Wall to Wall Trends: Bedroom

by Cassandra McCullersFebruary 1, 2017

When taking time to consider trends for your home, don’t forget one of the most important rooms of the entire house… your own bedroom! While designing the other rooms of your home to please your guests or family members is fun, what you do with your own room can be the most meaningful change you make for yourself. And honestly, you deserve it. So when thinking about a remodeling project, don’t forget to take care of yourself and consider making your own space a personal reflection of who you are or who you want to be.

When designing your bedroom, one of the easiest ways to start is to consider the colors you might want to use. A common choice when selecting colors is to pick tones that are serene and soothing, such as light lavender, apricot, soft pink, cream, and gray. Darker, cool colors are also relaxing but can risk making a room feel claustrophobic. Dark green and gray, as a wall color, accent color, or a furniture color, is both soothing and works well with the popular Scandinavian design theme. Dark gray walls can work well with brightly colored furniture and accent pieces. Rich jewel tones are growing in popularity, especially in bedding, upholstery, and accent colors. Jewel tones can pair well with softer walls in a different shade of the same hue, with a complementary color, or with a neutral base. Gold as an accent color remains popular, though it’s declined some thanks to an oversaturation of warm metallics.

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Colorful, eye-catching prints are overtaking solid colors and subtle designs in bedding. Mixing solid-color pillows with prints, as well as different shapes and sizes for visual interest. Designers in general, are combining a variety of textures, shapes, and colors, so don’t be afraid to mix things up to appeal to your own sense of style and taste.

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Reclaimed wood, especially as shelves, accents, and sometimes furniture, can be a wonderful addition to a space and add significant character to a room. More bedrooms are also including a wooden accent wall. Experts expect natural materials like wood, clay, and wicker to take the stage, replacing more refined or polished materials like marble and copper. One thing to consider when using antiques or reclaimed pieces is to use these pieces to reflect your own particular hobby, or maybe a piece of family history.

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Custom headboards and highly personal, quirky or even custom bedding can be a fun addition to your space. A DIY headboard can actually be cheaper than a ready-made one and can be made of almost any material. Custom headboards also offer far more flexibility in terms of size, color, material, and shape. Upholstered headboards are currently more popular than other styles, and offers you a chance to use different fabrics to tie into other pieces in your room.

Comfortable bedding is one of the most important things you can treat yourself too. Most people spend a third of their life in bed, and a good night’s rest can be essential to enjoying the rest of your day. Silk, cotton, and other natural fibers are popular for how soft they are, while cool linen sheets are a staple in the summer.

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One of the more enduring trends has been a move towards multipurpose spaces. The most common is the move of the home office into the bedroom, especially as more people do some or all of their work from the comfort of their own home. This can range from a desk and chair to a full office center. And, while your own television has been a mainstay of master bedrooms, adding some comfortable couches can help make the bedroom into a private retreat from the rest of the house. More people are also putting a small reading nook in their room, as a place to retreat from the bustle of the day and curl up in soft comfort. One interesting trend has been large bedrooms that flow into or even share a space with the bathroom. A curtain or folding screen can separate the spaces when needed.

Another very popular trend, particularly as families and individuals downsize or make use of smaller spaces, is to develop connected spaces, namely spaces focused on convenience. Some options that are in demand include a coffee bar with a mini-fridge and basic appliances inside the bedroom so you don’t have to go far for a snack or your morning coffee, as well as furniture that allows you to convert how the room is used based on need.

Unique and offbeat furniture and appliances, especially side tables and lamps, are gaining in popularity. The advantage to these pieces are that they are often small and can easily be moved to reconfigure your space over time. Look for quirky pieces that reflect your style or interests. Some very interesting pieces can even be found at local flea markets and second-hand stores. DIY and upcycled accent pieces also play into the increasing trend for sustainable living.

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In terms of design, both eco-conscious, nature-inspired designs and the Scandinavian style are growing in popularity, though more classic designs also remain as mainstays. The Scandinavian style is highly minimalist, with soft, gentle contours on furniture, low-slung couches and chairs, and a neutral color palette as the base. Both of these styles fit well with the trend towards using reclaimed wood in designs.

Regardless of the decisions you make, decorating your own bedroom should be more about meeting your own needs and preferences, and less about conforming to a “picture perfect” layout that others might expect. Your bedroom is your space, it should invite you in, make you feel comfortable, be functional, and allow you to relax. Your bedroom is typically the one chance you may have to truly customize a space just for yourself, so don’t be afraid to make it your own!


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About The Author
Cassandra McCullers
Cassandra is a writer with a background in engineering, enjoying the rural life in the Virginian Appalachians. When not working, she enjoys writing fiction, running a blog, camping, working in the garden, and tending to her flock of chickens! In addition to writing, she has a passion for art and graphic design. Her interests include disaster preparedness, homesteading, landscaping, cooking with natural ingredients, history, and animal husbandry.

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