The primary bedroom is the most essential bedroom in the house, built for comfort and relaxation, a place to recharge and decompress. Depending on the layout, a primary bedroom can be a spacious en suite with its own bathroom or a small and cozy retreat. For the ideal sanctuary, you need primary bedroom ideas that can maximize every last inch of space.
Your primary suite should feel like a private haven where you can escape from the world—and possibly the kids and pets—to practice self-care, bond with your partner, or simply to relish a good night’s sleep.
Whether you prefer a minimalist neutral aesthetic or a colorful maximalist approach, check out these primary bedroom ideas from a range of interior designers that will inspire you to create your own at-home oasis that's custom built to suit your needs.
Layout, Paint, and Furniture Ideas
Primary bedrooms come in all sizes, from small to large. Keep these layout, paint, and furniture selection ideas in mind when perusing the spaces below for ideas on how to decorate a primary bedroom suite.
For small primary bedrooms:
- For a small primary bedroom storage idea, consider built-in cabinetry spanning the wall at the head of the bed to take the place of a bulky headboard and other furniture.
- A quiet neutral paint palette is soothing in a small primary bedroom. Neutral paint ideas can include beiges, grays, or greiges, but monotone all-white walls and bedding is refreshing and airy, too (think Scandinavian-style decor). Add a pop or two of vibrant colors on the wall or bedding.
- Embrace the concept of cozy minimalism and opt for streamlined modern-style furniture for small primary bedrooms.
For large primary bedrooms:
- Consider adding texture everywhere—from a chunky, tufted upholstered headboard to layered floor coverings—to create a comfy, welcoming large primary bedroom space. Paint the walls with limewash paint to add a subtle, soft texture to the walls that will cozy up a large bedroom.
- Make a large primary bedroom more attractive by adding layers of lighting, including chandeliers and floor lamps.
- To avoid a large empty space at the foot of the bed, add an upholstered bench, a loveseat, or a seating area comprised of two slipper chairs and a low table.
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Drape the Windows
This Los Feliz, Los Angeles primary bedroom from Ghislaine Viñas has a low-profile pink velvet headboard that fills the wall without blocking the windows. When it's time to sleep, thick pink drapes block light and add color. Matching side tables, lamps, and linens provide symmetry. Mustard yellow throw pillows add color contrast and a portrait hung in the blank wall space between windows creates a focal point.
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Dress the Wall Opposite the Bed
While many people choose to add accent wallpaper on the wall behind the bed, this Paris bedroom from Caroline Andréoni Interior Design takes the opposite approach, adding black-and-white palm tree wallpaper on the wall across from the bed that helps to camouflage the wall-mounted TV.Continue to 4 of 85 below.
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Build a Home Library
In this primary bedroom from Leanne Ford Interiors, the wall behind the bed has been transformed into a home library with an integrated headboard. A large round pendant light adds dimension, and art on the other walls completes the casual, lived-in feel of a room ideal for book and art lovers.Continue to 6 of 85 below.
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Lean an Antique Floor Mirror Against the Wall
This spacious and opulent primary bedroom from Michelle Gerson Interiors has a graphic wallpapered ceiling, statement lighting, and a dramatic antique French gilded floor mirror leaning casually against the wall for outfit selfies.Continue to 7 of 85 below.
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Include a Bonus Seating Area
In this spacious primary bedroom from Marie Flanigan Interiors, a seating area in front of the windows provides a space to relax and unwind that isn't the bed. Rustic elements like wood cladding on the vaulted ceiling and an antique chest and rug add character and create a sense of timelessness that will outlast trends.
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Plant a Tree
This primary bedroom from interior designer Jessica Davis of Atelier Davis has olive green walls, sheer curtains, a floral printed upholstered headboard, and an indoor tree planted in the corner that creates a sense of well-being and calm.Continue to 11 of 85 below.
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Play With Ombre Paint
Raili CA Design washed this California primary bedroom in fresh shades of green, from the bed linens to the wall paint. Rather than applying a neat uniform coat, two shades were layered in a semi-ombre effect from dark to light, with deliberately rough unfinished edges that don't quite reach the ceiling, creating a playful effect that is effortlessly stylish and chill.Continue to 12 of 85 below.
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Control the Light
Cathie Hong Interiors hung a corner-to-corner drapery wall that creates a serene backdrop for the bed and mitigates light in a room with wrap-around windows. Simple black pendant lights suspended from the ceiling and round bedside tables create an airy feel, while a warm wood bed and large dark area rug help ground the space.
