Even if no one ever sees it, your bedroom should still represent your style and feel like a place you want to unwind in. With that in mind, we came up with fifty-five bedroom ideas to help you create your own perfect resting space. No matter how bold you want to go, how large your space is, or what your design preference is, these bedroom decorating ideas, shopping tips, and designer examples are sure to inspire you.
Add A Fun Headboard
“A wide upholstered headboard brings more fabric into a bedroom, while enabling the integration of eclectics,” says Sophie of Studio Ashby. In this bedroom in particular, the headboard defines the color scheme and provides a sense of formality while also asserting a modern twist that doesn’t feel overly trendy.
Loosen Things Up
Loose linens make for an effortlessly chic bed situation while the antique floor mirror and structural pendant light dress things up in this bedroom designed by Leanne Ford Interiors. When sticking to one neutral color family, be sure to introduce plenty of varying textures for a more robust look.
Make It Texture-Rich
In this peaceful blue master bedroom designed by Cathy Chapman, the gorgeous stone walls bring in an earthy feel. Want to make sure you actually get sweet dreams? You’ll need a super calming paint color, like this sky blue. Cozy throw blankets help, too.
Lean Large Artwork
We love how this bedroom designed by Regan Baker boasts a bohemian feel despite the statement piece: That large-scale photograph of a traditional yellow bedroom. For a similar look, opt for a high-impact photograph of an interior that both reflects and juxtaposes your own space. And in true bohemian fashion, simply lean it against the wall instead of hanging it.
Bring In a Canopy
A shaker style stove, like the one in this bedroom, reflects the coziness of a classic fireplace with a sleek, modern design. And while this one in Maxwell Ryan’s bedroom feels nice and wintery, the dreamy sheer canopy ensures that it’ll also feel appropriate during the summer.
Pay Attention to Scale
As you can see in this bedroom designed by 2LG Studio, each item is carefully chosen to work within the architectural quirks of the space. For example, the narrow bedroom table fits into the little nook perfectly, and since it’s on the slimmer side, they made sure it offered plenty of drawer space for extra storage. The light patterned wallpaper, aside from brightening the room, can also introduce a fun personality.
Have Fun With Wallpaper
Fun wallpaper is an easy way to add personality without taking up any precious surface space. We love how this one in a Martyn Lawrence Bullard-designed bedroom contrasts with the more traditional elements in this room. And of course, smart storage is essential in a bedroom. A spacious dresser like this one is a great option.
Pick A Motif
Bison drawings, patterned pillows, cool textiles—check, check, check. This Southwestern bedroom is so chic, it’s making us rethink our whole design aesthetic. Whether you choose a bison motif or not, anchoring your decor scheme around some artwork is a great way to start the design process.
Choose Bold Lighting
“The headboard’s muted gray wool mix balances the impact of the cushions and the throw, and the low profile allows for sizable artwork above the bed,” Sophie of Studio Ashby tells us. Putting one large-scale piece of artwork above the bed is a great alternative to a gallery wall and bold, modern lighting will bring just a punch of modern style.
Lilac runs throughout this Mark Sikes bedroom, from the headboard to the wallpaper. The rug helps add a neutral counterpoint to the bold color.
Create a Sense of Place
Designed by Arent & Pyke, this beach house bedroom plays up the coastal locale with casual pieces like a jute rug, wooden side table, playful striped pillows, and ocean photography. But it’s not cliche at all. Though each item fits the general beach theme, the bedroom feels both comfortable and sophisticated.
Create a Cocoon
There’s a certain ethereal feel to attics because of the unique architectural lines. If you have an a-frame or sloped ceiling, embrace that dreamy vibe with romantic materials and light colors. The way the light pours into this room is just divine—we’d never want to leave this little cocoon. Decorate with loose linens, a netted pendant light, and a vintage area rug for a pop of color.
Give It An Edge
The moody black walls bring in a contrasting edge to this cozy space by Tali Roth. Deep walls create a classic, relaxing feel while the bedding adds laid-back and modern elegance.
When space is limited, you’ll have to get crafty and choose multi-purpose pieces. For example, this side chair can function as a seat or as a bedside table. Wall sconces help free up surface space, too, without making you forgo a night light.
Layer Your Rugs
The linen canopy warms up the neutral color scheme in the bedroom of Maxwell Ryan’s Hamptons home. You’ll feel like you’re sleeping in a very chic tent. To keep the texture story going, layer your rugs.
We created this complete list of 50 small studio apartment design ideas because we wanted to inspire and encourage the owners of such places to use their imagination and creativity and to search for unconventional solutions. Our experience leads us to believe that the compact living is a global trend that in the feature will become stronger. More and more people choose to live in the big megalopolis and to make the small studio and micro apartments their home. And in the future, this tendency will increase the number of people and it will decrease inhabitable space so that the dwellings will become smaller and smaller.
