I’m sharing our feminine Mid Century Modern Bedroom with the West Elm Arne Bed and other MCM furniture pieces to give you mid century bedroom ideas.
Mid Century Modern Bedroom
If you are a current follower here, then you know that I painted my bedroom black. Check out my newer post, Tricorn Black Master Bedroom Reveal, to see how the black paint totally pops in our vintage, mid century modern bedroom.
With most spaces in our house, and especially our bedroom, the spaces evolve over time and each iteration seems to be perfect for the time that I’m in. I shared the mid-century eclectic bedroom (this same room but different look) back in Feb 2017. Fast-forward a year and you have the look that I’m sharing with you today.
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Upgrading to a West Elm King Bed
The refresh started happening, this time around, because Luke and I decided to upgrade to a king bed. I’m a light sleeper and I realized, after sleeping in hotels on vacation, that I sleep better in a king bed.
I’ve had my eye on the West Elm Arne bed for quite some time but just couldn’t justify it because, up until this point, we didn’t need a bed. But, when we decided to upgrade from a queen to a king, we needed both a mattress and a bed frame. So, I went ahead and made the purchase on the West Elm mid century bed.
West Elm Arne Bed
Since I’ve had this bed for years and often get asked about it, here’s my review on the West Elm Arne Bed. I love that it has removable leather cushions on the headboard. The one thing, on the cushions, that could be better is if they were reversible (only one side is leather). Other than that, they are absolutely great and we have had no issues with them. So, even though this isn’t technically an upholstered bed, it’s as comfortable as one for sure!
As far as the MCM bed frame goes, it’s sturdy and high quality. We’ve had multiple pieces of West Elm furniture and if you do too, then you know that the quality varies. Well, this MCM bed is great. I’d buy both the the MCM bed and the leather cushions again, in a heartbeat.
For the mattress, we partnered with Lucid Mattress. One of my friends has a mattress from Lucid, so I felt good about ordering online with them.
I knew I wanted a combo of plush and firm and a mattress that wasn’t going to be hot. After looking through their options, I ended up going with the 10″ latex hybrid mattress. We’ve now had the mattress for four years and would definitely recommend it!
Mid Century Bedding
Since we’ve never owned a king sized bed before, we needed all new bedding as well. I hadn’t bought bed linens in a long time so it felt nice to shop for some pieces for our bed. I was looking for a pop of color with pillows but overall, a nice neutral palette to make the room feel more calm and airy.
Check out my post on great linen sheets if you are in the market for new sheets. =)
My bedroom doesn’t get a lot of natural light, but the goal is for the modern bedroom design to make you feel like you don’t miss it.
Mid Century Bedroom Ideas
For a feminine bedroom, I think it’s great to mix in a bit of airy texture. To keep costs down, I was able to create a faux bamboo shade for $10! I love the look of layered windows but don’t love the cost of buying both bamboo shades and curtain panels.
Another idea to really up the appeal in your bedroom is hiding the TV cords. I have an easy tutorial for you to teach you how to hide the cords. It’s worth it to spend just a bit of time to run the cords behind the wall for a more seamless look.
Adding in Mid Century Modern Bedroom Furniture
Some of the other changes, were just switches from around the house. We recently thrifted a vintage media cabinet so we moved the mid century dresser from the living room to our bedroom to give us some extra storage.
In our bedroom, we don’t have a mid century modern bedroom set that matches and that’s what I prefer. We have two vintage dressers, the West Elm headboard and frame and two new round nightstands (bedside tables).
In my opinion, mixing and matching bedroom pieces instead of buying a whole set really gives you the collected vibe in a space (plus, it saves you money generally too!). If you want one of my interior design tips, it’s definitely to get out of the habit of buying sets of furniture. Let your personality show in how you pull together pieces of furniture in a room.
With the dresser switch, you could really see the cables underneath the dresser that the TV sat over. I recently did a whole post on how to hide cords under a media cabinet but I do love the look of stacked books under the dresser, too!
On another note, I didn’t do a great job “hiding all the cords” in this space but I have worked on it before and wrote a really great tutorial for hiding the cords. If you struggle with that, make sure to pop over and check it out.
I bought the rug awhile ago and have had it in the living room. I really loved it in the living room but it’s way too small for that space. On a whim, I brought the Persian Rug up to the bedroom. Low and behold, I ADORED it in the bedroom! Yay!! I used my post on how to search for cheap vintage rugs to find that one, so if you are in the market… click over to read!
So, what do you think of our Mid Century Modern Bedroom? Do you like this look (the warmer, fall-like tones) or do you like how it looks today (the tricorn black bedroom)? I think the white walls definitely make this look feel more feminine but I love both spaces for sure. If you are interested in paint colors, check out my post on my favorite paint colors in my house.
I absolutely adore this! We have a blank slate going on in our bedroom and I am totally “borrowing” this look. Thank you!
Borrow away! Thanks Annie!
Do you have a link for your rug? Beautiful.
Hi, It was a vintage find.
Where did you find the Native American Art prints????
They are by Jenna Snyder Phillips.
i loved it before but i love it now still! you’ve made some great changes! and yes, the rug is perfect in there!
Thanks Cassie! I loved the before too, but like always, just was ready for a change.
Love it! i feel like our King size bed just dominates our room, I think I need to re-work our pillows. Somehow the tapered pillow look you have going seems to help.
Thanks Charlotte! Yes, the king sized bed is HUGE but I do think pillows can help minimize the size.
Take the fern out of the clay pot and put it in one that has in-pot drainage with no bottom holes…clay is best for plants that like drymess…and dont let it dry out between waterings…hope that helps 🙂
Thanks Rose! I will try that!
Absolutely fantastic evolution of your bedroom
Thanks Ardith! I’m pretty excited with the changes!
