66 Primary Bedroom Decorating Ideas For A Tranquil Retreat


Sweet dreams are guaranteed when you have a beautiful place to rest your head. Even the most subtle change—from toning down your color palette with calming spa-like colors or adding ultra plush accents like a down duvet and throw pillows—can infuse serenity into your space. If you’re ready for a complete overhaul, we can help you there too. Some transformative ideas include custom statement headboards, installing wall-to-wall seagrass rugs, or even outfitting the entire space with luxe details like oversized light fixtures and antique accent furniture.

When ready for a redo, we’ve furnished you with bedroom decorating ideas to help you create a tranquil retreat. Get decorating and design ideas from some of our best bedrooms.

Play the Classics on Repeat

Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Lindsey Ellis Beatty

Designer Hannon Doody selected Brunschwig & Fils’ Bird and Thistle print for the walls and bed skirt in her Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, primary bedroom. “Dipping the space in such a beautiful pattern made me happy,” the designer says.

Help Small Spaces Live Large

Alison Gootee; Styling: Kate Malpeli

If you’re short on square footage, don’t sacrifice the king-size bed and instead make space-saving choices in other ways like mounted sconces in lieu of table lamps and forgo grand side tables for smaller ones. The homeowners splashed this 1930 lowcountry bedroom with white paint and brought in textiles for personality.

Let the Walls Talk

Laurey W. Glenn, Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Design firm Bohlert Massey indulged island influences in this Inlet Beach, Florida, bedroom, where they covered the walls in Venetian plaster and hired decorative artist Marion Barnes to add a lively mural.

Commit to a Canopy

The primary bedroom, where a canopied bed is the focal point.

Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

For this Fairhope, Alabama, primary bedroom, design firm March + May found their inspiration in the homeowner’s binder of decorating prompts, which include a statement-making bed. They installed a valence that feels elegant without skewing too fussy, thanks to a striped fabric on the outside and a soft, blue-green linen on its interior.

Shift into Neutrals

James Ransom; Styling: Alya Hameedi

Given that she and her husband may one day rework their historic home’s layout, designer Ashley Hanley outfitted their primary bedroom with neutral window treatments and bedding that will play well with a multitude of color palettes and prints and would look just as appropriate in a teenager’s bedroom or guest suite.

Come Up With Creative Work-Arounds


This primary bedroom’s design began with the bed. The designer adored the lines of the bed but was not a fan of its gray-beige fabric. However, re-covering the frame was going to be involved and expensive, so she embraced its neutral nature instead, wrapping the room in Jungle Leaves by York Wallcoverings. For a little oomph, aqua window treatments are layered with peachy coral and mint green throw pillows.

Coastal Cozy

ALISON GOOTEE; Styling by Dakota Willimon

In the primary bedroom, these Florida homeowners selected a soothing shade of blue (Sherwin-Williams’ Take Five, SW 6513) to set the tone for the space. The enveloping upholstered bed by Hooker Furniture feels like a cozy hug. A trio of framed hydrangeas from Charleston, South Carolina-based Urban Garden Prints punctuates the look.

Wood Wall Treatments

Julie Soefer Photography

Large expanses of wall space can be hard to decorate. Sometimes it’s best to let the shiplap walls speak for themselves. Painting wood walls a simple, clean color automatically increases the serenity of the space.

Neutral, Simple Patterns

Laurey W. Glenn

Designer Raili Clasen layered the simple stripe pattern but kept to a neutral black-and-white palette. The textured linen bedding blends well with the warm leather on the bed and the wooden nighstand.

Include Vibrant, Rich Colors and Textures

A made-in-America throw by Pendleton delivers a saturated dose of color to the foot of the bed.

Joseph De Leo

This bedroom aesthetic sports deep, rich color and texture that is excellently balanced out with moments of cream. The gorgeous blue textured wallpaper pops off of the deep brown from the wood, and is all brought together with the neutral color scheme of the bed.

Keep it Minimal

James Ransom

The bedroom is meant to be a relaxing room among the more traffic-heavy spaces in your home, and designer Hannah Maple took that to heart when creating her bedroom. “I wanted our room to be a bit sparse,” she says. She kept the furnishings very unfussy and the color palette neutral and calm.