To create wholly functional and welcoming home in such a restricted space arrangement is a significant challenge that requires a bold and brave way of thinking outside the box (sometimes literary). So here you can take a peak together with us to see how professional designers and renowned architects are tackling this difficult task. You can use their ideas and unconventional approaches when you design your studio apartment – an excellent way to discover how successfully to make the most of every inch of space so in the end to have a tiny, modern, and clever home.
1. Creating a special unit for sleeping and using its volume for storage compartments
One of the first things that come to mind when confronted with limited living space is where to put all my stuff? Here we have a magnificent ingenious solution by Batiik Studio an elevated bed that gives the necessary space beneath the stairs to create cabinets and provide storage. The sliding panels that offer privacy to the bed space and the full-height closet on the side complete the picture of this modern and smart design. Decided in trendy dark colors the elegant and functional unit can be a “must have” option for any small space dweller.
2. Color distinction- paint the second level in a different tonality
Painting this mezzanine premise with stylish and characteristic wall accents that visually separates the premises creates the feeling that the bed area is a whole separate world. The design composition of this tiny apartment in Poland is laid on a duality of space concept: the deep rich green walls that accentuate the ceiling half of the space and separate the bedroom with its lush plant selection from the rest of the interior design with its vintage hints – it is a unique and artistic approach. This composition of dualism has an almost mystical visual impact with its rich accents and details.
3. Elevate the bed and give yourself more space underneath
This light (bought as colors and space illumination characteristics) project of ICOSA in collaboration with Peter Suen, is located in the heart of San Francisco and offers a youthful, dynamic and contemporary solution for the space problems. The custom build unit includes the elevated bed platform with simple lines and luminous characteristic, the very cozy working area underneath, completed with a massive whiteboard, roomy desk, and stand-up computer station and of course, the cleverly hidden compartments of the storage units and extra guest bed.
4. Use Folding Glass Walls to achieve dynamic and flexible space separation
This dramatic space composition in the restoration project of an old small apartment by Tatyana Bobyleva is achieved through the dynamic contrasts in the materials palette, the textural and color combinations. The airy elegance and dynamic modern hint of the black metal – clear glass doors compo introduces flexibility in the small apartment’s interior design. The alternation of smooth green surfaces, cement floors, black metal details and trendy furniture with the warmer presence of the exposed red bricks and soft textiles is an intriguing and rich solution for a confined space.
5. Sliding staircase – movable elements which if necessary can be hidden or blend
Averagely the sleeping area is used only ones a day, so it is quite a clever solution the staircase that leads towards the bed niche to be movable and if necessary to free the space for the daily activates. This fantastic project of a cozy and functional small space design belongs to Concrete Architectural Associates for the Zoku Amsterdam – a new type of short stay hotel that promotes spacious micro living units for global nomads. One of its lofts is a 269 square-foot room with a flexible design made inviting and warm through the usage of wood. The classic combination of smooth white surfaces and base, with black framing and wooden accents, is always fresh. A playful design touch is the Olympic rings installation for working out.
6. Put your bedroom into a movable cube – fun on wells
Resolving the problems with privacy, space, and static border – this colorful bed box project is offering a moveable, cozy and fun solution for small apartments with contemporary design. And as the designers ask; “Instead of buying a sleeper couch and feeling like a guest in your own home, why not create a private retreat within a given space?”. Besides. The fact that the bed cube is on wells means that it can be moved around according to your mood or social situation.
7. Saving Space with a Suspended Bedroom
This dynamic composition for modern small home is located in London and offers charming focal accent of a suspended bed above active working area ( with trendy furniture pieces). A memorable solution for restrained space options. Further on a large dining room table – to gather all your friends – and the decorative accent of the urban-art staircase leading through the bedroom platform to a romantic skylight opening towards the roof give the mini apartment unique atmosphere.
8. Don’t be afraid to use dark colors
For some may be controversial, but in this case becomes a fact – using dark gray and black colors won’t make the small space appear smaller, but quite the opposite it will give it a dynamic and splendorous touch. The designer of this 258-square-foot studio used reflective surfaces, bold dark colors and shining metal accents to create visually dramatic impact and sophisticated atmosphere. Expanding the living space vertically rather than horizontally, introducing the white frames of floor and walls, the design anchors the terrace-evolvement of the dark details.
9. Make use of the space behind the sofa
The fresh and artistic design of this tiny apartment will guarantee comfortable living space for more than one person – with its light emanation and multiple sitting zones, and chill-out niches, unique space design offers many opportunities for relaxation and privet quiet space. The light wood sculptural construct offer light, dynamic and youthful hart for a small urban apartment. The unusual usage of space aiming to increase the storage opportunities exploring the height diapason behind the sofa- is also applicable in other compositions, with deck or bed for example.
10. Movable wall in combination with folding wall bed
This high-tech, dynamic solution is up to free a lot of space for modern urban dwellings. The compact 390-square-foot of this apartment can host all the rudimentary zones of a home – sleeping, kitchen, living room, bathroom, dining zone and so on, thanks to the latest evolution of MKCA’s research on micro-housing. The motorized movable wall (that worth noticing hosts 180 degrees rotating TV unite that can be used from bed or sofa) hosts hidden closet, dresser drawers, and clothing storage and when fully extended makes space for a queen-sized fold-down bed: smart, tidy and technologically advanced; this is an exciting solution.