I love the new bed and that chandelier gorgeous! Hoping one day we can get a king sized bed. Nice job Ashley. I think a bedroom should feel 100% you and that is what matters the most.
Thanks girl! The bed and chandelier are two of my favorites.
This room looks so good! I love your artwork in the room and I love how you styled your bed! Also, the rug looks amazing. 🙂
Thanks so much Mattie!! The rug is my absolute favorite.
Love your style. I’m having major design envy! Where did u get the art from?
Thanks Lily! I originally got it from Domino. I think they are sold out right now but you can add your name to a waitlist.
What color did you choose for the walls? And I love everything about this room!
The white is ultra white by Valspar. I really like it in all my rooms that have windows that face South. Hope that helps!
Love your home! Would you be willing to share where you found those Indian headdress art pieces you have framed above your dresser? Thanks so much!
They are prints from Jenna Synder. I had them framed at Framebridge. Here’s the link: http://jennasnyderphillips.com/product/chief-female-unframed/
I’m absolutely in love!!!!
I read your two pages on vintage rugs, but I’m wondering where you found the one underneath your bed?
Also what size is it? I just purchased the Bedframe for our bed! (Thank goodness it’s been box springs for years) and I think the size you chose is absolutely perfect!
It was a vintage find (of course!). I know that’s not super helpful. The sizing is also a bit weird. It’s almost 7’8 by 9’8
Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet
The bedroom refresh looks absolutely amazing. I clicked over from Pinterest because of the ceiling light, but am inspired by the whole room. By the way, I have the high boy version of your dresser with the Indian prints over it. It only had one of the white knobs left when I purchased it, so it’s cool to see yours intact. Thanks for the inspo!!!
Hi Heather. So fun to hear that you have the highboy! We found ours on Craigslist and it’s one of my favorite finds ever! Thanks so much for your sweet compliments!
I stumbled across your blog while trying to find reviews for the West Elm Arne bed. Love your design aesthetic, and I’m so glad to have found your corner of the web!
Even though I love the look of the bed, I am hesitant to purchase it because of all the complaints about West Elm quality—beds breaking and such. Have you had any issues with your bed, i.e. siderails cracking, center support collapsing, bed squeaking, etc? Also, do the leather cushions stay on the headboard securely? Would you buy it again?
Thank you! This is our second West Elm bed and we haven’t had any problems! I absolutely love the bed and would 100% buy again. The cushions are hung with loops from the top of the headboard. Once or twice, while trying to find a comfy reading spot, I’ve accidentally detached the cushion. But, it’s not a big deal at all and hasn’t been an ongoing issue. If I’m comparing the two frames that I’ve purchased… I’d say this bed is higher quality but the price point is much higher too. Maybe that has something to do with it? Anyways, I hope I’ve answered all your questions. Thanks!
Hi there! I just purchased this bed and came across your review! Would you say it’s easy to assemble on your own or would you recommend the white glove delivery service?
If you are handy, go for it! We thought it was straightforward. It would be helpful to have an extra set of hands to hold, but it wasn’t hard!
Hi Ashley, I too have stumbled across this post while looking for reviews of the Arne bed with the same hesitations as Heather. How has it held up over time? I’m also sensitive to noise and am afraid it will start squeaking eventually. Have you found that to be an issue at all?
Yes, it’s held up great. No noises or squeaking. The one negative that I will say is that the leather cushions aren’t reversible. We’ve scratched them here/there in general use (just like a leather couch – it still looks good but scratches are there). I wish they could be reversed if needed but that’s honestly my only complaint.
Hi!! I love this look. Where is the black and white stripe lumbar pillow from?
Hi Jane, It’s linked under a photo but it’s from Norwegian Wood. I don’t think she has that exact pillow any longer, but she can make something really similar. Just tell her you saw it on my site (we’re friends!). =)
Hi. I love your bedroom! Can you tell me what the dimensions of that rug are? I am looking for a rug to go under our king size bed. Thanks.
So, it’s a non-standard size because it’s vintage but it’s just over 7.5 x 10.
Where did you get the two photos above the dresser?! I am in love with them!
Thanks. They are by Jenna Synder. I just saw that they are on sale right now too. https://www.jennasnyderphillips.com/shop-prints
I’d like to know the size of the throw at the foot of your bed and where you purchased it.
It’s no longer available. Sorry!
I love it the style! Where did you get your dresser\console? The big one… love it!
Thank you! It was a Craigslist find.
what’s the rug size please??
It’s irregular since it’s vintage but it’s almost an 8×10
Beautiful! We have this bed for a while, but I’ve been considering the cushions, just not wanting leather. What color are these? Looks like the Vegan Leather Saddle color. Hoping so! 🙂
Yes, that’s the right color!
Gorgeous!! Is your quilt white? I love it and want to be sure I order the correct color. Thank you!
Yes, it is!
I have the tallboy dresser, lowboy dresser, and matching night stands in my master bedroom – they are Fashion Trend by Johnson Carper. I’ve been trying to decide on a bed and based on your pictures I think the West Elm Arne may be the perfect choice! How well does the bed match your dresser in terms of color?
I’m more about how things “feel” instead of making them match. They definitely go well but aren’t a 100% match.
How well does the bed match the dresser. I am considering the same combination. Thanks!
Just wanted to let you know the bedroom dresser with the little white metal pulls is the same one my parents had in the 1960’s. They had the bookcase headboard, dresser with mirror, chest of drawers and night stands. Glad to see it again. I think they bought it when we moved into our new house in Houston. I was 5 years old ( 63 now!) Still looks good.
Oh, that’s so cool!! I’ve seen a high boy just like the dresser that I have but didn’t know that there were more pieces to the set. Thanks for sharing!