While everyone loves a cozy living room, there is nothing more important than a cozy bedroom that makes you feel safe and warm and sheltered from the chaos of the world. While an attic bedroom might have a built-in coziness factor thanks to the arched ceilings and top floor location, any bedroom can be made to feel cozier by keeping a few simple principles in mind.
So what makes a space feel cozy? While that might be subjective based on your personality and individual tastes, there are some elements that make a room feel universally cozy—a comfy bed, soft lighting, and decor details that make it feel like home. Check out these inviting bedrooms in a range of styles for inspiration on how to do the same for your own space.
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Interior design team Tara Mangini and Percy Bright of Jersey Ice Cream Co played up the historic charm of a 1887 Arts & Crafts home in the Catskills by embracing the warm wood paneling on walls and ceiling and hardwood floors. To add contrast and lighten things up, they chose pale cool-toned gray paint that highlights the detailing on a pair of doors flanking the bed. A cushy upholstered headboard in a cheerful blue-and-white check pattern, a large cream-colored rug with a subtle pattern, and plush bedding that includes a fluffy gray fur throw at the foot of the bed adds softness and a homey touch.Continue to 2 of 15 below.
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Erin Williamson Design used bright wallpaper and bold pattern-on-pattern mixing to style this cozy guest room. "When mixing patterns, there are several possible strategies that I like to employ," says Williamson. "For this space, we mimicked a classic en suite look of matching fabrics and wallpaper by using several patterns that are close in color and scale—the effect is kind of dizzying and old school cool at the same time. The last layer came with the rug, which is a contrasting color and more open scale than the wallpaper and textiles. It adds visual texture while also letting the more bold patterns breathe."Continue to 3 of 15 below.
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Blogger Annie Diamond of Most Lovely Things created a warm, enveloping feeling in her bedroom by painting the walls in deep gray paint. The dark wall color adds a grounding element to the otherwise light palette that includes pale oak flooring, bed linens, and bright white paint on the ceiling as well as the window trims and doors. And she created an easily changeable gallery wall by adding three picture rail shelves and filling them with black and white framed family and travel photos to create a personal touch that creates an instantly cozy feel.Continue to 4 of 15 below.
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This bedroom features A Golden Age Wallpaper by Melissa Dilger of Ellie Cashman Design that transforms the space into a dreamy flowering garden oasis. Matching reading lamps on the bedside tables and a nearby bookshelf full of reading material and space for art and personal objects creates a comfortable atmosphere for bedtime reading, or a place to while away the hours on a rainy afternoon. Creamy linens and a navy blue velvet round tufted pillow on the bed add a touch of old world charm.Continue to 5 of 15 below.
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Bright and Cheerful
In this Tudor house bedroom designed by Seattle-based OreStudios, an otherwise neutral room bathed in soothing tones of white, cream, and gray is given a bright and cheerful dose of color with a bright blue overdyed Turkish rug. Tall mid-century style lamps on a warm wood sideboard with a vintage rattan mirror create a homey vignette that makes the bedroom feel like more than just a place to sleep. Paler shades of blue create an overall soothing vibe that makes this cozy room something you'd be happy to wake up in every morning.Continue to 6 of 15 below.
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In this charming guest bedroom on the North Fork of Long Island, interior designers Tara Mangini and Percy Bright of Jersey Ice Cream Co injected a sense of history into the blank slate of a modern day home by adding timeless vintage-inspired touches. They played up the slanted wood-paneled ceiling by painting it white to contrast with dark wood ceiling beams, adding patterned Farrow & Ball wallpaper on the wall behind the bed, a framed piece of vintage art, frilly linens, and a bedside table just big enough to hold a vase of wildflowers.Continue to 7 of 15 below.
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To create this cozy bedroom in a contemporary Seattle townhouse, OreStudios chose a soothing palette of warm shades of gray and cream. An upholstered headboard and layered bedding in a range of textures create a feel-good spot for lounging and sleeping, while a plush cream-colored carpet adds warmth. Industrial Serge Mouille reading lights are sculptural but soft in white, while a curvy, sheepskin-covered armchair looks as inviting as the bed.Continue to 8 of 15 below.
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Dorm-Style Kids' Room
In this cute kids' room from Christina Kim Interior Design, dorm-style bunk beds fill up an entire wall, creating cozy individual sleeping nooks in an otherwise wide open space. Privacy curtains on each bunk create a room-within-a-room feeling, and a plush Berber rug and a window seat with an abundance of overstuffed pillows adds a space for kids to congregate.Continue to 9 of 15 below.
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Is there anything cozier than a fireplace? This bedroom designed OreStudios has a fireplace opposite the bed. Walls are painted in pastel lavender for a soothing effect. A comfortable armchair and ottoman creates an appealing spot to put your feet up and read. A mid-century dresser layered with art adds warmth, and extra throws and pillows on the bed and chair create a sense of comfort and well being.Continue to 10 of 15 below.
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In this cozy bedroom from Christina Kim Interior Design, the bed is placed in front of a bank of windows in a tight nook that has a cocoon-like feel thanks to a large wrap-around upholstered headboard. Integrated wooden bedside tables and bright brass reading light sconces mounted on the wall complete the space, while a palette of pale grays, pinks, and whites keeps it feeling light and airy despite the otherwise cramped quarters.Continue to 11 of 15 below.
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Blogger Sara Toufali of Black and Blooms created a makeshift guest room with boho chic charm in a corner of her home office. The bed is tucked into the window-filled corner and layered with pillows and comfy throws in natural tones and varying textures to create an off-duty daybed effect. The light-filled space is filled with hanging plants, a macrame wall hanging, and woven baskets to store items and keep it clutter-free.Continue to 12 of 15 below.
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Another snug kids' bedroom from Christina Kim Interior Design has a cozy feel based on its small proportions, but Kim played up its tiny charms by making use of every inch of available space. A twin bed is tucked in under the windows and layered with plenty of pillows to create a reading nook during the day. A built-in desk and shelves that take advantage of vertical space create a place to do homework. A chalkboard wall, black desk chair and painted interior window shutters add contrast to the white room, while a fluffy rug adds softness.Continue to 13 of 15 below.
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Blogger Molly at Almost Makes Perfect chose earthy neutrals and lots of texture to turn her spacious, airy bedroom into a cozy oasis. A large plush Berber-style rug anchors the bed and feels cozy underfoot. A tall standing mirror leaning against the wall reflects light and creates a user-friendly wardrobe selfie set-up. A blank space is filled with a pale wood bench and lumbar cushion for putting on shoes, and a vase of fluffy dried pampas grass from her garden and a tall plant in the corner bring some natural elements into the mix.Continue to 14 of 15 below.
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This cozy bedroom at the Syntopia Hotel in Crete is all about warm wood tones and natural woven elements like pendant lights and baskets. An organic shaped mirror, simple bedding, and a palette of warm, light but earthy tones creates a serene and relaxing feel. Warmly back lit shelving creates space to show off decorative items but helps to add a pleasant layer of ambient light to the space at night.Continue to 15 of 15 below.
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This minimalist teen bedroom from OreStudios is washed in dramatic blue paint to create a whole mood. The simple bed and bedding creates a sense of calm and order while an armchair offers a place to practice on the guitars mounted like functional decor on the walls. A light-colored rug and a sheepskin on the floor adds comfort and improves acoustics. It goes to show that you don't need an abundance of decor to personalize a cozy room.