a dark room with bright or light colours (which may seem like the logical thing to do), resist the temptation as pale or vibrant colours just end up looking dull and drab if the room is naturally dark.
Instead play to the room's strengths and use the lack of light to your advantage. Dive in with dark painted floors or walnut woods, and drown your walls with deep navy blues, smokey greys, or earthy tones, like the below dark bedroom which was given the same bedroom wall colour on all five walls – including the painted ceiling.The result will be a room that cocoons you.
The below dark bedroom scheme features faux panelling for an extra cosy look, and a dramatic charcoal shade. The ceiling was left white to create contrast.
3. Undecided? Stick to a neutral bedroom scheme
When in doubt, or if you and your partner can't decide on a look, then a neutral bedroom scheme is the way to go. A calm bedroom with natural colours and plenty of light will create a fresh and timeless look that won't date. Weave in lots of texture and natural materials to add interest, but stick to a pared back colour scheme.
Going for a white bedroom scheme with natural materials will often result in a more rustic, country-inspired look – perfect for country homes and cottages. Keeping a bedroom calm and un-fussy will create a welcoming, informal space in which to unwind.
Interior designer Suzy Hoodless says: "Ultimately a bedroom is a sanctuary – a relaxing space in which to escape the outside world. And because of this a modern bedroom shouldn’t feel over-designed or untouchable. Bedrooms shouldn’t be too formal. Creating that perfect balance between designed, yet lived in, is all in the styling."
4. Invest in a statement headboard
They are a wonderful opportunity to introduce beautiful fabrics or gorgeous embroideries – and because they don’t require metres and metres of material, you can indulge in the most expensive fabrics to make a splash.
Of course there are other options, such as headboards that stretch wall-to-wall to ones that touch the ceiling, and even built-in headboards with extra depth for storage.
For added luxe why not commission a built-in statement headboard with hidden wiring and electrics for hotel-style, easy access, bedside lighting.
We love the green velvet headboard below, which not only stretches right up to the ceiling but even wraps around fitted shelves, adding colour, glamour and drama. Low hanging pendant lamps on either side offer an out-of-the-box approach to bedside reading lights.
Or for a very glam look, why not play with metallics like the below design?
5. Fake it
Don't have the budget for a statement headboard? Don't sweat it. You can fake it instead. Paint a semi-circle or rectangle on the wall behind the bed to frame it, or use a shop-bought screen to curl behind the bed like the example below.
6. Update your bedroom with a modern four poster
A four poster bed certainly adds elegance and grandeur to a bedroom, but they can often look stuffy too. That's why we love minimalist, metal framed four posters which promise a more modern and contemporary look.
Use your four poster bed as the launch pad for your look.
‘The bed should be the biggest size the room can take, be the most comfortable and be the best you can afford,’ says interior designer Emma Deterding, Founder and Creative Director, Kelling Designs. ‘The next element is then getting the best bed linen, duvet and pillows you can afford, for that added level of comfort.’
We find that these designs will suit any sized bedroom, even small bedrooms.
7. Keep things tidy with clever, concealed storage
Decent storage is the key to making a bedroom feel less chaotic, and more Zen.
‘Built-in, fitted storage is always going to make a space feel more premium and when it’s properly designed, you get so much more storage,’ says interior designer Adele Lonergan from Covet & Noir. ‘It doesn’t have to be fussy, go for a simple fronted door and invest in decent handles.’
The below bedroom is the perfect example of built-in wardrobes that maximise the space available, as storage stretches right up to the ceiling and uses alcove space. Sleek, handleless wardrobe doors keep things simple and clean.
For a more dramatic look, make your bedroom storage stand out!
Designer Tom Barlett designed this smart storage as part of a renovation project in a west London townhouse. It turns built-in storage into something artistic, eye-catching and wonderful.
There are clever ways to disguise storage in historic properties too. The panelled walls below open to reveal hidden storage. The entire wall behind the bed is actually a run of concealed cupboards with white mouldings. Explore more of this South Kensington home here.
8. Up the luxe factor with a dressing room
If you've got the space, dedicate part of the bedroom (or knock down the bathroom or bedroom next door) to become a walk-in dressing room.
The double doors below swing open into an impressive walk-in-wardrobe with bespoke floor-to-ceiling cabinetry and lighting. The effect is super chic and luxurious.
9. Incorporate extra storage with a ladder
You can probably incorporate more storage into your bedroom than you think. Create built-in storage that reaches right to the ceiling, then add a modern ladder to reach it – and to create a cool, modern look.
Below, floor-to-ceiling units make the most of space, plus they look neater than wardrobes with boxes on top. Include high shelves for luggage and out-of-season clothes. Glass-fronted doors are ideal for reminding you of what’s stored up high, plus they’ll help break up a solid bank of units.
Below, salvaged doors divide the main bedroom from this slim storage room, with bespoke cabinets. The design makes the best use of the high ceilings here.
