“There are two ways to be rich: One is by acquiring much, and the other is by desiring little.” -Jackie French Koller
A minimalist bedroom is stripped down from unnecessary details. Featuring a neutral color palette, clean lines, and little to no clutter, a minimalist bedroom truly captures a sense of peace. But don’t make the mistake of assuming that the minimalist style equals minimal thought. Intentional simplicity is perhaps the hallmark of minimalist décor.
Capturing the minimalist aesthetic means that each piece in the room must be beautiful in its own right. Additionally, every item in the modern bedroom needs to serve a practical purpose. If you’re a dedicated minimalist, you know how clutter can increase stress levels. You only want to include the bare necessities in your bedroom design.
Popular furniture styles for minimalist spaces include Scandinavian, mid-century, and contemporary bedroom pieces. Many of these modern pieces pair low profiles with neutral colors and luxurious textures.
Enjoy looking at these favorite minimalist bedroom design ideas and get inspired to create your peaceful retreat.
1. Boho Minimalist Bedroom Ideas
As any interior designer can tell you, “boho” and “minimalist” at first seem to be conflicting terms. You can describe boho, or bohemian, décor as cluttered. It brings to mind a hippy abode from the 1970s, with a heavy mixture of textures and patterns.
However, the two style concepts don’t have to be exclusive in the modern home. Adding boho touches to your minimalist decor is the perfect way to create a peaceful, yet fun bedroom. While you should avoid clutter, an “anything goes” concept can apply to all your bedroom ideas.
Homey touches such as baskets and macramé wall hangings soften the edges of minimalist bedroom décor. If you have enough floor space, a large imported rug and handmade wooden stools provide additional seating. Houseplants—living or faux—add the natural energy this type of room needs.
2. Modern Minimalist Bedroom Ideas
Minimal bedroom design creates a clean canvas for your expression, and modern design is actually the precursor to minimalism. Both styles emphasize clean simplicity but differ somewhat. Minimalism emphasizes bare materials and neutral colors. Modern-style often features concrete, glass, chrome, and bold color schemes.
Modern art, modern furniture, and other creative touches allow the room to reflect your contemporary sensibilities. Stained concrete is a cool alternative to hardwood floors. Minimalists can also use concrete panels to create an accent wall. A nightstand or dresser with mirror panels on each drawer brings modern lines and light to the room.
A modern minimalist master bedroom is the perfect place to showcase a large modern art painting. It’s also a great place to include molding or other details on the ceiling. It’s also great for hanging up one impressive overhead light fixture. These creative design ideas will not get lost in the room like they would in a more cluttered environment.
3. Monochrome Minimalist Bedroom Ideas
Monochrome minimalist bedroom design centers around one solid color. Gray is commonly featured in monochromatic minimalist bedroom ideas. It’s ideal for monochromatic style because there is such a range of shades available, from the palest dove gray to the deepest charcoal. You can use several shades together when creating a monochromatic room.
Choosing one bedroom color further exaggerates the peaceful simplicity of minimalism. The textures of your bed linens, floors, walls, and furniture will all stand out when each element is in a similar hue. Also, if you have a certain object that means a lot to you, it can pop against a monochromatic background. A special houseplant, colorful vase, or favorite photo will immediately become the bedroom’s focal point.
Although neutral colors are most commonly used in monochromatic minimalist bedrooms, you could go with something more vibrant if it suits you. Soft shades of blue or green are calming and serene, while light peach or pale pink warm things up. All white is another clean way to pull off a monochrome minimalist bedroom, although it might not hold up well if you have pets or small children.
4. Neutral Minimalist Bedroom Ideas
In modern décor, neutral colors include white, ivory, beige, taupe, gray, and black. These “without color” hues actually may have subtle warm or cool undertones. Neutral colors are perfect for minimalist bedroom décor because they go with anything. Since they don’t stand out on their own, they enhance other design elements such as texture and form.
While you don’t want a minimalist bedroom to appear busy, introducing texture is a must, especially in a neutral-colored room. An oak-paneled wall, rattan headboard, and tan-striped rug all add interest while adhering to a neutral brown palette. A patterned floor gives a simple room serious depth and can be an ideal way to jazz up a neutral color scheme.