11. Partially hiding the bed in the closed
Undertaking the challenge of renovating this tiny Milanese apartment and giving it a youthful and functional atmosphere that it will turn its 28 sq.m into a comfortable modern-day dwelling the designers from studio WOK had searched for inspiration in the clear presence of the light wood. The structures that host the closed and wardrobes not only give fresh and smooth design expression with their light and trendy plywood surfaces but also offer clever and functional solutions to the space issue. Partially rolling the double sized bed in an opening in the lover part of the wardrobe opens a space for the daily activates and also secures a comfortable sofa for them.
12. Minimalism takes hold – live part of the premises empty
The designers of this contemporary project – a stylish home located in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, Australia had searched its inspiration in modern minimalism but also in the funny word of Mighty Mouse. Using its signature colors in red, yellow and black the apartment aspires – much like the small mouse to punch well above its size. Locating the entry foyer, storage, equipment, washing and sleeping zones behind full height, wall-to-wall sliding doors the designer freed the rest of the premises giving them empty, minimalistic and spacious emanation with slightly industrial presence – thanks to the smooth concrete floors.
13. Elevating the kitchen and hiding the bed underneath
The dynamic design of this Parisian mini-apartment hides different functional levels and multiple materials and colors combinations. The architects Marc Baillargeon and Julie Nabucet collaborated to turn this apartment piece into independent living space. Here, again, the double size bed turns into a functional sofa when partially hidden beneath the elevated kitchen floor. Few large pillows and – Voilà – a day zone with a cozy couch and trendy coffee table. In the case of this design the bed can be entirely hidden under the platform and to free the floor for other activities. Elevating the platform of the kitchen zone and adding multiple intriguing shaped shelves, gives a unique atmosphere to the design, but also becomes a smart space-saving approach.
14. Turn the bedroom it into a sculptural element
This contemporary design creation of French architects Emmanuel Combarel and Dominique Marrec offers an entirely new aesthetic experience of a bedroom space introducing unusual solutions for small spaces. Creating and single suspended box that becomes a sculptural element of the premise’s layout the designers hosted the bed platform in the center of the apartment while at the same time leaving the space of the main floor untouched and free for other activates. Redefining the bedroom objectification as the archetype of privacy and intimacy this ingenious architectural construct becomes an object of curiosity by transforming its symbolic status – situated it in the center as a suspended sculptural element and art piece.
15. Use the space in front of the entrance door
This simple yet charming design for a micro-apartment consist of a series of clear-lined, low-tech joinery pieces that form zones within the main space. The Sydney based architect Nicholas Gurney had its finger on the problem: through the vast majority of the day one does not use the space in front of the entrance door – so why not turned into something else. To give this empty space another temporary function using prefiguration of furniture joinery. Stylish, bright and just a little bit fun.
16. Creating an illusion of volume using mirrored surfaces
This fantastic and almost surreal project of Gary Chang located in Hong Kong is presenting us with the unbelievable transformation of a 344-square-foot space into over 24 different rooms project using movable walls, stairs, and furniture. The mirrored surfaces of the floor and ceiling segments give visual depth of the premises and create the illusion of much bigger space. The usage of yellow mirrors and illuminators defects the light spectrum in a whole another dimension and creates the sensation of the surrealistic and enchanting world.
17. The dining table can fit and hide amongst the rest of the kitchen furnishing
Inspired by the Japanese method of an organization known as 5S the Australian architect Nicholas Gurney created a contemporary project of bespoke joinery, sliding partitions and moveable furniture to make the most of the limited space of this 24-square-meter apartment. Exciting knack becomes the designer’s solution of the dining table aesthetics- elegant and light- placed on rolling wheels the furniture piece can fit perfectly above and around the oven unit. In this way, the unique and stylish solution is able not only to free substantial /additional floor space but also to give underlined visual expression for the kitchen furniture arrangement.
18. Insert the Murphy bed into the separation wall to have an extra, guest bed
Graham Hill and his company, LifeEdited are specialized into creating smart and elegant solutions for ultra-livable micro-apartments. Here we have a fluid environment with versatile pieces like a modular sofa and expanding a coffee table that not only have multiple functions and position but are also stylish. The extra Murphy bed is hidden into the storage wall and offers options for guest bed.
19. Closet as a Swiss Army Knife
Kitoko Studio had composed and ornamented this Parisian chic apartment with Asian aesthetic hints and ingenious movable units. Once all the elements are folded and stored in this “large closet” implementing the concept of The Swiss Army Knife: simple and elegant, compact and multifunctional at the same time; the unit room composition takes only a small part of the apartment space.
