Tips to decorate your bedroom
. We hate to break it to you, but designers do not follow a secret rule book. There are no hard and fast laws governing what we do. We are creative types by nature and love to imagine, dream and explore, following our intuition. That said, there are some rough principles that guide us to ensure a great result every time. They are just tried and true things that work. And these arent tricks or skills that take years to master. Anyone can do them from day one. Consider this a foundation for developing your own quirky, creative, rule breaking intuition.
Pick the paint color last
. We get calls all the time from homeowners who want to pick a paint color before they move in. I get the logic. Why not arrive to walls with a fresh coat of paint. Of course you can do it this way, but in my opinion it is not ideal. There are thousands of paint colors with various tints, tones and shades. And each one looks different from home to home, because light sources vary, meaning what looks good in your current home might not in your new one. You want the color that best complements your upholstery, artwork, rug and whatever else. You can pick that color only if your stuff is actually inside your home.
Give your furniture some breathing room
. Resist overcrowding a room. Gracious living means space to maneuver with ease. This is really great news if you are working with a tight budget. You do not need to fill up a space with lots of furniture. Spend more of your budget on fewer but better quality pieces, and your room will look better than if it is stuffed to the gills with flea market finds. The high backed chairs shown here, for example, stand out because they do not have to fight for attention.
Hang artwork at the right height
. Galleries and museums hang artwork so that the midline (center) of each piece is 57 inches to 60 inches from the floor. (The average human eye level is 57 inches.) And you should do the same. In a room like this, where the ceilings soar, there might be a tendency to hang the art higher. But remember It needs to relate to human scale, not the structure scale.If you are not sure, take a picture. it is remarkable how much a photo can reveal. Print it out or use Photoshop or an app to draw on the photo. This can give you a sense of whether a larger or smaller piece of art is needed or a tall plant might be best to fill a vacant spot.
Know how to arrange furniture on a rug
. There are basically three ways you can arrange furniture on your rug. The rug is large enough to place all of the furniture legs on top of it. This creates a more luxurious feel. For this, bigger is better. Just be sure to leave at least 12 to 18 inches of floor surface on all four sides of the rug borders. If you have a small room, keeping all legs off the rug is a great cost effective choice. You do not want to pick too small a rug, though, or it may look insignificant, like an afterthought. The rug should appear as though it could touch the front legs of each of the seating pieces. This approach is best suited when you are layering a pattern over a larger solid or textured rug.Put just the front feet of all your seating pieces on the rug to tie the arrangement together visually and create a well defined space while lending a feeling of openness.
Resist the urge to be too theme y
. The Cape Cod look is a very popular request. You know the hallmarks beadboard, a blue and white nautical palette, some sailboat paintings. But this has been done so many times, it lacks individuality. In this room the coastal vibe was achieved through a palette, artwork and materials that give the effect without drawing on the obvious cliches.
Create a focal point
. There are leading roles and supporting cast members in any production. The same holds true in design. Choose your star and make it the focal point to anchor a room. Allow other items to take a secondary role. do not ask everything to have a leading role it will just result in visual noise. Your focal point might be a dramatic hood in the kitchen, a mantel and art piece in the living room or a headboard in the bedroom. Whatever it is, choose something that will draw attention. In this room the fireplace and the lighting work together as a collective focal point, bringing your eye right to the center of the composition and anchoring it there.
Consider sight lines
. Your focal point should be free and clear from one room to the next, so that it feels like you are being drawn between them. That why the best spot for a focal point is usually directly across from the entrance to the room. Here a seating arrangement around artwork draws the viewer into the room because the sight line is clear.
Edit your collectibles
. do not hang on to a piece that just does not fit. I do not care if your great aunt Sally gave it to you. If it is not working for you, then find a new home for it (maybe in a different room).The unifying theme here is the use of black in the utilitarian pieces. The balance is almost perfect. It reminds me of something Coco Chanel said about accessorizing Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off. In design, know when to stop.
Vary the scale
. What looks good in the store may look like an elephant in the room when you bring it home. Or it is too tiny to be of any significance. So always vary scale and proportion. The oversize sunburst mirror frame fills up the wall space nicely here, while the sand dollars make an interesting grouping below. They would be much too insignificant individually. Threes and fives make for more pleasing arrangements than even numbers.
Add layers of lighting
. In this kitchen seating area, the backsplash is lit, the artwork is highlighted and the cabinet interiors are filled with light. One central lighting fixture would not have had nearly the same dramatic result.Professionals build layers of lighting to create interest, intrigue and variety. In a room where everything is lit evenly, nothing stands out. Pick a focal point and perhaps a secondary focal point and highlight those. Add general ambient lighting and some lower lighting, like table lamps, for interest.
