Functional and Sleek Minimal Bedroom Design

Time Several Hours

Budget $ $$$

Skill Level

WORDS BY Gillian Grefe

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Published on January 14, 2020

Minimal design means doing more with less. Thoughtfully curated, uncluttered spaces create a serene space that ensures a good night’s sleep. Sometimes considered blah or boring, minimalism is actually a study in packing a design punch using a few well-selected pieces. 

Ready to bring a minimal look to your bedroom? Clear it out first, start with a blank canvas and incorporate a few of these elements.

Minimal design isn’t devoid of decoration, but when you add tchotchkes and adornments, group them. Grouping things in three can be very appealing and draw the eye, and they don’t have to be of the same kind. A simple framed print, greenery, and a pot will look lovely on a sill or side table.

In a minimal bedroom, the bed frame shouldn’t be a focal point. Instead, use a low-profile platform bed, or a headboard that blends into the wall in cream or off white.

Minimal design is cozy, but not complicated. In the minimal-inspired bedroom, it should look inviting and lived-in, but not overly cluttered. Some trends even call the unmade bed a hallmark look of minimalist chic. A messy bed might be a step too far, but draping a cozy knit blanket at the end of the bed is an excellent contrast to the stark white sheets of the rest of the bedding.

A couple of bold lighting fixtures go a long way in the minimal bedroom. Because of the minimal aesthetic, you’ll want to avoid many floor lamps crowding the space, and a great alternative can be lighting hung from the walls and ceiling. Try a bed lamp attached to the wall to add color or a large natural-textured fixture to hang in the middle of the room.

Create contrast in the space with varying shapes, not textures. Bring in a natural-shaped vase to contrast against other displays, like the hard corners of the dresser in the image below. Or, bring a smooth textured houseplant to stand out against the rough texture of a hand-shaped vessel

Are you more of a maximalist than minimal? Or somewhere in between? Take Havenly’s interior design quiz to figure out what style suits you.

Words by Emma Diehl