Whether your room is small or large, your decorating style is formal or casual, or whether you fancy the newest trends or the tried-and-true classics: your primary bedroom should be your favorite space in your home. After all, where else do you get to be yourself, completely and absolutely? If you're wondering how to create the primary bedroom of your dreams, here are all the tips, tricks, and inspirational photos you'll need.
About This Term: Primary Bedroom
Many real estate associations as well as the Real Estate Standards Association have classified the term "Master Bedroom" as having a potentially derogatory connotation. "Primary Bedroom" is the name now widely used among the real estate community and better reflects the purpose of the room.
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Try Dark Wood Walls
Mix together an Old World-inspired traditional vibe, a contemporary sensibility, and a dose of masculine flavor, and you end up with this stunning bedroom from Jeff Andrews Design. It’s proof that when done right, dark walls, lots of wood, and a neutral palette are anything but gloomy or dull.Continue to 2 of 96 below.
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Add a Seating Area
Here’s an idea that works equally well in both very large bedrooms and studio apartments: position a loveseat or a pair of comfortable armchairs at the foot of the bed alongside a small table. Now you have a seating area for relaxing, chatting, or reading. The beautiful bedroom shown here is from Possibilities for Design Inc.Continue to 3 of 96 below.
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A Fur Blanket Adds Texture
Decorator-to-the-stars Jeff Andrews created this opulent bedroom for Kris Jenner. While her throw may be real mink, you can get a similarly luxurious look for less by tossing a faux fur blanket across the foot of your bed.Continue to 4 of 96 below.
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Your Personal Beach Cottage
This beach cottage primary bedroom from The Good Home proves that a space can be both casual and sophisticated. Notice how the small pops of bright orange liven up the room, while the mismatched bedside tables prove that there's no need for an all-in-one-purchase bedroom set.Continue to 5 of 96 below.
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A Rustic Bohemian Bedroom
It's a little bit rustic, a little bit bohemian, a little bit industrial, and a whole lot gorgeous. This terrific bedroom is from Orsman Construction.Continue to 6 of 96 below.
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There's a wide range of styles in this bedroom featured by Lonny, and they all add up to a truly lovely space. The Asian-inspired wallpaper sets a pretty backdrop, while the chrome shine of the bed and side table spark up the black walls. The unexpected old-style trunk shakes things up a bit, while the black and red curtains create drama.Continue to 7 of 96 below.
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Add Personality to a Contemporary Bedroom
A contemporary bedroom provides plenty of opportunities to spice up the decor with touches of personality. Case in point: this gray, cream, and black primary bedroom from Cuckoo 4 Design. While it would still be a gorgeous room without the add-ons, the animal print throw pillows, gold "Texas longhorn," and potted banana tree (this one is faux, but they do grow indoors) really raise the decorating bar up high.Continue to 8 of 96 below.
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Log Cabin Luxury
Just because a bedroom is in a log cabin doesn't mean it can't be luxuriously gorgeous, as this primary bedroom from Andre Pierce Architects proves.Continue to 9 of 96 below.
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Keep It Traditional
There's nothing stodgy about traditional decor when it combines color, pattern, textures, and shapes with effortless skill, like this beautiful primary bedroom seen on Dwellingdecor.Continue to 10 of 96 below.
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When it comes to bedroom design, neutral colors like brown and cream can be every bit as glamorous as more vibrant hues when combined with luxurious materials, curved lines, and interesting accents, as in this offering from Dwellingdecor.Continue to 11 of 96 below.
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A Lovely Contrast
Just because a room is decorated entirely in neutrals doesn't mean it can't contain contrast, visual interest, or even a wide range of color. Check out this beautiful bedroom from Marie Flanigan Interiors and see for yourself.Continue to 12 of 96 below.
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Blue and White Beach Style
Here's a contemporary take on the ever-popular beach bedroom from Anne Becker Designs. The blue and white palette, clean lines, and lack of fuss keep the space fresh and airy. Suspending the bed with iron "ropes" is an outstanding touch.Continue to 13 of 96 below.
