Bedroom styles can be the hardest looks of a home to nail down. After all, all you’ve really got in there is the bed and the storage furniture, right? Wrong. There’s so many ways to experiment with your style in your bedroom, while maintaining that cosy, comfortable aura. To help get you started on your bedroom styling journey, let’s take a look at six of our favourite interior styles, translated into bedroom looks…
For a little more info on these and more interior styles, have a browse of our guide all about them.
Coastal Bedroom Styles
Coastal, beach shake, seaside styling is one of the more straight-forward options for your bedroom décor. After all, the name alone conjures up imagery featuring flowing white linens, light wooden structures, and cool blue accents. Woods and whites are your friend, especially wood that has a natural bleached finish. Soft bedding on a raw-look wood bed is a first-class ticket to Coastal-Styling-ville. And of course, some wall art with nautical elements is always welcome.
An aspect of coastal homes that you can’t fake, no matter how well-chosen your homewares & furniture are, is the dynamic energy of coastal spaces. That’s not to say it can’t be replicated, of course. Fringe details can add a sense of movement to a space, as can the organic knots and patterns you find in wood. Nautical-themed bunting, even, adds a feeling of motion in your space, as well as letting you style the room, head to toe. Keep to a wood, white, and blue colour scheme, featuring organic materials like wood, rattan, jute, and cotton and you’ll be ready to sail away.
Minimalist Bedroom Styles
Much like coastal spaces, it’s all in the name, minimalism. Don’t overthink this one if you want to create a minimalist bedroom. One of the fastest way to create a minimalist vibe in your space is with one neutral colour palette. One of the easiest colours to use is varying shades of whites, greys, and blacks.
No one’s saying you can’t embody minimalism with a colour scheme other than monochrome but it’s a lot easier to lose your sense of minimalism when using different scales of colours. For example, pink is a very popular, Instagram-able colour in interior designing at the time this is written, but walking into a room that’s all different shades of pink might feel like walking into a watermelon.
Once you’ve worked out your colour theme, remember to not over-style this space. A stylish yet simple quilt cover set, a neutral bed (perhaps even one without a bed head for even fewer styling aspects in your space), and some sleek bedroom storage and you should be all done. The hard part of a minimalist space isn’t creating it; it’s maintaining it. That means putting your clothes away when they come out of the wash, not leaving them in the laundry basket at the foot of your bed for days at a time.
Deco Luxe Bedroom Styles
On the opposite end of the spectrum from minimalism is deco luxe. The art deco movement was one of excessive glamour. As a style, it’s best described as a pastiche, combining elements from all over. Translating this into a deco luxe just means stepping up all the luxury. A lot of interiors translate this to mean bold gold and brass element. This might not seem like something that works in a bedroom, after all, whoever heard of a comfortable, gold bed? But big bed heads with metallic studs, chic side tables with lustrous bodies, and lighting with silver and glass tones just ooze that old-world charm.
A lot of deco luxe spaces utilise dark base colours with pops of lighter tones on top. A deep, dark wall might seem like the worst idea ever, as if it’ll make your space feel smaller. Fortunately, that isn’t true. Moreover, it lets you maintain lighter tones in your furniture for a more contemporary take on this modernist look.
Finish this look off with those little extras. Always wanted an armchair/ottoman/console table/marble detail/almost over the top accents in your bedroom? Go for it! Nothing’s holding you back, so long as it’s luxe.
Modern Rustic Bedroom Styles
Ever see those images of a wood cabin, bursting with warm, homey vibes and just think ‘Wouldn’t it be heavenly to escape into that for a little while?’ It’s that exact emotion that brings the modern rustic look to life.
A modern rustic bedroom is perfect for those who want their bedroom to be a sanctuary. A place to escape with a good book and a cup of tea (discover how to match your teas and books here) at the end of a long day. Plump, cosy bedding, plenty of pillows (learn all about the different pillow types here), and warm wood tones are all you need to embody the modern rustic style in your bedroom. Just make sure your wood tones don’t clash (an oak and a walnut should not share a room) and try finishing it all off with wild flowers, or just a houseplant (find which houseplant is best for you here), or even a fake plant if you’re more low-maintenance. This style should be as easy as breathing to help you drift away to the land of nod.
Nordic Zen Bedroom Styles
If there’s one thing we all want our bedrooms to be, it’s Zen. This might be a given, but combining a relaxed atmosphere with a little Nordic, Scandi charm can elevate your whole look without compromising that cosy sensation.
There are a few dos and don’ts of this trend that you can use throughout your whole home, but in the bedroom, it’s all about that bed.
A comfortable bed is something you can’t see. It isn’t Instagram-able. You can’t share it on Pinterest. Posting it on Facebook just seems like bragging. And yet, it’s the most important thing for cosiness, and so one of the defining features of a Nordic Zen bedroom.
So once you’ve sorted out your bed itself, the styling should come naturally. Neutral Scandi-inspired colour palettes of soft blues, pinks, browns, and greens are great starting points. Add some natural plants after that, and throw any kind of symmetry out the door. It’s not needed here. This is a perfect-in-its-imperfections space. This imperfection is what makes it so relaxing and Zen, so remember to chill when styling a Nordic Zen bedroom.
New York Loft Bedroom Styles
You don’t have to live in the big apple to get that New York loft style. This style is best described as minimalist eclectic. I know what you’re thinking, ‘That’s an oxymoron if I ever heard one,’ and you’re right, but it’s still how you style a New York loft bedroom. You can be combining elements of modern-industrial looks (think rust-look iron and raw wood) with vintage glam (leather armchairs are fab), and smooth contemporary lines and colours (hello there, mint and pink).
If you can, try some exposed brick walls for that rugged, Brooklyn style. And when it comes to wall décor, go wild. Collages of loved ones, vintage-style prints, abstract artworks, whatever lets your personal style shine. A New York loft style can go between a very Breakfast at Tiffany’s look, as well as a grunge, Taxi Driver finish, which means more options for you to explore!
None of these styles quite right for you? Have a look at Zanui’s style guides for a little more inspiration so that you can create the bedroom of your dreams.