Highlight Great Views

Brian Woodcock

If your home has stellar views, take advantage of that like designer Cathy Groome. Her home on Lake Burton is surrounded by the water and overlooks the mountains, so she built her home to highlight them. Her primary bedroom features large windows and the bed facing the lovely view outside.

Colors as Accents

Brie Williams

Neutral color palettes are common in bedrooms for their relaxing effects. If you want to keep a neutral theme, you can still make it interesting by incorporating bold accents, like the dark brown door and green plant in the corner of this bedroom.

Embrace Bold Patterns

Hector Manuel Sanchez

While the overuse of bold patterns can teeter on tacky, using patterns that mesh well can make for a unique, appealing aesthetic. This bedroom features a variety of bold patterns from the blanket to the rug, and the similar color palette of each keeps it cohesive.

Incorporate Unique Tables

Hector Manuel Sanchez; Styling: Page Mullins

Rethink your bedsite table. Repurposing old furniture or discovering an eclectic flea market find can add personality to your room. Antique furnishings become statement pieces when used for something other than their intended purpose.

Antique Furnishing Styles

William Means Real Estate/Keen Eye Marketing

Pair modern fabrics with antique-style furnishings. This room uses an open-back rolled-arm sofa lounge at the foot of the bed and a set of traditional slip-covered chairs to set the scene. Coordinating pale pinks complement the blue wallpaper, which makes the bed skirt.

Construct a Built-In

Marta Xochilt Perez; Styling: Page Mullins

Take advantage of your room’s architectural elements, especially if that includes a charming built-in to display your favorite things. If renovations or new construction are options, try implementing built-ins to your bedroom. This space-saving option not only adds character but also provides the perfect place to showcase florals and books and even add extra storage.

Match Your Energy

Dane Tashima

The owners of this Mississippi getaway are all about making their space unapologetically their own, but to do that they had to befriend their favorite vendors along the way. Designer and collector Simon Paul Scott of Jardins en Fleur sold them the vintage bamboo tester bed that’s now in the primary bedroom. “It was the last one Scott had, and he did not want to part with it,” says the homeowner. “Then he saw our Instagram, chatted with us, and eventually gave in.” New Orleans artist E. Lee Jahncke Mead (of E. Lee Jahncke Fine Finishes) added the coral stripes to the walls. The resulting bounty reinforces what the couple calls the Palm Beach-meets-Bahamas-meets-Fantasy Island vibe.

Modern Drama

Photo: Helen Norman

This homeowner used black for various fabrics and wall decor to add a spark of drama, including on the frames and plates. Bold chevron stripes on the pillows and a classic duvet pattern bring contemporary elements to the mix. Soothing seafoam green paint on the shiplap wall behind the white headboard blends the color palette.

Pretty Floral Bedroom

Photo: Hector Sanchez

The hand-painted floral wallcovering was the starting point behind every other color choice in this bedroom. The flourishing wallpaper makes a statement as the room’s main focal point. The apple green rug, pair of chartreuse gourd lamps, hot pink velvet upholstered bed, and patterned linens are from the homeowner’s store, Biscuit Home.

Handsome Main Bedroom

Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

In this bedroom, the homeowner was going for a gentleman-architect vibe with wool blackout curtains, cream walls, a tufted headboard, and a collection of sketches he did while traveling through Italy. Adding antiques to the space continued this old-world aesthetic. Allowing the artwork to be the star of your main bedroom can set the stage for a relaxing retreat.

Antique Elegance

Photo: Tria Giovan, Styling: Olga Naiman

This welcome getaway feels conveniently detached with its soothing, cream-colored walls and mixture of antique and reproduction furniture. The room contains personal comforts, including an abundance of oversized pillows. Adding custom elements, from the hard pine floors to the antique secretary table, creates a collection of unique furnishings.

Choose a Floral Headboard

Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Lizzie Cullen Cox

Choosing a floral or pattern fabric for your headboard creates an eye-catching focal point. Decorate your existing headboard or DIY a fabric sleeve to cover wood or metal posts. Find a material you love, which can be the basis for the rest of the bedroom’s decor.

Classic Blue and Yellow

Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

A classic palette of blue and yellow gives a punchy modern update to this bedroom makeover. It radiates a sunny disposition stemming from the canary yellow headboard. Various prints and patterns keep your eye moving in this room, filled with fresh ideas for budget decor.