20. Hang things – the ceiling is an excellent space for stuff
The latest work of Me2architects studio is this charming small apartment in a former industrial district that preserves its heritage under the original and stylish read of contemporary design. Entwining dark colors, brick walls, and metal constructs the designers created a conceptual loft for an active lifestyle. The green plant pots that hang from the ceiling are framed by a black metal frame – dynamic and stylish solution. Together with the contemporary lighting scheme this designer’s knack forms an integral design object that adorns the space above the dining table, economize space and gives additional character to the decor composition.
Medicine cabinets aren’t just for meds anymore. In reality, they function as a catchall for all those bathroom necessities you want close at hand but still out of sight. Yet, despite its undeniable storage value, the standard builder-grade cabinet falls flat in its style points. If you’re looking at your medicine cabinet and thinking it’s time for an update, there’s good news: You don’t necessarily have to replace the entire fixture. With a simple (or extensive) facelift, you can change your cabinet’s look and improve its functionality. Let these 7 redos inspire you to get started freshening up your own bathroom.
Reveal Your Inner Beauty
You expect to see your reflection as you approach a medicine cabinet, but how about once you open it up? Take a cue from the luxe models on the market today, and install an interior mirror. The process is fairly straightforward, and the mirror is handy for revealing items lurking in the back of the cabinet.
If you’re working with layers and layers of caked-on paint left behind by previous homeowners, your medicine cabinet door may look well past its prime. Fortunately, you can breathe new life into an old door with a little elbow grease, a paint stripper, and a fresh coat in your choice of color.
They say the devil is in the details—an idea that highlights the importance of decorative hardware, which can really make (or bring down) a room. Replacing just one knob (which is usually all any cabinet has anyway!) can make your wall fixture feel like a whole new piece.
Behind the Scenes
Put artwork to practical use by enlisting it to disguise your storage. A recessed shelf hides nicely behind a hinged (or even simpler, hanging) painting on door duty.
Make It Stick
Stretch your storage with a coat of magnetic chalkboard paint. Keep small necessities handy by gluing large magnets directly to essentials like floss containers and cosmetics. The chalkboard paint also doubles as a ready canvas for those gentle flossing reminders.
Reclaim the Recesses
Even if your home is well past the construction stage, your dreams of custom built-in cabinetry can still come true. The wall cavity between two studs is the perfect space to fit a recessed medicine cabinet, and it offers lots of leeway when it comes to your desired height and width.
Opt for Open Storage
Who says bathroom cabinetry must include a door? Open storage is in, after all. Create an industrial shelving unit for your bathroom using 3/4-inch pipes and reclaimed wood. The open style will encourage you to keep organized.
If you’re tired of walking into your dated bathroom and dream of a change, we’ve got bathroom decorating ideas for you that are inexpensive and simple to do.
The most important upgrade you can make in your bathroom involves lighting. A Swedish study found that lighting, paired with the right color, affects mood. Changing out your lighting is not difficult or expensive to do, but makes a bathroom look fresher and larger.
Older lighting fixtures and fluorescent lighting cast unattractive shadows and odd color hues on your skin. If changing a fixture isn’t possible, you can upgrade the bulb with some of the new fluorescent bulbs that are similar in color warmth to the light cast on a bright, sunny day.
Once you’ve upgraded the lighting quality of your bathroom, paint is the next quick and easy upgrade to the bathroom. Pick light colors for large surfaces like the walls and save the darker, richer tones for accents. Check how your color choices look in your upgraded lighting before you paint, since color temperature can change a color’s shade.
Set a weekend aside, invite friends over and try a few of these ideas to give your bathroom a facelift.
Paint your walls with the perfect shade you selected. It’s no longer necessary to choose gloss in a bathroom to combat moisture, ask the paint shop to add an additive to matte paint to keep it from mildewing.
Don’t just paint the walls — purchase an eggshell or semi-gloss paint and paint the cabinets, too.
Lighting Fixture Replacement
There’s a great variety of affordable lighting fixtures available. Replace outdated lighting fixtures with new ones from your home improvement store. Electrical projects are best left to professionals, but with some guidance, switching out lighting fixtures shouldn’t be difficult for a DIY-er.
Be original when upgrading lighting. Bathroom lighting trends include hanging pendants and light bars that diffuse light in a room. Select LED lighting fixtures since they’re the most energy efficient and don’t heat your bathroom up.
Bathroom Works of Art
There’s no need to stare at unadorned walls in your bathroom. Treated canvas prints are water resistant and affordable. Go for oversized proportions for the best visual impact. For a unique look, have a local printer blow up a favorite photo into customized wall art. Nowadays, custom printers can create canvas prints and even laminate them for water resistance.
When thinking of bathroom decorating ideas for art, think beyond a canvas print. A wall gallery of favorite objects like starfish or baskets can be another way to decorate your bathroom walls.
Redecorate existing tile
If your tile is boring and there’s not much you can do about it, try removable adhesive tiles like the ones shown above. They’re easy to cut and install, look like the real deal and can be removed without damaging the surface behind it.
Hardware upgrade, and we’re not talking laptops
A quick and easy bathroom decorating idea involves changing out your bathroom’s hardware like drawer pulls, towel bars and the toilet paper holder. Especially if you’re bathroom is “adorned” with gold brass circa 1978.