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This bedroom from Robin Pelissier Design highlights the power of metallic accents to glitz up a space—here in the wallpaper and bedside cabinet. The purple upholstered headboard is another gorgeous touch.Continue to 14 of 96 below.
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There's just something so warm and welcoming about vintage style. Whether you decorate your entire bedroom with vintage pieces or just add one or two, the result is a restful retreat that welcomes you home at the end of a long day.Continue to 15 of 96 below.
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If you want a strong color for your bedroom walls, but don't want to lose the peaceful vibe so conducive to sleep, you can't go wrong with deepest blue, as in this beautiful bedroom from LGB Interiors.Continue to 16 of 96 below.
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What a fabulous Mediterranean-inspired bedroom from Jones Clayton Construction. The Old-World formality, luxurious materials, and overall attention to detail make this room a winner.Continue to 17 of 96 below.
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A Romantic Canopy Bed
As seen on Homedit, it's hard to beat the romantic flair of a canopy bed—especially when the rest of the bedroom is equally soft and luxurious.Continue to 18 of 96 below.
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Vines to the Nines
Soothing dark neutrals are one way to decorate bedroom walls, but if you want to create a little more interest than paint alone, consider wallpaper with a limited palette and interesting design, like the vining floral used here.Continue to 19 of 96 below.
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One way to add serene beauty to a bedroom is with natural materials. This bedroom shows off several: twigs in the light fixture, worn wood on the walls, faux fur on the footboard stools. Botanical artwork continues the natural theme.Continue to 20 of 96 below.
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A Provincial Pleasure
"Stunning" is an apt description of this elegantly beautiful French country bedroom from Tucker & Marks Design. It's the perfect blend of pattern, subdued color, rustic elements, and luxe fabrics.Continue to 21 of 96 below.
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Sometimes, all it takes is a couple of well-chosen accent pieces to transform a room from ho-hum to stunning. Here, Liquid Interiors used a glorious wooden screen in place of a traditional headboard, as well as edgy spiky pendant lights, to create a small but beautiful primary bedroom.Continue to 22 of 96 below.
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Mid-Century Modern Style
Stylist Shelly Turner decorated this fresh and airy mid-century modern bedroom in blue and white, perfect against the exposed brick walls.Continue to 23 of 96 below.
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Glam Goes Country
Ever wondered what would happen if you mixed country design with a touch of Hollywood glam? Well, wonder no more, because Alexander James Interior Design has answered the question for you with this stunning primary bedroom.Continue to 24 of 96 below.
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Potted plants help purify the air. and lend a relaxing vibe to the bedroom. Up your decorative power by going full-size, as in this bedroom with large potted banana trees. Other tree options are palms, ficus, and dracaena.Continue to 25 of 96 below.
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Airy and Open
"Stunning" isn't necessarily synonymous with "lots of stuff." In fact, an open, airy room with just the right blend of color, pattern, interest, and personality can be the most stunning room of all. For proof, just check out the lovely yet simple primary bedroom from Amber Interiors, shown here.Continue to 26 of 96 below.
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Think black walls are only suited for caves, goth clubs, or angsty teens? This stunning room from McCroskey Interiors might change your mind. Notice the white ceiling: that's the key to keeping black walls dramatic, not depressing.Continue to 27 of 96 below.
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Traditional Yet Modern
While traditional style never goes out of fashion, it can get updated to contemporary tastes. Here, McCroskey Interiors does it right. Touches of shine, simply styled yet boldly patterned window treatments, the sunburst mirror, and the intriguing small shell table place this traditional bedroom firmly in current times.Continue to 28 of 96 below.
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Have a Seat
If your primary bedroom is large enough, take advantage of the surplus space with a seating area, as in this room, also from McCroskey Interiors. An area rug defines the space and adds extra interest to the room.Continue to 29 of 96 below.
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An Art Lover's Dream
Crowning the bed or over a dresser isn't the only spot to showcase artwork. Use a large hanging to create interest on an open wall, as in this room from Blackband Home & Design.Continue to 30 of 96 below.
