When life gets busy, it's easy to let your bedroom décor fall to the wayside. Things pile up in corners, creating unnecessary clutter; bedding ages and fades; and furniture pieces get bumped and scratched—or simply stop serving the storage purposes you once needed. Luckily, it doesn't take much to get your bedroom back to a state of pure relaxation. All you need is a little decluttering and style inspiration.
So what exactly do you need to achieve the minimalist bedroom look? A healthy Marie Kondo-inspired organization session, followed by a bedding refresh, a few thoughtful accessories, and maybe a light coat of paint. Ready to give your space the update it needs to help you relax after a long day? Take some of these 21 minimalist bedroom ideas and apply them to your own room.
What Is Minimalism?
Minimalism is a design style characterized by a less-is-more, simple approach devoid of ornamentation. It's highly reductive, focusing on incorporating only the essential and necessary elements and getting rid of excess (i.e., decluttering).
Stick to a Neutral Palette
Keep your color palette to a few muted shades and touches of white for a soothing space. Pattern and texture are encouraged, though try to keep décor items within the same color family.
Layer Your Lighting
Layer your lighting with a mix of overhead and wall fixtures. A woven pendant will cast an eye-catching glow on your space. And table lamps offer focused illumination where you need it.
Make Your Bed Minimally
Keep your bedding simple. White linen sheets and a wool throw are just what you need to achieve the minimalist look. When in doubt, choose a low-slung platform bed to make your space feel zen.
Opt for Modern Channel Tufting
Opt for a channel tufting instead of a traditional upholstered headboard for a modern take on cushioned bedframes. It'll add texture to an otherwise neutral vibe.
Go Entirely Monochrome
Keep your room in monochrome shades of gray to make your space feel as relaxing as possible. Choose a warm gray to soften the room.
Mix Cool and Warm Tones
Create tension between cool and warm neutral tones by juxtaposing blue-grays with tan and camel hues. A singular piece of wire furniture adds visual interest without overwhelming the space.
Try the Unmade Bed Look
Embrace the undone bedding look by choosing prewashed linens and cotton throws that look great when wrinkled. Plus, one lived-in component will avoid the dreaded showroom look.
Stick to an All-White Palette
Layer tone-on-tone textures, like bedding, pillows, throws, and rugs all in shades of white. Nothing says minimal, clean slate like white.
Keep Furniture Low to the Ground
Choose low-slung furniture to create the impression of high ceilings. This strategy is especially helpful if your bed is also positioned closer to the ground, for cohesiveness.
Add Paper Lanterns
Paper lanterns and shades will cast a soft glow on your bedroom that will lull you to sleep. They also give off a light and airy feel.
Keep Nightstands Neat
Keep a small tray or bowl on your nightstand to corral all your jewelry and keep clutter at bay. You can also group them together with a few other decorative items to create a vignette.
Have Fun With Paint
Minimal doesn't always have to been shades of gray and white. The moody painted walls pictured mesh well with the simplicity of the rest of the room.
Anchor the Room with a Large Rug
Tie a room together with a large rug. When everything else remains sparse, a rug can serve as a focal point for the room.
Decorate with Simple Black Accents
Pops of dramatic color can be impactful without losing the qualities of a minimalist designed bedroom. A nightstand and matching headboard mesh well.
Keep Bedding Simple
Style your bed simply with one accent pillow and a blanket covering the foot of your bed. Too many accessories may disturb the harmony of the space.
Be Consistent with Lighting
Keep a consistent thread between your lighting fixtures, like brass and white features, to tie the room together. Alternatively, stick to similar shapes, like the lighting pictured here.
Add a Dose of Glamour
Make your space sparkle with just a few brass accents in your curtain hardware or lighting. Here, a slim brass table lamp rounds out a muted vignette.
Add a Midcentury-Modern Chair
Less is more, yet not at the expense of function and necessity. A chair can serve many purposes beyond seating; use it for storage or to create a defined area in your room, like a dressing corner.
Choose a Simple Rug with a Hint of Sheen
A large solid-colored rug with a subtle sheen is ideal for a minimalist bedroom. It's just soft enough and doesn't clutter the space visually.
Add Texture Instead of Art
Keep your walls bare, but add texture instead, like a plaster finish or a shiplap wall. Additionally, express texture through your bedding or accent pieces.
Bring the Outside In
With some sculptural greenery in a pot, planter, or vase, add calm and a closer connection to the natural world. Try to avoid prickly or pointy plants, however. According to feng shui, these plants give off overstimulating, or "spiky" energy, experts say.