Replacement is as simple as unscrewing or popping off the old hardware and adding a new one. To keep this project quick and easy, be sure you are replacing old hardware with similarly sized screw hole spacing, especially on bar style drawer pulls that require to screws. It’ll mean less holes to make (and hide) in the cabinets and walls.
From the Ground Up
There are DIY-friendly flooring options today that are modern and easy to work with. Affordable, resilient vinyl floor planks are available at most home improvement stores and come in a variety of wood species and patterns. They’re realistic looking (white washed oak shown above) and include texture and imperfections on the surface, much like a real wood floor or stone tile would. Installing is as easy as scoring with a blade, peeling and sticking. The best part is that they’re waterproof and come with long warranties against wear and tear.
The addition of a woven vinyl floor rug by Chilewich is another option. The rugs are industrial strength, can be ordered in custom sizes and have a rubber backing that adds padding and comfort to your bathroom floor.
Decluttering the bathroom will give it a freshly updated look. If you’re space challenged, look at how you can improve on existing storage. Adding pull-out drawers (that sort items easier) into a cabinet is an easy weekend upgrade. Standard sizes of pull-out drawers are available at most home improvement stores.
Other ways to maximize storage include:
Floating wall shelves
Wall mounted baskets
Adding a small furniture-style cabinet to the room
Upgrade Your Textiles
You’re now on your final bathroom decorating stages. This part’s like adding a giant bow to a present. Donate or throw away your old, mismatched towels and add new soft goods to your bathroom. An accent color or pattern would be a modern design touch. Add the following new textiles to your bathroom:
Shower curtain. If you have a color you’re working with for your towels and floor mat,
choose a patterned or printed shower curtain that contains some of that color to add pop to
Your bathroom should have an updated look now. It’s time to add personality. Some bathroom decorating ideas that add the finishing touches to your bathroom include:
A wastebasket and bathroom soap dish or soap pump
A silk floral or live plant if there’s natural light available. Orchids are a great bathroom plant they love the humidity in a bright bathroom
Elements like a candle or room diffuser that add a nice scent to the room
In this Art Deco pad in Chicago, the master bath’s custom vanities are in Belgian black marble supported by bronze legs; the Waterworks sinks have Barber Wilsons & Co. brass fittings; the Collier Webb sconces and Charles Edwards ceiling light are custom, and the floor is Belgian Black marble with bronze inlay.
MODERN LOFT BATHROOM LIGHT
The tub, fittings and tiles in the black and white master bath of this Manhattan loft are all by Waterworks. The vintage light fixture is from JF Chen.
FARMHOUSE BATHROOM LIGHTS
In a restored Long Island farmhouse, the white-washed bathroom boasts ceiling lights that are by Remains Lighting, the walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Stonington Gray and the window frame is painted in Genteel Gray by Pratt & Lambert; the wooden ship artwork was found in Europe.
ECLECTIC BATHROOM LIGHT
In the master bath of a French countryside duplex, floor-to-ceiling galvanized-iron bookshelves are accessible by way of a metal library ladder. The sculptures and paintings are by Astuguevieille.
NAUTICAL BATHROOM LIGHTS
A chair by Huniford Collection, photographs by Nicholas, an antique sink, and vintage ship lights outfit the bathroom of this Upstate New York home; the medicine cabinet is made of reclaimed barnwood, the walls are waterproof Venetian plaster, and the floor is polished concrete.
The master bath’s tub, sink, fittings, and black limestone flooring are all by Waterworks at this Upstate New York home. The sconces are by Vaughan, the kilim is from West Elm, and the artworks were purchased in London and Paris.
In Emmy Rossum’s NYC apartment the custom vanity has fittings by Kallista, the walls, sink and floor are lined in Ann Sacks marbles, the medicine cabinet is by Robern and the sconce is by Circa Lighting.
CRYSTAL SCONCES AND SHALLOW CEILING LIGHT
The master bath sinks by Urban Archaeology have Dornbracht fittings in this glamorous West Village loft. The seat cushion is covered in a Holland & Sherry terry cloth, the ceiling light and sconces are 1960s Italian, and the floor is granite.
In an English country house, the guest bath has a tub and fittings reclaimed from another part of the manor; the curtains are of a James Hare silk, and the carpet is by Ryalux.
In this Brooklyn townhouse has shibori wallpaper in the powder room is by Amber Interiors for Studio Four NYC and the mirror is by Rejuvenation.
In the master bath at this Paris pied-à-terre, the circa-1760 rosewood-and-bronze writing desk and 18th-century gilded wood stool are French, the pendant light is made from a 19th-century lantern, the shower doors are steel and the walls are sheathed in striped plaster.
In the guest bath of this Los Angeles farmhouse, a chair is upholstered in the California state flag, the sink and fittings are by Waterworks, the custom wallcovering is by Nathalie Lété, and the door is painted in Farrow & Ball’s Studio Green.