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Is your bedroom small with a low ceiling? Then take a trick from Blackband Home & Design, and use wallpaper with thin vertical stripes to open up the space.Continue to 31 of 96 below.
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Nothing says romance like a canopy bed. Chosen by Blackband Home & Design, the gently draping panels on the bed are quite simple, but add a touch of soft sensuousness to an otherwise serene bedroom.Continue to 32 of 96 below.
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Add Impact With a Light Fixture
This bedroom would be pretty without it, but the addition of the colored chandelier takes it to the next level. That's the power of a fantastic lighting fixture. This lovely room is from RSVP Design Services.Continue to 33 of 96 below.
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Symmetry in Design
When a room's furnishings are very symmetrical, as in the room shown here, it lends the space a rather formal style. But by keeping the palette limited and peaceful, and the furnishings soft and interesting, the formality mellows into tranquility.Continue to 34 of 96 below.
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An Artistic Angle
This stunning bedroom from designer S.R. Gambrel was spotlighted on Architectural Digest. It's decorated in a traditional fashion, but the wonderfully unique artwork—each with a different wilting flower—takes it in a contemporary, rather whimsical direction.Continue to 35 of 96 below.
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This beautiful bedroom from Combined Interiors highlights the power of pastels. Soft and serene, pastels are perfect for a bedroom where color is desired, but not too much of a dramatic statement.Continue to 36 of 96 below.
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Not everyone likes to play it safe in the bedroom when it comes to design. This bursting-with-personality primary bedroom from Studio Ten 25 shows off its owner's personality to a tee.Continue to 37 of 96 below.
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Popular for a Reason
There's a reason blue and white is one of the most popular color combinations for the bedroom: it works. Peaceful, versatile enough to complement any decorating style, and easy to accent result in a winning palette. It's also a good color scheme for a tiny bedroom, as demonstrated here by designer Josh Greene.Continue to 38 of 96 below.
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Try an Over-the-Bed Valance
Sara Gilbane Interiors uses an over-the-bed valance to add a huge dose of drama that isn't too brash for this bedroom.Continue to 39 of 96 below.
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Whisper-soft blue on bedroom walls is so peaceful and soothing. In this room from At Home In Arkansas, pastel blue provides the perfect backdrop to a contemporary bedroom with the slightest hint of country style.Continue to 40 of 96 below.
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If you've ever had any doubt that it only takes one or two fabulous accessories to elevate a room, then this glorious space from Shabby Slips should dispel all questions. The ornate baroque mirror over the bed and the formal chandelier truly turn this black-walled bedroom into a decorating win.Continue to 41 of 96 below.
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A Bright Area Rug
Want to add some sizzle to a neutral bedroom? Then layer a bright area rug over the floor, even right on top of wall-to-wall carpet. Martha O'Hara Interiors lights up this room with the hottest of pinks, but you could achieve the same effect with any other intense color.Continue to 42 of 96 below.
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Canopy beds are often formal or old-fashioned in style, but as Marika Meyer Interiors shows here, a shiny chrome finish on a simple and contemporary shape brings an otherwise traditional primary bedroom right into the modern age.Continue to 43 of 96 below.
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Want to turn your primary bedroom into a stunner? EJ Interiors shows you an easy way to do it: Add plenty of luxurious glamour in the form of mirrored surfaces, plush velvet, and soft faux fur.Continue to 44 of 96 below.
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Every bedroom benefits from a touch or two of metallic shine, but if you want to create a stunning bedroom, take metallics all the way, as in this feminine, beautiful space from EJ Interiors.Continue to 45 of 96 below.
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Small Bedroom Style
Even the tiniest bedroom can be exciting if you embrace the lack of square footage. Here, Holly Dyment Design fills a micro-bedroom with brightness, patterns and texture.Continue to 46 of 96 below.
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Glorious Gray and White
Gray used to be an uncommon color for bedroom design, but today, it's prized for its serene and calming vibe. In this room, Lucy and Company show off the peaceful and pretty combination of gray and white.Continue to 47 of 96 below.
