Bed ideas – sophisticated and stylish beds for your sleep sanctuary

Be inspired by these beautiful bed ideas to help you create an ideal sleep space

Bed ideas with pink wall and headboard
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Take note of our favorite bed ideas and bedroom design rules to help you find the right bed for your sleep sanctuary. The bedroom is the most private room in the house, so your choice of bed should be the most personal, but there are still some key considerations when choosing a bed for your room. One that will allow you to escape from the trials and tribulations of life at the end of a long day. 

Whether you’re after quick tricks that you can pull off overa weekend or are in need of inspiration for a complete bed overhaul, we’ve come up with a host of bright bedroom ideas that we think will inspire you.

Bed ideas

These are our favorite bed ideas – chosen just for you.

1. Create a cocooning effect

Bed ideas - Bed with modern white headboard

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A subtle nod to the cosseting feel of a traditional half tester is a headboard that is winged at both sides. Take this a step further and, when commissioning a bespoke design, think about extending it beyond the width of the bed to create a niche that is generous enough for a bedside table. 

In a large bedroom, this is a discreet way to up the comfort factor without disturbing the clean lines of a pared-back scheme. Upholster the headboard in a fabric that matches the wall color for a seamless finish. With neutral schemes, use texture and materials to generate warmth and interest: here, a stitched bedspread in navy contrasts with an ebonised wood nightstand to help balance the effect.

2. Light a daybed

Bed ideas - Daybed with fairy lights and canopy

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Give a bed a dazzling twinkle with lighting. Here, a daybed cocooned in a simple linen canopy, which is festively lit with fairy lights, creates a stylish place to while away winter evenings with a good book.

3. Give a wingback headboard a modern look

Botanical bed ideas with wingback bed

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This wide-width wallpaper, which evokes the feel of a secluded woodland glade, makes a great substitute for traditional country-style floral papers, while plain upholstery gives the wingback headboard a modern look.

4. Highlight the bed frame with background pattern and color

Blue bed ideas with four-poster bed

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Use a small-scale backdrop to draw attention to the star of the show – the bed. In this oasis of indigos and blues, the small design of the wallpaper makes it appear to reed, bringing the more exuberant patterns on the bedspread and curtains to the fore. The oversized table lamps and the dramatic four-poster bed have an architectural dimension that lends structure to the scheme. 

5. Get creative with your headboard

Bed ideas with floral fabric headboard

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Add color and character in the most unusual way. For a versatile alternative to a headboard, hang tie-top cushions from a curtain pole above the bed. You can find more creative headboard ideas in our dedicated feature.

6. Embrace a bold color scheme

Bed ideas - Red and white stripe bed coastal theme

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A high wraparound headboard and footboard turn this bed into a cocooning space to relax. This wide red stripe, in bold contrast to the white walls, introduces a suggestion of deckchairs and beach huts. 

7. Paint your bed in a mood-boosting shade

Yellow four-poster bed ideas with pattern wallpaper

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This bedroom features plenty of tranquil green, but adds unexpected yellow accents in the form of an eye-catching four-poster bed. ‘Waking up with such a mood-enhancing shade is a great start to the day,’ says Ruth Mottershead, Creative Director at Little Greene. ‘Softer tones likes primrose work well, too – just painting the bed or skirting gives instant joy.’ 

8. Invest in an opulent design

Floral bed ideas with baroque-style headboard

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With patterned walls, choose a plain fabric that complements the colors in the wallpaper and experiment with the shape of the headboard instead. Here, the baroque-style silhouette of the Origo design by Oka adds a bit of punch to the pretty country-house florals. 

9. Set up a canopy above the bed

Bed ideas with twin bed and canopy

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Contemporary curtained bed canopies make a pretty, cocooning design feature. Here, we used a dainty floral design in a warm grey for the canopy interiors, which has been teamed with mink-colored linen bed valances for a modern take on a neutral palette. 

10. Evoke a dream-like setting

Bed ideas with four-poster bed and botanical theme

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If you are hoping to create the ultimate sleep sanctuary, then a four-poster bed is a must. ‘I have always slept in a four-poster bed – for me, it is my sanctuary within the bedroom,’ says William Yeoward, interior designer. ‘A four-poster also gives the bedroom a point of focus which, of course, should be the bed.’