For a San Francisco family, designer Ken Fulk revived a faded 19th-century landmark, transforming it into a multifunctional 21st-century house without losing any of its period drama. The marble tub in the wife’s bathroom is by Urban Archaeology, the wallcovering is hand-painted, and the flooring is by Fox Marble.
The copper sconces and pendants in the master bath of this Utah home are original to the house. The tub is by Kohler, the stool was made by a local craftsman, and the Navajo rugs are from 1910.
VINTAGE ITALIAN CHANDELIER
The master bathroom of Alice Childress and Christopher Daniels’s downtown Manhattan loft, designed with the help of Courtnay Daniels Haden, includes a vintage Italian chandelier, an antique freestanding marble tub, and an inherited 18th-century painting. The custom-made vanities are outfitted with Caesarstone countertops and Kohler sinks; the sink and tub fittings are by Barber Wilsons & Co.
Your bathroom should be a relaxing retreat—a place to both prepare for the day and unwind when it’s done. Whether your bath- or powder room is big or small, these beautiful tile designs will make it feel like a luxurious spa. Choose from timeless tiles such as subway and hexagon or trendy patterns like herringbone or even fish scale—each one fit for floors, walls, and showers.
Herringbone Bathroom Tub Tile
Porcelain tile in a pretty herringbone pattern surrounds this tub (from Country Living’s 2017 Lake House of the Year), giving the room a soothing, spa-like feel.
Large Hexagon Bathroom Tiles
Oversized, 8″ x 8″ cement hexagon tiles make a serious statement in this Tudor home’s bathroom.
Bathroom Penny Tile
A bold strip of blue at the bottom of this bathroom’s penny tile wall keeps things fresh and fun, and the matching mirror helps highlight the detail.
Fish Scale Tile Floor
We’re still flipping for fish scale tile (like this by Homepolish), which Elle Decor listed as a top bathroom trend last year.
Small Bathroom Tile Idea
The owner of this tiny house used white (both on the shiplap walls and on the hexagon tile floor) to make the small bathroom seem bigger.
Checkerboard Tile Alternative
If tile’s not an option, try faking it with a pattern painted on hardwood floors.
Black Hexagon Bathroom Floor Tile
A black hexagon tile floor is a sleek and sophisticated design choice that draws the eye upward to that stunning ceiling.
Master Bathroom Tile Idea
This homeowner called the tile step of turning her attic into a master bed and bath “a beast of a job.” No wonder: Between the floor and the walls, almost everything is covered—but all that work clearly paid off!
Marble Shower Tile
Marble hexagon tile in a gorgeous gray color covers the shower walls of this New York farmhouse bathroom.
Subway Tile Buffer
Subway tile separates the splashy wallpaper from the painted wood floors of this bold bathroom so it’s not too busy. You could get the same effect with large checkerboard tile as well.
Here, square marble tile looks even cleaner thanks to the contrast of the dark antique dresser against white walls.
Brick Paver Bathroom Floor
Brick pavers take the place of tile in this renovated California cabin’s bathroom. Though the material is normally used outdoors, we can’t get over how great it looks inside.
Subway Tile with Accent
The homeowners here capitalized on their bathroom’s ample light by incorporating equally cheery white tile: hexagon for the floor and subway tile with eye-catching green accent tile on the walls.
Patterned Black-and-White Tile
When it comes to patterns, sometimes more is more! When paired with green toile wallpaper, the bathroom in this Tennessee farmhouse achieves a maximalist style that, according to Etsy’s 2019 trend report, is so in right now.
Black Herringbone Floor Tile
At first glance, you might only notice the classic subway tiles on the walls (and of course, that vintage claw-foot tub). But the real showstopper in this bathroom is the stunning black tile floor, laid in a herringbone pattern.
Spice up your kitchen storage spots with decorative colors, finishes, and hardware. Whether you prefer a traditional look or something more modern, these design ideas go far beyond plain-old cupboards. We’ve got inspo on inspo (on inspo) for you, so you can finally tackle that big renovation.
A classic white kitchen is timeless, but it can be a bit dull. To make it a little more interesting, add hidden details, like these diamond-patterned mesh cabinet inserts.
Want to hide your dishwasher? Add a cabinet front, so it doesn’t break up the line of cabinetry under the counter. Even better, hide it with something as gorgeous as hardware-free cabinets in a blush pink paint.
Grays can soften the contrast between black and white. It’s also a complement to stainless steel in a kitchen. Oft for an ashwood or whitewash existing brown wood cabinets.
There’s nothing quite like metallic to make your interiors pop. Opt for a brushed gold finish on the kitchen cabinets and introduce more down to earth materials like jute to make sure it isn’t too flashy.
For a neutral hue that still has some personality, try a pistachio green. It’s light and fresh but injects a little more character than other neutrals.
Customize your cabinets to fit into the corners. They’ll come in handy when you need extra storage space. If the odd shape doesn’t suit you, opt for two slimmer cabinets on each side for slimmer things like cooking sheets and trays.
If you’re worried about dishes and heirlooms falling out of cabinets, add a lock to the doors. It looks clean and polished while also ensuring safekeeping.