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Integrate the Nightstands
This primary bedroom from Chango & Co. has pale wood nightstands, each with a drawer to hide bedside clutter. The nightstands integrate into the bespoke headboard and window seat for a seamless look.Continue to 16 of 85 below.
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Install a Metal Framed Glass Door
In this Paris apartment, Caroline Andréoni Interior Design separated the en suite bathroom from the bedroom with a stylish glass and metal-framed door (and added a floor-to-ceiling curtain that can be drawn when privacy is desired).
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This whitewashed minimalist bedroom from Leanne Ford Interiors has a slanted shiplap ceiling, flowing floor-to-ceiling drapes, and an upholstered bed with built-in reading lights and side tables that floats like a cloud in the middle of the light-flooded room.Continue to 19 of 85 below.
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Pair Pink and Gray
This Parisian bedroom from Caroline Andréoni Interior Design has moody gray walls, slim gold-tone wall sconces, and a plush upholstered rose velvet headboard paired with a neat stack of pillows in shades of pale pink and white that adds a boutique hotel vibe.Continue to 21 of 85 below.
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Hang Statement Wallpaper
The star of this primary bedroom from Henry Rose Design is the Ellie Cashman giant dark floral wallpaper, which has become a modern classic that works every time. A slim canopy bed with gold-tone brackets and gold-toned bedside lamps adds warmth and contrast against the dark wallpaper.
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Layer It Up
Erin Williamson Design turned a Texas lake house A-frame primary bedroom into a moody oasis, with a mix of dark paint and patterned wallpaper on the walls and ceiling. A carved wood Moroccan-style room divider creates privacy in front of the floor-to-ceiling window and diffuses natural light.
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Give It a Luxury Hotel Vibe
This Flatiron, NYC bedroom from Chango & Co. has a luxury hotel vibe, with its floor-to-ceiling leather headboard, plush drapes and carpet, sculptural pendant light, and graphic-edged sheets and pillows.Continue to 24 of 85 below.
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Defer to the View
If your primary bedroom includes a million-dollar view, making decor choices that highlight and celebrate what's outside the windows is an excellent point of departure. Sissy + Marley Interior Design kept the focus on the storied view of the Chrysler Building with cool tones and minimalist lines. A bonus window seat offers a privileged place to ponder the NYC skyline.Continue to 26 of 85 below.
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Not every primary bedroom is a big bedroom. This snug London primary bedroom from Studio Peake maximizes every last inch of vertical space around the bed with seamless built-in storage. Taking the storage from floor to ceiling and using a matching painted wood treatment on the wall behind the bed helps to draw the eye upward, making the room feel larger than it is.Continue to 27 of 85 below.
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Use a Retro Color Palette
This 1960s Catskills, New York primary bedroom from AHG Design is decorated in rich tones of rust, burnt orange, brown, and copper that create contrast with the light and bright interior and add some retro midcentury vibes.Continue to 28 of 85 below.
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Light a Fire
This primary bedroom from Mindy Gayer Design Co. has a neutral palette, a comfortably appointed bed, and a wood-burning fireplace for cozy winter nights.Continue to 29 of 85 below.
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Play with Proportions
This Boston Victorian primary bedroom from Michelle Gerson Interiors mixes soft shades of black and cream with gold accents like the extra tall vintage style lamps that flank the bed, creating a playful and dramatic sense of proportion.Continue to 31 of 85 below.
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Install Floor-to-Ceiling Drapes
In this light and bright farmhouse-inspired primary bedroom from Marie Flanigan Interiors, gauzy floor-to-ceiling curtains on the wall of windows behind the bed soften the tall ceilings and help diffuse light.Continue to 32 of 85 below.
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Create a Mini En Suite
This modest-sized bedroom on the Spanish island of Mallorca from Fantastic Frank has everything a primary suite needs to be comfortable and stylish. Rendered in a simple palette of black, white, and natural wood, the mini en suite has an open and transparent layout that allows light and air to flow and offers easy circulation between spaces. Edison bulb pendant lights hanging from the ceiling save space while adding a dose of minimalist industrial cool.Continue to 33 of 85 below.
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Riff on the Classics
This spacious primary bedroom from Emily Henderson Design has generous proportions with classical elements like a dark marble fireplace and tall windows, the perfect starting point for a mix of modern and traditional styling that includes a four-poster bed, a chaise longue in the corner of the room, and a French country style wooden desk paired with modern black-and-white framed prints on the walls, curvy upholstered seating, and a large area rug.Continue to 34 of 85 below.
