There’s something about designing a bedroom that feels more important (and fulfilling!) than arranging any other room in the house. If you live with roommates or relatives, this is the one room where you may have complete creative freedom to make it distinctively yours. More than that, bedrooms are multi-purpose, individualized spaces where you spend your time at night and throughout the day.
It’s no surprise that bedroom functionality has grown swiftly in recent years due to the epidemic, but so have bedroom trends. And, with the new year, even more, fresh styles are expected to enter the home scene. So, what will define design in 2023? I polled a few designers about their top upcoming bedroom trend predictions based on industry knowledge and genuine customer requirements. You can expect more of these seven trends this year, ranging from popular new bedroom furnishings to bright space-saving style ideas.
Headboards that serve two purposes
Low-slung headboards with built-in nightstands, suggestive of matching bedroom sets, would most likely be a “wanted trend for 2023,” according to Behroz Asghar, founder and designer of OmnificStudio. Extended rectangular and even arch-shaped headboard designs often cover the entire bed wall paired with tiny, floating, shelf-style tables that bookend the mattress. The linked nightstands, in particular, provide “immediate elevation to a peaceful bedroom area,” according to Ballon. Even better, these pieces can be used to maximise the layout of a tiny space.
If you’ve seen Slim Aaron’s 1964 “Monocled Miss” photograph, you’ve gotten a sense of the bedroom trend dubbed “opulent maximalism” by Sarah Storms, principal designer and founder of Styled by Storms. This trend translates to “rich, saturated colours like scarlet reds, berry, deep royal, and regal purple,” paired with “layers and layers of pattern and texture,” according to Storms, as a more luxurious, curated take on the ever-evolving more-is-more style. Think about making your bedroom “feel like luxury after coming home from being out in the world,” she says.
As bedrooms have evolved beyond being primarily sleeping places (hello, home gym, office, and so on), there has been a continual emphasis on creating a tranquil, relaxing environment within your bedroom’s four walls. Because “the bedroom is a place to relax, rest, and rejuvenate… in 2023, materials, shapes, and colours are deliberately chosen to elevate the area to a spa-like sanctuary,” adds Kalina Todorova, a visual merchandising manager at BoConcept. She recommends prioritising design materials that are “honest, soft, and natural, such as linen, wool, cotton, wood, natural stone, and marble” to create your mindful at-home refuge. A soft bouclé pillow or chair would also be welcome.
Similarly, Amy Forshew, owner and principal designer of Proximity Interiors, predicts that hotel-quality details will dominate 2023 bedroom decor, thanks partly to pop culture influences. “The mania for ‘The White Lotus’ has inspired upholstered beds, pristine white layered bedding, and opulent facilities such as beverage fridges and sitting places,” she explains. “With frequent travel being popular, this design is a means to satiate wanderlust without ever leaving your home.”
Lighting for Nightstands
No room for a nightstand? Not a problem: Designer Nicole Hurd of Hurd Homes, a company based in Florida, believes that hanging pendants will eventually replace table lamps and sconces as the preferred bedtime lighting. “Pendants are a stylish and space-saving alternative to the usual bulky light on a nightstand,” she says. In addition to being simple to instal (yes, even renters may participate — no hardwiring required! ), this trend rapidly de-clutters bedside tabletops while adding refinement to space, according to Hurd.
Layers that are versatile
Consider more decorative layers in the bedroom than just a top-of-bed bolster or toss pillows. Indeed, Blessed Little Bungalow designer Amber Guyton has recently seen new dimensions and aesthetic choices through “bedding, layered rugs, and collected resting spots to unwind.” Even experimenting with printing can add depth. Guyton suggests two options in this situation: layering patterns with complementing patterns or applying the same design across walls, drapes, and fabrics for decorative emphasis.
Beds with Canopies
Elegant-looking canopy and four-poster beds arguably never went out of style, but designer Amanda Barnes thinks they’re officially back in full force. She adds, “There are choices with arched and rectangular framing in all different metal and wood finishes, and some are even wrapped in upholstery,” in addition to the typical boxy forms. Yes, canopy beds take up square footage and visual space more than your standard bed frame, but when paired with drapes, they may help trap in warmth on cold nights and create a more isolated resting zone — especially in studio apartments.