10. Add a freestanding bath for a hotel vibe
A freestanding bath in the bedroom adds a note of decadent luxe. This bedroom was designed with pared-back furnishings and subdued colours to add to the relaxed feel of the space.
11. Experiment with paint effects
Not sure about enveloping an entire room in one colour? We love this paint effect of wrapping a strip of colour around a room.
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Meanwhile the below modern bedroom features striking geometric pattern using paint effects with masking tape – ideal if you're undecided on choosing just one colour.
12. Go for grey for effortless elegance
There's a reason that grey bedroom ideas are the most popular from all the bedroom colours. They create an elegant backdrop to either create a calm bedroom scheme or allow more statement pieces to pop.
13. Choose an oversized artwork for maximum impact
Don’t reserve standout art for a living room; a large-scale piece, or several, will bring drama and impact to an otherwise simple scheme. It needn’t be a bank-breaker, either. Here, the key piece is a print of The Bather by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres that has been blown up.
14. Consider a gallery wall
A gallery wall gives a bedroom plenty of personality and character. The bed is pretty fab too.
15. Brave a statement wallpaper
There are plenty of classic bedroom wallpaper ideas out there, but the most memorable schemes often favour the bold designs.
Dreamy delicate etchings of a stormy sky with clouds scudding across a wall are perfect in a bedroom. Weather images or night skies are an enduring choice and work in contemporary or traditional rooms. This would also be a showstopper on a ceiling.
The bedroom wallpaper below feels neutral and quiet, despite the zany all-over pattern.
We’re all aware of the great wallpaper renaissance and the many decorative opportunities it can offer – from prairie-print repeats to eye-popping wall murals. But with so much choice, it’s sometimes tricky to know how to make wallpaper do its best work. The key is to choose a print that speaks to you and really think about the effect you want.
‘Wallpaper choices are very subjective, so stay true to your personal sense of style,’ advises Lucy St George. ‘For the maximalists out there, don’t be afraid to use it on all four walls. Alternatively, I love the idea of painting the walls and adding wallpaper to the ceiling for a bold statement.’
If that all feels a bit too outré, try a feature wall: ‘It’s an easy way to add drama in a non-committal way,’ says Jo Berryman. If you are brave enough to go for a more OTT print, but not quite up to committing to covering the whole room, the wall behind the bed is the one to paper: ‘Once you are lying down, you won’t see as much of it, meaning it’s a fantastic place to be dramatic and adventurous with your design choice,’ says Ruth Mottershead. Another option is to try it as an accent: ‘Use it in small areas, like the interior of a wardrobe or lining drawers,’ says Joa Studholme.
Not a fan of pattern? There are other ways to approach wallpaper: ‘Textured linen wallcoverings are amazing at making a room feel cosy and soft,’ says Camilla Clarke. Alternatively: ‘Introduce textured papers into panels of joinery to add some interest or update the overall look of joinery without replacing it,’suggests Clara Ewart, Senior Designer at kitesgrove.com.
16. Modern mural
One design trend to take note of is the rise of decorative scenic bedroom wallpapers and wall art panels. These can be interpreted in many ways, from abstract patterns to lively florals. Be wary of the feature wall, and instead take a maximalist approach and cover all four aspects. This monochromatic jungle mural evokes faraway shores.
This master bedroom features a striking feature wall, with a dramatic Calico wallpaper. There’s a certain sumptuousness to this space, with its rich textures and colours.
The enlarged map on the wall below is of the house's area from 1892 (as that's when the house was built). It’s fascinating to really look at what London was like then.
17. Incorporate Crittall style
A Crittall-style partition keeps an elegant dressing room on show from the bedroom for a seamless feel between two areas, with the added bonus of boosting natural daylight when you’re getting dressed.
The double height ceiling and the sculptural pendant below both add impact, but a hotel-inspired living room section on the other side of these metal-framed glass doors is the real wow-factor.
18. Create drama with curtains
Tina Mahony, Director of contemporary furniture store, Go Modern has noticed a shift in customer requirements recently – perhaps due to the difficult times we are currently experiencing: ‘Our customers seem to be looking for warmth and softness, so upholstery and textures are big news this season,’ she says. Choosing materials for the room that have a real tactile quality will up the luxe factor: ‘Using luxury textures in fabrics for curtain finishes and bed linen really does go a long way,’ says interior designer Camilla Clarke, Creative Director, Albion Nord.
In this architect's home below, a single curtain is used along the whole width of the wall, rather than keeping to individual windows. The blush pink drapes soften the room, contrasting the raw concrete used in the bathroom.
How can you create a luxury modern bedroom?
When it comes to a luxurious and elegant modern bedroom, it's all about the finishing touches.
The bedroom is the space where you rest and unwind, and it’s the little luxe extras that make all the difference to how the space makes you feel – even in the most minimal room. So, whether that’s soft, ambient lighting – warm white bulbs should be your go-to – wall-to-wall carpets, or sleep-inducing room scents, it’s worth thinking about final touches that have sensory appeal.