. Personality is what makes a space great. Make your own statement and have fun. The more you try, the more you will begin to see what works and what does not. Incorporate unexpected elements for drama. The unconventional ottoman seats, library style bookshelves and oversize chandelier here are all unexpected in a conventional living room, but the result has charisma. Eschew expected pieces and interpretations if you want a room that will really wow.
Ignore all principles in favor of creativity
. Having some guidelines gives people a good starting point for furnishing and decorating their home, even if some of them arent practical for a particular space.Go with something personal that makes you smile and, above all, is comfortable. Overly designed rooms do not really translate in modern life. A pillow collection and an art arrangement that are seemingly haphazard, as shown here, create a dressed down look with plenty of style.
Sit in Style
. Seating in the bedroom can make a room feel cozy and inviting. Just do not let it become a stash spot. Place the chair away from closets and dressers so you are not inclined to disrobe and toss on to the seat.
. Blue and white is a classic color combination in the bedroom. Note the different shades of blue incorporated into the throw pillows, bedding, accents and walls. A splash of sage green in the art above the bed breaks it up and adds another layer of color.
Let In Light
. If your bedroom does not get a lot of natural light, do not cover up the windows with heavy treatments. Consider sheer curtains to help keep the room bright.
A Bedroom for Two
. Can a man sleep in a pink bedroom. Probably, but he should not have to. Designers say a master bedroom should reflect both of you, even if this metallic floral wallpaper and pink headboard has your name written all over it.
His and Hers
. Your nightstands do not have to match. If you prefer a feminine style and your partner likes a more masculine look, choose different ones. Why should only one person love the master bedroom.
. Add high style artwork to your walls with wall decals. These oversized polka dots work well in a modern bedroom, but you can also buy nature inspired wall decals, like whimsical trees, fun silhouettes of chandeliers or even dogs.
Room With a View
. Not only does this bedroom have dramatic views from its tower of windows, but there a natural stone fireplace at the foot of the bed. The lesson. Always position your bed to maximize the view outside.
An Affair to Remember
. Add a mosquito net or canopy to your bed to lend drama and intrigue. Plus, you can sleep with the windows open without care.
. Hang multiple, uniform sized picture frames, with simple artwork, side by side above your bed. This easy trick is a great way to fill a large space when you can not afford big pieces of art.
Give Your Bedroom Time
. Since we do not entertain in our bedrooms, it easy to put off decorating them. But, you should treat your bedroom with the same care you do your living room and dining room you do spend one third of your life in it!
Light Just Right
. When lighting a bedroom, put relaxation first. Overhead lighting should be paired with task lighting (bedside lamps or sconces). Make sure all lights have dimmers, so you can turn down the brightness when reading or settling into bed.
A Touch of Glam
. Mirrored nightstands add an Hollywood Regency style to this simple modern bedroom. We love how the vases on the windowsill pick up the same colors in the throw pillows and artwork.
. Exposed ceiling beams have a rough and rustic look. Showcase them by keeping walls and furnishings neutral. And just as rustic furnishings go well with exposed beams, so does French country style, which can make your bedroom feel like it in Provence.
Best Bedroom Colors
. When picking a color scheme, choose three coordinating colors. Some popular combos red, yellow and orange chocolate brown, blue and white honey yellow, dark woods and white.
. The easiest way to spruce up a bedroom is to replace the bedding. Dress your bed in soft sheets and a fun new duvet cover, and you will feel like you are climbing into a whole new bed.
. Every bedroom should have fresh flowers. Treat yourself to a fresh bouquet every week. You will wake up happier!
Mix It Up
. The new rules of decor There are no rules. When decorating, think outside the box, and avoid matching too much. Here, rustic architecture is paired with mod orange bedding, making the room feel anything but ordinary.
Green With Envy
. Green is a serene choice for the bedroom. Not only is the earthy color tranquil, but it evokes nature, which will inspire quiet contemplation. Paired with white furniture, it makes for a classic cottage style bedroom.
Spice It Up
. Spice up your bed with a faux fur throw or pillows. It may inspire more than snuggling.
. A well placed mirror can make a room feel bigger. But, be careful where you put it Feng shui experts say that a mirror facing the foot of the bed will reflect bad energy back at you.
Fresh Air Fun
. While it a fun idea to put your bed against a window, it may not be good for your health. Feng shui experts say that windows drain your energy away at night, while a solid wall will protect you and keep you strong.
. For a fresh floral look, gravitate toward bold and oversize flowers. Florals work particularly well in neutral rooms where they bring energy and color. Try adding a pair of bold floral throw pillows to your bed or hang a set of fun floral curtains on the windows.
