Our Favorite Bedrooms in the Studio McGee Archives

Opening the design vault to revisit a few past looks.

05 April –

The bedroom should be a space of peace and relaxation to go to at the end of the day. But crafting a place of tranquility is easier said than done. Here, we’re revisiting a few of our favorite bedroom designs to get you inspired.

Knowing how important a relaxing bedroom can be to your overall health and wellbeing, we asked Shea and the Studio McGee design team to tell us a few of their favorite bedrooms of the past. When Shea and the design team start the process of designing any space, they look for imagery, materials, and even colors in nature that draw them in, and today, we’re sharing ten of our favorite bedroom designs in hopes of inspiring you too. Although each of these spaces is different, they all bring a feeling of serenity through layered textural details, calming material palettes, and thoughtful styling touches. Keep scrolling to see some of our favorite bedrooms designs from our latest Studio McGee projects and read about the design principles that bring them to life.


Elegant Four-Poster Bed

The primary bedroom design in our Hilltop Estate project features a light oak four-poster bed with a custom upholstered headboard for an elegant and relaxed look. The same blue tones are carried throughout the rest of the space with a vintage-inspired area rug and the stunning floral motif of the bed’s toss pillows. We love the way Shea and the design team combated a lopsided layout with a desk on one side and a nightstand on the other. “The trick to bringing symmetry to asymmetrical side tables is aligning the height of the lamps,” Shea explains.

See the entirety of the Hilltop Estate project here.


Loads of Texture

Though the space is sprawling, with more than one sitting area, Shea and the design team created a plan to make the room feel warm and cozy. One of the ways they accomplished that was bringing in a vintage rug with lots of neutral colors in it and some patina that adds depth to the design. Then they layered a tonal rug underneath of it to take up more square footage. The rug duo sets the tone of the room and the rest of the furniture was built off of it. The second element that makes this room feel warm and cozy is the plethora of mixed textures and materials seen throughout. There’s a lot of materials that have character to them, like linen, boucle, wood, and aged brass.

See the entirety of the Water’s Edge project here.


Minimal Color Palette

In our Mountainside Retreat project, Shea and the design team incorporated a primary bedroom design based on the client’s desire to keep the color palette minimal throughout the home. Shea and the design team added an element of warmth and dimension with an earthy grasscloth wallpaper, setting the mood of the space and bringing in so much coziness and character. Light materials and furniture pieces layered throughout the bedroom design works to balance out the room. Modern lighting fixtures are softened by an upholstered bed, a few beautiful vintage accents, and of course, sweeping views of the stunning mountains surrounding the home.

See the entirety of the Mountainside Retreat project here.


Nontraditional Seating

The primary bedroom in The Houston Estate is not overly large in square footage, but it packs a lot into the space in terms of design. We love the pair of vintage accent chairs that sit at the foot of the bed instead of the more traditional bench. These were found at Round Top during a sourcing trip with the client. There’s another moment of untraditional bedroom seating in the corner of the room, an L-shaped banquette bench. Draped in natural linen, it adds so much lovely texture to the room’s overall design.  

See the entirety of The Houston Estate project here.


Shades of Cream

There’s nothing that says peace and tranquility like a cream-on-cream bedroom design does. “In designing this space, we wanted to stay true to the California aesthetic of neutrals, rustic textures, and an overall feeling of softness while incorporating a few surprises here and there,” explains Shea. McGee & Co.’s Northcott Bed is upholstered in a soft, white linen, capped at the foot of the bed with the Daxton Settee. The Carter Woven Linen Duvet in earthy shades of cream, white, and brown finish the bed’s dressing.

See the entirety of the Home on the Bay project here.


Dark and Moody

This primary bedroom design from McGee & Co.’s Winter 2022 catalogue shoot feels oh-so welcoming and calming with a moodier palette of deep, earthy tones. The dark, chocolate brown color of the George Upholstered Bed feels romantic and calming, like a hug at the end of a long day.

Browse the digital McGee & Co. Winter 2022 catalogue here.

Velvet upholstered bed with landscape artwork above bed
Velvet upholstered bed with landscape artwork above bed


Utilizing a Nook

In Episode 4 of Dream Home Makeover Season 3, Shea and the design team take on a primary suite meant to function as many spaces in one. We love how the bedroom design incorporated a built-in window cove perfect for tucking the bed into for a cozy, warm vibe, a lot like a big hug at the end of the day. Organic touches, like McGee & Co.’s Mendelson Mirror, help to establish the space as one linked to nature.

See the entirety of the All-in-One Suite project from Netflix’s Dream Home Makeover here and watch the webisode featuring the space on our YouTube channel.


A Touch of Dusty Rose

Perhaps the defining element of the McGee’s guest bedroom is the dusty rose-toned wallpaper mural by Schumacher that wraps the walls of the entire room.

See the entirety of the McGee Home guest bedroom here and watch the webisode featuring the space on our YouTube channel.

Bedroom with canopy bed and dresser with arched mirror


Natural Palette

The location of this project, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, makes it easy to let the view be the star of the design show. Utilizing the color palette and materials from the local environment, Shea and the design team created a luxurious primary sanctuary for their clients to retreat to. We love all the natural materials used in this space—linen, wood, rattan, wool—and the sense of calm it sets throughout the room. The color palette can be found in nature, from sea-centric blues and greens to earthy browns and creams.

See the entirety of the Cabo Dos Vistas project here.


Meant to Be Touched

This primary bedroom design from our McGee & Co. Spring 2023 shoot in sunny Sonoma, California, is representative of its surroundings with organic, textural materials in spades. We love how the Klaus Oak Bed with its paper cord details pairs with the playful ivory boucle of the Magda Teddy Bear Settee.

Shop the McGee & Co. Spring 2023 release here.

Bedroom with paper cord bed frame with green nightstands and white scalloped lamps
Date Posted
05 April