Gorgeous Architectural Add-Ons for the Bedroom

Exposed beams? Wainscoting? Paneling? Browse our favorite ways to add interesting architectural details to your bedroom.
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November 25, 2014

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Bricks and Beams

Exposed beams draw the eye up and bring attention to the delicate chandelier and cozy brick fireplace. Even if your home doesn't already have beams, they can be added for easy architectural appeal with a rustic vibe.

DIY Wall Treatment

A fun weekend project, this plush wall treatment serves to add texture and works double duty as a makeshift headboard. This cozy accent wall was created by wrapping pieces of plywood with batting and burlap. They were then stapled and attached to the wall with a nail gun.

Floor to Ceiling

For an unexpected twist on the traditional hardwood floor, this beautiful bedroom boasts a stunning wooden ceiling with an interesting pattern that showcases even more creativity in the bold, bright space.

Decorative Details

One of the best ways to add traditional sophistication to the bedroom is with the use of white wainscoting along the walls. In this earthy master bedroom, mustard brown walls are the perfect color choice to offset the white wainscoting and plank ceiling, while still maintaining a natural, organic look.

Take a Seat

Fabulous built-in storage and a window seat take this space from basic bedroom to custom sleeping quarters. If adding built-ins seems like too daunting a task, an indoors small bench or loveseat with flanking bookshelves can offer a similar look.

Architectural Interest

Intricate molding and an alcove for the bed lend much-needed detail and interest to this basic, contemporary space, allowing the rest of the room’s decor to remain neat and simple. Design by Ben Herzog

Bright White

To create a light, airy feel in this master bedroom by designer Julia West, exposed beams were painted white for a style that takes advantage of texture without weighing down the space.

Draw the Line

In this unique bedroom, chair molding separates the graphic wallpaper from the deep green walls beneath, which keeps the bold wallpaper from overwhelming the space. Design by Emily Henderson

Cuddly Cocoon

A wall niche in this nature-inspired master bedroom creates a cozy nest for the homeowners and adds a hint of drama to the queen-sized bed and surrounding artwork.

Sky-High Design

A vaulted ceiling is a dramatic architectural detail that can make a room feel more open and add an elegant touch to any space. In this bedroom, seen on Sarah’s House on HGTV, an antique four-poster bed and stunning chandelier draw attention to the room’s soaring ceiling.

Modern Meets Retro

While some paneling can make a home feel dated, the dark horizontal paneling in this eclectic bedroom by designer Judith Balis looks fresh and contemporary with a dose of rusticity. Add paneling just behind the bed to create a charming accent wall.

Built-In Style

Your favorite reads are never out of reach when a neighboring built-in bookshelf borders the bed. Great for displaying small treasures and storing books and magazines, a shelf beside the bed can also serve as an out-of-the-box nightstand.

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