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Looking for an unusual touch to transform your room into something special? Why not take a tip from designer Tobi Fairley and paint your ceiling with bold stripes? This wonderful bedroom is decorated in green and coral, but you could choose any strong color for a similar effect.Continue to 48 of 96 below.
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Despite the name, wallpaper is a great option for more than just walls. In this model home, Perkinson Homes demonstrates the power of a wallpapered ceiling to transform a room into something special.Continue to 49 of 96 below.
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This wonderfully subdued Moroccan-influenced bedroom from designer Taylor Borsari is entirely neutral and yet filled with interesting pattern and texture.Continue to 50 of 96 below.
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A Strong Palette
Love colors and patterns? Then you'll love this cheerful and gorgeous bedroom, also from Taylor Borsari Inc. There are a lot of exciting elements at play in this bedroom, but because the palette is limited to red, yellow and green, and the pattern is nicely balanced in scale, there's nothing chaotic or overstimulating about the space.Continue to 51 of 96 below.
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A Strong Focal Point
Who wouldn't look forward to bedtime if it meant crawling into a bed as gorgeous as this four-poster beauty? When you have a unique piece of furniture like this, the rest of the room can stay simple. This lovely room is from Heather Scott Home & Design.Continue to 52 of 96 below.
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This soft and sublime bedroom from Tucker & Marks Design shows off a bit of Asian influence in the patterns on the bedside lamps, wallpaper, and bench. Meanwhile, the furnishings and color scheme are traditional in style.Continue to 53 of 96 below.
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The Wonder of Window Treatments
Beautiful window treatments add a lot of color and pattern to a space. In this traditional primary bedroom, McCann Design Group choose pink and salmon floral drapes topped with valances to light up this mostly neutral room.Continue to 54 of 96 below.
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Designer Jamie Herzlinger decorated this primary bedroom in an elegantly glamorous French style. Ornate trim, gold accents, expensive fabrics, and a sense of the traditional all play a part in this somewhat formal style.Continue to 55 of 96 below.
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A Masculine Spin
There's nothing froufrou about this black and brown bedroom, also from Marie Flanagan Interiors. What a wonderful room for a single man, a couple who prefer a strong style, or any woman who isn't wowed by the traditionally feminine.Continue to 56 of 96 below.
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Orange and Black Is the New Black
Orange and black isn't a common color combination for the bedroom, but after a look at designer Tobi Fairley's creation here, you'll wonder why it isn't used more often.Continue to 57 of 96 below.
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Stained Glass Windows
This miraculous bedroom was once the upper eaves of a church. Today, it’s a testament to the power of a showstopping and unexpected focal point. This bedroom from Periwinkles Design is elevated by its stained glass windows. Every aspect of this simple, colorful bedroom is sheer perfection.Continue to 58 of 96 below.
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You can enjoy nautical vibes without the kitsch in this bedroom for grownups from the thinking closet. Blue and white stripes, a few boat-related accessories, and a couple of throw pillows with nautical motifs are a great nod to the theme.Continue to 60 of 96 below.
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Casual and Classic
Here, Tucker & Marks Design prove that country style doesn't have to be cutesy, overly casual, or anything less than stunning. Rustic wood, warm color, traditional patterns: this room gets everything right.Continue to 61 of 96 below.
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This swanky stunner pays homage to Hollywood Regency style. Luxe fabrics, plenty of shine, a showstopper chandelier, and an overall sense of expensive furnishings are hallmarks of this dramatic look.Continue to 62 of 96 below.
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Loving modern farmhouse style doesn't mean you were born in a barn. It means you enjoy the warm, casual, yesterday-made-current vibe of this a-little-bit-country, a-little-bit-vintage look. Here, a lovely bedroom from design firm Anne Sneed welcomes you inside.Continue to 63 of 96 below.
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A Trip to Tuscany
With its Old World charm, warmth, elegant furnishings, and welcoming vibe, it's no wonder that Tuscan style remains a decorating favorite. As seen on Decoratingroom, this room emanates rustic luxury.Continue to 64 of 96 below.
