Bedroom art ideas – 11 design-led ways to transform your sleep space with art

Transform your sleep space with our favorite bedroom art ideas

Three examples of bedroom art ideas. Gallery wall above bed in green bedroom. Collection of artwork and ornaments on chest of drawers in neutral bedroom. Colorful, contemporary bedroom with abstract artwork above bed.
(Image credit: Neptune | Jessica Bennett of Alice Lane Interior Design | Sarah Kaye Representation Ltd )

Our bedroom art ideas can add that crucial finishing touch to your beloved bedroom.

Adding color, character and style, choosing to display artwork for your bedroom wall decor ideas can add beautiful visual interest to the space, as well as make the room feel more inviting, personal and creative.

When planning your bedroom ideas, elements such as artwork can bring your whole scheme together, whether that's through mirroring the color palette used throughout the rest of the room, or creating a unique element of contrast, decorating with art can be a truly versatile visual tool in interior design.

Bedroom art ideas

From striking gallery walls to advice on where is best to put art in the bedroom, we have curated a range ideas, as well as spoken to the experts, to provide you with some beautiful inspiration for your bedroom art ideas.

1. Coordinate with your scheme

Colorful bedroom with white and green painted walls, colorful abstract artwork above bed, patterned, upholstered orange headboard, bed with white linen, yellow patterned cushion, blue throw, sculptural yellow table lamp with cream shade on orange bedside table

(Image credit: Sarah Kaye Representation Ltd)

Choosing art that coordinates with your scheme, whether you take the lead from the art and pick out certain colors from the piece to use for paint, fabric and furnishings, or choose a new piece that fits in with your existing design, can create an enhanced feeling of cohesion.

In this bright and colorful bedroom, the abstract painting works perfectly with the bright colors used for the furniture, accessories and bedroom paint ideas.

When it comes to decorating with bright colors in the home, Justyna Korczynska, senior designer at Crown Paints (opens in new tab) states, 'we have found that people are experimenting with abstract paint effects, and unexpected colors. Gone are the days are opting for greys, beiges and creams. Nowadays there are no colors should be avoided for specific rooms.' 

As shown in this bedroom, the use of bright color throughout creates a truly inviting space, with the abstract artwork uniting all the separate colors together as one, a great look for modern bedroom ideas.

2. Place artwork above the bed

Blue painted bedroom with abstract artwork above bed, two low hanging round glass pendants above white bedside tables, light blue upholstered headboard, white linen, blue cushions and throw, black cabinet at end of bed, sculptural black metal artwork positioned on top.

(Image credit: Ginny Macdonald Design, photography Raquel Langworthy)

Jen & Mar, co-founders of Interior Fox (opens in new tab) state, 'the bed is the focal point of any bedroom, and the area above is the perfect spot for artwork. For maximum impact in a smaller room, opt for larger pieces of art over the bed to bring the scheme together. If you’re stuck for what color or design to opt for, take this opportunity to pull in an accent color. Whether that’s black used in the furniture or a color from the soft furnishings, sticking to this rule will make the room flow and feel cohesive.'

In this bedroom by Ginny Macdonald Design (opens in new tab) the Willem de Kooning artwork placed above the bed creates an attractive focal point in the space, as well as creating a bright element of contrast compared to the deep blue painted walls.

3. Embrace a theme

Pale blue painted bedroom, indigo scalloped headboard, wardrobe with rattan doors in matching indigo shade, white bed linen with white and indigo striped cushions, brown throw, matching artwork above the bed showing pressed flowers, small bedside shelf, wall light with woven wicker shade above.

(Image credit: Mary Wadsworth)

Choosing a collection of artwork that shares the same theme, design focus or color palette can make for an attractive visual statement in the bedroom. 

As shown in this space, an elegant example of blue bedroom ideas, delicate flowers have been pressed and framed to create a beautiful above the bed decor idea that celebrates the beauty of the natural world. 

With references to nature often creating a calming, relaxed space in interior design, this botanical display is ideal for the bedroom, coordinating perfectly with the natural wicker and rattan.

