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The Sophisticated Bedroom

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

It’s one of those things we know when we see it, but how exactly does one go about decorating a bedroom that looks as sophisticated as it is functional? It actually isn’t all that difficult and doesn’t even particularly depend on a certain design style of bedroom furniture: a modern style bedroom can possess sophistication just as easily as a traditional styled room. It’s all about focusing on specific design qualities: a sophisticated bedroom is refined, elegant and cosmopolitan.

Color Dictates the Mood

Neutrals like gray, silver, or deeper hues of beige can create a sense of calm in a room. Earth tones such as sand, mulled wine, or sage also have a tranquil effect. Bolder colors often generate excitement or energy which creates a different vibe. Neutral or earth-toned colors tend to be more sophisticated than brighter or bolder ones.

Less is More

De-clutter the space. Nothing ruins the atmosphere or appearance of a bedroom faster than clutter. Tidy things away when they are no longer needed; throw things away or recycle when they’re broken or worn; and get into the habit of not leaving miscellaneous items lying around on the dresser or the nightstand.

Choose accessories wisely. An elegant flower arrangement in a cherished vase; three or four pictures in simple frames grouped together; or one or two porcelain figurines or bronze sculptures will lend the room elegance and sophistication.

Examine the bedroom furniture pieces currently in the room. If you are not using the chest of drawers crammed into the corner, move it to another place in your home. Or if you’ve fallen out of “like” with a piece of bedroom furniture, someone else is sure to like it; list it on the internet and see what happens.

Replace and Upgrade

How long have the curtains been in the room? Especially if they are five or more years older, consider replacing them with window treatments such as sheers and chicly patterned fabric curtains or classic Roman blinds.

If the washable cotton duvet has been on the bed since the kids were toddlers, it is definitely time to upgrade. Choose bedding that matches the colors in the room, has a textured feel or weave and will enhance the appearance of the bed. Select solid colors or bedding that has a small rather than large pattern.

Adding bedroom accent furniture pieces like an accent chair, a lingerie chest, a jewelery armoire or a bedroom vanity gives the bedroom décor a cosmopolitan appeal.

Wake up your Bedroom

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

The bedroom is the one room of our homes that should be warm, inviting and comfortable. It can creep up on us slowly, but one day our attention is drawn to the frayed edge of the bed skirt; the collection of miscellaneous stuff scattered across the surface of the dresser; or the hand-me-down chair that should have been removed and replaced a long time ago. When areas of your bedroom have become tired and worn or you want to give it makeover without having to spend much money, there are ways to breathe new life the place that should be a soothing and refreshing sanctuary.

Focal Point

The focal point of any bedroom is naturally the bed. Especially if the bed was second-hand, is past its prime or was never quite right for the space (it was too big or too small), you can revitalize the room simply by replacing it. If the bed happens to be the right size for the space, you can give the bedroom a whole new vibe by simply removing the headboard. This will make the bed (and the room too) appear larger. Before removing the headboard, ensure that you can do this with your bed’s frame.

If the bed hasn’t had any new bedding in past three to five years, perhaps now is the time. One of the easiest ways to “renovate” your bedroom is to choose a new bedding set with a fresher or brighter palette than the ones you have had in the past. Whether you replace the bed or not, new bedding will help transform the bed into the focal pint it’s meant to be.

Spring Clean (early or not)

It’s one of those things that can creep up on us – clothes we have no intention of wearing again pushed to the back of the closet taking up space; bits and pieces left discarded in nightstand drawers; or toiletries and beauty products left out on top of the chest of drawers or the dresser. Clear away unnecessary clutter, including areas of your bedroom that you have overenthusiastically accessorized. Limiting the number of pictures or the cluster of ornaments set out on the dresser is another way to de-clutter.

Find creative ways to store things out of sight such as under-bed storage boxes, closet organizers and decorative baskets. Consider some bedroom furniture ideas such as a bed bench with hidden or cubby storage; a small armoire or replacing the bed with one that includes storage options. Having a place for everything in a bedroom environment is a good way to get a good night’s rest.

To Paint or Not to Paint

If the walls aren’t damaged or marked, sometimes thoroughly washing the walls can make the room seem fresher. But if you are getting tired of the color or it’s been awhile since the bedroom has been painted, maybe now is the time; nothing wakes up a bedroom like a new color palette.

From the Design Files of Heather B – Small Apartment Help

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Design Question

Hello! I ran across your post about interior design help from the Interior Design Forum.

I am getting my first apartment in August so I have no idea how to best decorate a small room. Attached is the basic layout of the room I will be living in (unfortunately, that is the only perspective I was able to find) and the picture has been taken from the entryway.