Layer Coastal Decor

Laurey W. Glenn

Mixed materials like the down-filled duvet, grass cloth wallcovering, bamboo bench, and wool Berber carpet add warmth. This sleepy space gets a gentle wake-up from the quiet splashes of celadon green on the bed linens, pillows, and bench cushions. Combining soothing colors with a pop of color creates character without overwhelming the room.

Inspiration from Patterns

Photography Van Chaplin, Charles Walton IV / Styling Buffy Hargett

The pattern on the upholstered headboard inspired the color scheme in this room. Punctuated with highlights of deep red, the homeowner opted for a more serene space with its muted color palette. Installing a unique chandelier lends an air of casual elegance to the area.

Cottage White

Colleen Duffley

The lilac accents in this primarily white room, keeping with the calming color scheme, are displayed through florals on the bedside table, a throw on the edge of the bed, and tucked at the bottom of the window drapes. White seashell bouquets, used as wall decor, add coastal character to the room without being distracting. Subtle purple hues in the wood tone of the bedside table add cohesiveness to this pretty palette.

Neutral Retreat

Laurey W. Glenn

In the bedroom, a monochromatic tan color theme adds warmth through textures. A crushed velvet armchair, coordinating with the bedding, sits at the bottom of the bed, creating a resting space. Windows flanking the bed and the set of double doors bring light into this subtly-toned room.

Emphasize the Mirrors

Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Elly Poston Cooper

Instead of a traditional headboard, try using a mirror. A distinctive mirror makes a room more visually attractive while providing some function. An overhead mirror is an excellent opportunity to incorporate vintage or antique items you usually wouldn’t use as decor because it can stand on its own as the focal point.

Crisp and Clean

Photography Laurey W. Glenn / Styling Leigh Anne Montgomery

Keeping the basics white gives a clean, versatile look. Hanging a mirror above the headboard reflects light and creates a focal point. The ombre drapes, armchair, and throw pillows add interest to an otherwise neutral space.

Use a Wood Bench

Courtesy of Ruggable

Positioned on top of a statement area rug, a wood bench at the foot of a bench adds a rustic charm to the space. This addition adds function and style and is perfect for sitting while you put on your shoes or even a place to store your extra pillows and blankets while you sleep. A darker wood stain on the bench than the flooring allows the statement piece to stand out.

Tropical Getaway

Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

A serene color scheme of yellow-gold and beiges sets a relaxing mood in this island-inspired bedroom. The canopy bed is the main attraction in this room. Matching throw pillows and wallpaper tie it all together.

Casual Coastal Bedroom

Photo: Lucas Allen, Styling: Elizabeth Demos

These homeowners collected antiques from Kansas City and combined them with painted pieces, flea market finds, and antique reproductions for a casual beach look. The one-of-a-kind bedroom repurposes salvaged items into new decor. The burlap pendant light makes an eye-catching focal point.

Rustic Retreat

Laurey W. Glenn

Light-drenched window nooks, exposed timber beams, and mountain cabin-inspired furniture make this bedroom a retreat. Antique prints of regional wildlife and floral-themed drapery also reference the home’s forested location. Keeping a more muted, desaturated color palette helps this room blend into its surroundings.

Try Green Living

Laurey W. Glenn / Styling Scott Martin

This room, with its traditional mixed furnishings and contemporary details, takes inspiration from a Japanese garden. The furniture comes from several sources. Some pieces are antique, vintage, or made from reclaimed wood. Still, most are from nearby furniture companies committed to manufacturing in environmentally sensitive ways. For flooring, fast-growing yet durable bamboo wood keeps the room from looking too contemporary with a dark stain.

Flea Market Fabulous Bedroom

Photo: Miki Duisterhof

See how Eddie Ross used flea market finds to transform this room into a light-filled, colorful retreat. Coordinating drapery and bed skirt adorn the custom-created canopy rails of the four-poster bed. Abstract artwork over the bed links the red accents, benches, pillows, and window drapes to the room.

Geometric Greyness

Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Shannon Gini

This bed’s solid structural lines complement the faded damask-style rug. Bed linens and drapes take a softer approach to styling than the bed frame. The overall simplicity of the space gives a calming effect.

