When it comes to home renovation and redecorating, public-facing areas like living rooms and kitchens tend to be top of mind. The bedroom, meanwhile, often falls to the wayside. And while we certainly advocate for freshly painted kitchen cabinets and extra garlands for the mantel, it’s good to keep the bedroom top of mind too. Especially now, when bedrooms often double as home office spaces, it’s worth rethinking how you can spruce up the space, whether it’s with new curtains, a canopy, or a funky wallpaper.
Of course, what’s paramount in a bedroom is coziness and peace. This space should feel less like a bustling hub and more a welcome respite. “We’re seeing bedrooms outfitted head to toe in materiality at the moment,” Brynn Olson, founder and principal of Brynn Olson Design Group tells ELLE DECOR. “Our clients are looking for spaces that envelop them in comfort.” Looking to spice things up his year? Here, we’ve polled interior designers as to what trends they’re noticing in bedroom design lately. Sweet dreams!
Piled-on Texture and Color
Instead of one color or one material, these days the move is to combine a little bit of everything. The result is a layered space that feels natural and effortless. “We’re still being asked for bedrooms with a lot of luxurious textures,” says interior designer Heather Hilliard. “So we’re doing a custom, thick Mongolian cashmere rug for a bedroom.”
These layers can start and end anywhere, from rugs and wallpaper to blankets and canopies. “We’re currently designing a bedroom in Nantucket and are incorporating layers of Fermoie fabrics, textural elements, and layered raffia tape trims on wool,” adds interior designer Meg Lonergan.
Canopy Beds and Other Trad Touches
Trad is back in the bedroom! (But did it ever really leave?) Classic patterns and canopied beds are back in a big way—after all, it’s a trend that never really goes out of style.” [Traditional elements] are beautiful, and they create a cocoon that softens the space and feels serene,” says Roger Higgins, principal and founder of R. Higgins Interiors. “They’re versatile and can be draped in traditional patterns or something more streamlined, like white linen.” One thing to keep in mind when approaching this aesthetic, of course, is that it can quickly become the main character of a room. “We’re designing a bedroom with a canopied bed—the size and scope is determining the type of lighting,” adds Lonergan.
High-Design Bunk Beds
Bunk beds are trending in a big way, most notably in vacation homes where visiting friends and family often include young children. “They’re practical and efficient and can be interesting to design,” says Higgins. “Clients often allow us to push the envelope in these spaces.” Higgins suggests a darker palette for these rooms—with upholstered walls for sound dampening. Charging niches for phones are a great added bonus.
Dreamy Serene Hues
We love a big, bold splash of color, but when it comes to your bedroom, sometimes a more soothing color palette is more appropriate. After all, it’s easier to unwind when surrounded by a more natural palette. “In primary bedrooms, our clients are opting for softer, restful palettes—often soft blues and greens,” adds Higgins. Toffee and cream are also all the rage, per Lonergan. Add a few cashmere blankets and silk pillowcases and it’s straight to dreamland.
Bedrooms are more than just a place to rest your head at night—nowadays, for many they’re part of the work-from-home ecosystem. As a result, demand for extra space is at an all-time high. “Closets are never big enough,” adds Higgins. “For 2024, we’re working on larger, more organized primary closets and even adding wall panels that open to reveal additional storage and all but disappear when the panels are closed.” Need a caffeine fix before your morning Zoom call? “Two clients are getting custom coffee bars concealed behind doors,” adds Hilliard. “They like anything that makes them feel like the bedroom is a serene retreat.”
Helena Madden is ELLE DECOR’s associate market editor, and covers all things product and trend, from flatware and furnishings to kitchen and bath. She previously worked as a staff writer at Robb Report, where she covered luxury news with a focus on interior design.