Your bedroom is your sanctuary – a peaceful place where you can escape the stresses of the day and begin to relax and wind down. It makes fitted bedroom decoration even more important as the choices you make will impact your state of mind and levels of restfulness. 

Let’s look at the top 8 design ideas and trends for this year – from sustainable textiles, earthy colours, and Scandinavian influences, we’ll help you create the bedroom of your dreams…

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1. The multi-functional bedroom

As a result of the pandemic, so many of us are working at home. Whilst this is a temporary measure for some, a lot of us are making the move permanent. 

The trouble is if another member of your household is working from home, space can be tight. So, moving your office into the bedroom could be a helpful solution. It might take a little furniture re-arranging but taking the time to plan it out will help save you pain and upset mid-move.

Remember to try and position your desk so that it's facing a window to avoid screen glare, it also ensures that you get plenty of sunlight to support your circadian rhythm. If you're strapped for space and cash, there are plenty of affordable and smart solutions like desks that sit within wardrobes or other multi-purpose storage solutions.

2. Warm, bold colour palettes 

Popular bedroom palettes traditionally include calm, neutral and soothing colours such as creams, greys, or light blues, but this year we will see people going against the grain to make a real statement. Bold, warm shades such as terracotta, dark green and masculine dark greys are all set to be popular with DIY enthusiasts and designers alike this year. 

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3. Sustainable bedding

We each spend an average of eight hours a day in bed – so why not invest in something quality and environmentally friendly to snuggle up in?

Trends show that consumers are far more interested in quality over quantity this year when it comes to bedding. Whilst cheap and cheerful polyester sheets are a quick and easy way to add style to the bedroom, they aren’t as breathable, comfortable, or hardy as fabrics like cotton, linen, and silk. 

If you are choosing cotton, try to choose one made with sustainable practices and organic cotton if you can – or better yet, look for Fair Trade certification on their packaging or website.

4. Transport-friendly mattresses

It used to be that buying a new mattress was a huge undertaking with logistical concerns. Well, no longer! Beds and mattresses in a box made a big splash in the market a few years ago and have been rising in popularity ever since. These clever mattresses are compressed and rolled and vacuum-packed to fit neatly in a box, revolutionising the way people purchase and transport mattresses. 

So, do mattresses in a box live up to the hype? Short answer: yes. They are an immediate solution to those that live in tricky to access housing such as flats or apartments, and hybrid mattresses are usually thoughtfully and intelligently crafted. Many of them have multiple layers including coils, springs, or cooling pads - they're not all foam.

5. Scandinavian influences 

When you think of Scandinavian design, you’ll probably conjure up images of bright, airy, minimalist rooms with plenty of natural influences - which is pretty much is the essence of Scandi design. 

Scandi decor often uses a very minimalist approach with light, neutral shades blended with carefully thought-out textiles such as statement rugs or curtains. There is also a lot of space left between furniture. And where there is furniture, it is often left unpainted to expose the natural wood. You could introduce this theme to your bedroom and bring in some sharp interjections to the minimalism with bold statement pieces such as dark lighting fixtures or masculine-style rugs and carpets. 

bedroom plant

6. Plants, plants, and more plants

This trend has also increased because of the pandemic. Now that we have more time to spend at home, it’s easier to take care of houseplants than ever before! 

Plants have the power to completely transform a room from a bland, neutral space to a tropical and vibrant paradise. Depending on the type of plant you choose, your bedroom can also benefit from cleaner air and increased oxygen, which is great for aiding sleep. 

So, what are the best plants for the bedroom? Snake plants, also known as ‘Mother-in-Laws-Tongue’ are natural air purifiers and oxygen emitters. Lavender and Jasmine plants are great for aiding sleep with their natural scents, and the fast-growing hanging plant Golden Pothos is super attractive and easy to take care of. 

If you have cats or dogs, make sure that the plants you choose for the bedroom are pet safe, as some may cause issues when digested by animals. 

7. Bold mixed patterns

The days of colour-themed bedroom designs where everything matches are over. Today it’s all about mixed patterns, varying textures, and bold fabrics. To add some serious style to your bedroom – consider switching up patterns and textiles on items such as:

  • Lampshades
  • Pillow covers
  • Bedsheets
  • Carpets and rugs
  • Wallpaper

You can also go for patterns that help pull together the style of the room without being too matchy-matchy. Think deep black that matches a fireplace or base colours that complement the walls. You can also change up the fabrics by adding extra pieces such as furry rugs or velvet lampshades which will help to give that added sense of luxury. 

The best thing is about this trend is that there are no rules – so choose whatever makes you happy! 


8. Do-it-yourself features 

You’ve probably seen videos doing the rounds on TikTok of DIYers using wood offcuts to create beautiful and expensive looking panelling and wondered if it’s as easy as it looks? Panelling is especially popular when positioned behind beds to create feature walls or headboards as it adds depth and texture to the room. 

Fortunately, with a little bit of trickery, careful measuring, and painting, it's easy to create a panelled wall! All you need is MDF strips, a spirit level, and some strong glue to get them all in line. After you’ve stuck everything together, choose a hardy paint to apply only to the panelling, and voila!

Those looking to maximise the storage in their bedroom can opt for some made to measure, fitted wardrobes. However, don't think that built-in wardrobes need to be expensive, because there are DIY options such as Online Bedrooms, where you can measure your space and get bespoke furniture delivered to your door, flat-pack for assembly yourself.


Many DIY enthusiasts can also give a new lease of life to furniture with dark paints to match this year's trends. Got a boring pine wardrobe in your bedroom? Why not paint it a deep, rich colour such as blue or grey and replace the knobs with gold or matt black handles. Just a few clever touches can give your room a feel of luxury without breaking the bank!

So, that's some top trends for 2022. The question is, which one will you try first?

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