Stacey Sheppard is a freelance writer and award-winning interior design blogger. She started her blog - The Design Sheppard, in 2009 and is now ranked as one of the top interior design blogs in the UK. We are thrilled to have Stacey as a guest blogger for us. Over the coming months, Stacey will be taking us through the trending interior styles, how to get our homes ready for autumn and all things Christmas. This month, Stacey shows us the top 10 bedroom styles we need to know.
If you're looking at all the possible bedroom styles and trying to find the perfect match for your home, look no more. We're rounding up 10 of the most popular bedroom styles to help you work out the best option for you.
The kitchen may be the heart of the home and where so many family activities take place, but the bedroom is the sanctuary and the refuge. It is where we retreat to when we need to relax, rejuvenate, and recoup our energy. It is where we start and end our day. It sets us up for success in the morning and helps us to release and unwind in the evening.
We should be creating spaces that make us feel calm, safe and relaxed. Somewhere we can go to escape the chaos, distractions, and responsibilities of the outside world. How we go about doing this will be different for every individual.
So, it stands to reason that when looking for bedroom decor ideas, we need to pay particular attention to the myriad of bedroom styles that are available to ensure that we choose the right one for our home. After all, our home should reflect us and our unique personality, and our bedroom styles should mirror this.
Let's look at 10 of the most popular bedroom styles to help you work out which one might be the right fit for you.
First up is the Scandinavian-style bedroom. This is a minimalistic style that values functionality but without sacrificing beauty. Scandi-style brings understated elegance to the bedroom through its simple design, clean lines, muted colour palette and functional furnishings.
If you want a bedroom that is peaceful, warm, and inviting, Scandi-style will help you to achieve that. Bring in neutral walls, modern furniture, pale wooden accents, and plenty of natural light.
To get this bedroom style right you need to declutter as Scandi homes are synonymous with minimalism. That means no fussy patterns, bold or bright colours or ornate touches. Simplicity is the name of the game. But you can add interest by layering up the textures and using natural, tactile materials in muted colours.
Scandinavian-style is a recipe for success if you are looking to create a serene and peaceful bedroom with a sophisticated look and cosy feel.
Japandi-style is a reasonably new player on the design scene having made a huge impression on our social media feeds over the past few years. It has its origins in Scandinavian design, but it is positioned at the intersection of Scandi-style and modern Japanese design style.
It is basically the lovechild of hygge and wabi-sabi resulting in a beautiful fusion of these two similar but disparate design styles. It is a new genre of design that offers timeless elegance and functionality but with a modern flair.
Japandi feels slightly warmer and cosier than traditional Scandi-interiors. There is less emphasis on monochrome minimalism and a leaning towards the colours found in nature and the warmth of natural materials. There is also a focus on high-quality craftsmanship and hand-made pieces.
Japandi-style bedrooms are calming, tranquil, and peaceful with added warmth.
Unsurprisingly, the Industrial style has its roots in the industrial revolution when huge factories were constructed to house workers and machinery. It really took off in interiors in the 2000s when a housing crisis in New York saw many empty factories being repurposed into loft apartments. The high ceilings, open floor plans and huge windows proved to be massive selling points for these new housing units.
If you are looking to bring Industrial style into your bedroom, you will want to incorporate architectural materials such as exposed brick, concrete, metal, and industrial pipes. You'll also want to consider raw, rustic, and repurposed elements. Think distressed leather and reclaimed wood.
Choose window mirrors to mimic the black windows that often feature in industrial settings. Opt for Edison lightbulbs, metal lockers and textiles featuring graphic lines for maximum effect.
Taking a much softer approach is the Bohemian-style bedroom. Inspired by artists, this style is all about self-expression and creating a space that is entirely for your own enjoyment. There are no hard and fast rules for this playful and carefree style. Instead, it should reflect the story of your life and your personal values.
To embrace a Boho-style bedroom you will want to be thinking about layers: layers of textures, patterns, and colours.
To give this bedroom style a personal feel, incorporate mementoes and souvenirs from your own travels, flea market finds, and original or handmade artwork. Top it all off with plenty of pillows and lots of textiles.
