Your bedroom is your sanctuary. Your retreat from the outside world. The place where you recharge and prepare for another day of (soul-crushing) labor.
And yet many people find themselves heading at the end of the day to a room they dread entering, thanks to a sad mix of sensory overload and dated decor.
“We all know the bedroom is supposed to be this place of romance and rest, rose petals and relaxation, and yet somehow it has become a collection of dead trends, out-of-style clothes, and bitterly forgotten Peloton bikes,” says designer Justin Riordan.
Although we’re two months deep into 2019, there’s still plenty of time to turn things around. But we’re going to level with you: It’ll involve scaling back. So get into pare-down mode and follow these eight hot design trends to transform your bedroom into a sanctuary.
1. No more knickknacks
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Even if the charms of Marie Kondo are lost on you, she has a point when it comes to your bedroom. Look around at your space—specifically, the horizontal surfaces. Overstuffed shelves and elaborately composed nightstands aren’t exactly relaxing.
The bedroom is “the first room you see when you wake up and the last room you see before you go to bed,” says John Linden, designer and founder of MirrorCoop.
So pare down your room in order to achieve the restfulness you deserve. Clean, empty surfaces look far more elegant—and lets the decor you do display stand out.
“Minimalism has really taken a hold on the design landscape,” Linden says. “Everywhere you look, people are cutting down on excess.”
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2. Bed skirts
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Your eyes are not deceiving you. In 2019, you can expect to see tailored bed skirts come back into style, Riordan says.
But these won’t be the frilly floral or lace beasts our grandmothers deployed. Instead, you’ll see sleek, gorgeous bed skirts in supple neutrals extending all the way to the floor.
These old-fashioned additions will make your space feel cohesive, but there’s another hidden benefit of bed skirts: All that decluttering you’re doing? Now, no one can spot your under-bed storage. Sneaky, sneaky!
3. Wall-mounted lamps
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As part of your mission to pare down those nightstand and dresser surfaces, get rid of clunky lamps. No, bedroom lighting isn’t going the way of the dinosaur. But expect to see an increased use of wall-mounted arm lighting or pendant lighting, says designer Dwayne Bergmann.
The reasons for this are twofold: First, these lights look way sleeker, reducing clutter and increasing the cohesiveness of your space. (Kondo would approve.) Second, movable arms allow more flexibility, letting you create a well-lit reading spot that suits you.
4. No TVs
Sleep experts have been beating the drum for years, telling us to ditch our televisions in the bedroom. And in 2019, we might actually start listening.
“There will be less emphasis on having a television in the bedroom and a greater focus on creating a more private, less-connected, serene environment free of distractions,” Bergmann says.
This hooks into our minimalist urges, too. Does your bedroom TV truly bring you joy? For some people, that answer will certainly be yes; but if you don’t need it, this is the year to ditch the screen.
5. Mismatched furniture
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Say goodbye to your big-box-store bedroom set.
“Variety is the trend in bedroom furniture,” says New York City designer Ellen O’Neill.
Instead, choose a diverse collection of furniture. Pick pieces that work together, but don’t necessarily match.
“Try some unusual nightstands for a personal statement,” O’Neill says. “Mix glass and metals with woods.”
The result: an eclectic, bohemian aesthetic that manages to look effortless—even if it wasn’t. Bonus: This approach often costs less than picture-perfect bedroom sets.
6. Smaller master bedrooms
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Believe it or not, Riordan is convinced our master bedrooms will shrink this year.
“Here’s the problem, and it has been the problem for years: Master bedrooms are too big,” he says. Now, “instead of seeing a giant, 25-foot-by-25-foot-square master bedroom where even king-sized beds look minuscule, we’re seeing master suites chopped up into smaller rooms.”
That’s because homeowners are realizing that big master bedrooms don’t really make sense, Riordan says.
“A master bed chamber should be used for two things: You know what, and getting some rest,” he says.
Expect to see new or remodeled floor plans include a smaller bedroom with a proper bathroom, walk-in closet, and personal rooms—like an office or vanity—attached to the master.
7. Smaller—or nonexistent—dressers
In 2019, expect to see these clunky yet traditional pieces of bedroom furniture start slimming down—or disappearing entirely.
“People want fewer and fewer big, clunky objects taking up space in their bedroom,” Linden says. “Even traditionalists are doing away with immovable wooden bureaus in favor of smaller, more manageable dressers. People are just so tired of waking up to cluttered bedrooms.”
In addition to more streamlined dressers, people are storing their bedroom belongings in bespoke closets. Storage solutions custom-designed for your clothing and accessories can leave you with a sleek, minimal bedroom devoid of distraction.
8. Floating shelves
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So, we’ve cut down on clutter, ditched our dressers, cleared off our nightstands—but we still want to show off some of our favorite decor. Perhaps you have a cute collection of jade elephants or a stunning selection of vintage reads.
Enter the floating shelves.
“They offer visual interest and are also the perfect place to display collections of things you love,” O’Neill says—as long as you don’t stuff them with clutter. “For a minimalist look, stick with a few pretty books and just a couple of accents.”
Oh, and one safety tip: If you live in an earthquake-prone area, avoid putting shelves directly over your headboard. Beaned in the nose with a bookend is not the vibe we’re going for in 2019.
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