In the master bedroom of a Charleston guesthouse, the custom cypress platform bed has a roll-out trundle for guests with children. The hand-blown-glass chandelier is by David Taylor. The fur pillows were made from a vintage Pierre Cardin coat.
Designer Nina Farmer layered shades of gray with autumnal colors in a New England home’s master bedroom. The walls are now sheathed in Phillip Jeffries’s soothing silk-and-abaca wallpaper. The custom Roman shades are in a Holland & Sherry print. A Circa Lighting ceiling fixture casts a warm glow reminiscent of the golden leaves on the river birch trees that line the property.
In a contemporary farmhouse in Los Angeles, the petite Italian seashell bed came from the owners’ former house in Europe, the mirrored side table is from JF Chen, and the chandelier was found on 1stdibs.
Perfectly paired linens bring this elegant master suite together. The exterior canopy and bed skirt are in Manuel Canovas’s Solange fabric, and Leontine Linens’ bedding has a curvaceous border that visually anchors the bed in the ethereal space. Tufted armchairs upholstered in Holland & Sherry’s Kensington wool felt face a TV that slides out from under the bed.
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In the quaint master bedroom of Larry Laslo’s Palm Beach bungalow, the bedside tables, lamps, canopy and bedding are by Laslo. The stylish headboard is custom made; the table is by Christian Astuguevieille, and the photographs are by Irving Penn.
Don’t overlook a DIY project. Justina Blakeney designed the curvy headboard with built-in nightstands for her “Jungalow”. The bed is dressed in a Matteo duvet cover and a vintage Moroccan wedding blanket. The rug is by Blakeney for Loloi. The ceramic pendant lamp and artwork are vintage.
In Ralph Lauren executive Buffy Birrittella’s East Hampton home, the bed in the master bedroom is from the Sundance Catalog. It is dressed with Ralph Lauren Home linens and an antique American quilt. The blanket chest and Tramp Art mirror are vintage, the sconces are by Ralph Lauren Home and the bedside table is custom made.
In a couple’s 19th-century villa high in the hills on the isle of Capri, even the home’s smaller spaces offer an easygoing, contemporary retreat. In the tiny guest room, an installation of porcelain roses is by Art et Floritude. The marble tub is antique, and the floor is paved with travertine tiles.
In the historic 19th-century London house of Milan-based design duo, Roberto Peregalli and Laura Sartori, a small guest bedroom’s headboard, bed skirt, coverlet and wall covering are all of the same Braquenié cottons. The pillows are covered with 19th-century Fez broderie.
A Rose Tarlow Melrose House fabric drapes the custom-made bed in the master bedroom of this Cape Cod cottage, making the small room seem a tad grander. The bedding is from John Derian, and the painting is by John Dowd.
Ceramist Amanda Moffat’s Brooklyn townhouse has a big dose of personality with saturated colors, intricate patterns and an array of treasured heirlooms, and the attic bedroom is no exception. The Louis Vuitton trunk in the attic bedroom belonged to Moffat’s mother, the bed is dressed in Coyuchi linens, the 19th-century chair is from John Derian and the walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Decorator’s White.
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In this Southhampton cottage, fashion designer Lorry Newhouse saturated the walls in whimsical patterns. The wallpaper in the bedroom and the fabric for the chair, bed skirts and curtains are by Rose Cumming. The coverlet and shams are by Matouk and the prints and mirror are Victorian.
In an Atlanta cottage designed by Shon Parker, a vintage Ralph Lauren Home bed rests on an antique Afshar rug; the ceiling is in Benjamin Moore’s Woodlawn Blue.
A quaint study area and two small beds fit perfectly in the guest room of this Virginia Tupker-designed carriage house. The curtains are of a Les Indiennes cotton and the rug is a vintage Indian dhurrie. The custom beds are dressed with spreads from Chelsea Textiles.
For a wind-scoured, airy feel, designer Tammy Connor gave a beach house bedroom a queen bed made of recycled wood. Framed shore-bird prints from Antonio Raimo Galleries hang in a tight grid, and vintage hurricane lamps were turned into reading sconces by John Turner.
In a Florida pied-à-terre, walls in Benjamin Moore’s Salmon Peach contrast with curtains in a green Norbar Fabrics linen and a Dash & Albert rug.
Earthy tones make two New York designers’ Marrakech riad feel cozy rather than cramped. The master bedroom’s rug was found in a souk. The bed is dressed with a blanket and linens by Matteo and pillow shams by Libeco, the floor lamps are by Lilah Spirit and the drawing is by Raffone.
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Walls in Benjamin Moore’s Clearlake are overlaid with a white-palm motif in a Florida bedroom. A portrait of the designer’s mother holding her dog hangs over the canopy bed.
The restoration of a Charleston guesthouse revealed traces of blue pigment on the original lime-washed walls, which inspired the palette of a guest room.
