Your bedroom should be your sanctuary. It’s a place to unwind, relax, and recharge after a long day. However, this can be hard to do. How do you create a cozy and comfortable space that promotes restful sleep and relaxation? Luckily, we can help. With a few simple and affordable tweaks, you can transform your bedroom into a cozy haven that makes you feel calm and happy.
From warm lighting and soft textiles to natural materials and calming color schemes, there are many elements to consider when designing your dream bedroom. Whether you live in an apartment in Boston or a house in Bend, OR, read on for 29 cozy bedroom ideas to help you build a relaxing oasis.
1. Figure out how you want to use the space
Before anything else, think about how you want to use the space and how you hope to feel. “If you want to be relaxed, choose calming, natural colors and patterns,” says Jennifer Matthews, co-founder and CCO at Tempaper & Co. “If you want to spark creativity, select bold, colorful prints and accessories.”
2. Discover your personal style
According to the Exclusively To Design team, a helpful starting point when planning your decor is to consider what makes you feel cozy. Are you drawn to dark and moody colors, or do you prefer a romantic and soft aesthetic? Perhaps you lean towards a contemporary and chic style, or find comfort in vintage pieces. By identifying your preferences, your project will become much more manageable.
3. Decide on an aesthetic before choosing a paint color
The best paint color depends on how you want to feel in your bedroom. Do you want to walk in and feel a sense of relaxation and calm, or do you want to wake up to something vibrant and energizing?
“If you prefer a more relaxing feel, try an airy white or a soft, aquatic shade,” says Jillian Hayward Schaible, Principal Designer of Susan Hayward Interiors. “To wake up feeling ready, motivated, and full of life, select a vibrant tone that makes you feel connected and happy.”
4. Start with a simple color palette
Start with white walls and work your way into color slowly and mindfully. “This makes it easy to add pops of personality through artwork, such as a local painting or homemade sculpture,” says Umang Shah, a designer with Contextus.
“Once you decide on a color, you can add soft and inviting bedding with lots of playful layers and textures, as well as unique accessories,” says Leah Jones, owner of LJ Interiors.
“Consider mixing shades of white, cream, gray, and taupe in varying fabric patterns and textures,” says the team at Signature Design Interiors
5. Try using three complimentary colors
Start by choosing a simple color palette with three colors. “The first color is a neutral color on your walls, the second is for your furniture, and the third color is for accents, like accessories, art, and pillows,” says Sally Soricelli, owner of Nestorations. “Use varying shades of your three colors throughout your bedroom to give it a put-together look.”
6. Incorporate light and dark colors
Although white bedrooms can be beautiful and easier to decorate, try mixing in a darker color to help add contrast and promote relaxation. “You can achieve this in various ways, including a black bed frame with an oversized headboard, blue ombre throw blanket, clay-toned pillows, or decorative plants,” says Kimberly Que from the furniture store FROY. “If your apartment or house allows it, you can also consider painting one side of your wall,” she says. “If not, you can hang a large wall art featuring a stunning mountain range or sea.”
7. Appeal to all your senses
Think about appealing to the five senses: touch, sight, smell, sound, and taste. “Use soft materials like silk and velvet and incorporate blackout curtains,” says Eric Egan, owner of L’Artigianato. “Additionally, minimize clutter to improve your sleep quality.”
8. Focus on artwork with different proportions
It’s essential to create a sense of balance through proportion. “When selecting art above your bed, choose pieces that are between 50%-70% of the bed’s width,” advises Anna Davidson, founder of Homzie Designs. “This will ensure proper proportion and promote a sense of balance and peace in your space.”
9. Coordinate window coverings and color palettes
There are two essential steps in any bedroom design: window coverings that enhance sleep and a soothing color palette that weaves throughout the bedroom. “First, install soft window coverings, such as roman shade blackout shades,” suggests Nicole Ketchum, owner of Hey Girl Decor. “Then, choose a color palette that you can use in your upholstery, bedding, lighting, and more.”
10. Incorporate soothing design
To create an inviting bedroom, position the bed to face the entrance and use soft white light bulbs for a relaxing ambiance.
“Avoid blue light from electronics and opt for soft overhead lighting with a dimmer switch,” recommends Amy Conner-Murphy, AIA, ArCH, NCARB, ASID, and owner of ACM Design | Architecture & Interiors. “You can experiment with texture and color by investing in quality bed linens.”
Don’t be afraid to mix and match coordinating colors and patterns for a timeless and current design.