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A Cozy Cottage
Here's a cottage bedroom that shows off all of the wonderful aspects of this perpetually popular decorating style: a colorful quilt, lots of throw pillows, and a commanding iron bed. Add some floral patterns and vintage furnishings for a welcoming, comfortable, and peaceful vibe.Continue to 65 of 96 below.
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Try a Tufted Headboard
If you want a bedroom that reflects pure luxury, like this stunner from Eagle Luxury Properties, you'll need a magnificently designed headboard like the velvet, tufted number shown here.Continue to 66 of 96 below.
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A Salmon Selection
There's so much going on in this room from Woodson & Rummerfield's House of Design, it's hard to know where to start. The beautiful salmon pink walls? The peacocks-and-flowers mural? The bed, with its crystal-clear posts? Or perhaps it's all of these factors put together that make this bedroom so stunning.Continue to 67 of 96 below.
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Crazy About Chocolate
Rich and delicious, chocolate is as tasty a color as it is a dessert. This soothing, warm, and elegant bedroom from Rugo/Raff Ltd. Architects will satisfy your sweet tooth. The strong brown walls are like a warm hug. White accents keep the room feeling open and airy.Continue to 68 of 96 below.
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Ride the Slopes
Sloped roof in an attic bedroom? Play it up, as in this brilliant space from Andrea Schumacher Interiors. Simply attach a length of pretty fabric to the ceiling with a curtain rod, drape it gently over the bed, and then secure it over the headboard with a second curtain rod.Continue to 69 of 96 below.
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Love lots of color in your bedroom? How about a riot of pattern, a sense of humor, an artistic sensibility, and a love for global influence? If your answers are "yes," then you are a fan of the boho decorating style, displayed beautifully in this colorful bedroom from The Jungalow.Continue to 70 of 96 below.
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Wood Beam Wonderland
What's not to love about this serene bedroom from Christine Huve Interiors? The rustic ceiling beams, the tranquil color scheme, the comfy seating area, the handsome headboard, the sculptural lighting fixture: it all adds up to one glorious room.Continue to 71 of 96 below.
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Here's a bedroom from Amber Interiors that shows off the power of texture to liven up a very subdued color scheme. Notice the variation in textures among the rug, window shades, light fixture, bedding, and bench.Continue to 72 of 96 below.
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Neutrals as a Focal Point
Neutrals are inherently soothing, making them perfect for bedroom design. But sometimes, an all-neutral color scheme can be a bit blah. If you want to spark up your own neutral space, take a tip from this lovely room from the blog Nesting Place. Here, there's a touch of pink in the flowers and pouf, but you could substitute any favorite color.Continue to 73 of 96 below.
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As featured in Lonny, a contemporary take on country shows off the power of white. It provides the perfect backdrop for a striking black bed, and only requires a few colorful accents to liven up the room.Continue to 74 of 96 below.
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Thoughtful Throw Pillows
A stunning bedroom needs a spectacular bed as the centerpiece: that means throw pillows displayed to perfection. While there are many ways to arrange your pillows, you can't go wrong with classic Euro shams in the back, regular shams in the middle, and two or three throw pillows in front.Continue to 75 of 96 below.
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A Private Gallery
Top off your headboard with a sizable piece of artwork, and your bed will get the attention it deserves. Don't make the easy mistake of hanging the art too high—just a couple of inches above the headboard is enough.Continue to 76 of 96 below.
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Luxe and Low-Key
Chalky black walls, a bed piled high with cozy bedding, a chandelier dripping crystal pendants and a simple display of one flowering branch: this bedroom is both understated and glamorous.Continue to 77 of 96 below.
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Get Creative With Curtains
Looking to add elegance to your bedroom without spending a fortune? Hang a set of curtains over your bed, as in this refined room from Summerhouse Interior Design. You'll get decorating bang without spending too many bucks.Continue to 78 of 96 below.
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Whether you completely surround your bed with drapes or simply hang panels at the head of the bed, as in this primary bedroom from S.B Long Interiors, a canopy bed adds drama to a room.Continue to 79 of 96 below.