In Brazilian architect and designer Sig Bergamin’s Paris home, an 18th-century fabric fragment hangs above the guest-room bed. The chair is Indian and the wall is upholstered in a cotton by Fabricut.
In a tight guest bedroom in Paris, the custom day-bed, walls and curtains are in Pierre Frey fabrics. French doors flood the space with natural light, making the space feel larger.
In a young couple’s monochromatic Swedish home, the master bedroom blends white and cool brown for a color scheme that makes the petite space feel more open and airy. The bed is by Hästens, and the lamp and stool are vintage.
An intimate guest room in the poolhouse of a 19th-century farmhouse contains a John Himmel bed dressed in Schweitzer Linen bedding, a Swedish painted chest and a rug by Restoration Hardware; the matchstick Roman shades are custom.
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In a Nantucket beach house, the master bedroom walls have a decorative cross-glaze paint finish by Audrey Sterk, and an armchair by the window is the place for taking it all in.
The 18th-century sleigh bed in the master bedroom of a Paris pied-a-terre is covered in a Travers fabric; the 17th-century Italian wall sconce is from Galerie Sylvain Lévy- Alban.
A master bedroom designed by Elizabeth Kennedy and Ray Booth celebrates softness. It features an upholstered headboard from Joseph Company and bedding made from Rogers & Goffigon fabrics. Two skirted chairs by McAlpine for Lee Industries sit beside a custom steel-frame mirror, hand-silvered by R Squared. The ceiling fixture from Remains Lighting is one of several lanterns in the house.
In his designer Mackay Boynton created a dramatic backdrop for the bedroom by hanging a valance from the ceiling and along the wall and lining the canopy in a navy-and-white lattice-patterned fabric. The coverlet is an antique suzani, and the monogrammed shams are from Pottery Barn.
In designers Amy and Todd Hase’s Hamptons home, a tiny guest room is turned into a grand experience by way of an elaborately carved and gilded Qing dynasty wedding bed.
Lilac runs throughout a Park Avenue apartment, including the master bedroom’s custom headboard and hummingbird wallpaper by Cole & Son. Linens from Restoration Hardware cover the bed, and the swing-arm light is from Vaughan. Pottery Barn’s Duncan Diamond rug adds a neutral counterpoint to a room filled with pattern and color.
Designer Christina Rottman describes this Santa Barbara suite as “one of the most luxurious guest bedrooms I have done.” Cozy bed-curtains in Martyn Lawrence Bullard’s Senja fabric outfit the custom four-poster by Gregorius Pineo terra, providing a warm contrast to the black-and-white prints around the room.
Inside a historic house in upstate New York, the grey-and-white guest room downstairs makes a case for the less-is-more approach. The bed is dressed in linens by Matteo, the side chair was found in India and the stool is from Dennis & Leen. The lithograph is by Joan Miró.
A New York collector fills his bedroom with eye-catching items, lending excitement to every corner of the little space. The bedroom’s rug is from J&D Oriental Rugs, the crewel bedspread was bought in a thrift shop and the English tufted-leather chest was found on 1stdibs. The French lantern is from David Stypmann Co.
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While this Maryland home features soot gray walls, a regal canopy adds a fanciful touch to a girl’s bedroom. Glass nesting tables from Donghia offer a sleek contrast. Nevis curtains by Lady Ann Fabrics are trimmed in a Samuel & Sons pom-pom fringe.
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In the guest bedroom of a Paris apartment, the custom forged-iron bed frame is finished in gold leaf and is dressed with pillows in Robert Normand and Lelièvre fabrics. The light fixture is a 1940 plaster bird sculpture, and the curtains are of a Pierre Frey chintz and Dedar fabric.
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With eight walls to work with, Charleston decorator Angie Hranowsky softened harsh angles with a bold Élitis wallpaper. A sculptural Room & Board canopy bed adds some geometry of its own in a neutral white.
Tucked into a tidy alcove in Steven Gambrel’s Art Deco apartment, this custom bed is upholstered in a Zimmer + Rohde fabric, while the houndstooth pillows are in a Holland & Sherry fabric, and the 1950s sconces are by Ignazio Gardella.
Designer Lindsey Coral Harper piles on patterns in her Manhattan bedroom, with Quadrille’s Bali Isle wallpaper and a Jayson Home chair covered in Madeline Weinrib’s Daphne ikat. The Madison headboard from Lamshop is upholstered in Kravet’s Guilty Pleasure. The wardrobe and stool, in a Duralee fabric, are vintage Milo Baughman. An Ikea armoire has hardware from Nest Studio.
“This room was inspired by Charleston’s eclectic history as a melting pot of various cultures and religions,” designer Cameron Schwabenton says of a 1770s guesthouse. A vintage Bottega Veneta suitcase sits against the rough plaster wall, and the linen and raw-silk canopy creates the illusion of a four-poster bed. The Douglas Balentine drawing over the bed is meant to serve as the room’s centerpiece.
