You probably already know that your bedroom should be your safe haven… your oasis… your special place. It makes sense… I mean, after all, it is the place you end your day with and begin your day with. ​Shouldn’t your bedroom decorating make you smile and feel comforted?

​Well, if you choose to not be in your bedroom until it’s dark outside, here are some bedroom design ideas that will create a calming, relaxing space.

​1. Paint your bedroom in your favorite color. Waking up to a color you love is the perfect way to start your day. Don’t get so wrapped up in what a bedroom should be or shouldn’t be. If you love orange, then paint your bedroom orange.

​Or paint your bedroom in the complement of your favorite color and then add accents in your favorite color. The complement is the color on the opposite side of the color wheel.

Red’s complement is Green.

Blue’s complement is Orange.

Yellow’s complement is Purple.

​So, if you love purple, maybe paint your walls lavender and add yellow pillows and a vase of yellow tulips.

​Just use colors you truly enjoy for a personal bedroom design.

Calming bedroom


2. Use one fabric, but use it everywhere  Many people find it difficult to coordinate different fabric patterns successfully. In fact, many bedroom design ideas become too busy with mixes of plaids and florals. So choose a fabric that matches your paint color and use it in your drapes… in your bedding… and even in an upholstered chair.

​If you’re really worried that this is too much of one fabric, then choose a solid fabric to go along with your main fabric.


​3. Add candles and mood lighting. Lighting can enhance a bedroom design far more than you may realize. Yes, you need lamps for task lighting, but to really create a bedroom that is glowing, soft and relaxing you need some mood lighting. This can be created with candles, floor cans that project light upward from the floor, wall sconces and even picture lights.



4. Add soft textures. Keep in mind that the goal of your bedroom design idea is to calm and soothe. So, choose fabrics that are soft and cozy. Select silks, cottons and suedes. Even terry cloth can add an unexpected luxury. Use lots of pillows for comfort, and visual interest.


5. Don’t forget privacy. In the evenings, you shouldn’t have to worry about privacy. Make sure your bedroom design ideas include window treatments that cover your windows at night. This will also close the room in and add to the coziness of the room.

Calming Bedroom Design

Planning the perfect bedroom design idea doesn’t have to be difficult.

​Keep it personal, choose the colors and fabrics you like… select artwork that makes you smile and enjoy the decorating process.

Happy Decorating!

Article by Jennifer Thoden. Visit for more free bedroom decorating ideas.

Image Credits: Lee Ann Thornton, Bedroomist, House Beautiful, Shabby Stream Side Studio, Sommerwhite

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  1. Meagan January 24, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    I love this bedroom design. Could you tell me what curtains are used here?

    1. Meagan January 24, 2014 at 12:12 pm

      (in the very first picture, they’re a teal color)

      1. Kathy Woodard February 8, 2014 at 4:26 pm

        Sorry, we don’t know what curtains they are.

        1. Kristen June 26, 2014 at 9:55 am

          Do you know the paint color in the first bedroom? I love it.

          1. Kathy Woodard June 26, 2014 at 4:50 pm

            Im afraid we don’t Kristen!However, the photo is from Lee Ann Thornton Design… they might be able to help!

          2. Jill Boothby September 3, 2014 at 12:53 pm

            I know it’s been many months since this posted to the blog, but I just ran across it on Pinterest. I am a residential interior designer, and this is my bedroom (2 years ago, lol)….the paint color used on the walls is Sherwin Williams Rainwashed, and the color used on the ceiling is Sherwin Williams Window Pane. Thanks for posting!

          3. Kathy Woodard September 23, 2014 at 8:35 am

            Hi Jill! Are you referring to the first photo with the incredible blue/green walls? We have that photo credited to Lee Anne Thornton Design, do we have the credit incorrect?

  2. Leslie Beacom January 26, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Love this post! Especially the first bedroom. This is the color I’ve done my bedroom and master bath in, as well. So soothing!

    And I was delighted to see the capiz chandelier too. I’m in the “idea” stage of creating my own, as I have been shopping online and finding ones similar to what I want to be $500+ ! That’s way above my budget. But just wanted to tell you I think the room is perfect! Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Michelle January 8, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    I am completely challenged on all things design related so I was really excited to come across this pin, however I do have a question. Your advice states to coordinate colors on the opposite side of the color wheel…blue with orange, purple with yellow…etc. yet none of your photos attached seem to reflect that advice. Am I missing something? I’m very honestly asking, not trying to be passive aggressive or anything…I just don’t get it cause I am THAT challenged!

  4. Tara November 30, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    Hi there! Could you tell me where the silver blown glass looking things are from in no. 3? Or even what they are called? They are gorgeous!

    1. Kathy Woodard June 21, 2016 at 7:12 am

      That isn’t our photo, but they look like mercury glass holiday tree toppers to us! Hope that helps!


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