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Paint the Walls Forest Green
This cool and calming primary bedroom from Candace Mary Interiors has deep forest green walls, rich wood floors and furniture, cool gray and white textiles, and gold-toned accents to add brightness.Continue to 35 of 85 below.
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Climb the Wall
This primary bedroom from Heather Hilliard Design includes a floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall headboard that features warm wood paneling on the lower portion and textured wall panels that extend to the ceiling. A pair of fluffy poufs at the foot of the bed and a pair of armchairs positioned on opposite sides of the room provide extra seating, and a large area rug anchors the space.Continue to 36 of 85 below.
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Add a Loveseat
In this light-flooded primary bedroom from Brexton Cole Interiors, shades of white and cream create a luminous look, and a crystal chandelier anchors a small seating area at the foot of the bed with a backless loveseat, a sculptural occasional table, and a comfy throw.
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This spacious primary suite from Forbes + Masters is large enough for a sleeping area and a large dedicated sitting area that functions like a private living room. The tonal beiges and light browns were kept consistent throughout the room, with the layout of the furniture and individual area rugs creating distinct zones.Continue to 38 of 85 below.
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Use Soft Pastels
This primary bedroom from Will Brown Interiors has a soft beige and gray palette accented with sherbet-colored pastels that create a serene feel. A simple vanity adds a touch of old-school glam.
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Balance It Out
While it's fun to play with asymmetry, there is nothing wrong with embracing symmetry in a primary bedroom layout. In this primary bedroom from Brexton Cole Interiors, a bed with a framed tufted headboard floats between identical closet doors. Matching nightstands with a pair of sculptural black lamps flank the bed. It's a simple no-fail formula that is easy to achieve and can be easily changed with new nightstands, bedding, or lighting.
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Accent With Bright Pops of Color
This bright and airy primary bedroom from Will Brown Interiors has a neutral base of soft whites, beiges, and taupe, punctuated with pops of bright orange, red, and turquoise on the walls and bedding.
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Choose a Wraparound Headboard
This thick velvet upholstered wrap-around headboard from Forbes + Masters creates a fortress-like effect that grounds the bed and sets the stage for dramatic bedding, hanging globe pendant lights and saturated black walls.
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Embrace the Arabesque
This primary bedroom from interior designer Maite Granda features a royal blue accent wall with a white Arabesque pattern behind the bed that adds dynamism and interest. Crisp white and blue bed linens are accented with yellow and gold touches that are perfectly suited for a Florida bedroom.
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Hang a Vivid Piece of Art
In this NYC primary bedroom from interior designer Alvin Wayne, a glossy and colorful floral print behind the bed is set off by matte black walls, black-lined mirrored chests of drawers on either side of the bed, crisp white bed linens, and modern bedside lamps.Continue to 44 of 85 below.
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Add Subtle Pattern
In this primary bedroom from Desiree Burns Interiors, patterned wallpaper in a soft gray-and-white diamond motif adds subtle texture to the wall behind the bed. A rattan headboard and wood and woven bench add warmth, complemented with black bedside tables with 60s-style angled legs.Continue to 45 of 85 below.
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Turn Up the Drama
This theatrical primary bedroom from Forbes + Masters has emerald green walls, plush upholstery, blingy lighting, colorful art, warm mustard and gold accents, and a sense of the dramatic that creates an escape from the everyday.Continue to 46 of 85 below.
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Include a Wall Mural
Interior designer Maite Granda added interest to a Florida bedroom with a wallpaper mural that depicts a tropical scene in soft neutral tones of cream and white.
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Install Some Board and Batten
This colorful primary bedroom from A Beautiful Mess has DIY board and batten walls painted in a creamy shade of raspberry pink, with retro-style headboard and sconce lights that nod to throwback glamour.Continue to 49 of 85 below.
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Use Earth Tones
Olive green wallpaper and tones of brown and burnished gold tones create a relaxing feel in this primary bedroom from Gray Space Interiors, while a bold patterned wallpaper creates a sense of movement and interest.Continue to 50 of 85 below.
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Preserve Original Features
Your primary bedroom might not have the architectural bones of this residence on the Spanish island of Mallorca from Fantastic Frank, with its restored golden stone wall, ceiling beams, and slanted ceilings. But unearthing or preserving original features, or adding decorative beams or rustic finishes, can add character to your room that allows you to keep the decor simple, calming, and timeless.Continue to 51 of 85 below.
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Pair Brown and Blue
This spacious primary bedroom from L.A. Weddings & Interiors mixes warm browns and subtle grays with a bold blue velvet headboard and plenty of textiles that give it a calm and soothing feel.Continue to 52 of 85 below.
