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January 7, 2014
When it comes to bedroom design, there is a healthy debate among designers and architects: Some say never go white (too antiseptic); some say never go dark (too gloomy). We hope these highly variable and inspirational designs will lead you to one clear answer: Go with what works for you.
Bedroom furniture white renovation affordable small space Finland apartment neon accent

A brilliant white floor allows the smallest hints of neon color to pop in this Scandinavian bedroom. Bright white makes even small rooms look spacious, and employing one color throughout keeps costs down for a bedroom overhaul. (For this 660-square-foot apartment in Helsinki, designer Susanna Vento renovated the entire space for less than $4,000.) Photo by Petra Bindel.

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Master bedroom with Artemide lighting and vintage lounge chairs

An artist and a designer turned an old Toronto storefront in Dundas West into their home and studio. The bedroom is indicative of their colorful, laidback approach: A seating area includes vintage lounge chairs, a Bedouin rug purchased in Jerusalem, and Artemide lighting: Vintage Eclisse table lamps by Vico Magistretti hang over the nightstands and a Tizio table lamp by Richard Sapper rests on a side table. Photo by Naomi Finlay.

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Originally appeared in Don't Let the Sign Fool You, This Old Storefront is a Home
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The white linens appear almost ghostly against the natural grain of the wood and muted glow of the window's winter light.

The white linens appear almost ghostly against the natural grain of the knotty pine wood of this architect's home in snowy Sweden. Photo by Pia Ulin.

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Originally appeared in Knotty by Nature
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Modern bedroom with gray walls

This modern art and design gallerist's residence sports a panoply of color and shapes--except for in the bedroom, where cool grays and serene sculpture create a sense of museum-like quiet. Photo by Tim Van de Velde.

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Originally appeared in This House Proves Art Galleries Can Be Super-Friendly
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Georg van gass finishing touch

With a steel frame, a private aerie in Johannesburg is elevated in more ways than one. In the bedroom, floor-to-ceiling glass doors slide open without any columns in the corner to block the views of the tree canopy below. Photo by Elsa Young.

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Originally appeared in A Mies van der Rohe-Inspired Cottage in Johannesburg
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Bedroom of small space apartment in New York City

A tiny room in a 240-square-foot apartment in New York City becomes workable thanks to a disciplined approach. Architect Tim Seggerman says he approached this tiny renovation as "essentially an open wooden boat," adding in storage and built-ins for every square inch. Photo by David Engelhardt.

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Originally appeared in Space-Saving Wood-Paneled Apartment in Manhattan
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Modern guest bedroom office with fold-out Murphy bed

Tucked into corners or folded into walls, hideaway beds accommodate last minute guests and open up potentially cramped spaces. The library and office transforms into a guest bedroom in Dr. Kenneth Montague’s apartment in Toronto. Photo by Naomi Finlay.

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glass menagerie bedroom interior

Whatever the approach, make it cozy! In industrial designer Omer Arbel's Vancouver bedroom, a light by Bretford in Chicago is next to an Ikea Malm bed topped with Indian linens and folk weavings. The rug is from Paola Lenti. A Bocci 19 brass bowl sits near a hamper from Connected Fair Trade Goods. Photo by José Mandojana.

Originally appeared in Interior Inspiration: Jewel Tones
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Bedroom furniture white renovation affordable small space Finland apartment neon accent

A brilliant white floor allows the smallest hints of neon color to pop in this Scandinavian bedroom. Bright white makes even small rooms look spacious, and employing one color throughout keeps costs down for a bedroom overhaul. (For this 660-square-foot apartment in Helsinki, designer Susanna Vento renovated the entire space for less than $4,000.) Photo by Petra Bindel.

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