Style-Boosting Bedroom Updates

Peek inside 12 stylish bedrooms; be inspired by their chic and clever answers to everyday design dilemmas.

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October 21, 2019

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Photo By: Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

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Add Seating

A chaise longue (French for long chair) is a relaxing addition to the bedroom. Designed for reclining, they're the perfect spot for reading a book or catching a quick snooze.

Go Mad for Mod

Sixties modern design has come back strong, gaining a following among folks who weren't born when the style originally reigned supreme. RMSer ToreyCarrick perfected the look by covering a focal wall with textured MDF panels and geometric wallpaper. Contrasted against white walls and ceiling, the look is clean and balanced.

Select Bold Lighting

The jewelry of the room, the right lighting adds romantic sparkle. Choose fixtures that make a statement like this massive, streamlined pendant. Design by RMSer Rethink Design.

Creatively Use Space

A peacock blue wall floats in the middle of this bedroom, creating both a functional headboard and a focal point for the space. A built-in shelf serves in place of bedside tables, while wall-mounted lamps provide reading light. Areas are clearly defined yet still feel connected.

Opt for Old World Elegance

Wood beams, an ornate four-poster bed, rustic chandelier, and arched wall decor exude old-world elegance in this master bedroom from designer Thomas Oppelt. The large, patterned area rug frames the space.

Stencils Add Interest

Stepping through those double doors transports the owners to Morocco. A hand-stenciled ceiling sets the mood, while a swinging bed and tiled fireplace easily evoke thoughts of a bazaar or palace.

Don't Forget the Ceiling

Often overlooked, the ceiling is a room's fifth wall. Get the custom treatment with coffers, tray molding and recessed lighting.

Pile on the Pillows

Layer pillows in assorted sizes and fabrics to create a cushy and colorful bed. For the ultimate in comfort, invest in down pillow inserts and shop catalogs for decorative covers that can easily be switched out with the seasons.

Incorporate Antiques

Modernize a favorite heirloom with streamlined pulls that coordinate with the room's decor. Because the original hardware increases an antique's value, store it in a labeled container should you ever wish to replace it.

This antique distressed bedroom dresser is a stylish addition to the light, airy space between picture windows and subtle, polka dot patterned curtains. The ornate mirror paired with the dresser fill the space beautifully, while the red chair with striped pattern upholstery helps frame the space.

Maximize Architectural Elements

Architectural detail abounds in this Colorado bedroom, from a detailed, paneled accent wall to a vaulted, beamed ceiling to a stone fireplace surround that continues across the entire wall. The room blends rusticity with elegance.

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Add Cottage Charm

Whitewashed clapboard walls and pine floor give this bedroom timeless appeal. RMSer homemom added the painted boards to the wall behind the bed herself to give her modern home a vintage look.

Create an Escape

Make the space comfortable and cheery. This contemporary bedroom uses neutral colored walls and furnishings as a subtle backdrop for graphic print accents. Cheerful yellow and gray decorate the curtains and a wide gray and white stripe livens up the bench at the foot of the bed.

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