A Vintage-style bedroom is one that exudes elegance and gracefulness and has an atmosphere of peaceful nostalgia. This is achieved by incorporating furniture, accessories, and decor from an earlier period.
Vintage is quite a broad term though and the dictionary definition is simply "representing the high quality of a past time". This doesn't specify which time so vintage could refer to any design style from an earlier period such as Art Deco, Mid-Century Modern or Industrial.
However, it is often understood to be a style that evokes a sense of nostalgia, romance, and old-fashioned charm from the 1940s and 50s. It uses antique or distressed furniture from previous generations, giving them a new lease of life. It also incorporates upholstered fabrics and soft and feminine colour palettes of whites, creams and pastel pinks, blues, and lilacs. Floral patterns may also be used in Vintage-style bedrooms.
6. French Chic
Much like the Vintage-style bedroom, French Chic is also characterised as feminine, elegant, and romantic. This style is all about the seemingly effortless combination of classic and contemporary style. It is a lot more extravagant than the other styles we have looked at often featuring decorative wall panelling and ornate architectural features such as architraves and skirting.
A French Chic bedroom will generally be decorated in simple, neutral colour palettes, such as white, dove grey or blush pink or French blue. Paint finishes often matt and chalky.
When it comes to furniture, of course, you will want to choose antique baroque or rococo pieces, and particularly those from the reign of Louis XV. Again, we're looking for highly ornate pieces so consider an oversized gilt mirror as the finishing touch.
7. Mid-Century Modern
Mid-Century Modern-style is an American design movement that became popular in the post–World War II United States. It is closely aligned with the Modernist movement and is typically characterised by clean, lines and honest materials. It is a simple style that does not include decorative embellishments.
To embrace this style, you will want to incorporate functional, simplistic furniture with a retro feel. Furniture is often made of teak but could also be oak or rosewood. A lot of Mid-Century Modern furniture pieces were curved, and geometric shapes were dominant.
When it comes to colour, choose bright accent colours that stand out and make a bold statement.
8. Modern Rustic
The Modern Rustic style is having a bit of a moment right now thanks to the extreme popularity of Biophilic Design which is closely aligned to the main principles of this design style. Modern Rustic is a style that is heavily focused on the natural environment, bringing nature indoors and reminding us of simpler times.
Modern Rustic spaces often feature natural, rugged materials that come from the earth, such a raw, unprocessed woods, natural stone, brick, clay, and metals with a light patina. When it comes to textiles consider materials like burlap, jute, hemp, and distressed leather, particularly for rugs and accent pieces.
Modern Rustic spaces incorporate a natural, earthy colour palette featuring warm browns, earthy oranges, and shades of green.
A Modern Rustic bedroom will have a warm, approachable feel to it, which is very soothing.
9. Modern Coastal
Next up on our list of bedroom styles is Modern Coastal. Living on the coast in an area that is a very popular UK holiday destination, this particular style is very popular. Modern Coastal blends sleek modern design with the beachy feel of coastal design.
It is defined by seaside elements and colours that are incorporated in a way that is clean and simple. Seaside tones include shades of blue, green, beige, white and coral. Colours are often layered to add an extra dimension to the room without overcomplicating things. Base colours are usually those that evoke sand, while accent colours usually evoke the sea.
Seaside textures can be brought in by using materials such as sand, driftwood, rope, linen, and shells to create a soothing ambience.
Modern Coastal bedrooms should evoke relaxation, calm and tranquillity.
The last of our bedroom styles is Cottagecore. A recent trend that has gained popularity, Cottagecore is a romanticised interpretation of western agricultural life. It celebrates simple living and takes inspiration from life in the countryside and all the personal freedom and self-sufficiency that comes with it.
When it comes to a Cottagecore bedroom, think of a cosy space in harmony with nature. It will be decorated with rustic features and there will be a heavy nod to traditional skills like sewing, weaving, gardening, and baking.
Cottagecore bedrooms will feature botanical prints, vintage fabrics, dried flowers, and baskets. They are designed to help you live in the present moment and escape the distractions of modern-day living where technology rules.
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