You’re giving your bedroom a makeover—what’s the first thing you do? You probably try to figure out how exactly to hang that colossal flat-screen TV directly across from your bed. Stop doing that! It’s time to think outside the (idiot) box. Your space should be a sanctuary—a restful, cozy bedroom where you fall asleep after a long day and wake up fresh as a daisy in order to start a new one, and your bedroom walls deserve more than electronics. Even better, there are so many options of what to do with those walls, so you should apply the same care you used when you chose your bed, nightstands, bedding, lighting, and rug. (We know—some of those decisions took you 18 months. We’re here to help make things move a little quicker!)
Let’s start with your decorating style: If your bedroom walls could talk, what do you want them to say about your aesthetic? Maybe you want to be a gallery wall girl or guy. Consider mixing some your most prized collections with new-old finds from the flea market. Are you known for creating guest rooms so cool that your friends never want to leave? Apply those skills to all the bedrooms. Do you favor rich paint colors or subtle shiplap in other parts of the house? No reason not to introduce them on bedroom walls. No matter what you’re feeling, we’ve got you covered with outstanding bedroom wall decorating ideas ranging from from rustic to romantic and paint to reclaimed barnwood.
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Mirror, Mirror on the Bedroom Walls
A single dark green accent wall in this master bedroom acts as a stunning backdrop for an eclectic mix of mirrors, artwork, and a 1930s transom window (top) found on an antiquing excursion.
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Whimsical Wallpaper on Bedroom Walls
Whimsical bird wallpaper wraps the angled walls of this loft bedroom with a fitting treetop view outside.
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Book Pages on a Bedroom Wall
Vintage book pages arranged in a simple grid take the place of less literary artwork above a hand-carved wooden bed frame. Tip: Hang with double-sided tape for a clean look.
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Shelf on a Bedroom Wall
A shallow shelf created by installing standard painted trim offers a clever and easy (no nails! no measuring!) way to prop up art in this tiny bedroom.
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Shingles on a Bedroom Wall
Typically reserved for exterior use, shingled walls bring instant charm to this sleeping porch. Bonus: The rusty red shade by James Hardie won’t fade over time and will most definitely stand up to pillow fights.
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Bedroom Accent Wall
A single accent wall covered a bold floral wallpaper is all this bedroom needs—and proof that a little goes a long way. In addition to creating a bold focal point, it also highlights the unique architectural features of the space.
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Reclaimed Wood Bedroom Walls
A prized pair of guitars mounted to an old church sign truly sings against distressed reclaimed wood walls. Salvaged tin ceilings add to the vintage vibe.
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Letter (and Number) Perfect Bedroom Walls
Crisp white walls are a great backdrop for a vignette of letters (from Anthropologie) and numbers from birthday parties of the past. Bonus: It can easily be added to with each passing year!
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Sporty Bedroom Walls
Painted paneled walls are home to an arrangement of vintage racquets, which “hang” out next to oars, nautical flags, and life preservers.
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Salvaged Bedroom Walls
Salvaged pine wood in a soft shade of blue adds loads of character to this master bedroom accent wall.
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Seascape Bedroom Gallery Wall
Create your very own water views! This impeccably curated seascape wall (with mirrors and other favorite pieces mixed in) takes advantage of the vertical wall space in this small bedroom.
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Sophisticated Wallpapered Bedroom Wall
Just because you have a little kid doesn’t mean you have to hang childish wallpaper. The neutral-on-neutral wallpaper pattern hung on the nursery walls mixes well with furniture, rug, and lighting that will grow with the child. Stuffed animals and other prized possessions can be swapped out on the wall pedestals as desired.
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White on White Bedroom Walls
In an ultra neutral sleeping space (in this case, that includes walls, floors, ceiling, bedding, and furniture), a single piece of similarly hued folk art above the iron bed brings a just-right amount of texture and interest. (The elaborate canvas was created by women who were learning to sew.)
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Practical Bedroom Wall Additions
In this California barn, reading sconces are mounted above floating shelves that were built into the walls as a clever space-saving solution. Made from 1800s barnwood, the “nightstands” serve as a perch for nighttime reading materials and other decorative objects.
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Plates on a Bedroom Wall
Raid the kitchen or dining room and add a collection of pewter plates and platters above an antique bed. Floral artwork adds softness to the space.
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Built-in Bunk Beds
When a house gives you a long blank wall, build bunk beds (in this case, four of them) to sleep a crowd. Decorative trim is painted a contrasting color, and built-in cubbies re-frame special toys as pieces of art.
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Stone Bedroom Walls
The walls in this rustic bunk room boast a mix of locally quarried stone, aged wood planks, and an antique American flag.
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White Bedroom Wallas
Soaring, simple white walls (with a single stained horizontal wood stripe) in this barn-turned-retreat offer a blank canvas for nature to show off. Massive second-story windows frame the scenic Catskill Mountains—a permanent art installation that changes with the seasons.
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Contrasting Bedroom Wallas
Dueling paint colors of warm gold and minty green frame the smartly designed recessed bunk, which frees up precious floor space. The unexpected palette is a refreshing change from the expected white painted shiplap.
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Wide-Set Paneled Bedroom Walls
Wide-set paneled walls add subtle vertical “stripes” (and an instant historical touch) to this Michigan lake house master suite. Sweet silhouettes nestle inside the joists, while a painting centered above the four-poster bed hangs on top of one.
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Equestrian-themed Wallpapered Bedroom Walls
Playful equestrian wallpaper inspired the ultimate kid bunk room (notice there are three beds stacked instead of the regular two!).
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Plaid Bedroom Walls
Designer Caitlin Wilson enveloped this tiny bedroom (only 10 feet wide!) in a handsome plaid wallpaper for a preppy, cocoon-like sleeping space.
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Pine Planked Bedroom Walls
Reclaimed pine planks cut at a local sawmill cover the walls of this cozy upstairs sleeping loft. The warm wood is left bare to show off its natural beauty.
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Decoupaged Bedroom Walls
This tree house’s accent wall is decoupaged in vintage maritime book pages as a nod to its seaside setting.
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