Nowadays, bedrooms vary so much in size that some are designed purely for sleeping while others are outfitted to mimic luxurious hotel suites. No matter the size of your bedroom, though, it should ultimately be a relaxing retreat from the rest of your home—the place you can get away to and unwind in. To create such a space, relaxing bedroom décor is a must. Of course, not everyone has the same definition of relaxing. While some people prefer all neutral shades of white, cream, and taupe, others can’t imagine falling asleep in a place without color. Rest assured, though, there’s a relaxing bedroom idea for every home design aesthetic imaginable. To prove it, we went through the archives to pull 16 of our favorite relaxing bedroom décor concepts. Ahead, you’ll find a mix of minimalist, modern, coastal, bohemian, and farmhouse bedrooms, all of which can be described as serene. The only question is, which will align most with your perspective of the word? Keep reading to find out.
Designer Robert Passal is responsible for this dreamy monochromatic cream bedroom, which is nestled in a 1912 high-rise in the Flatiron neighborhood of Manhattan. The large upholstered bed, transparent floor-to-ceiling drapes, and statement chandelier create a chic and serene space. Meanwhile, an oil painting by Cynthia Packard adds a pop of color to the bedroom without detracting from its relaxing allure.
Few design elements are as cozy and relaxing as a bedroom fireplace. That’s why Blackberry Farm, a wellness-centered resort in the Great Smoky Mountains, made sure to add the fire feature to its farmhouse suites.
Rose Quartz Retreat
If the idea of an all-white bedroom bores you, take inspiration from other items that instill a sense of calm. If you enjoy restorative Himalayan salt rooms and rose quartz properties, opting for a blush-toned bedroom, like this one designed by Monica Fried, might be your perfect peaceful palette.
The key to creating a gorgeous space is knowing how to layer textures and tones—even when the goal is for relaxation. Here, designer Betsy Brown paired plush RH linens and a custom woodgrain canopy bed with natural jute rugs and a fluffy fur pelt for a rich-yet-neutral bedroom scene.
If you love color, consider a saturated bedroom in tones that are slightly more muted than the rest of your home. Here, designer Angie Hranowsky embraced pale shades of purple, blue, and green for a charming and serene sleep space.
CeCe Barfield Thompson’s Gramercy Park apartment is drenched in color, but you wouldn’t know it from looking at her buttercream bedroom. With hints of subdued robin’s egg blue, it looks downright dreamy, don’t you think?
Perhaps your idea of peaceful is slumbering seaside in the Mediterranean. If that’s the case, this minimalist blue-and-white concept by architecture firm Khoury & Vogt might be worth recreating in your own home.
Lavender is one of the most recommended natural sleep aids, as the scent is known for its calming effects. As it turns out, the color can be just as soothing, hence why Renvy Graves Pittman’s decorator used it in her Bel Air estate bedroom.
Nature is beloved for its tranquility, so if your goal is to feel at peace in your bedroom, consider bringing the outside in, as designer Meredith McBrearty did here. Although the mountain statement wall looks like a hand-painted mural, it’s actually a Fromental wallcovering.
People often get away to the beach in an effort to slow down and recharge. Whether you live on the coast or simply want to embrace that way of life, outfitting your bedroom in shades of cream and blue can be incredibly peaceful. This Mark D. Sikes-designed bedroom proves it.
Draped canopy beds were big in the ’70s and we’re seeing a resurgence of the bedroom design here in 2024. For a peaceful take on the retro-inspired trend, opt for an all-white bed (like this one designed by Veere Grenney) and add pops of color and patterns as you see fit.
Nurseries should be peaceful retreats, too. For a calming sleepscape for your little one, consider a salmon approach, as designer Melanie Turner did here. While the color leans pink, it proves to be a gender-neutral hue.
One With Winter
Winter might feel bone-chilling and frightful, but if you have glass between you and the elements it can feel incredibly peaceful. There’s something so tranquil about plush, powdery snow and the quiet that comes with it. Suffice to say, outfitting your bedroom to encapsulate a wintry aesthetic can be quite soothing.
Shades of Blue
Here’s further proof that you don’t need to abandon color to achieve a relaxing bedroom. Designer Miles Redd is responsible for this whimsical blue-toned bedroom, which we would happily curl up in.
All-white bedrooms don’t have to look minimalist and modern. With romantic window treatments, luxe bedding, and intentional layering, you can create a relaxing bedroom that looks Parisian-chic, too. Consider this bedroom by decorators Raphaël Le Berre and Thomas Vevaud your proof.
Perhaps you feel most at ease sitting in a steamy sauna. If so, decorating your walls and ceiling with wood paneling to mimic the wellness amenity is a unique bedroom design idea. If legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright could do it (pictured here is his room in the Christie House in New Jersey), why can’t you?
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