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Both the windows and the canopy bed are draped in soft matching curtains that nonchalantly puddle on the floor of this serene and spacious primary bedroom from Jenn Pablo Studio.Continue to 53 of 85 below.
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Mix Black and Gray
At this farmhouse in Pound Ridge, New York from interior designer Kara Mann, a mix of antique and contemporary furniture and textiles in shades of black and gray strike a stylish balance between old and new.Continue to 54 of 85 below.
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Embellish With Tassels and Pom Poms
This soft and playful primary bedroom from A Beautiful Mess includes blushing pink walls, a tasseled hand-woven wall hanging, pom poms on the curtains, and a Moroccan blanket at the foot of the bed.Continue to 55 of 85 below.
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Choose Black and Shades of White
In this Palm Springs modern Spanish Revival primary bedroom from Jenn Pablo Studio, a dark carved wood bed and dark beam add contrast to the soft interior in shades of white.
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Keep It Simple
This simple Swedish country house primary bedroom from Fantastic Frank is peak Scandi minimalism with its toned-down color palette, lack of embellishment, and mismatched chair nightstands that make it feel intentional.Continue to 57 of 85 below.
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Mix Grays and Greens
In this calming bedroom from Louis Duncan-He Designs, a wall-to-wall headboard and abstract mountain wallpaper mural in soft shades of gray are offset with green accents to create a soothing feel.
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Choose a Dramatic Bedframe
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Add a Chunky Wood Platform Bed
This primary bedroom in a Modernist building in Barcelona from Fantastic Frank features a chunky platform bed, retro-style lighting, a large golden mustard-colored velvet floor pouf, and an absence of art or decor on the light taupe walls that gives the room a minimalist feel.Continue to 60 of 85 below.
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Decorate with Baskets
This Ibiza bedroom from Fantastic Frank is decorated with natural materials like the decorative baskets above the repurposed door headboard, a leaning wood ladder, a rattan pendant light, and graphic wire bedside lamps with burlap shades. Salmon and indigo blue bedding add a shot of color to the neutral mix.Continue to 61 of 85 below.
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Mix Wall Finishes
If you're going for a lived-in, effortlessly chic look or decorating an old house, embracing more than one wall finish creates a layered look and a sense of history. This cottage primary bedroom from Leanne Ford Interiors has a timeless look and a charming patina thanks to a mixed smattering of wall finishes, from two tones of wallpaper to white-washed brick, plaster, and wood.
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Create an Archway
In this primary bedroom suite in Frankfurt, Germany from Fantastic Frank, an open archway separates the sleeping area from a spacious dressing room, allowing light and air to flow between the adjoining spaces.Continue to 63 of 85 below.
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Add a Picture Railing
If you live in a part of the world without a high risk of earthquakes, add a picture ledge to your headboard like this primary bedroom designed by Malcolm Simmons for Emily Henderson Design that allows you to display artwork without the hassle of creating a gallery wall. It's a good idea to affix leaning artwork to the wall using double-sided tape, sticky tacks, or a rubber liner, just in case.
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Make the En Suite Open Plan
If you live alone or are part of a couple with no secrets, creating an open plan en suite might work for you. In this primary en suite from Fantastic Frank, most of the wall between the bedroom and the bathroom has been removed, increasing light and airflow as well as circulation, and allowing a view of the bathtub from the large wood platform bed.Continue to 65 of 85 below.
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Add a Modern Canopy Bed
This minimalist bedroom from Leanne Ford Interiors has high ceilings with warm wood beams and a small window that is placed very high up on the wall. A tall modern canopy bed with graphic black lines helps to bridge the space and create a sense of coziness in an otherwise spare and minimal room.Continue to 66 of 85 below.
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Map It Out
In this converted schoolhouse condo in South Portland, Maine from interior designer Tyler Karu, the highlight of the primary bedroom is a custom 14-foot mural of an 18th-century map of the Maine coast that highlights the tall ceilings and creates a personalized wow factor in an otherwise compact space.Continue to 67 of 85 below.
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Hide the Bathroom Behind the Bed
In this primary bedroom suite on the Spanish island of Mallorca from Fantastic Frank, the bathroom is located a few steps up behind the headboard, partially obscured by a paned glass wall.Continue to 68 of 85 below.
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Add a Floor-to-Ceiling Bedframe
Interior designer Kara Mann chose a streamlined white canopy bed frame that almost touches the ceiling to add a modern touch to this Connecticut farmhouse primary bedroom. The slim but tall bed frame helps to create the perception of more space in a room with low ceilings and small windows and complements an antique wood spindle side table, dark wood flooring, and layered rugs.Continue to 69 of 85 below.