Skip the doors and keep your cabinets open. This will make cooking easier and will also allow you to keep your pretty cookware and tableware on display.
Simple and Sleek Cabinets
If your kitchen is open, airy, and full of natural light, add contrast with a bold color for the cabinets. That way, a deep gray or even black won’t feel too dark.
Shake things up by using a unique material or opting for two different materials. This kitchen used fir a mixed grain, which brings in a nice nature-inspired feel and picks ip on the blush tones of the backsplash.
Want the ultimate kitchen cleaning hack? Elevate your cabinets. Crumbs won’t accumulate by the kick plates, and the space benefits from the extra shot of light.
Glass Door Cabinets
To add to an already elegant space, add glass doors to kitchen cabinets. If you’re afraid of the mess inside, choose a glass with a pattern to disguise the interior. Problem solved.
Grooved Kitchen Cabinets
Grooved or wood paneled kitchen cabinets can be cutting edge and modern. This stunning space proves it.
Weathered Wood Cabinets
Weathered wood cabinets add rustic charm. If only we could score some exposed wood beams, too.
Give your kitchen more pizzaz by painting your cabinets two different colors. A lighter color will help them blend into a light backsplash, while a dark hue will ground the space.
Keeping your kitchen organized feel like a challenge. But staying tidy in style isn’t as difficult as it seems. With the proper shelving, functional storage, and a thought-out plan of attack, your kitchen can transform into a space that is equal parts clutter-free and gorgeous.
ACCENTS THAT SERVE BOTH FUNCTION AND FORM
A simple tray can do wonders for your kitchen when it comes to keeping organized. Instead of scattering items across your kitchen countertops—cream and sugar, fruit, mail—a decorative tray can create a sense of structure.
A WALL MOUNTED DISH RACK
The kitchen in Michael Bruno’s Tuxedo Park home features a gorgeous wooden dish rack, perfect for storing dishes neatly and displaying decorative plates.
A GLASS-ENCLOSED ARMOIRE
For those with a stylish collection of dishware, a glass-enclosed armoire is a great way to display goods. Plus–it provides exapands storage real estate–and looks great, too.
By opting for cabinets in varying sizes—deep drawers, wide doors, slim nooks—it is easier to store things based on shape, size, and type. Not only are you optimizing your storage, but you’re also creating targeted zones for specific items.
FLOATING SHELVES AND MATCHING CERAMICS
This contemporary kitchen uses simple floating shelves to stash dishware, which all coordinate for an added touch of uniformity.
SHELVED ISLAND AND CURTAINED CABINET ORGANIZATION
A rustic kitchen is kept tidy with a shelved island for easy access to kitchenware, and unique curtained cabinets which keep other items out of site.
A collection of glimmering copper pans best not be tucked out of sight. In this kitchen in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, a set is hung along a rack above the range and below the exhaust hood, presenting the showpiece cookware smartly at eye level (and making it more accessible).
UNIFORM SHELVING ACCENTS
Simple shelving in an ultra-violet kitchen boasts a uniform feel, with coordinating decor. Matching planters and cups, monochromatic vases, and tall stacks of CD’s make the space orderly and organized.
In a glamorous Paris apartment, the kitchen stays organized with custom-made, walnut-veneer kitchen island and cabinetry. The stools are by Mater Design, the ovens and refrigerator are by Gaggenau and the sink fittings are by Franke.
RETRO KITCHEN ORGANIZATION
Marble tiles in this impeccably clutter-free kitchen of London designer Colin Radcliffe’s Notting Hill townhouse set the foundation for a clean space. The cabinetry is custom made, and the refrigerators are by Liebherr.
Open shelving in this bright Connecticut kitchen puts dishware on display. It also features sink fittings by Waterworks, stools by York Street Studio, a range by Wolf and Benjamin Moore’s White Dove on the walls.
DARK AND SLEEK KITCHEN ORGANIZATION
This über-clean Tahoe kitchen features sleek cabinetry by Bulthaup, a stove and hood by Gaggenau, a sink by Blanco with Dornbracht fittings, an oven by Miele, quartzite countertops, custom-made stools covered in an Edelman leather and vintage chairs by Pierre Paulin which are upholstered in a mohair by Kneedler Fauchère.
RUSTIC SUBDUED SHELVING
This New York kitchen features a vintage marble island on a moveable steel base, and plenty of room for storing pots and pans. The pendant lights are from Rewire, the stove is by BlueStar, the shelves are made from reclaimed wood and the floor is made of concrete.
This bright and modern Pacific Palisades kitchen features a hanging pot rack to keep kitchenware in order. The barstools are from Organic Modernism, 1920s pendant lights are from Thanks for the Memories, the Carrara marble tiles are by Walker Zanger and the stove is by Viking.
On Shelter Island in New York, architect Cary Tamarkin and designer Suzanne Shaker created the perfect modern beach house. In the dining area, a Saarinen tulip table is surrounded by Hans Wegner chairs, which add a sculptural element to the clean-lined space.
