8 Fresh Bedroom Decorating Ideas From Designers We Love
Use a wild-card color.
“I always think of a guest room as an opportunity to use a color that doesn’t appear anywhere else in the house,” says designer Ashley Whittaker. “It helps make it memorable and distinct.” Here, it was a punchy citrus yellow, which she spotted in a fabric from Schumacher and then used as bed upholstery and a Roman shade. The Noguchi lantern helps make the room’s high ceilings feel less cavernous. “The pendant works because it’s big, but the design of it is simple and not overwhelming,” says Whittaker. The wallpaper is by Meg Braff.
Play with patterns.
“Turquoise is a universal favorite for coastal houses, but it’s often used as an accent,” says designer Meg Braff of this Sea Island, Georgia, bedroom. “I wanted to give it center stage, so rather than mixing it with other colors, I went heavy on patterns here—there are six different designs.” From the bold palm tree wallpaper to the trellis rug and faux bois nightstands, the print mix keeps the look fresh. Painting the vaulted wood ceiling high-gloss white adds shine and helps balance the heavy dose of pattern.
Go the extra mile on the ground floor.
“I always pay extra attention to first-floor guest rooms,” says designer Christina Murphy of this Bahamas bedroom that opens to a pool. “It’s where party guests are likely to duck into to go to the restroom, and it generally just has a higher profile than other bedrooms.” She covered the walls in a celery grasscloth wallpaper by Phillip Jeffries as a soft backdrop for the bold, palm-print draperies. “Celery green is so fresh. It really plays off the shades of green seen out the windows,” she says. A caned bed adds texture. “I really love a simple bed when I use something dramatic on the windows,” she adds. “I don’t need two stars in the same show.”
Keep it casual.
The four-poster, campaign-style bed (a copy of an antique) was the starting point for this breezy bedroom in Mahogany Bay, Belize. Batik prints, a pink quilt, and sheer mosquito netting “doll the room up a bit,” says designer Amanda Lindroth, but not so much that it feels too fancy or out of place for a laid-back beach house. With this in mind, Lindroth stuck to the basics, like a pair of flat-front nightstands and “the whitest, plainest linens I could find,” she adds. She also used colonial campaign stools with natural leather seats as luggage racks—a thoughtful touch for overnight guests.
Put the “bed” in bedroom.
Guests in this cozy bedroom on Long Beach Island in New Jersey wake up to sprawling Atlantic views—but that’s not the only luxury here. Designers Anne Maxwell Foster and Suysel dePedro Cunningham of Tilton Fenwick chose a showstopping rattan bed from Anthropologie to add tons of texture in the coral-hued room. They also covered the walls in a Rebecca Atwood wallpaper and punched up the palette with colorful ikat drapery and box spring fabric by Duralee.
Don’t forget the floor.
These stunning turquoise floor tiles mimic the bright hues of the sea—making this pretty hideaway one of the hottest rental properties on Harbour Island in the Bahamas. (Check it out on Instagram: @coralhouseharbourisland.) “The tiles are my favorite—one of the first things I picked out,” says homeowner Chassity Evans. Because they are wood, not ceramic, they’re warmer on bare feet, and the pattern is great for hiding sand. She paired an inexpensive rattan headboard from Urban Outfitters with cool cotton bedding and Quadrille Euro shams. “I wanted the bedroom to be spare and clean, but full of personality,” Evans says.
Say hello to yellow.
“This shade of yellow has a bit of brown in it, which works well with natural bamboo and rattan elements,” says designer Lindsey Coral Harper about this beach house bedroom on North Carolina’s Bald Head Island. “I had the wainscot built 54 inches tall so the wallpaper wouldn’t overwhelm the space.” A sea grass canopy king-size bed from Mecox fills the room, but just enough. “Clearance is key with canopies,” Harper says. “Leave at least a foot between the top of the bed and the ceiling.” A white duvet from Matouk provides a break from color and pattern.
Be bold with blue.
“This room is so oriented toward the sea that the design became as much about the water as anything else,” says designer Mark D. Sikes of this window-wrapped Newport, Rhode Island bedroom. He upholstered the walls in a floral vine print from his line with Schumacher that harmonizes with the water, and chose a drapery pattern in a similar blue but “that has a little more air,” he explains. “That’s why they work so well together.” Sikes also took advantage of a small space beside the bed to tuck in a desk. “I love a writing desk as a bedside table,” he says. “I always look for ways to give a room some flexibility. I think you get the most use out of spaces if a little variation is built into them.”