Modern Dark Academia Bedroom Inspiration (+ Key Design Elements)

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Love the modern dark academia aesthetic but not quite sure how to incorporate this moody design style into your bedroom decor at home? You’ve come to the right place! In this post, we’ve rounded up a selection of gorgeous modern dark academia bedroom inspiration pics from talented designers around the globe, while identifying the common design elements throughout to better help you re-create the look yourself at home.

Modern Dark Academia Bedroom Inspiration and Key Design Elements

Whilst scouring the internet for the ultimate in modern dark academia bedroom inspiration, we were able to identify 4 common (key) design elements throughout – check them out below;

1. A Dark and Moody Color Palette

As the name suggests, a dark and moody color palette is essential for nailing the modern dark academia aesthetic – think bold blacks and charcoal hues, as well as moody jewel tones like deep teal, turquoise, and navy. For wooden pieces, dark stains like dark walnut, ebony, and jacobean look best. 

Modern Dark Academia Bedroom Inspiration - Image via Farrow and Ball (featuring the paint color 'Railings No. 31')

ABOVE IMAGE: via Farrow and Ball
(featuring the paint color ‘Railings No. 31’)

2. Mix Vintage Finds with Modern Accents

Balance vintage (or vintage-inspired) finds with modern accents for the perfect modern dark academia mix. Think ornate frames/details and classic art styles, paired with modern accent furniture pieces in luxurious fabrics. Don’t forget the brass!

IMAGE via Cruz Interiors

ABOVE IMAGE: via Cruz Interiors

Modern dark academia aesthetic - IMAGE via Hubert  Zandberg Interiors

ABOVE IMAGE: via Hubert  Zandberg Interiors

3. Opulent Fabrics and Textures

Opulent fabrics in luxe textures are another must for this design style – think jewel-toned velvet upholstery fabrics, silk, and sateen bedding, as well as thick heavy drapes.

IMAGE via Tannery Interior Design

ABOVE IMAGE: via Tannery Interior Design

IMAGE via Cruz Interiors

ABOVE IMAGE: via Cruz Interiors

Photography by Marnie Hawson, image via Sailors Whisk

ABOVE IMAGE: Photography by Marnie Hawson
via Sailors Whisk

4. Academic Artifacts and Sculptural Elements

Tie the whole look together with a carefully curated selection of academic artifacts (and oddities), sculptural elements, and organic finds – think books, glass candles, Grecian-style busts, apothecary jars, cloches, dried flowers, and globes, again, don’t forget the brass accents!

Modern dark academia aesthetic - IMAGE by Mikołaj Morhunov via Behance

ABOVE IMAGE: by Mikołaj Morhunov via Behance

IMAGE via Forbes Masters

ABOVE IMAGE: via Forbes Masters

Modern Dark Academia Bedroom Decor Inspiration

Finally, for a selection of modern dark academia-inspired decor pieces that we think would be perfect for the bedroom, check out some of our favorite finds below; 

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