In hair stylist Sally Hershberger’s room, photographs create a pyramid shape, giving the small room depth. A Herb Ritts photograph of the Dalai Lama’s hands is centered above the bed.
Architectural flat-file cabinets in his small bedroom give owner John Mayberry a surface for drawing as well as storage for completed works.
Grownups can have pink bedrooms too. Colefax and Fowler’s Bowood wallpaper covers the walls and ceiling of a townhouse bedroom. A pink shade tops Thomas O’Brien’s Paolo sconce, matching the monogrammed linens and tufted bench.
Graceful prints and a muted palette lend quiet intimacy to a guest bedroom in a mountain getaway. The walls and valances are in a Brunschwig & Fils hound-dog toile. An antique needlepoint of terriers watches over the room.
In a Hamptons bedroom by Lisa McFadden, two lively fabric patterns from Designers Guild call on a similar palette in different scales. The tulip print, Mei P’ing, graces the twin beds and Roman shade, while a geometric fabric covers the benches.
New York City-based decorator Alex Papachristidis designed two twin beds, upholstered in a Mokum fabric, for the charming guest room in his London apartment. The side table is by John Dickinson.
In Ninni Ryott’s diminutive rural cabin, a tiny sleeping loft is fitted with a bedside stool from Åhléns, and the white linseed-oil paint on the walls is by Kulturhantverkarna Färg.
The neutral palette throughout a South Carolina home is maintained in the master bedroom, where Michelle Prentice chose Kravet’s Wild Silk for the curtains. The four-poster bed is from Hickory Chair. With its many mirrored surfaces, “the room sparkles so much at night, it feels lit by candlelight,” the designer says.
Zoffany wallpaper frames a niche in a colorful Texas home’s guest bedroom. Antique furniture and white bedding balances out the bold walls.
In art and furniture dealer Ralph Pucci’s Long Island beach house, a guest bedroom is characterized by whispers of grey and blue, which give the small space some big personality. The Charles P. Rogers bed is dressed in bedding by Restoration Hardware, and a Bertoia chair is paired with a vintage Indonesian desk. The photograph is by Christopher Makos.
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Home designer Michael Maher made the most of his small guest room in New Jersey by tucking twin beds under the eaves of the room. Maher designed the upholstered headboards and the coverlets are antique matelassé.
To create a calming atmosphere in a California vacation home, designer Frances Merrill brought in neutral colors, including a floor painted in Benjamin Moore’s Rockport Gray. A Blu Dot Dodu bed in oatmeal wool felt and boudoir pillows in Kerry Joyce’s Rigoletto velvet add texture, and the bedside lamps are from West Elm.
In a Florida guest bedroom, designer Tammy Connor covered twin headboards in Matteo’s nubby Knot throws to amp up texture. She also made a graphic pattern on the wall out of vintage spools of thread.
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In John Robshaw’s country home, the cozy guest room’s headboard, bedding, and curtain fabrics are all by Robshaw, and the walls are painted in Dark Lime by Benjamin Moore.
In the compact guest bedroom of a London townhouse, hotelier and designer Kit Kemp used a black-and-white Brunschwig & Fils toile de Jouy for the walls, canopy, pillows and bedding, adding texture while maintain a clean, monochromatic color scheme. The artwork is by Dick Bixby, and the faux-shagreen table is Kemp’s own design.
In a pattern-happy home, Anne Maxwell Foster and Suysel dePedro Cunningham covered the bedroom walls in Sandberg’s Raphaël wallpaper. A Tilton Fenwick for Target headboard is upholstered in the duo’s Jax fabric for Duralee.
In Northern France, the daybed in this guest room is Louis XVI, and is the perfect, small-space alternative to a large bed frame. The side table in the same style is from the 19th century.
The petite scale of the Colonial-era house required designer Jill Sharp Weeks to abandon symmetry and overlap one of the master bedroom’s windows with the king-size bed. The upholstered headboard is by Restoration Hardware, and the lamps are from Ralph Lauren Home.
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The custom bed in this Oakland, California guest room is a sleek twin size, maximizing floor space without sacrificing comfort. The linens are by Ralph Lauren Home, the floor lamp is by Original BTC, the rug is Persian, and the glitter-on-canvas artwork is by René Garcia, Jr.
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A family home’s master bedroom “has a cocooned, tree house feeling,” says designer Chloe Warner. Oly’s Willa bed is topped with shams in a checked pattern by Chelsea Textiles and a lumbar pillow in a Lee Jofa linen.
A custom settee covered in cobalt fabric brings a surge of life to the master bedroom in a 1930s Georgian home. The headboard and Roman shades are in Chelsea Editions’ Gold Vine.
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The wallcovering, curtains and bedcover in this guest room in a Netherlands home are a classic toile de Jouy. The headboard is custom-made, and the side table is vintage.