If you’re trying to decorate a bedroom but don’t really what your style is—or you know what you like but don’t know what to call it—take a look at our rundown of the top styles to see what speaks to you. You might not think you need to know what the names are for different styles, but having a name for what you like means you’ll have a much easier time finding inspiration. (We’ve included a link for each style to help you get started.)
You’ll also have an easier time finding furniture and accessories that fit your vision for this very personal space.
Check out some of the top styles for bedroom design.
Shabby Chic style has a way of updating old things and aging new ones. Antique and vintage-style items take up plenty of space in shabby chic, but they’re often repainted white or other unexpected colors. Weathered or distressed furniture is very popular in shabby chic spaces, which are usually bright and airy with soft colors, neutrals, and plenty of white.
Contemporary style is very geometric. A contemporary bedroom will have a low bed in a simple, unadorned style. Other furniture will also be mostly horizontal and fairly low to the ground, though there may be a taller vertical piece for contrast. Black, white, and gray are very common colors in contemporary design schemes, often combined with splashes of bolder color. This design style uses mostly solid colors and light, metallic accents.
Modern is also a geometric style, but it’s even more minimalist than contemporary. Unlike most contemporary rooms, modern rooms also tend to include surprising, bold, asymmetrical elements. Neutral colors are dominant in this style, and monochromatic designs are common.
Art Deco is a classy vintage style based on the 1920s and ‘30s. Though there are plenty of geometric shapes in art deco, they’re mostly used as patterns (not the shapes of the furniture). Textiles with angular designs show up often, as do strong curves. Art deco is also known for its use of wood and wood inlay, chrome, glass, and mirrors. An art deco bedroom would usually have a fairly neutral, monochromatic color scheme.
Traditional style is usually based on English and French styles from the 18th and 19th centuries. It often includes elements like gilt mirrors, dark wood, lush fabrics and intricate patterns. If you love classic wooden four-poster beds and Oriental rugs, traditional just might be your style.
Eclectic style means anything and everything goes. Eclectic designs pull in elements from other styles, using variety to create a space that still feels cohesive. The color palette is entirely up to personal taste. Eclectic is definitely not a minimalist style. Eclectics love contrast, putting together mismatched furniture and all kinds of different colors, patterns, and textures.Hopefully this run-down helped you get a better feel for what your style is--so you can turn your bedroom into the room of your dreams.