Can the Clutter
. Filling a room with too much stuff will make it feel cluttered and overdone. Look at your furniture and decor, and ask yourself What are you tired of. What do you love. A clutter free bedroom will give you peace of mind.
. A unique wide green stripe on the wall continues on to the bed, making the room stretch on. Imagine making this bed in the morning.Still, we love the extra large metallic, flower shaped mirror over the bed.
Hard to Miss
. If you adore your new hardwoods, let them shine. Crisp white walls and simple lanterns give these gorgeous dark wood floors the lead role in this bedroom.
What to Put on the Nightstands
. Keep your nightstand decor to a minimum. It should be a functional space, not a display stand. Think lamp, a stack of your favorite books or an e reader, and a clock. Even though the nightstand shown here is gorgeous to look at, there not even space for a glass of water.
Play With Pillows
. There is such a thing as too many pillows. While it fun to fluff up beds with lots of bed and throw pillows, if you dread taking them off to get into bed each night, then you probably have one too many. Edit your bed, just as you do your decor.
. While the lilac in this room is gorgeous, it the art that catches the eye. Rather than putting all four framed pictures over the bed, consider unusual configurations for your artwork.
Red Done Right
. With creamy neutral walls, an off white blanket and tan carpeting, this bedroom does red in all the right ways. Red pillows pick up the red in the window treatments, while a set of three prints framed with red matting makes the room charming and chic.
. Bright, colorful stripes and aqua accents combine with sharp white to make for a resort ready master bedroom. Even the chairs look like they are ready for double duty pool side.
Beach House Bedroom
. Make your master shabby chic with beadboard walls, a soft quilted comforter and pretty patterned throw pillows. For added charm, place a glass lamp with textured shade on the nightstand. All this room needs is a bowl of shells and a framed scene of the sea, and it ready for your beach house.
. Color rules in this master bedroom. Inspired by Moroccan decor, the room hanging lanterns, numerous floor pillows and chic wall tiles give the bedroom an eclectic and global flair.
. Orange is a risky color for the bedroom. Its intensity may be too stimulating for sleeping. Decorate with a few orange accents before plunging into an orange theme. If you are still drawn to the color, then go for it! Red and gold accents in modern prints can make the room feel boho chic.
Start With the Headboard
. A headboard is the perfect place to add personality to your home. Consider covering one in an unexpected fabric, like the velvet featured here, or choose one in a material that suits you, like bamboo, wood or patterned upholstery.
. Colors from nature can be particularly soothing, like the golds, greens and tans in this bedroom they evoke the calming colors of the outdoors.
. Choosing a theme will help you in selecting furnishings and decor. In this bedroom, plantation style furniture paired with light and airy accents give a tropical and sophisticated flavor.
Log Cabin Life
. While this log cabin master bedroom may be a bit overkill on rustic, it sure will inspire anyone with a soft spot for mountain decor. Replicate the look by incorporating rustic elements into your room, like an accent chair made of cedar logs, a set of antlers as chic art, and a red plaid throw on the bed.
Avoid Matchy Matchy
. Forget buying a matching bedroom set. Instead, find pieces you love. It okay if your dresser and bed are not the same color wood. Designers say it makes a room more interesting and more individual.
Serene Sleep Space
. A sisal rug helps anchor the oversized wicker sleigh bed in this bedroom. Inspired by natural elements, the ficus tree is the perfect counterpoint to the ocean inspired modern art above the bed. Note Simple white bedding looks great with bold, colorful accent pillows.
. Paint your bedroom purple, and you will be sleeping in the color of royalty. A purple room can feel luxurious or cheery, depending on the furnishings you choose. All white furniture evoke a beach cottage, while an ornate iron bed and classic stained dresser is all modern farmhouse.
. A tufted headboard can add glamour to an otherwise staid space. Go for a Hollywood Regency style bedroom by dressing up the bed in classic black and white bedding, add a mirrored dresser and position a luxurious settee in the room. Voila! Your space will be ready for Hollywood royalty.
Girl Enough for a Man
. Now, this is a feminine bedroom that a man could feel comfortable in. The walls are light blue, the headboard is textured, but not frilly, and the bedding and furniture are a simple white. can not live without florals.Then have fun with throw pillows, like the colorful floral styles seen here.
For Love of Country
. Country style decor should not be fussy. A classic wrought iron bed frame is the perfect piece to build your country themed master bedroom around. Consider traditional pieces like farmhouse style dressers and ladderback chairs and soft paint colors, like the vine green seen here. Folk art, red gingham and stripes welcome.
. At least one light in your bedroom should cast a soft glow around your room, but that does not mean it needs to be boring. The turquoise lamp in this room offers a playful pop of color in an otherwise serious space.
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