If your bedroom is in need of a refresh, consider a more modern look. Modern bedrooms feature clean lines and classic silhouettes, which lay a serene foundation for resting and recharging. It’s no secret that you can design your bedroom for better sleep. You’ll want to cover the basics first: Invest in a quality mattress and linens. Incorporate lighting in layers. Bring in calming scents. Opt for soothing-to-you colors.
Beyond the basics, when it comes to a bedroom’s composition and overall vibe, there are many ways to turn your space into a peaceful retreat. Decluttering and incorporating design elements that speak to you will help you decompress. Because the bedroom is also likely the most personal room in your whole home, you have a chance to really tap into your design preferences here. What does modern bedroom design mean to you? Maybe you’re creating a minimalist cocoon or something more mid-century sleek.
These 23 modern bedrooms, which range from coastal charmers to desert gems, all have standout ideas that you can recreate at home. Read on for bedrooms by some of our favorite designers who expertly balance modern spaces with classic comfort.
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Go for a Headboard and Nightstand Combo
Much of this Rupp Studio-designed bedroom is actually vintage, from the blush and gold chandelier to the pair of ceramic table lamps. But the custom Donald Judd-inspired headboard with built-in nightstands and the soft neutrals modernize the small space.
Color Block with Quilts
Turn vintage quilts into custom-made pillows to personalize a space in a fresh new way just like this serene room designed by Leah Ring of Another Human. Juno Peach by Benjamin Moore provides a peachy backdrop for the plexiglass butterfly artwork above the bed in this room that has cozy and colorful layers.
A mid-century staple, paper lanterns are beloved for their diffuse lighting and organic feel. If you’ve got vaulted ceilings like this sun-lit, all-white room designed by Leanne Ford Interiors, go big with a globe-shape pendant. Washi paper lighting pairs beautifully with other organic furnishings, like stone or wood side tables.
The paint color you choose for your bedroom has a major impact on the space, and cool bluish-greens like this moody teal just feel exceptionally modern. The Studio Shamshiri bedroom also features a custom built-in desk and subs in a stylish armchair for an ergonomic workhorse. Need some paint inspiration? Here are 10 bluish-green colors great for bedrooms.
Lighten Things Up with Lucite
Full transparency: We love a lucite accent piece to modernize small spaces, like the side table in this Kristin Fine-designed bedroom. The bedside lights by the headboard are a little touch of luxury, too.
Play with Large-Scale Pattern
Glass and steel are an uber-contemporary combo. Designer Kathleen McCormick softens the look in the bedroom with wool carpets and luxe layers on the bed, plus has some fun with coordinating large-scale polka dots and graphic stripes.
Give Geometric Motifs a Go
This sweet bedroom designed by Atelier ND provides quite the geometry lesson, with conversation heart colors showing up on the cubic nightstand, curved headboard, and neatly squared frame. The theme continues to the geometric printed curtains.
The sleek and modern platform bed keeps a low profile in this bedroom that designer Elaine Santos says does “enough architecturally that the furniture and the textiles could stay quiet.” If you’ve got soaring ceilings in your own bedroom, try a tiered chandelier like this one from Circa Lighting.
Keep It Neutral and Natural
This Fiona Lynch-designed space feels like an autumnal cocoon with its mocha brown walls and gold linen bedding. A jute rug adds the finishing touch (and a tad more texture).
The white linens and curtains allow other pieces to make a statement in this Tamsin Johnson Interiors, specifically the water view and the matching brass-based rattan lamps. The modern bust also elevates the space.
Tonal silvery-grays throughout the bedroom yield to the winter landscape outside the wall of windows of this slopeside A-Frame madeover by Sarah Richardson Design. The soothing monochromatic look comes together with custom fabric wrapping the headboard, contemporary sconces from Artemide, and a textural rug.
Embrace Organic Textures
From the custom blush headboard that feels like a tapestry to the rattan pendant anchoring the bedroom and the slatted window that opens like an easel, lovely organic textures fill this Japanese-inspired space from Kureck Jones. To duplicate in your own room, add flowers and a linen coverlet.
Mix and Match Graphic Prints
For a modern kid’s room, designer Hilary Matt knew the design called for a funky graphic print wallpaper. Pops of taxi yellow, skateboard art, and lamps that look like ear buds up the cool factor.
Serene and streamlined, this coastal bedroom from Studio Diaa is a minimalist’s muse. Interesting details make the cut, including a two-piece gallery wall, built-in bookshelf above the bed, hooks to hang robes on, and a full moon pendant light.
In this bedroom, designer Marina Hanisch mixed furniture, textiles, and wallcoverings with different types of stripes, adding visual interest. She simultaneously softened up the bedroom with oat colors, a plush rug, and a curvaceous pendant.
What you can’t see in this Melanie Millner-designed bedroom is that the TV recesses into the ceiling when it’s not in use, a trick often used by luxury hotels, but also a good idea for keeping a sanctuary feel in home bedrooms, too. Other modern touches in this room are the matching bedside tables and rotating wall sconces as well as the crisp white bedding that drapes to the floor.
When you’ve got a sun-drenched space like this happy Devin Kirk-designed bedroom, let the light in and allow your houseplants to thrive. As a bonus, houseplants can help you catch some ZZZ’s and purify the air, so bring on the Golden Pothos and ferns.
Frame Contemporary Photos
It’s probably been since college since you’ve had a poster hanging in your room; but how about framing art of an icon for a youthful feel? This Dash Snow photo above the writing desk gives the Studio OSKLO designed space a contemporary beat. The bedroom also features a French mid century lamp and a custom bed in flannel hue mohair.
Designer Kate Abt modernized a 110-year-old townhouse, sprucing up this guest bedroom with a cool white paint (Benjamin Moore’s Snowfall White). The space-saving floating walnut nighstands are spacious enough to hold an alarm clock and vase of flowers and don’t take up extra square footage like their bulkier alternatives.
Hang a Large-Scale Modern Mirror
Sarah Solis placed the large-scale mirror in the just-right spot for it to reflect a desert oasis in this earthy room with imperfect plaster walls and muted linens. Instead of propping the mirror on the floor, she allowed for a wooden bench to bridge the space and provide some extra storage.
Incorporate Walnut Wood
Capable of warming up a room in a snap, walnut wood is predicted to be big in 2023. From there, pile on the patterns like the pillows and coverlet on this platform bed in a Shamshiri Studio bedroom.
From the channel tufted bed frame to the low-slung chairs, curvy silhouettes give this bedroom a contemporary feel. If space allows, crank up the relaxation elements in a bedroom and create a seating area at the end of the bed like designer Hilary Matt did in this texture-rich, neutral space. The veining on the marble table in between the low-slung chairs adds to the polished look.
Canopy beds add an element of grandeur. But you don’t have to go out an buy an all-new bed to try out the look; just add drapery rods to the ceiling and tie back your flowing fabrics as demonstrated in this Ashby Studio bedroom.
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