Restful bedroom ideas - 10 of the best

To ensure your bedroom has a restful feel follow our decorating ideas to create a tranquil space to rest your head at night

To ensure your bedroom has a restful feel follow our decorating ideas to create a tranquil space to rest your head at night. We spend a third of our lives asleep, so it is important to have somewhere to escape hectic and demanding lives, whether it juggling children, careers — or in many cases both.

Sleep disturbance is a growing problem in our modern, consumer driven society and can have a huge impact on every aspect of our lives leading to physical, mental and emotional ill health. Creating a calm sleep environment can be the first step to creating a more balanced and restful you. One of the first ways to do this is to clear the room of clutter: a tidy home will encourage organised thinking, without the worries of the world keeping you awake at night.

To achieve a restful night’s sleep, paint walls a brilliant shade of white and choose cotton white bedlinen. Declutter the bedroom of modern distractions such as a TV, iPad and phone – accessorise simply with a book or magazine.

For a shabby-chic vibe, team white walls with floral bedlinen, so you wake up fresh as a daisy after a restful night’s sleep. Add white voile curtains or a canopy above the bed for some luxe styling – aged-wood furniture will complement the country look perfectly.

Keep furniture and bedlinen white and add large mirrors to reflect the feeling of light and space. Make a feature of original and rustic features such as ceiling beams or a fireplace and accentuate their unfussy beauty by keeping the rest of the décor stark.

Pastel shades are very relaxing. Paint walls a soothing lilac or powder blue and team with fuss-free accessories to keep the look grown-up rather than girly. Choose fresh whites and calming neutral tones in your bedroom for a cool New-England style – add a white wooden bed with white-and-blue striped bedlinen for a nautical edge.

Keep it simple

1/10 Resting place

bedroom with white walls and bed with pillows

(Image credit: Future PLC/Andrea Childs)

This simple bedroom idea should create a truly restful night's sleep. Relaxed, natural cotton sheets, white walls and a vase of fresh flowers are all the decoration required.

2/10 Team soft white drapes with dreamy florals

bedroom with white wall and floral printed bedding set

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Scarboro)

Spend the night in this floral bedroom and you'll wake up feeling fresh as a daisy. The soft drapes around the bed stop the flower prints from overpowering and keep the room feeling bright and calm.

3/10 Maximise light and space

master bedroom with wooden flooring and bed with pillows

(Image credit: Future PLC/Brent Darby)

Light and space are invaluable in any home. Maximise both in your bedroom and you'll create a relaxing, invigorating space.

4/10 Choose a minimal white scheme for zen-like calm

bedroom with white interiors and white bed

(Image credit: Future PLC/Paul Massey)

One for the purists, this crisp white bedroom idea manages to be restful rather than stark thanks to the natural wood beams, rustic accessories and soft, inviting bed.

5/10 Choose soothing shades of lilac

bedroom with pastel colour wall and peach bed

(Image credit: Future PLC/Katya De Grunwald)

This modern pastel bedroom idea is a masterclass in restful decorating. A wash of soothing lilac on the walls, a simply-made bed and fuss free accessories. Perfect.

6/10 Team crisp white with soft blue for nautical style

bedroom with white walls and white wooden flooring

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Tim Young)

Bring a breezy, seaside feel to your bedroom with a New-England inspired scheme. Soft whites, pale creams, and calm blues will create a serene, restful and classic scheme.

7/10 Create a sweet, country-style room

bedroom with white wall and floral bed

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Scarboro)

This light and airy country-style bedroom idea is sweet and welcoming. The soft white voiles and light oak floor create a soothing backdrop for the inviting array of plump pillows and throws.

8/10 Create a fairytale bed

bedroom with white wall and fairytale theme

(Image credit: Future PLC/Claire Richardson)

Encourage day dreams with a fairytale canopy over your bed. Keep it light and white for restful feel.

9/10 Choose a soothing, soft grey scheme

bedroom with grey rustic walls and peach bed linen

(Image credit: Future PLc/Emma Lee)

This bedroom idea solves the dilemma of how to combine masculine and feminine styles. Rustic grey walls are cool and calming whilst accents of soft pink add a shot of warmth and colour.

10/10 Plump for pastel colours

bedroom with white wall and peach pastel colour bed

(Image credit: Future PLC/Adrian Briscoe)

Pastel shades are a shortcut to a calm, soothing bedroom scheme. The modern bed keeps this scheme feeling grown up rather than girly.

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Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.