This isn’t the country-cutesy look of the 1990s, nor is it the rough farmhouse where your Grandma grew up. This style is known as modern farmhouse and it works as well in the bedroom as it does in the kitchen.
It shows off traditional elements of classic country, including metal beds, distressed wood, and painted wood-clad walls. It also incorporates touches of contemporary style: a lack of clutter, a soft color scheme, and modern and industrial accessories, like this bedroom from Hendricks Churchill.
Rustic is not easy to define because it's as much a feeling as a style. Essentially, it comes down to natural materials in an unprocessed state or materials that are returning to their natural state through age and use.
It has an overall casual style. Key elements include distressed wood, a palette of natural and neutral tones, touches of fur or stone, textured fabrics, and primitive accessories.
Rustic doesn’t mean uncomfortable or devoid of contemporary touches. Feel free to pile your bed with thick coverlets and soft sheets and add contemporary lighting. You can also add a few rustic pieces to an otherwise traditional room.
Midcentury modern was at its height from the 1950s through the 1970s. It's made a comeback in living and dining rooms, and it's perfect for the bedroom.
Long, low furniture with thin legs, clean lines, and a streamlined appearance are hallmarks of this style. It also includes “modern” elements such as molded plastic, chrome, and pops of bright color and geometric patterns.
The overall look is uncluttered, but large pieces of colorful artwork on the walls are a must. You can add accents in the typical orange, red, yellow, or blue of the period, like this cozy room featured on Decoist from Brad Ford ID. A rounded butterfly chair or nightstands perched on chrome legs are nice touches as well.
Scandinavian decorating style covers a lot of ground. What it all has in common is a casual, simple, clean vibe, along with a heavy emphasis on white. Scandinavian bedroom décor boasts these characteristics.
If you shop at Ikea, you’re familiar with this look. It’s functional, it’s uncluttered, and it uses lots of texture to add warmth. It is also without excessive trim, adornment, or curved lines. Yet it’s not cold or sterile; rather, it’s welcoming, cozy, and even a little bit romantic.
Whether you live in a converted warehouse or you just want to pretend that you do, the industrial decorating style is for you. This is a look that celebrates raw energy, youthful excitement, and “I make my own rules” individuality. Continue this energy in an industrial-style bedroom.
One of the key elements of this style is exposed construction elements, such as water pipes, heating vents, concrete floors, and brick walls. While the typical industrial palette leans towards gray, black, and other dark hues, there’s plenty of room to add color through artwork or accessories.
Hollywood Regency isn’t a look for the timid or reserved—this is all-out glamour. It’s a look born during Hollywood’s glamorous heyday of the 1930s. It is full of the glitz, opulence, and expensive sensibilities of the period.
You’ll find lots of luxurious fabrics, such as velvet, silk, satin, or brocade along with fur, lace, and suede. Lacquered or mirrored furniture is an essential part of the look. Oversized upholstered headboards, beaded lampshades, chandeliers, and cushy, thick area rugs round out the luxurious feeling.
Technically, vintage means anything made more than 20 to 100 years ago. However, in the decorating world, it generally refers to styles popular during the 1940s and 1950s.
That still covers a lot of ground, but most people decorating a bedroom with vintage finds focus on the feminine and romantic look. Wrought iron beds, vintage bedding, mint green or white painted furniture, curved lines, and ornate trim are all common to this look.
Quite often, vintage pieces are added to other styles, such as shabby chic or eclectic bedrooms, as well.
Part design theme, part philosophy, the minimalist bedroom has been hot for years. It shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.
Paring your bedroom down to the essentials doesn’t mean living in a bare box. Instead, it means getting rid of clutter and fuss while surrounding yourself with peace and simplicity. A limited color scheme, furniture with clean lines, and a platform bed without a headboard are typical of the minimalist bedroom.
While not technically a decorating style, Zen is an Asian-influenced look that is very simple, clean, and tranquil. It is a great setting for relaxing and getting a night of restful sleep.
Along with the obvious Asian designs in the furnishings and artwork, you’ll find an emphasis on airy, open space. It includes few (if any) collectibles or clutter and a soft nature-infused palette and overall vibe. Natural fabrics and materials, minimal window coverings, and houseplants are must-haves in this theme.
Take the rustic warmth of a log cabin and add it to a bedroom with contemporary furniture. The result is a bedroom style that is warm and peaceful, but not overly sentimental or fussy.
If that appeals to you, distressed wood paneling in a room with otherwise contemporary furniture is right on trend.
This is not the dark paneling of a 1970s basement. This is plank paneling—wide boards that look like they came straight from an old barn. It's perfect for a focal wall in a rustic or modern farmhouse room. And, if that’s too much primitive wood for you, try a plank headboard instead like this chic one from Better Homes and Garden.
Strong color has long been a hot trend and it will be around for quite a while longer. For bedroom walls, deep navy or indigo blue, dark gray, and rich chocolate brown are popular choices. These are all soothing, subdued hues that create a peaceful, relaxing vibe that's so important in the bedroom.
Bold walls make a strong statement, like in this room from Our Fifth House, so it's important that your choice is not harsh, overly intense, or bright. If you don’t want to go all out and paint the walls, use touches of dark color as accents throughout your bedroom.
For a few years, cool tones of silver, chrome, and pewter were the decorating stars. The pendulum has swung in the opposite direction and warm metals are having their time in the spotlight.
Gold and copper are especially hot, but you don’t want to overdose on the metallic trend. A little bit of shine goes a long way, especially in the bedroom.
Feel free to mix metals, but limit them to just a few accents throughout the room. Go with a bedside lamp or ceiling fixture, curtain rods or picture frames, furniture trim or collectibles.
The four-poster bed is a classic style, and you cannot go wrong with one of these beauties in your bedroom. The contemporary four-poster is clean, simple, and often without a canopy. It has a completely different feel from the ornate Tuscan or country styles that were popular in the past.
There’s something cozy about curling up in a four-poster bed. It’s as if you’re in a cocoon or your own little world. That's why it is one of your best options when it comes to setting a romantic bedroom vibe.
If your ceiling sports nothing fancier than a light bulb covered by a glass bowl fixture, it’s time to upgrade. The contemporary style calls for a statement light fixture. It's a strong touch that is enough to liven up an otherwise quiet bedroom.
The style is up to you—chandelier, oversize hanging shade, unique sculptural fixture, or something whimsical and fun. The only requirement is that the fixture is large enough and bold enough to attract the eye when someone enters the room.
Wallpaper is back and it's better than ever. Designs today are larger and brighter than the fussy, small patterns you might remember from a few decades ago.
Whether you cover one wall or all four, look for strong color, geometric designs, textured wallpaper, or oversize florals. You can also choose an easily removable wallpaper to liven up the walls of a rental or to change the pattern when you grow tired of it.