Stylishly Simplified

Photo: Charles Walton IV

Stylishly simplified, the bedroom is as easy on the eyes. A modern four-poster bed bridges the past with the present and gives the otherwise contemporary space a dash of Southern romanticism. Highlighting the bed are navy pillows, a silk quilt duvet in a soft shade of gray, and an antique needlepoint navy lumbar pillow. A fresh coat of white paint freshens the room without making it too bright. Contemporary patterned fabric panels draw the eye to the windows and the view beyond.

Sustainable Space

Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

Green design doesn’t have to mean mod and sleek. Start by using low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paint on the walls. The four-poster bed, crafted from rattan, is more sustainable because it is a fast-growing wood. It can be grown in natural forests without disturbing the existing structure and balance. Items such as these are suitable for your home’s environmental footprint.

Classic Elegance

Hector Manuel Sanchez

A four-poster bed has a timeless look. Using a classic color palette like blue and white will hold up well as time passes. Modern accents, like an eclectic lamp, can add new life to a room while retaining the traditional elements.

Fresh Green

Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

Different shades of green make crisp white bedding and accessories pop. A luxurious area rug and wood flooring ground the space with exaggerated textures. Matching drapes and throw pillows also easily add cohesion to a room.

Relaxing Tones

Atlantic Archives, Inc./Richard Leo Johnson

Calm, restful colors and piles of pillows invite you to relax after a busy day. The overhead artwork, a soothing sky, sets the tone for the barely-there blue paint on the walls. Surrounded by windows, this room is bright from natural light as it is from its decor.

Grand Getaway

Robbie Caponetto; Styling: Kendra Surface

This bedroom displays a more-is-more approach. The abundance of textures and patterns keep your eyes busy, so the crisp white bedding gives you a place to rest (literally and figuratively). Accents such as the mesh and tassel canopy cover give the room even more grandeur.

Relax and Reflect

Captured Moments By Buddy Mountcastle

This tranquil space feels larger and lighter thanks to the oversized, standing mirror. Adding a soothing quality to the room, the matching grey-beige drapery and bedding complement one another. The minimalistic space provides a clutter-free retreat.

Cottage Romance

Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Elly Poston Cooper

Stage drama in the bedroom with fancy-feeling details, like a thick duvet at the foot of the bed or window treatments that frame your windows like an opera curtain. Unique decor, like the candelabra and vintage laundry rack, set this room apart from others. A well-positioned painting can add just the right amount of color.

Add Soft Textures

VSI Group/Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty

The soft, inviting textures in this room create a cozy escape. From the tufted upholstered bench to the flowing floor-to-ceiling drapes bordering the windows, this bedroom has textures on every inch of its decor. Beach-inspired colors tie the space’s palette of pale blues, creams, and brown highlights.

Accentuate Spring Colors

Hector Manuel Sanchez; Styling: Kathleen Varner

For a cheery bedroom, try using spring-inspired colors. Pairing sunny yellow with radiant purple and tieing it together with grassy green combines to create a perfect palette. The additional blue-green headboard and bedding trim anchor the space as a calming space.

Cosmopolitan Decor

Sean Shanahan

The exposed bricks and vintage-inspired painting establish an old-world charm quality to this room. Adding vintage suitcases enriches this thematic decor. Using primarily shades of black and white helps keep this space’s sophisticated tone.

Paint it Black

Marta Xochilt Perez; Styling: Page Mullins

For a true nighttime escape, paint your walls black. This moody paint color option forms a dramatic atmosphere where every additional aspect feeds off its energy. Keep bedding and flooring neutral to allow the walls to be the focal point.

Paint the Trim

Marta Xochilt Perez; Styling: Page Mullins

Sometimes the best way to dress up your bedroom is not to paint the walls but the trim. Using a soft shade to highlight a tray ceiling or set of windows draws your eye up and out, increasing your perception of the room’s size. Detailing a bedroom this way allows for neutral or white bedding colors as the pop of wall color adds contrast.

Add a Daybed

Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Matthew Gleason

Add an extra place to rest your head for the ultimate relaxation oasis. A daybed is a great way to fill an awkward space in your room and can be a place to add pops of color with bedding, pillows, or a throw blanket. Use it for reading, dressing, or simply as a decorative furnishing.