11. Create a bedroom retreat by mixing textures and patterns
Pairing quilted blankets with linen or leather pillows may feel wrong, but “their unique qualities compliment each other and create a cozy and inviting design,” note Mackenzie and Chance Edwards, co-owners of homebodyHQ. “Choose one pattern for your window treatments and a smaller complimentary pattern for your bedsheets.”
12. Layer complementary textures
Create a cozy bedroom by layering plush rugs, using art that means something to you, and mixing and matching your textiles. “Your selections should be complementary, but not match too much,” says Brittni Webb from MP James.
“Layering your lighting can also be a great option,” she says. “You can do this by hanging a beautiful ambient chandelier above your bed and complementing this with decorative table lamps and a floor lamp.”
Layers can elevate your design and help it look more intentional.
13. Focus on your bed
Break your bed down into two spaces. “Place large cushions across the width of the bed, some big and some small,” says Kim Knox-Thurn, Principal Designer with The Style Project. “At the end of the bed, fold a lush duvet into thirds for a cozy napping blanket.”
14. Build a sanctuary
Think of your bedroom as your sanctuary. “To create a spa-like and relaxed feel, try a soft color palette on the walls,” says Cindy Larschan, owner of Pineapples, Palms Too. “For a fresh, inviting, and timeless look, use white bedding with pillows and a plush down comforter.”
15. Use paint to transform your room
Using paint is a simple and cost-effective way to create a cozy bedroom. It’s incredible how quickly a fresh color can change the entire mood of a space. “Don’t be afraid of dark, rich colors, even for a bedroom,” says Irene Lovett, owner of designstiles. “They can create the feeling of a hug and help you sleep at night.”
Color is a critical part of a bedroom, so “spend time choosing the perfect ones,” says Lindsey O. from C Color. “If you have a larger room, use darker or medium hues to enhance the space.”
16. Keep your bedroom neutral
Incorporate neutral paint colors so you can add pops of color throughout the bedroom. “Soft textures such as boucle and velvet create a cozy, warm environment,” says Guillaume from frenchCALIFORNIA. “When it comes to window treatments and drapery, choose subtle colors like beige, cream, and tan, or textures that blend seamlessly into the space, like linen, which allows soft light during the day.
“You can also save bright and lively colors for other rooms where you want more energy, like a home office or gaming room,” says KR Moehr, owner of Abstract Art. “If you want to add accents in your bedroom, try to keep it limited to nature-inspired decor and calming colors.”
17. Remember, furniture doesn’t need to match
Starting with a neutral base allows you to use contrasting colors in other parts of the room.
You don’t need to match to create a cozy bedroom. “Even if you currently own a matching set of furniture, don’t feel confined by their colors,” notes Meagan Sanders, owner of Seven Lane Interiors. “Contrasting palettes help add visual interest and allow you to personalize your space.”
18. Invest in large, quality pillows
Bed pillows are a must for any cozy design. “Instead of going with the standard sizes for your queen bed, consider two oversized shams, two euro shams, and a large lumbar pillow in front,” says Becky Ducsik, owner of The Phinery. “Oversized pillows help create a comfortable backdrop while allowing you to introduce your favorite prints, colors, and textures.”
19. Choose healthy materials
Healthy materials can aid your sleep and improve your health. Organic items like organic mattresses, bedding, rugs, and drapery are a great place to start. “Look for certified materials like oeko-tex that verify the chemical composition of your bedding and fillers,” says Natalie Biles, owner of Shine Interior Design Studio.
Be especially wary of carpets. “Although many people love carpeting, it’s often one of the most toxic products found in homes,” cautions Megan Thompson, founder of Spark Interiors. “An alternative is to use a soft rug or wool carpet with jute backing and natural rubber padding for a low to no VOC outcome.”
Natural materials don’t have to detract from your design, either. You can create stunning textures and bring a cozy feel to any bedroom. “For example, linen duvets give a soft element, while a rattan bed frame can provide an earthy feel, which harmonizes a calm and luxurious bedroom design,” says the team at Alisha Taylor Interiors.
20. Bring nature into your bedroom
There is no better way to make your bedroom feel welcoming and cozy than by adding flowers, greenery, and natural artwork. “This also helps add color and texture,” says Liesel Walters, co-owner of Woodka Interiors. “Other options include livening up your wall with decorative art or adding a small succulent to your bookshelf or nightstand.”