Don’t forget flooring, too: ‘We prefer a wooden floor as it feels more modern,’ says interior designer Adele Lonergan, ‘But you still need softness underfoot, so a rug is important. Choose an under-bed rug that extends past bedside tables to give that sense of luxe.’ The desire for comfort can also explain why there’s been a bit of a carpet renaissance recently – particularly with people braving saturated colours and bold patterns. ‘The bedroom is a private space and so is a great place to experiment with statement shades and styles,’ says Joanna Ramsden, Creative Director at Brockway Carpet . ‘Bold, rich colours are great at creating a real attention-grabbing feature.’
How to get a good night’s sleep
- Go to bed and get up at roughly the same time every day as this programmes your body to sleep better.
- Create the right environment. Make sure your bedroom isn’t too hot or too cold – around 15-18 degrees C is perfect. And keep it dark, quiet and clutter-free.
- Have a tech-free zone: Light is one of the biggest triggers to our brain about being sleepy or awake, so power down and dim the lights at least an hour before bedtime. Turn off all devices and don’t watch TV or work on a computer in bed.
- Think about food and drink: Too much food and booze play havoc with sleep patterns. Avoid heavy meals when it’s late – your body isn’t meant to be digesting while you sleep. And avoid excess alcohol and caffeine as these interfere with the neural pathways that promote sleep.
- And finally, take the time to choose a good mattress and good quality bed linen. You spend a third of your life in bed, so the right bedding is key. Go for natural materials as they wick away any excess moisture and help with temperature control, keeping you cool and comfortable. ‘Buy the best mattress and bed linen that you can afford, sleep is so important, so having the best, most comfortable, mattress for you is the ultimate luxury,’ explains Lucy St George, Co-Founder of Rockett St George.
How to style a modern grey bedroom
The fifty – and more – shades of grey paint widely available have become decorating favourites for good reason. Grey offers a great neutral base from which build a look and pairs effectively with nearly every other hue in the spectrum, whether that’s a hit of cerise as an accent or a swathe of sage as a complementary colour.
Not only that, but from the subtlest dusting of dove to dramatic near-black charcoals, grey runs the full gamut of tones, offering endless decorating possibilities. So, whether you go for paler shades to bounce light around the room or richer tones for a cocooning effect, grey is the perfect canvas for a bedroom decorating scheme.
‘Grey has universal appeal as, due to its timeless nature, it makes a perfect backdrop,’ says Ruth Mottershead. ‘I recommend a soft, neutral grey, like French Grey – it’s not too cold or too warm, but somewhere in the middle, so offers great versatility.’ ‘Whether you’re opting for a contemporary or traditional scheme, keeping the main canvas grey allows you to build on the look with accent colours used for accessories,’ adds Helen Shaw, Director of paint firm Benjamin Moore UK. ‘Soft pinks or greens work well with grey and will create a feeling of calm.’
Paint sorted, it’s time to think about the other elements in the space. ‘Remember to soften with texture so that nothing is too harsh,’ says interior designer Jo Littlefair, Co-Founder and Director of Goddard Littlefair. ‘Consider mohair velvets and waxy leathers contrasting with open weave, lightweight linen for drapery. Adding one colour into the mix brings it to life - even if it’s just the glossy green from a houseplant.’
How to style a contemporary white bedroom
Who better to turn to about the whys and wherefores white modern bedroom ideas, than the Queen of all things pale and interesting, Chrissie Rucker, Founder of The White Company and author of For the Love of White: The White and Neutral Home (Mitchell Beazley). ‘I like the sense of calm that a neutral bedroom provides; it’s wonderfully versatile and it never dates,’ she says. ‘It’s important to remember that white is not one colour but a thousand different tones and shades, all slightly different from each other. Opt for a chalky texture, rather than shiny – it’s more tactile and warm, especially for a space like a bedroom.
‘Layering different textures and introducing subtle contrasts is also key; a soft rug underfoot, a diaphanous drape at a window or a wicker light can really transform a room,’ she continues.
When decorating with white, don’t be afraid to mix up various shades of pale, advises interior designer Jo Berryman: ‘This ideathatecru and bright whitedon’t harmonise is so dated,’ she says. ‘Texture isalso vital within a muted scheme. Accentwith shearling cushions, or a bold and beautiful devoré velvet throw.’ Joa Studholme agrees with adding textural interest in an all-white scheme. ‘Neutral coloured walls can be enhanced in winter with layers of colour and texture in the form of rugs, throws and cushions,’ she says. ‘These can then be stored away when we want our bedrooms to become lighter and airier in the summer.’
Emma Deterding is also keen to think of white as the blank canvas on which she builds a bedroom palette: ‘We tend to go for neutral walls for a calming feel, but bring in character and life with headboards, furniture and accessories in bold pops of colour and eye-catching prints,’ she says. As Chrissie Rucker rightly sums up,‘White is a great canvas on which you can layer your personality.’
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