Open-Air Loft

Photo: Ralph Anderson

Designer Matthew Bees mounted an Asian-inspired screen from the ceiling in this loft bedroom to create the illusion of a wall. The open-airy feeling of the loft maintains when using a screen to create privacy while also keeping the natural light. Touches of teal and a mix of textures make an inviting space.

Try Warm Colors

Photo: Helen Norman; Stylist: Liz Levin

Bedrooms don’t always need to be blue or neutral colors. Try adding a bright, warm color palette for a unique space that fits your energy. Vibrant red or orange colors can be the thing you need to help you wake up in a cheerful mood every day.

Highlight the Lighting

Laurey Glenn

Brighten your bedroom with a unique light fixture. Show your bedroom in a whole new light by transforming the overhead lighting into a piece of art instead of only a functional accessory. Sconces or bedside tables also are opportunities to exchange plain lighting for something more ornamental.

Let in the Light

Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

The three windows over the bed allow for light to fill this space. Natural light extends from the cream-trimmed windows into this room, brightening dark wood floors. In this bright bedroom, wood furnishings contrast the white bedding and pale-blue painted walls.

Go for Oversized Art

Jean Liu

A floor-to-ceiling art print draws your attention. Positioned on a neutrally painted wall, a colorful painting or abstract piece of art can enhance a room’s decorative qualities. Use this statement piece as a jumping-off point to introduce color into other furnishings such as throw pillows or an area rug.

Paint the Ceiling

Courtesy of Behr

Consider decorating from the top down when looking to freshen up a bedroom. Look at the ceiling to determine if you can produce the atmosphere you wish to achieve by adding a coat of paint. Coordinating the ceiling color with the beadboard and doors adds cohesion to this dramatic decor.

Serene Retreat

Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

Serene neutrals and solid fabrics create a peaceful retreat. Tactile velvets, linens, and bits of fur add the necessary plushness to this bedroom. Adding monogrammed shams brings a sense of Southern charm to this luxe room.

Look to Nature

Robbie Caponetto; Styling: Kendra Surface

Drawing inspiration from the outdoors is a way to construct a cohesive color palette that works. Nature has a way of supplying soothing scenery, so incorporating this into your bedroom can offer the same effect. Using wood or muted forest shades can be monotonous, so add vibrant colors to highlight specific decor.

Design from Top Down

Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Kiera Coffee

The large framed pictures creating a gallery over the bed draw your attention upwards. In addition to this display, the overhead light adds one of the only pops of color with green on the shade’s interior. The bedding complements this green while the furnishings remain neutral.

Add Extra Seating

Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Lizzie Cullen Cox

The bed is the lead furnishing in this room, but a unique seating option makes the space feel more inviting. Look for an accent chair or bench to add character to an otherwise blank space. The weathered texture on this bench contrasts the soft, delicate fabrics surrounding the bed.

Create A Reading Nook

Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Lizzie Cullen Cox

Build yourself the perfect escape by creating a reading nook in your bedroom. The sconce and drapery allow you to stay up late reading your favorite book without disturbing anyone else in the room. This cozy space is excellent for relaxing or storing things behind the drawn curtain.

Collected Decor


This charming home is filled with meaningful art collected from travels. Above the bed in this primary bedroom hangs a piece by Glory Day Loflin—a reference to the homeowners’ favorite place, Lake Jocassee, located about an hour away.

Monochromatic Neutrals

Photo: Laurey Glenn; Stylist: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Find various shades of the same neutral to create a monochromatic space. A blush-grey bedroom can incorporate hues ranging from cream to barely-there pink but still look like a cohesive space because of the closely related pigments. The pink florals on the bedside table nicely complement the decor.

Welcome Home

The primary bedroom features a striking collection of portraits.

HECTOR MANUEL SANCHEZ; Styling by Christina Wressell

This bedroom, and the whole home, balances aesthetic appeal with accessibility. The effect is one that is embraces Southern hospitality on a deeper level because it can welcome a wider range of people. The primary bedroom features a striking collection of portraits and a stylish lived-in look to beautifully host life.

Highlight The Views

Secret Bay, Dominica

There is no need for additional decor when you have a view from your room. Center your bed to overlook the exterior wonders that reside outside your home. If you do not have this expansive view, consider creating it with a floor-to-ceiling mural of your favorite place.


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