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How to Design a Minimalist Bedroom

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Parachute Team
Photographs By
Jessica Schramm for Parachute
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A well-styled bedroom isn’t just pretty to look at. According to sleep experts, the way your bedroom looks and feels directly affects how well you rest. And no design style is more calming than modern minimalist — a clean, crisp style with a muted color palette. This style doesn’t fill the room with furniture, either. It sticks to the essentials, so what’s there looks ultra sleek and sophisticated. Though minimalist bedroom style is simple, it’s in no way empty or boring, as long as you fill it with love. 

How to Create a Minimalist Bedroom

Start With White Walls

With modern minimalist bedroom ideas, remember this: Simplicity is the hallmark of this design style, so it’s best to start with white walls. With white as your blank canvas, the room looks especially bright and airy. Plus, you’ll have much more flexibility when it comes to selecting the rest of your decor and any accent pieces. 

If stark white isn’t your style, look for true neutrals like ivory or a very light, cool-toned gray.

Add a Rug

Sleek shouldn’t mean stark, and a soft rug provides both visual interest and a warm cushion for your feet when you first step out of bed in the morning. Since the rug is usually one of the higher-priced purchases you’ll make, start there and design around it. Look for something patterned or graphical, but stick to jewel tones — think navy, dusty rose or slate gray.

For added texture, you can even layer two rugs by placing something fluffier and single-toned on top of your low-piled graphic option.

Focus on the Bed

Once you’ve settled on a color palette, turn your attention to the largest piece of furniture in the room — the bed. Look for an understated frame with a low headboard in a coordinating fabric (crushed velvet is a great option) or a dark wood like walnut. Avoid warm tones, like wood that skews orange or red, and intricacies like carvings or nail heads. 

When it comes to bedding, focus on both comfort and style. A modern minimalist bed should look extra inviting, with crisp sheets and a plush comforter covered in a solid linen duvet. Don’t go crazy with pillows. All you need is a couple of structured shams, a couple of fluffy bed pillows and an accent pillow or two. With the accent pillow, this is your chance to add some color or pattern to the mix. Choose something fun, like a circular pillow or a long lumbar in a bolder but coordinating color.

Tie in the Rest of the Furniture

Don’t go overboard with furniture choices, especially if you’re designing in a small space. Modern minimalist bedroom design sticks to the essentials — nothing more. For the cleanest look, consider pieces with smaller footprints, like floating nightstands on either side of the bed. For your dresser, opt for a long, low profile piece with a sleek mirror above it. If you have a particularly large room, you could also add a bench at the end of the bed or a bookshelf, but the goal is to leave enough negative space to keep the room looking fresh. 

Have Fun With Accents

The trick with accents is to be selective. Rather than fill your space with anything and everything that catches your eye, invest in quality items. Think original paintings or high-quality prints and unique accessories, like a collection of books or a metal floor lamp. When it comes to modern minimalist bedroom decor, another must-have is greenery. Add a snake plant in a sophisticated ceramic and metal stand or even a large fiddle leaf fern.

What to Look for When Shopping for Your Modern Minimalist Bedroom

Modern minimalist bedroom decor lets your creativity shine through your choices. When your space is pared down, essentials like bedding stand out, so don’t skimp. Look for luxury bedding essentials like the Parachute Down Duvet Insert covered in Parachute’s Cloud Cotton Duvet Cover Set in white or Parachute’s Linen Duvet Cover in blush. 

Approach minimalist bedroom furniture the same way. Keep an eye out for solid wood pieces with clean lines. Some intricacies like cane doors or drawers suit the modern minimalist style, but avoid bolder, more vintage details like ornate carvings. For an extra wow factor on a plain dresser or nightstand, you can always swap out the hardware for something a little trendier, like brass half-moon handles. 

If you need more guidance or help marrying the elements in your space, schedule a complimentary 1-on-1 video or phone consultation with one of Parachute’s expert stylists. During your free session, they’ll help you in a number of ways, from help with mixing and matching colors and fabrics, to choosing the right rug for your space, layering pillows for a cozy style and more. Simply select an appointment time that works for you and send along your minimalist bedroom inspiration notes or photos of your space. After your meeting, you’ll get personalized recommendations that make nailing the design of your dreams a cinch.