As much time as you spend in your bedroom, it should be a space that is relaxing and reflects your personal style.

Before you begin your contemporary bedroom design, set a budget so that you can make the most impact. Decide if you want to make small and inexpensive changes or if you want to go all the way and buy new furniture. Once you have established boundaries, you can figure out the look you want.

Get inspiration

Flip through interior design magazines to get ideas. These publications focus on contemporary interiors, and you will find many examples of contemporary bedrooms.

Buy a few, and when you see an idea you like, from a colour scheme to a headboard that catches your eye – rip them out and start a folder with your ideas. Don’t copy a design entirely, but choose elements from several that reflect your personality.

Add Texture

A bedroom carpet is a simple way to add interest and texture to any space.

I have been looking at Designer Carpet for my friend recently after I saw they were recommended by several people on Instagram. They specialise in remnants (a stand-alone piece cut from a larger roll) so they get the best prices and can offer big discounts on branded carpets.

If you don’t want to recarpet the entire space due to cost or limitations on the changes you can make, they also offer a bespoke rug service. They are hand made in Derbyshire by their in-house rugmakers so you’re getting a premium product that matches your character and aesthetic for an affordable price.

Make an Impact with Colour

Start with the largest surface in your bedroom: the walls. Choose a colour that is relaxing rather than over-stimulating. Typically cool colours fit this description. Cool colours that look especially modern include greens, blues, and greys. An added bonus is that these colours will make the walls appear to recede, thus making space feel larger. Also, don’t dismiss standard white – there’s nothing more modern yet classic. Just be sure to choose a pure white and not a peach-tinted one, that can look dingy.

Bring your Bed Up to Date

The next surface that has a large impact on the design of the room is the bed. A very contemporary option for a bed frame is a platform bed. Avoid ornate head and footboards or metals such as brass, which don’t look very modern usually. Go for clean lines and avoid fussy details like spindles and latticework.

If you can’t afford to buy new furniture, at least replace the duvet cover. Solid colours tend to look the cleanest and most modern, but don’t rule out patterns completely. If you choose to go with a pattern, make sure it is subtle. Luxurious fabrics like sateen can look more expensive than they are. If your bedroom walls are colourful, consider a simple white duvet with a subtle texture. Finally, be sure to avoid cluttering up your bed with lots of throw pillows or stuffed animals. You want your bedroom to look streamlined.

Mood Lighting

Overhead lighting can be too harsh, especially if it is fluorescent. Of course, you need task lighting for reading. Try bedside table lamps with semi-opaque shades or floor lamps that reflect light onto the wall or ceiling. Choose lamps with clean lines with a base in materials such as brushed nickel or steel. Square or cylindrical shades look especially modern.


If you follow these simple tips, you will have a modern bedroom design that is both relaxing and functional. By carefully selecting wall colour, textiles, and lighting, you can have a contemporary bedroom design that is both practical and inviting.


By carefully selecting wall colour, textiles, and lighting, you can have a contemporary bedroom design that is both practical and inviting.


3 Comments on Contemporary bedroom design

  1. Great ideas to give the bedroom a bit of a refresh. I definitely need to update my space and it can be such a daunting project. Love these ideas though…sometimes small changes can make a big difference.

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