An accent wall in a neutral shade adds a rustic touch to otherwise minimalist décor. Consider white shiplap if you have white walls, or use beige brick if brown is your neutral color scheme. Brick veneer or faux brick panels are the easiest way to achieve this look. Watch this video for instructions on adding this modern rustic touch to your minimalist bedroom.
5. Scandinavian Minimalist Bedroom Ideas
A Scandinavian-inspired minimalist bedroom is clear, calm, and welcoming all at once. While some minimalist décor can appear harsh, Scandinavian minimalism projects a gentler approach. You can feel its warmth through soft textures and natural finishes.
This minimalist approach encompasses subtle pastel tones instead of strict adherence to neutral colors. Creams, warm grays, and soft blues all reflect the natural colors of a Scandinavian landscape.
Because the winter nights are long in Nordic regions, minimalist interiors are intentionally light-colored. Even so, adding bright red throw pillows or another intense color creates a focal point in the minimal bedroom.
Natural light is key to creating a Scandinavian minimalist bedroom. Window treatments should allow in as much sunshine as possible. Light fixtures should be simple, clean, and functional. Round or rectangular mirrors in simple frames will magnify the light, showcasing your minimalist vibe.
Pale-colored hardwood floors are another hallmark of Scandinavian minimalist interior design.
Simple Interior Minimalist Bedroom Ideas
A simple interior approach to minimalist bedroom design is somewhat like a woman having a no-makeup day. She doesn’t look fancy or embellished, but she is comfortable, natural, and serene. This “what you see is what you get” approach to modern style can be economical as well. All you really need is a room, a bed, bed linens, a bedside table, and a lamp.
You may choose to take this simple modern style to heart only in your bedroom, making it your most peaceful zone. If so, move any unnecessary clutter to the living room or into storage. If the bedroom feels too austere, add back a comfortable rug or a single piece of art.
You can take this type of minimalist bedroom in any of the design styles mentioned here. A basic black-and-white color scheme is great for simple minimalism. Less is definitely more when your love of modern style dictates going as simple as possible.
Wabi-Sabi Minimalist Bedroom Ideas
Wabi-sabi is a Japanese philosophy that meshes so well with traditional minimalism. The concept embraces the naturally-occurring flaws that occur with design. For example, handmade pottery is loved and valued for its irregular contours, chips, and cracks.
Loosely translated, “wabi” means simplicity, while “sabi” refers to the innate beauty of aging and wear. Wabi-sabi encourages simplicity and appreciation of things in their natural state. This enables you to enjoy your favorite things without focusing on perfection. It’s the opposite of modern design that celebrates perfect lines, angles, and finishes.
If your tastes tend toward minimalism with a rustic touch, wabi-sabi is your style. Distressed wood furniture, an antique bed, whitewashed brick, and other textures are at home here. Thrift store or other repurposed finds are a fit in a wabi-sabi room. Exposed ceiling beams or wooden shutters also add warmth to the wabi-sabi minimalist bedroom.
If you want to accentuate the Asian vibe, replace ordinary closet doors with bamboo screens. Placing the bed directly on the floor instead of on a frame also nods toward Japanese style. When arranging furniture placement, remember that wabi-sabi frowns on symmetry. “Perfectly imperfect” is a good way to describe this type of décor.
Minimalist Bedroom FAQ
What type of bed frame looks best in a minimalist bedroom?
Pay attention to mattress height when designing minimalist bedrooms. Most adherents of minimalist design prefer a bed with a low profile. A platform bed—one where the mattress sits on top of a low wood or composite platform—is an excellent look in a minimalist room. Additional bonuses of a platform bed: you won’t need a box spring, and there may be storage drawers beneath.
A headboard is optional. If you prefer your bed to hold a stronger presence in the room, look for a four-post bed with simple, straight lines. Solid black, solid white, or a pale pine finish meshes well with a minimalist look. Consider a simple iron canopy bed draped in a soft white cloth.
What is cozy minimalism?
Like boho minimalism, cozy minimalism sounds like an oxymoron. But it is entirely possible to love calm, minimalist design while wanting to make sure the room feels cozy and welcoming. Use minimalist techniques to create a functional base for your bedroom. Then, add a cozy rug, beautiful lamp and other touches that make you feel comfortably inspired—to rest!