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Mix Black and White Finishes
This minimalist black-and-white bedroom from Brexton Cole Interiors has a restrained palette and minimal decor that makes every detail count, from a striking pendant light to a graphic piece of art hanging over the bed.
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Outfit the Attic
This cozy Swedish primary bedroom from Fantastic Frank is a serene and simple Scandi-style getaway with its white-painted shiplap-clad floors and ceilings, burgundy accents, and Danish armchair covered in a wild sheepskin throw (which can of course be swapped out for quality faux fur).Continue to 71 of 85 below.
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Add Bedside Mirrors
In this primary bedroom from Tina Ramchandani Creative, two fall mirrors with thin black frames and rounded corners hang above the bedside tables, reflecting light and creating a sense of depth.Continue to 72 of 85 below.
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Add Overstuffed Seating
In this primary bedroom from Emily Henderson Design, an overstuffed corner armchair with a rattan pouf and a simple floor lamp provides a cozy place to read or grab some me time.Continue to 73 of 85 below.
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Add a Focal Point That Isn't the Bed
In this Tribeca loft's primary bedroom in New York City from Chango & Co., a large-scale piece of unframed art creates a focal point on a large otherwise blank wall while maintaining the soft, minimalist feel of the room. It goes to show that depending on your layout, the focal point in every bedroom does not necessarily have to be the bed.Continue to 74 of 85 below.
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Mix Dark Wood Tones
In an era where many have embraced the beauty of pale white oak flooring, this primary bedroom from Fantastic Frank is a reminder of the enduring charms of dark wood. In a compact room with high ceilings, a mix of rich, dark wood tones on the flooring, ceiling beams, window frames, and double doors is warm, cozy, and inviting.Continue to 75 of 85 below.
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Add a Rattan Bed
Bright yellow and white print wallpaper, an eye-catching vintage-style rattan bed, a smattering of plants, and a geometric kilim rug in shades of pink and yellow turns this bright bedroom from A Beautiful Mess into a happy place.Continue to 76 of 85 below.
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Mix Old and New
Mixing in antiques and vintage pieces that have stood the test of time is a sure way to create a timeless look for your primary bedroom. In this Maine home from Tyler Karu, a carved wood French Louis XV headboard is painted in dark taupe and dressed in modern linens. At the side, a gilded mirror hangs above a modern pale blue-gray nightstand finished with gold-toned hardware and topped with a vintage-style lamp.Continue to 77 of 85 below.
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Make It Monochromatic
If your primary bedroom is modest in size, one way to make it feel bigger is to stick to a tonal palette. This compact Stockholm primary bedroom from Fantastic Frank is a study in shades of gray, from the floor-to-ceiling curtains to the wall paint, carpet, and bedding. This creates a monochromatic effect that is minimal and serene while retaining enough variation and texture to keep it from feeling flat and boring.
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Accent With Wood
This primary bedroom from Emily Henderson Design has soft white walls and wood accents on the floors, windows, and doors that contrast with a green and gray palette to create a cool, fresh, relaxed retreat.Continue to 79 of 85 below.
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Add Bling to Built-Ins
In this primary bedroom in Barcelona, Spain from Fantastic Frank, gold-toned detailing makes a wrap-around wall of built-in closets look a little more glamorous.
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Create a Flex Space
Many people chose to locate the primary bedroom on the ground floor, creating the possibility to age in place should mobility issues surface. Even if your primary is located on an upper floor, in many large homes a ground floor guest room can be turned into a primary bedroom down the road, like this ground floor bedroom from Kate Marker Interiors, with high ceilings, a king-sized bed with a bouclé headboard, vintage wicker nightstands, a wool rug, and a soft earthy palette. Keeping the design minimal and neutral allows you to adapt it easily later on should your needs change.
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The rest of this midcentury modern primary bedroom from Michelle Boudreau Design is outfitted with a built-in wall desk/vanity and a vintage sideboard that echoes the sink vanity in the adjoining visible en suite bathroom, helping to tie the spaces together.Continue to 84 of 85 below.
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Wallpaper the Ceiling
In this light and airy primary bedroom from JK Interior Living, a dark wallpaper ceiling detail framed with decorative molding creates an anchor point for a chandelier and a focal point in an otherwise neutral room.Continue to 85 of 85 below.
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Add a Writing Desk
In this comfortable primary bedroom from Tina Ramchandani Creative that is covered in shades of white, blue, and gray, a writing desk on one side of the bed adds function and another spot to get some work done or write a sonnet before bed.