Impressive Modern Bedroom Design Ideas
When it comes to home design, the word ‘modern’ can conjure up images of cold, stark spaces without character — but that couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, a modern bedroom design can be effortlessly warm, friendly, and exciting by inviting a sense of light into the space. With the right cocktail of colours, textures, and furnishings, you can transform your bedroom into a stylish, modern resting space where you can feel perfectly at home.
What is modern style?
Modern style keeps things simple with the aim of making spaces feel airy, fresh, and new. That philosophy is at the heart of what modern design is. Often confused with ‘contemporary’ design, which is trend-driven, modern style is a collection of style principles that have been interpreted since as early as the 1800s. They include, but certainly aren’t limited to, straight lines, glossy textures, natural light, neutral colours, low profile furniture, and unembellished materials.
Want to refresh your bedroom but aren’t sure where to start? Here are 10 unique and exciting modern bedroom ideas.
Modern master bedroom ideas
1. Keep the colour palette neutral
One of the supporting pillars of modern bedroom design is neutral colours, such as black, white, grey and pale beiges. In this bedroom, neutral colours and natural woods dominate, lending to a sophisticated and sleek overall ambience. The room still feels vibrant, thanks to the addition of art pieces in the same colour family.
As a bonus, keeping your bedroom neutral will allow you to switch up parts of your bedroom décor without the added stress of matching colours and shades.
2. Get playful with art
As noted, art pieces have a way of bringing life and interest to a blank slate. Low profiles are an essential part of modern bedroom design, and we can see that reflected in the choice of placement for the frames in this bedroom. Rather than hanging your art, consider propping large pieces on the floor to evoke a cool, laid-back feeling.
Take a moment to consider how other decor elements, such as lighting and bedside tables, can also work to spruce up your space with an artistic flair.
3. Add a touch of softness
While it’s true that modern design favours sleek lines and neutral colours, there’s no reason why it shouldn’t also feel warm and inviting. Once you’ve chosen your minimal furniture pieces, opt for an understated pop of colour or texture that falls under the modern umbrella.
The bedroom above showcases a low profile bed with a soft, tufted bedhead in a neutral colour. The extra elements, such as the berry-coloured quilt cover and shaggy throw, bring a personal touch to your contemporary space.
4. Experiment with different finishes
Interior decorators have long used mirrored, reflective and glossy surfaces to increase the sense of space in a room, which lends itself to the airy, spacious feeling the modern bedroom design aims to achieve.
The subtle pops of gloss add an exciting touch to the boxy black bedroom furniture set in this bedroom.
Modern small bedroom ideas
5. Think carefully about storage
With minimalism as one of the main philosophies of modern design, storage is essential to avoid overdoing it. This certainly comes in handy for those limited on space in their bedrooms, as it means less furniture to make your room feel cluttered.
A bed with an end drawer is a great space saver and allows you to hide away any bits and bobs that are crowding your space. Here, under-bed storage works in place of a linen cabinet or ottoman to store sheets and pillows.
6. Choose minimal furniture pieces
While ornate, luxurious headboards and carved wooden drawers have a beauty of their own, modern bedroom design trades that in for pieces stripped down to prioritise practicality. In this bedroom suite, functionality is supreme, with each piece of furniture modest and straightforward.
The dark walnut stained bed, bedside tables and tallboy feature sharp lines and the absence of accessories such as knobs. The minimalism of these pieces should help even a small room feel more contemporary and spacious.
7. Invest in a space-saving platform bed
Sleek modern bedroom furniture pieces such as a platform bed can go a long way in making your space feel more contemporary. While the bed above is pictured with matching bedside tables, those low on floor space can omit these pieces and instead use the bed trim to rest a book or phone.
Boasting clean lines and a low profile, a platform bed is a no-nonsense alternative to the embellishments of a more traditional bed.
8. Embrace the asymmetrical look
Let’s face it, if your bedroom space is tight, there’s a good chance you’ll have to reconsider the position of your bed. The good news is that there’s an opportunity to modernise your space where having your bed in the centre of the room isn’t possible.
Push your bed closer to the wall and bring in a sleek and stylish bedside table on one side. Leave a gap between your bed and the wall to allow access to the bed from both sides. The asymmetry and extra floor space will ideally add a cool and sophisticated touch to your bedroom.
Kids modern bedroom ideas
9. Stick to a simple colour scheme
Kids love all things bright, colourful and fun — and it would be a shame to deprive them of that in favour of choosing a modern design aesthetic. Rather than choosing neutral colours for your kids’ room, pick one or two muted shades in their favourite colours to bring a vibrancy to the space.
In the bedroom above, pastel blue adds an interesting touch to modern kids furniture pieces without detracting from the light ambience of the space.
10. Pick texture over prints
Rather than defaulting to polka-dots and stripes, use a modernist approach and add charm to your kids’ bedroom by introducing texture to their space. In modern design, bedroom textiles are kept neutral and muted, helping the room appear uncluttered — even with toys everywhere. This bed uses a waffle weave to bring interest to an otherwise simple quilt set.
This one may work better for older kids and pre-teens, as younger tots may still be too attached to their Frozen-themed bedspread.