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August 20, 2014
It's tempting to place the most design attention on the public spaces in your home, but these bedrooms show the power of a great sleeping space.
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  Don't shy away from dramatic touches. In this renovated Brooklyn tenement, black walls, a large artwork, and a Louis XV–style bedframe found on eBay make the bedroom a surprisingly cozy retreat.  Photo by Paul Barbera.

    Don't shy away from dramatic touches. In this renovated Brooklyn tenement, black walls, a large artwork, and a Louis XV–style bedframe found on eBay make the bedroom a surprisingly cozy retreat.

    Photo by Paul Barbera.
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  A Toronto artist's live/work space blurs boundaries left and right. In the bedroom, skylights, potted plants, and a freestanding tub suggest that bedrooms can hold more than just a bed.  Photo by Matthew Williams. Courtesy of matthew williams.

    A Toronto artist's live/work space blurs boundaries left and right. In the bedroom, skylights, potted plants, and a freestanding tub suggest that bedrooms can hold more than just a bed.

    Photo by Matthew Williams. Courtesy of matthew williams.
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  Concrete walls and a few punches of yellow give this simple El Salvadorian bedroom added texture.  Photo by Jason Bax.

    Concrete walls and a few punches of yellow give this simple El Salvadorian bedroom added texture.

    Photo by Jason Bax.
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  Often, all you need to transform a sleeping space is good paint. A soothing green-gray shade complements the classic wooden furnishings in this bedroom in a Swedish vacation home.  Photo by James Silverman.

    Often, all you need to transform a sleeping space is good paint. A soothing green-gray shade complements the classic wooden furnishings in this bedroom in a Swedish vacation home.

    Photo by James Silverman.
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  In this streamlined London loft, a retractable skylight is the bedroom's focal point. The bed is on casters, so the resident can move it to get a better glimpse of the stars.  Photo by Joakim Blockstrom.

    In this streamlined London loft, a retractable skylight is the bedroom's focal point. The bed is on casters, so the resident can move it to get a better glimpse of the stars.

    Photo by Joakim Blockstrom.
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  In this compact Slovenian apartment, an interesting wall storage unit and a chandelier add impact to a diminutive bedroom.

    In this compact Slovenian apartment, an interesting wall storage unit and a chandelier add impact to a diminutive bedroom.

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  When your views are this good, you don't have to do much else. The residents of this eucalyptus-lined home in Australia wake up to the ocean. For times when more entertainment is necessary, a drop-down TV hides above a panel in the ceiling.  Photo by Sean Fennessy.

    When your views are this good, you don't have to do much else. The residents of this eucalyptus-lined home in Australia wake up to the ocean. For times when more entertainment is necessary, a drop-down TV hides above a panel in the ceiling.

    Photo by Sean Fennessy.
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  In the guest bedroom of this Shelter Island vacation home, an artful hodgepodge of books and other prized possessions create a bright and welcoming array, toned down only by the dark-stained, grass cloth walls.  Photo by Floto + Warner.

    In the guest bedroom of this Shelter Island vacation home, an artful hodgepodge of books and other prized possessions create a bright and welcoming array, toned down only by the dark-stained, grass cloth walls.

    Photo by Floto + Warner.
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  For a calming space, wood-lined walls do the trick. A renovated mid-century home in the Hamptons features a simple wooden sleeping retreat paired with wall sconces designed by David Weeks for Ralph Pucci.  Courtesy of Patrick Bernard.

    For a calming space, wood-lined walls do the trick. A renovated mid-century home in the Hamptons features a simple wooden sleeping retreat paired with wall sconces designed by David Weeks for Ralph Pucci.

    Courtesy of Patrick Bernard.
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  In this inviting Helsinki bedroom, a DIY neon cord light and bright knick-knacks add visual intrigue to an otherwise minimal palette.  Courtesy of Petra Bindel.

    In this inviting Helsinki bedroom, a DIY neon cord light and bright knick-knacks add visual intrigue to an otherwise minimal palette.

    Courtesy of Petra Bindel.
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Brooklyn renovation interior bedroom

Don't shy away from dramatic touches. In this renovated Brooklyn tenement, black walls, a large artwork, and a Louis XV–style bedframe found on eBay make the bedroom a surprisingly cozy retreat.

Photo by Paul Barbera.

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