The bedroom is the one place that really lends itself to fantasy decoration. Here, a rich wallpaper depicting leafy trees gives this scheme a soothing, sylvan feel, which is reinforced by a fairytale four-poster bed hung with delicate drapes. Luxurious wool throws and heavily textured flooring add to the cozy aesthetic.

11. Prep a cozy escape

Bed ideas for a spare room

Interior design / Beata Heuman

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A trick often misses when revamping a spare room or guest bedroom is to make it feel as comfortable as other rooms in the house. Add cushions and layer fabrics, or carve out a snug sleeping area and decorate with dark, cosseting tones. If the room layout is narrow, a single bed might slide in horizontally under a window. Then one option is to hang a curtain at each end of the bed, creating an alcove. 

Alternatively, copy Beata Heuman’s scheme shown here, which boxes in the bed area with a theatrical frame. To ramp up the coziness, paint the interior of the alcove a different color from the exterior. Use the same treatment for the curtains by interlining them with a shade that matches the bed nook.

See more inventive and beautiful bed nooks in our dedicated feature.

12. Dress the bed

Bed ideas with scalloped headboard

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‘A bedroom provides the ideal opportunity to step a little outside of your comfort zone,’ says Tiffany Duggan, director, Studio Duggan. ‘An easy way to create an eccentric boutique hotel look is to use luxurious bedding and patterns with a feature headboard in a bold color.’ 

Adding an upholstered headboard can also work as a great little update. This low-slung, shell-shaped design, part of the newly launched home and lifestyle collection Trove by Tiffany Duggan, lends a pretty and soft shape to the bedroom.

13. Rewrite all old-fashioned conceptions

Bed ideas with gingham fabric headboard

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Gingham is back in a big way for 2021, and no more so than in the bedroom. London-based furniture suppliers, Arlo & Jacob, have notably jumped on the trend, and have recently released a gingham collection which could sit comfortably in any modern home, as their Buying and Merchandising Manager, Laura Barnard, shared:

 ‘Gingham is a very confident upholstery choice, and rather than being too frilly it’s bringing attention to an interior.’ 

How can I decorate my bed? 

There are many beautiful yet simple ways to decorate your bed. ‘In your zeal to be creative in every other area of your home, don’t forget about the bedroom,’ says Irene Gunter, founder of Irene Gunter & Co. ‘To make it inviting think about texture and layers. Bedding doesn’t have to cost a fortune and will transform the space, making it look sophisticated while feeling cozy and warm.’ 

'In small guests rooms, dispense with a substantial bedspread,' says Nina Campbell, founder Nina Campbell Interiors. ‘Use a thin pique design instead, which doubles up as a blanket. It means you don’t have to find somewhere to store a spare quilt.’

What should I put behind my bed?

A statement headboard is the perfect object to put behind a bed. ‘Headboards are a great way to introduce drama,’ says Kit Kemp, co-owner and creative director, Firmdale Hotels. ‘They can be used as an artwork in a bedroom and provide a chance to show off beautiful designs.’ 

‘When selecting a new headboard, it’s essential to know the height of the divan as well as that of the mattress: ideally the headboard should sit snugly on the back of the divan and be cut back for the mattress, believes Emma Deterding of Kelling Designs. ‘We usually go about 160cm/63 inches from the floor; too high and they can start to look like tombstones, especially on single beds.’  

 In smaller rooms, play with scale, recommends Tiffany Duggan of Trove. ‘Opting for an oversized or playful shape can actually make a small room feel larger.’

How can I decorate above my bed?

The 'fifth' wall in a bedroom – the ceiling – offers a myriad of surprising yet stylish ways to decorate above the bed. 

See: Traditional bedroom ideas – pretty ways to combine tradition, luxury and comfort

For those who prefer to add details to a space to prevent it from feeling too start might look to patterned bedspread or textured cushions, but have you considered decorating the ceiling? All too often the ‘fifth’ wall is left untouched but it can be a great opportunity to incorporate color or pattern. A design on your ceiling – be it wallpaper or paint – is best enjoyed when in bed, so choose a pattern that is calming and beautiful to marvel at. 

Jennifer Ebert
Jennifer Ebert

Jennifer is the Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens. Having worked in the interiors industry for a number of years, spanning many publications, she now hones her digital prowess on the 'best interiors website' in the world. Multi-skilled, Jennifer has worked in PR and marketing, and the occasional dabble in the social media, commercial and e-commerce space. 

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