Architect Heidi Stôrmer designed a breakfast room also featuring Eero Saarinen’s dining table. ($2,126, knoll.com) The iconic table contrasts the traditional feel of the nook.
The curves of the iconic Saarinen table counter the straight lines in the first apartment of design blogger Sarah Rose.
Designed by Myra Hoefer Design, this dining room features a table by Astier de Villatte. The grain of the wood echoes the rustic beams overhead.
Pale gray armchairs offer an elegant neutral counterpoint to Hickory Chair’s detailed Gustav table.”The breakfast room is definitely a morning room,” designer Michael Smith says of this traditional Upper East Side home. It’s light and airy, with gorgeous views.
Extendable Dining Table
Don’t overlook table leaves! In a 1920s home, same Gustav table occupies the powder blue breakfast room but extends to seat six for dinners.
It’s the perfect option for those short on space, as the tall table takes up minimal space. Take your morning coffee with a view at a table by Janus et Cie.
A bright yellow wall and an even brighter citron table from HB Home brought a 1940s kitchen to life.
A glass-topped Silverado dining table by CB2 offers lots of legroom above the wraparound banquette in this sunny nook.
A rectangular elm table from Hammertown offers plenty of room for guests in a Connecticut house decorated by Dana Simpson and Joan Osofsky.
Wooden Breakfast Table
In the breakfast area of a Corona del Mar house, a chandelier hangs above a Stuart table by Richard Mulligan, creating a defined dining area.
Transparent elements help maximize light, creating a spacious feel. Balanced on Plexiglas cylinders, the breakfast table from Oomph appears to floating in a glossy white kitchen designed by Louise Brooks.
Glass Pedestal Table
Designer Amanda Nisbet tucked a Julian Chichester Dakota table into the open room of a New York apartment.
Inspired by French cafés, designer Stephen Shubel designed zinc-top tables for the breakfast room in a California country home.
Designer Annie Selke decorated this Chatham beach house with kitchen chairs and a table by Annie Selke Home.
Chris Barrett designed the 1950s-style dining room table and chairs; she caned the chairs and made a see-through table base to give the furniture a “beachy” feel.
This $10 hack turns IKEA bed slats, which are usually hidden under a mattress, into vertical storage. Hooks create tons of room for cooking utensils and even a recipe clip.
Install a charging station.
To keep your hands, and countertop, clutter-free while you cook, mount a bar near an outlet along with a basket to hold your gadgets.
Add extra drawers.
Sometimes shelves just don’t cut it. Sure, they’re great for storing tall appliances, but when it comes to clunky canned food, it’s so much easier to pull your storage out. These IKEA-hacked drawers allow you to customize your pantry as you see fit.
Wrangle under-the-counter space.
While these tin cans were originally created to hold spatulas and serving spoons, they work just as well for your not-so-cute under-the-sink tools, like dish scrubbers. Use adhesive tabs to hang them on the inside of your cabinet so they’re easy to reach.
Store extra pantry items.
The RASKOG cart is handy in just about every room — and in the kitchen it’s a convenient place to store overflowing pantry foods, like popcorn kernels and soda. Expecting company? Wheel it out of the room and into hiding with ease.
Make a bonus island.
The IKEA BILLY Bookcase is kind of like the open shelving version of an island: The back it totally exposed and reveals organized compartments for baking supplies, books, and even snacks.
Treat cookbooks like art.
Floating picture frame rails are strong enough to display your favorite cookbooks on kitchen walls. We think the gorgeous covers make a supremely delicious statement.
Make room for guests.
If your kitchen space is tight and you don’t want to keep four clunky, full-size chairs at your table, don’t. These BEKVAM Stepstools are the perfect seat in a pinch, and tuck under the table when not in use.
This IKEA wine bottle holder can store a lot more than your favorite reds and whites: Squeeze pint glasses with your favorite herbs into the compartments to make a DIY hanging garden.
Extend the length of your island.
Sometimes you need extra counter space (like on Thanksgiving or when you’re making homemade pizza!). Here, IKEA’s BEKVAM Cart got a makeover so it can roll it around as needed — plus, it stores bowls and towels when not in use.
Organize your drinking glasses.
If you like your glasses as close as possible to your kitchen’s water source, use an IKEA spice rack to hang ’em on the cabinet closest to your sink. Your thirst will thank you.
Enjoy rolling around.
Here, a white IKEA bookshelf gets wheels and a brand-new countertop, all of which fits snuggly under a wooden L-shaped table. Need more seats? Push the shelf out and add some stools in the back.
Corral all of your spices.
For kitchens that are bursting with flavor (read: lots of spices) you need places to keep your paprika, garlic salt, and 500 other tasty toppings. Here, 68 of IKEA’s RAJTAN jars fit onto four RIBBA picture ledges with ease.
Help storage blend in.
If your kitchen has tons of rustic charm, an IKEA staple with a blond finish will stand out like a sore thumb. But a little DIY and a butcher block top makes it fit into the room and helps it serve as bonus counter space.