Happy Friday! I’m coming to you with a new blog series today. I’m often asked for design help and furniture pairing recommendations, so I figured this would be a fun, inspiring, and helpful post to enjoy & bookmark each month. Obviously I’ve had bedrooms on my brain lately, so that seemed like the natural place to begin. I’ve been saving so many beds, nightstands, benches, ottomans, and bedroom furniture inspiration as I’ve been tackling a couple of those rooms in my home. If you’re on the hunt for bedroom furniture or interior ideas, hopefully this post provides some ideas! Click through for the first post in my “Curated Room Pairings” series… I had a lot of fun with these.
I’ve curated five different looks that can easily be modified for any aesthetic. I hope these provide a good jumping off point! Whether you pull a single piece you love, want to replicate the entire look, or simply use my design plans to get your wheels turning- I’m hoping these will prove helpful if you’re in the process of, or are beginning to brainstorm your own bedroom update. In regards to pricing, I’ve selected things of all price points, so if you’re curious about the price tag- hover over the slider below for quick product specifics. These are all clickable as well!
This design plan feels very classic to me. It’s more minimalistic, but is filled with texture, timeless pattern & shape, and could easily blend with any interior style. It’s a great example of old meets new, as I included both modern and vintage furnishings that will withstand the test of time.
Next, we have a more traditional design plan. I’m sure you can spy some of my personal favorites- like the barley twist furniture, Colefax & Fowler bowood lumbar pillow, and the durable sisal rug. This is a space that could be layered & styled for a maximalist take or left as is for a simplified version… which would be ideal for a guest room.
The third space feels the most modern to me. That gorgeous curved bed comes from Jake Arnold’s new collection with Crate & Barrel. I love the swooping shape- especially paired with the subtle curved bedside tables. I also incorporated a variety of textures (cotton, velvet, linen, ceramic, bouclé, and even grasscloth with the wallpaper).
Next, I was inspired to play with pattern. I think a bedroom is a great place to go crazy with texture, pattern, and finishes. I really love how the area rug, lumbar pillow, and drapery panels are all working so well together. I’m very tempted to save this entire design plan and use it for our primary suite- although that renovation is awhile away. I think this may be my personal favorite of the bunch, with bedroom number being a close second.
Last but not least, we have a classic neutral bedroom… but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking in design or interest. Sometimes neutrals give us the best canvas for layering! I kept the larger furnishing monochromatic- the bed, the oversized nightstands, and the box pleat canopy. I’d personally love to have a bedroom large enough for a settee, so I had to incorporate that at the foot of the bed. Paired with layered lighting, a large vintage rug, and unique artwork, this neutral design plan still includes personality.
When designing a bedroom, here are a few basic tips to keep in mind…
- Use symmetry (or asymmetry) to your advantage… flanking nightstands, lamps, artwork, ottomans at the foot of the bed, etc. Floor planning is important!
- Think about the visual weight and scale of your furniture and make sure it’s all working together.
- Don’t forget the lighting- specifically good bedside lighting, and don’t be afraid to layer.
- Use texture as an opportunity to create cozy inviting moments… bedding, throws, pillows, drapery panels, carpets & rugs, etc.
- Don’t forget seating. Even in a small bedroom, an ottoman, chair, or bench can comes in handy. Tuck one under a bedside table if you’re short on space.
- Plan for seasonal swaps. Don’t design an entire room around bedding or accessories, because those are likely to change seasonally.
- Create your personal retreat. Fill your bedroom with things that make you happy… a luxe throw blanket, a beautiful light fixture, an organized bedside table, etc.
- Cut the clutter and consider storage. Choose nightstands with storage that matches your needs (open, closed, or both).
- Don’t forget a rug! Having a soft place for your feet to land (that also improves acoustics) is key in a bedroom.
- Include some thoughtful touches… think artwork, wallpaper, layered decor, and functional favorites (a hamper, trays for your beside table, florals, etc).
I’m also going to link my Pinterest board dedicated specifically to bedrooms, if you’re on the hunt for more inspiration!
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this new blog series! Did you enjoy the first post? I’d love to hear which pairing was your personal favorite. Which one best matches your aesthetic? I’d also like to hear which room you’d like to see me tackle next? I really loved pulling this post together as it allowed me to get creative and design as I would for a client. Sometimes I miss those days… dreaming up spaces and pairings outside of my own home. Here’s to a wonderful weekend ahead!