Green painted bedroom with gallery wall above bed, white frame with white linen, cushions and throws in palette of earth colors, metal bedside table with table lamp with glass base, fabric shade, stone flooring, cream rug

(Image credit: Neptune)

A popular design feature used across the home, gallery wall ideas are great for showcasing a range of unique artistic designs, maximizing the impact and focus on artwork in a room.

Not just for living room art ideas, creating a gallery wall in your bedroom can establish an eye-catching feature wall that celebrates your favorites artists, colors and designs, as shown in this elegant bedroom by Neptune (opens in new tab), a charming look for country bedroom ideas.

Great for adding texture and interest above the bed or for an empty wall space in a large bedroom, a gallery wall is a beautiful option for bedroom art ideas.

5. Choose an eclectic mix of designs 

Bright white bedroom with lower half the wall painted in a light brown, bamboo style bed-frame, white bed linen with green patterned cushions, pastel throw with geometric shapes, wooden bedside table with small vases of flowers, metallic wall light above, framed artwork and painters palette mounted above bed,

(Image credit: Mary Wadsworth)

In this pretty pastel bedroom, bedroom art ideas have been taken quite literally, with a traditional wooden paint palette mounted above the bed. With the framed pressed flower stem creating an elegant contrast with the organic shape of the palette, the mix of materials, shapes and designs creating an eye-catching decorative display. 

When planning wall decor ideas, using an eclectic mix of designs can not only create talking points when people walk into a room, it can help to add character and identity to your space.

6. Zone the space and curate a collection

Corner of a bedroom that shows a white chest of drawers decorated with artwork, pictures, flowers, table lamp and ornaments, gray painted walls and carpet,

(Image credit: Jessica Bennett of Alice Lane Interior Design, photography by Nicole Gerulat)

Great for small bedroom ideas, creating a zoned area in the room for your artwork and other decorative designs, such as on top of a cabinet or on a shelf, can not only establish an eye-catching decorative display, it can help to make space for more practical items such as wardrobes, mirrors and shelving.

In this calming bedroom space by Jessica Bennett of Alice Lane Interior Design (opens in new tab), the contemporary artwork, ornaments and accessories all embody the same 'sophisticated palette of colors' which was one of the focuses for the room. With the abstract artwork taking center stage, the other, layered items add depth, texture and personality, establishing an attractive, artistic zone in the bedroom.

7. Incorporate a beautiful mural

Mural in bedroom with palm trees, turrets and monkeys on midnight blue background, with bedding in blue and dusty pink.

(Image credit: Jake Curtis)

Tobie Lewis, senior brand manager at Valspar Paint (opens in new tab) says, 'a large, colorful mural is an excellent way to create a unique and impactful space in your home. Our bedrooms are an essential part of our home for relaxation and choosing the right color is important, when it comes to sleep and enhancing our sleep environment. Darker blues, purples and warming neutrals are great colors to use for your bedroom. It is also a place to have fun and using a large mural with these colors in mind is an excellent way to create a unique and peaceful space in your home.'

As shown in this bedroom, the tropical mural, defined by palm trees, turrets and monkeys on beautiful blue background, is both calming and compelling simultaneously. Working wonderfully with the pink bed, the colors and artistic mural design create a stunning bedroom space that is truly unique, a great example of wall mural ideas.

8. Keep it simple

White painted bedroom with white wooden paneling,with ditsy blue floral wallpaper, floral upholstered headboard, white linen with pink and blue floral cushions, pink floral throw, natural carpet with pink and purple patterned rug, wooden chair beside bed, small painting mounted above with wall light, bespoke cabinet, bench and shelving unit in white

(Image credit: Morris & Co)

In this inviting bedroom, decorated in beautiful wallpaper and fabrics by Morris & Co (opens in new tab), a lovely design fitting for traditional bedroom ideas, a very small framed painting has been placed beside the bed and below the wall light. 

Even though this artwork is small in size, it creates an eye-catching contrast with the bright color palette used in the rest of the room, coordinating with the more natural, neutral palette of the wooden chair and carpet.

Your bedroom art ideas do not always have to be big and bold, smaller designs like this can still add visual interest and intrigue to the space.

