Decorating a bedroom can be a fun and rewarding experience - after all, you're creating your very own sanctuary. That said, it can sometimes seem that there's a dearth of men's bedroom ideas out there compared to females or kids.
It can sometimes be hard to hit the right note when decorating a man's bedroom – you want it to be sleek and chic but you don't want the look to feel clinical. We're here to come to the rescue with our favourite guys bedroom ideas and show you how to create a sleek space that still offers personality.
'Men have never been so savvy about design and interiors as they are today,' says David Harris, Design Director, Andrew Martin. 'The huge growth of Pinterest and Instagram, has brought interior design to the masses and interiors inspiration for men's bedroom decor is everywhere.'
Men's bedroom ideas
Remember that it's a good idea to use art and accessories to breathe life into a masculine space.
Don't be afraid to use colour in men's bedroom ideas either, whether it's on your walls or through soft furnishings.
1. Go for contemporary clean lines
'Use clean black lines to define furniture and architectural shapes in men's bedroom ideas,' advises Jenna Choate, Co-Founder, Interior Fox. 'Great additions for men's bedroom decor might include contemporary black metal lamps, dark framed prints and black feet on furniture.'
'Other masculine features could include technology such as smart tech, speakers and TV. In terms of bedroom design tips, the key is to be minimal with pattern, instead consider stripes and solids, they are a perfect combo.'
2. Be bold with paint
'Why not do something dramatic on the walls,' suggests Justyna Korczynska, Senior Designer, Crown. 'Something as simple as a bold, dark colour like a charcoal, deep berry or navy is an easy way to achieve this effect.'
Create a cohesive scheme by using the bedroom paint ideas colour throughout the room. The headboard, sheets and accessories can all be chosen with this statement shade in mind.
3. Use leather accents for a sleek finish
Every space needs to introduce texture in order to add depth and interest. For a sleek and considered finish, use butter-soft leathers as a textural element.
You can have the on your headboard, bedside table and seating. Leather pairs fantastically with other natural materials, so link in woods alongside.
4. Embrace subtle metallics
'Play with dark and moody schemes in men's bedroom ideas,' says Jamie Watkins, Co-Founder, Divine Savages. 'Mix metallic bedroom wallpaper ideas and sumptuous velvet fabrics with contrasting gold accents colours for a glamorous twist.'
'Striking wallpaper behind the bed will create a strong focal point. In small spaces this can help open up the rest of the room to make it feel bigger.'
5. Add interest with panelling
Bedroom wall panelling ideas in a deep and dark colourway is a relatively easy way to create a cool member's club feel in your modern bedroom ideas. This effect will add an extra dimension to your walls, and a subtle and very liveable element of pattern.
Dark shades work especially well as when light hits the panels it creates another layer of pattern.
6. Opt for dark wood
Dark wood is enjoying a resurgence in popularity and it's not hard to see why. It's elegant and bold yet not imposing when done right.
These darker woods naturally give off a masculine feel, and pair equally as beautifully with both deep and pale schemes meaning it works whatever bedroom colour schemes you're considering for your men's bedroom decor.
7. Add geometric patterns
Not only are geometrics a sleek, chic way to add pattern and life to a room, they're also achingly cool.
Make sure to really consider what scale you're adding with these. Too small a repeat of geometrics can be rather overwhelming and too large may seem out of proportion in small bedroom ideas.
8. Take inspiration from the coast
Coastal chic is a timeless trend in interiors, and it works wonderfully for men's bedroom ideas. Whitewashed shiplap walls bring that Hamptons cool and will open up the space by boosting light levels. Stripes and industrial fittings will bring home the nautical vibe.
Stop beach themed bedrooms from going too far, however, by stepping away from anchor print fabrics or bedroom wallpaper ideas. You want just enough of the coast without it feeling like an overly themed space.
9. Add impact with a statement headboard
Headboards can bring so much to a bedroom. As well as the obvious added comfort, the right choice can become a focal point in men's bedroom ideas. Step outside of your comfort zone and choose a brightly coloured option.
This is a great idea for smaller spaces, as if you keep the rest of the room light and pale, the eye will be drawn to the headboard, distracting from the size of the space.
10. Layer shades of grey
Grey bedroom ideas are going absolutely nowhere. The love of grey is still seen in most rooms of the house, but is a natural fit for men's bedroom ideas as it offers masculinity but with the perfect amount of softness.
To prevent the look from feeling drab, make sure you incorporate different shades of grey throughout. Think your flooring, bedding, walls... get layering with everything from dove grey right through to charcoal.
11. Use art to add personality
Large pieces of art are an elegant and tasteful way to elevate your men's bedroom ideas to a super-stylish sanctuary.
Choose black and white prints for an otherwise colourful room for a cool focal point. Alternatively, with relatively simple white bedroom ideas you may want to add a splash of colour and pattern with a vibrant canvas.
12. Add a pop of colour
It's a myth that men's bedroom ideas should always be blue, grey or black. Try adding in a splash of bright red for a warming pop of colour.
When anchored with a dark backdrop it makes for a vibrant yet sleek feel.
How do you style a man's bedroom?
'Working with neutral bedroom ideas in men's bedroom decor allows you to create a base that is easy to build upon depending on the season, mood or personal style,' recommends Mariana Ugarte, Co-Founder, Interior Fox.
'Neutral tones allow you to work with different textures through natural materials such as rattan, seagrass or distressed wood used across furniture and accessories, all adding dimension and a depth that is pleasing to the eye.'
How do you make a bedroom more masculine?
'Sticking to a neutral colour palette for men's bedroom decor will allow flexibility and creates a scheme that’s classic and timeless,' says Mariana from Interior Fox. 'Rather than sticking with a colour theme that can feel restrictive or too personal, keep it as neutral as possible.'
'White sheets are always best, swap out colourful cushions with linen alternatives and consider painting the room in a warm tone of off-white.'
On the other end of the spectrum is the deep and luxurious option. 'Where there’s muck there’s brass: bronze is the texture of the year,' says Martin Waller, Founder, Andrew Martin. 'These luxurious materials are found in boutique hotels. Rich background colours set off these natural elements beautifully and add a real luxury to men's bedroom ideas.'
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Thea Babington-Stitt is the Assistant Editor for Ideal Home. Thea has been working across some of the UK’s leading interiors titles for nearly 10 years.
She started working on these magazines and websites after graduating from City University London with a Masters in Magazine Journalism. Before moving to Ideal Home, Thea was News and Features Editor at Homes & Gardens, LivingEtc and Country Homes & Interiors.
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