July 24, 2024

Make the Most of an A-frame

a white bed in alcove
David Lauer

An angled roof can easily become a design opportunity. Finished in Sherwin-Williams’s Pure White, this one has two elements of surprise: a compact bookshelf and an understated pendant light. “A-frames have a lot of dead space, and finding ways to make these spaces useful is super rewarding,” says designer Amy Pigliacampo.


Create Contrast With Shiplap

bedroom with a side table and lamp
Molly Rose

Draw the eye up — and temper busy wallpaper — by installing vertical shiplap three-quarters of the way up a wall, suggests designer Janna McCalley.

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Rely on Sage Green

green bedroom wavy bed frame
Madeline Harper

Cool and calming, sage green is a perfect hue for bedrooms seeking a subtle pop of color. From the curvy bed frame to luxe drapery, design firm Daley Home lets the earthy shade define this serene bedroom.


Let Travel Inspire Decor

bedroom with travel decor
Lance Gerber

This Moroccan desert-inspired guest room by designer Michelle Boudreau exudes tropical flair thanks to Marrakesh wallpaper and brass palm pendant lights. “This room is full of character, warmth and personality,” she says.


Wallpaper the Ceiling

striped bedroom wallpaper
Aimée Mazzenga

A classic print is all it takes to mask this sloped ceiling. Take a cue from designer Paloma Contreras, who says she chose to “fully tent the bedroom in a striped wallpaper, which makes the ceiling disappear into the rest of the room.”

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Layer in Warm Reds

bedroom ideas
Kieran Reeves Photography

Whether it’s with drapes, an area rug or this vintage tapestry hung over the bed, rusty red accents warm up any bedroom design. Here, designer Ashley Ferguson chooses to keep surrounding furniture and seating neutral to allow the red accents to pop.


Paint a Wall-to-Wall Headboard

bedroom with wall to wall green painted headboard
Sara Ligorria-Tramp. Design by Julie Rose

Mimic the impact of a piece of furniture with a rich color on the wall and baseboard behind a bed. Here, designer Julie Rose painted a ¼ inch black line to emphasize the cheerful green (Farrow & Ball’s Breakfast Room Green).


Decorate Open Shelving

bedroom ideas
Sonya Sellers

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Incorporate Soft Black

1930s spanish revival home in los angeles designer candace shure bedroom painted in sherwin williams, velvet and fur accents

Put an Reading Chair in the Corner

bedroom with accent chair and blue and green curtains
Muriel Silva

Rely on Warm Neutrals

a bed with a large headboard and floral accent wall
Sam Frost

If you prefer warmth over cool tones, layer in earthy hues like beige, brown and tannish pinks. Here, designer Lindye Galloway infuses texture, warm woods and a floral wallpapered accent wall to balance the space.

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Cover Walls in Paneling

interiors, exteriors
Emily J Followill

For a modern farmhouse feel, install white wood paneling all the way to the ceiling — which works particularly well when paired with exposed beams. To elevate the vintage-inspired look, Liz Williams Interiors adds a taper candle chandelier and canopy bed.


Weave in Warm Woods

feng shui bedroom neutral color palette and touch of red
Sara Ligorria-Tramp

From kitchens to bedrooms, warm woods are trending for 2024 — mostly because of their power to cozy up an interior. Take note from designer Emily Henderson and start with an oak bed frame and matching nightstands.


Add Pops of Pattern

primary bedroom with natural wood and rattan accents modern colors and cool decor in a charming east hampton bungalow home
Photo: Read McKendree; Design: Ryann Swan

Even if you prefer a timeless neutral design, don’t miss the chance to bring in a bit of whimsy. Here, designer Ryann Swan chooses a floral fabric for lamp shades, striped throw pillows and a geometric throw blanket for the foot of the bed.

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Highlight an Area Rug

a large bedroom with a bed and a coffee table
Gieves Anderson

Choose Timeless White Bedding

a bed in a room
Heidi Harris

Reminiscent of a luxe hotel, this all-white bed looks bright, clean and polished. To add a dose of color, Morse Design relies on a geometric area rug.


Put Your Bed Into an Alcove

a bed in a room with blue accents
Thomas Kuoh

If you have extra room, create a tiny alcove the exact size of your bed frame — an easy way to guarantee more floor space. We love how Studio Munroe adds a striped wallcovering all over and hangs three paintings inside the cove.

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Create Contrast With Black Details

vancouver home of the meikle tough family by interior designer stephanie brown stephaniebrowninccom bedroom, light, bright, airy, grass cloth wall covering
Ema Peter

Try a Cabin-Chic Style

a bed with a blue headboard and wood paneling walls
Gieves Anderson

Turn exposed wood walls into a design statement, just as architecture and interiors studio JAM has done here. To make the space more inviting, layer in textures (think faux fur rugs, cozy bedding and tons of throw pillows).

Headshot of Monique Valeris

Monique Valeris is the home design director for Good Housekeeping, where she oversees the brand’s home decorating coverage across print and digital. Prior to joining GH in 2020, she was the digital editor at Elle Decor. In her current role, she explores everything from design trends and home tours to lifestyle product recommendations, including writing her monthly column, “What’s in My Cart.”

Headshot of Alyssa Gautieri

Alyssa Gautieri (she/her) is the associate lifestyle editor for Good Housekeeping, where she covers all things home and interior design. Prior to joining GH in 2022, she wrote for publications including ELLE Decor, Chairish, BobVila.com, Unique Homes Magazine and LODGING Magazine, in addition to crafting product copy for home brands like BrylaneHome and VIGO Industries.


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