William Abranowicz

If you’re looking for bedroom ideas for couples (design-related, of course), then you’re in good hands: We scoured the House Beautiful archives as well as the portfolios of some of our favorite interior decorators to find the best examples of bedrooms that were designed with the needs of couples in mind. Whether you’ve just decided to take the next step to move in together so you want to optimize this exciting new phase, or you’ve been married for decades, decorating your bedroom should be a team effort that considers both of your needs (and keeps romance in mind!). And we promise it really isn’t all that difficult once you get some inspiration and professional problem-solving. Read on for plenty of both!

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Take Lifestyle Differences Into Consideration

Make sure you each have your own separate nightlight, especially if you have diverting bedtimes. We also love how this bedroom designed by Max Sinsteden features dainty, stereotypically feminine prints and fabrics with more graphic, traditionally masculine ones, like plaid sheets.

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Make It Easy to Keep Clutter Tucked Away

Sharing a bedroom makes it even more important to keep things tidy, which is where smart built-in storage really saves the day. Layer one wall with shelving, or make one row stretch along the perimeter of the bedroom. You can use it to store everything from books to accessories, blankets, purses, shoes, and more. Designed by Studio DIIA, the exposed shelf above the bed houses books, the upper cabinets corral linens and the closet across from the bed stores clothing.

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Set Up a Seating Area by a View

Carve out a sitting area so that you two can enjoy the space as more than just a place to sleep. In this mountain chalet designed by Kylee Shintaffer, the view certainly wins this lounge bonus points.

Don’t have a walk-in closet big enough for the both of you? Call on wardrobes and dressers that can be workhorses and make a design statement in your room. Or, take a page from Tamsin Johnson’s book and swap out existing closet doors with custom ones that feature formal molding, mirrored embellishments, and soothing paint color to elevate that daily routine.

In this casually elegant primary bedroom designed by April Tomlin, a stately fireplace anchors the space, separating the sleeping area from the lounge. That said, it also helps visually connect the two.

Add personal touches with custom monogrammed pillowcases and by channeling your favorite memories together. In this bedroom designed by Ellen Niven, the all-over floral pattern is an homage to their favorite Provençal hotels.

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Work Around Awkward Quirks

Work around awkward spaces by customizing built-in storage. In this small but sunny bedroom designed by Rebecca Vizard, the bed is nestled into a nook with two built-in inches and corresponding sconces for each side slash partner.

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Balance Diverging Tastes

If one of you loves patterns and traditional design while your partner prefers more minimalist and contemporary looks (or the other way around), take notes from Elizabeth Georgantas-designed bedroom. A show-stopping antique bedroom punches up the personality but can always be traded for something else later on and it brings just as much fun as wallpaper would, but it’s not as permanent. Then the white painted walls help modernize the farmhouse bones but classic bedding nods as classic decorating.

Fill the air with romance and relaxation to make that moment your head hits the pillow after a long day with your partner by your side even better. The loose, gathered layers of this canopy in a Malibu bedroom designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard brings both the drama and the romance.

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Make Snug Quarters Extra Cozy

If you and your partner have a smaller than average bedroom, you make be thinking an all-white color scheme and minimalist approach will make it feel bigger, but that’s not always the case. Consider taking a page from designer David Frazier’s book and painting the walls and ceiling a super dark color that embraces the cozy size and also introduces a little romance.

If you can’t agree on a color scheme or anything decor-related for that matter, keep things lowkey and simple with understated furnishings, a neutral color palette, and soft, earthy materials. If it’s comfy and relaxing, what’s not to like? Oh, and upgrade to a king bed if size allows! Use this bedroom designed by Anlisse Taft as a blueprint.

Enhance your primary suite with outdoor access. In this California home designed by Heidi Caillier, the primary bedroom leads directly to a private balcony. Earthy greens and clay tones enhance the greenery beyond further.

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