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A Perfect Peach
Soft peach walls are flattering to every skin tone, work well with just about every other color, and complement most decorating themes. This pretty room is from Jenny Keenan Design.Continue to 80 of 96 below.
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Color It Cool
Decorating with cool colors like blue, green and purple, as in this cute room from Lucy and Company, keeps a bedroom feeling restful, even if it's quite colorful.Continue to 81 of 96 below.
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A Pattern Party
Don't be afraid to combine a variety of patterns in your bedroom. As long as you stick with a controlled palette and choose patterns in different scales, the look can be quite harmonious, as this room, also from Lucy and Company, demonstrates.Continue to 82 of 96 below.
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Earn Your Stripes
More from Lucy and Company: Why settle for a solid accent wall when you could have colorful stripes? Here's an easy way to add color, fun, and interest to your bedroom.Continue to 83 of 96 below.
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Unusual Color Combinations
Sometimes, you can be surprised by a color combination that sounds strange at first. Case in point: This orange, blue, and brown color scheme from Jonathan Adler is a home run.Continue to 84 of 96 below.
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A Bit of Sunshine
As the most cheerful color of the spectrum, yellow lends its happy vibe to any room it graces. In this airy, fresh primary bedroom, Meg Braff Designs uses yellow and white to create a cheery, welcoming space.Continue to 85 of 96 below.
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Here's how to do purple in the primary bedroom the right way: Choose softly muted shades of lilac, lavender or plum, and then add in a cool neutral to chase away any potential "child's bedroom" vibes. Here, Barlow Reid Design Inc. uses a silvery gray with soft purples to create a sophisticated primary bedroom.Continue to 86 of 96 below.
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Pretty in Pink
Pink and green is a lovely and classic color combination for not only girls' bedrooms, but also feminine primary suites. The secret, as demonstrated here by Megan Winters Design, is to choose traditional or classic styles of furniture that look sophisticated, not overly youthful.Continue to 87 of 96 below.
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A Heavenly Headboard
"Stunning" is in the eye of the beholder, of course, and different people have different decorating styles. But one element that everyone seems to agree on is an impressively tall headboard, like the one in this bedroom from Megan Winters Design.Continue to 88 of 96 below.
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Show Your Personality
Your bedroom is your private space, so feel free to show off your personality. Here, Anne Coyle Interiors decorates a wonderfully eclectic bedroom with plenty of color, pattern, and style.Continue to 89 of 96 below.
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In this bedroom from Taylor Borsari Inc., a splash of Moroccan influence spices up a room and adds a hefty dose of flavor.Continue to 90 of 96 below.
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A Captivating Canopy
Designer Phoebe Howard takes the canopy bed to new heights in this glorious bedroom. Who wouldn't feel like royalty sleeping in such a magnificent bed?Continue to 91 of 96 below.
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Playing with Patterns
This stunning bedroom, also from Phoebe Howard, combines multiple dramatic patterns but still manages to be serene. The trick is sticking with a muted, limited color palette.Continue to 92 of 96 below.
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A Green Dream
If you want to create a truly relaxing bedroom, you can't go wrong with the softest tints of green. For proof, check out the lovely space shown here, from Meg Braff Designs.Continue to 93 of 96 below.
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This traditional country bedroom is overflowing with charm. From designer Meg Braff, this inviting room boasts soft color, pretty patterns, and comfy fabrics.Continue to 94 of 96 below.
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A Touch of Texture
Open, airy, and fresh: that's the all-white bedroom. Just be sure to use a variety of textures to add interest to the room.Continue to 95 of 96 below.
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An Animal Print Escape
Even the most traditional bedroom can benefit from a walk on the wild side—here in the form of a zebra-print bench. This model bedroom is from Spinnaker Development.Continue to 96 of 96 below.
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Try Unexpected Accents
Sometimes, it's the unexpected touches that transform a room from so-so to stunning. Here, Eric Olsen Design shows off a fabulous rustic carved wooden headboard and vine light fixture.
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