9. Use artwork to create contrast

Monochrome bedroom with white painted walls, black and white bedding, black, cream and gray striped rug, bright yellow artwork

(Image credit: Susie Novak)

Using artwork in a bedroom is a great way to bring in an accent color and an element of contrast to the space.

As shown in this bedroom by Susie Novak Interiors (opens in new tab), the characterful, vivid yellow artwork adds a dynamic element of vibrancy and color to the monochrome scheme, uniting a mix of styles and contrasts to create a stylish, contemporary sleep space.

Using artwork is a versatile option for bedroom accent wall ideas, and if your style or taste changes over time, you can easily freshen up the space and swap at old designs for new pieces.

10. Pick a pretty pair

Saffron yellow painted bedroom, dark wooden flooring, gray upholstered bed, white linen with gray and yellow cushions, matching bedside lamps on metal and glass tables, two floral prints mounted on wall above bed

(Image credit: Neptune)

In this bedroom by Neptune, painted in a gorgeous saffron yellow, the two framed floral artworks add a simple yet stylish statement above the bed. 

Looking to symmetry in interior design can help you decide on how and where is best to place the artwork in your bedroom.

As shown in this space, the pretty pair of designs mirror the size of the double bed and the matching bedside tables and lamps. Creating a balanced, aesthetically pleasing design, this bedroom feels thoughtfully styled, cozy and relaxing.

11. Make a feature of your wallpaper

Maximalist style bedroom, patterned floral wallpaper, red painted ceiling trim, dark wooden flooring, patterned upholstered headboard, white linen, pink, orange and green throws, cream chaise, gold frames on wall, framing wallpaper, mirror in center with pink frame

(Image credit: Sanderson Design)

If you've chosen a stand-out wallpaper for your bedroom wallpaper ideas, for a unique artwork idea, why not get creative with some paneling to frame the design, letting it truly take center stage in the space.

As shown in this bedroom decorated by Sanderson Design (opens in new tab), a stunning example of maximalist decor ideas, golden paneling has been created to frame the beautiful Golden Lily wallpaper. 

An innovative wall feature and focal point in the room, great for wall paneling ideas, these framed wallpaper panels are a simple and easy way to elevate the wallpaper design in your bedroom, as after all, wallpaper is a stunning medium of artwork in its own right.

What kind of art is good for the bedroom?

Your bedroom is a deeply personal retreat away from the busyness of the rest of the home, so the main thing to remember when planning on how to choose art for this space is picking designs that are reflective of your identity and that can integrate into the space.

Nic Shacklock, head of marketing at Online Bedrooms (opens in new tab) states, 'finishing touches can upscale an average bedroom to a breath-taking place. Making simple changes such as having a selection of books angled on the bed side table, or art pieces on walls which help influence the resting place of your dreams.'

For many of us, working with a calming color palette and choosing restful designs to enhance the feeling of tranquility is a good option for the bedroom. However, colorful, impactful designs can work just as well if this is more your style, as these designs can still be calming and inviting. Ultimately, it is completely up to you what artwork to put in your bedroom, as whatever design you choose will make the space feel more personal and unique to you.

What should I hang on my bedroom wall?

Whether you opt for large artwork for above the bed, or create a stunning gallery wall of a mixture of sized pieces and designs, there are options to suit all styles and spaces. 

Nature inspired designs are becoming increasingly popular throughout the home, and can work wonderfully in a bedroom, with beautiful floral and botanical displays a versatile choice for both calming and bold designs.

Establishing a mix of both practical and decorative designs on the wall space in your bedroom will ensure the room remains beautiful as well as functional.

Zara Stacey
Zara Stacey

Zara joined Homes & Gardens in February 2022 as a Content Editor. After studying English Literature at University, she worked as an Ecommerce Website Editor, Content Writer and Buying Intern at multiple independent businesses within the luxury retail and lifestyle sectors. Her role at Homes & Gardens unites her love, experience and passion for the world of design and desire to create inspiring written content. She enjoys nothing more than discovering new trends, brands and products, whether that be in fashion, interior design or lifestyle.