Inviting the outdoors into your bedroom enhances your health and productivity. “Nature can also improve your mood, bring clarity to ideas, and create a relaxing space,” says Cynthia Yosha-Snyder, owner of Yosha Snyder Group. “Consider adding plants and natural artwork to bring the outdoors in.”
21. Focus on lighting
Making minor adjustments to your lighting is a simple and effective way to bring coziness to your bedroom. “Place accent lights with dimming capability throughout the space and add dimmers to your wall switches to give you more control over your room,” says Shannon Levy, owner of Shannon Levy Interiors
Another option is to add subtle wall sconces or small lamps for relaxing, ambient light. “Apart from lighting, custom drapery can block out light and sound and help regulate temperature,” notes Charlene Threatful, owner of Lush Interiors.
No matter what you do, “don’t let a harsh ceiling light spoil the vibe,” implores Alya Butler, Design Studio Assistant with LK Design. “Instead, opt for the gentle glow of nightstand lamps, wall sconces, and floor lamps to create a peaceful and inviting atmosphere.
22. Incorporate earth tones into your bedroom
Earth tones are making a big comeback thanks to their ability to bring warmth and a sense of calm to a space. “Incorporate different earthy shades to help create a cozy bedroom sanctuary,” says Stacy Graves, owner of Stacy Graves Interiors. “Remember, earth tones aren’t just brown – any color you can find in nature will work.”
You can also add other natural elements that add texture, like stone, metal, greenery, and woven materials.
23. Layer your bedding
By keeping your main bedding in neutrals, you can add shams and accent pillows to your heart’s content. “Go the extra mile by adjusting colors and styles for the season,” says the team at Diana Rose Design. “For instance, in winter, you could add fur pillows, and in summer, some linen floral pillows.”
Start with shams that match your duvet or quilt set, then add neutral pillowcases in front of the shams, followed by colorful throw pillows in a mix of patterns. “Don’t be afraid of adding too many layers,” says Yekii Killion, owner of Black Cat Interiors.
24. Customize the wall behind your bed
Make the most of your bedroom wall for an immediate impact when you enter the room. “Consider a large upholstered headboard in a textured neutral fabric, or a unique wall covering behind your bed, such as a geometric wallpaper or fun painting,” says Kristen Pawlak, a designer with Decorating Den Interiors.
25. Consider alternative wall decor
White and beige walls can be boring, so consider more exciting options. Millwork, including paneling, wainscoting, and molding, is becoming more popular nationwide. “These details add richness and visual contrast without overwhelming the space,” notes the team at Alma Homes. “Depending on its design, millwork style can range from abstract to classic and be combined with wallpaper or painted different hues to make a truly unique space.”
26. Focus on your windows
Select appropriate window treatments based on your sleep preferences, such as shades that filter sunlight or drapery with blackout lining for darkness. “This ensures a comfortable sleep environment, whether you prefer to wake up to sunlight or not,” notes Rosanna Bassford, founder of Eggshell Home.
Be mindful about where you hang your drapes. “Always hang them just below the ceiling or trim level to take your windows to the next level,” says Laura Christian, owner of Laura Design and Co.
27. Surround yourself with comfort and security
Nostalgic and comfortable items can help you sleep better at night and create a relaxing bedroom oasis. “Place nostalgic photos and mementos around the room or display favorite collectibles,” says Ryan Poppe, team lead of the Colorado Property Group and RE/MAX Pinnacle. “Choose decor that fits your environment, such as mountainous, western, or rustic themes, to enhance the overall ambiance.”
Choose items and colors that evoke happy memories. “Whatever you pick, opt for colors and patterns that bring you joy,” says Jenna Gaidusek, interior designer and founder of Jenna Gaidusek Designs. “If you can, avoid dull grays and whites – we already have enough of them in our lives.
28. Invest in your air quality
Besides sleep, air quality is the most important part of a bedroom. “Use an air purifier, humidifier, or anything that suits your personal health,” says Kris Lindahl, team leader of Kris Lindahl Real Estate. “This way, you can keep your room free of dust and pollutants.”
29. Hire the perfect interior designer for your home
Some projects require an interior designer, no matter how hard you try to do it yourself.
If you’re considering hiring a designer for your bedroom project, “make sure to take time to teach them about your bedtime habits, so they can help you maintain a similar lifestyle,” says Mel Cook, owner of Cooked Design Studio. “For example, do you like waking up with a little natural light or total darkness?”
Everyone has their own habits and preferences, so be honest and allow your designer to create a truly unique, sustainable, and cozy bedroom design.