I know the trick to make a small room to appear bigger is light, neutral colors, so I was thinking of maybe painting the whole room as such, or maybe have an accent wall behind my bed frame (the bed will most likely be rotated – vertical rather than horizontal) or the small portion of wall behind the desk.

I am currently a college student so a space promoting “concentration”, edgy but fun, or a mixture with sophistication would be great. I am really open to any ideas/themes you might have, so if it would be no trouble, I would love an input from you. Thanks!

Design Answer

The picture is fine – good enough to give me an idea of your new living space.

You’re right about the tricks to make a small room seem larger: maximize the source of natural light in the room and ensure there is a balance of task and ambient lighting; paint the walls a neutral or light shade; and use mirrors to “move” light around the room. I would choose deeper neutrals or earth tones over lighter shades. You could also go light shades of cool colors such as pale blue or green. Your instinct regarding pairing a neutral color with an accent shade is a good one. If you go that route, though, plan on using a bold or intense warm color (reds, oranges, browns, purples).

Match one or more colors in your bedding, curtains and area rug to the accent color you chose for the wall. If you decide not to use an accent wall color and you stick to neutrals, this will give you the opportunity to bring color into the room when dressing the bed and accessorizing the other parts of the bedroom.

The fact that the room already has mirrors in the form of closet doors is a plus. To get maximum mileage from these mirrored doors, place large framed (larger than the ones currently on the wall) pictures or prints with lots of lighter colors directly opposite. This also will help make the room appear bigger.

To attain an interior design look that mixes edgy and fun with some sophistication, selected contemporary bedroom furniture with clean lines and a smooth, darker finish like espresso, chocolate or cappuccino. Another tip to keep in mind when shopping for bedroom furniture for smaller spaces is to choose furnishings that are dual-purpose, like a platform bed with storage drawers; a bed bench that allows you to store extra bedding or seasonal clothing; or nightstand that can hold magazines or books.

Hope this is helpful in giving you a starting point. Thanks for writing in. Let me know how it turns out.

Come back next Monday when we tackle another interior design question. Keep sending me those emails and don’t forget to include pictures if you can.

Designing a Guest Bedroom

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

I have a friend who once joked that she’s reluctant to spruce up her spare room too much in case her guests won’t want to leave. That may be a common underlying fear, but the reality is you want to make your guests feel welcomed and at home. Anywhere you can make improvements (even if it’s the guest bedroom) increases both the esthetic and monetary value of your home. Having a fully functional spare bedroom also makes your living space more functional. Since it’s the one room in your home that you will not be decorating just for yourself – it will be designed with company in mind – you can have some fun with it.

Treat the space like a hotel room. You will want to keep it somewhat generic – not too flowery, too stripy or too busy. Choose a theme that focuses on local area attractions or the area you live in especially if it’s by the ocean, near the mountains or a park.

If you plan to paint, select colors that are tranquil and soothing, such as gender-neutral pastels or earth tones. Various studies on a variety of subjects have emphasized the impact that color has on the human psyche. To create a guest room that will be a restful sanctuary after a busy day of visiting family and friends or trekking around the local tourist attractions, the color should be restful and calming.

Guest Bedroom Furniture

Any furniture you choose for your guest bedroom should be as multifunctional as possible. All pieces of furniture in the room should add to the comfort and well-being of your visitors.

See what you have on hand that can be reused, repainted or repurposed. If you intend on purchasing furniture specifically for the guest bedroom, then make a budget. Deciding first how much the project is worth to you will help you stay on track (and not break the bank). Since you don’t really need a lot of bedroom furniture, plan on the basics: as large a bed the space can accommodate, nightstands, a dresser and a mirror.

Especially if the guest room is small in size, a dresser mirror or a floor mirror is an ideal way to make the room appear larger. It will also give your guests the opportunity to check their appearance before facing the day. If you don’t have the space for a freestanding mirror, add a full-length dressing mirror to the closet door or mount one on the back of the door of the room.

If there is room under the bed, consider including under-bed storage drawers, ideal for storing extra pillows, blankets, etc.

A bed bench with hidden storage is a great asset to a guest bedroom. Not only is it an ideal place to sit when putting on shoes, it can be used for storing linens or tidying items away.

Shelves, either bookshelves or floating shelves provide your guests with a place to put things.

An arm chair or accent chair, if you have the space, not only gives your guests a place to sit and read, it makes the room feel welcoming, as well.

If the room has a closet, don’t forget to incorporate it into the room’s design by adding a closet organizer or a shoe rack. When the room’s not being used by guests, this extra closet could be an ideal place to store seasonal clothing.

Guest Bedroom Bedding

The bed, of course, is the focal point of the room and the way it’s dressed can add or detract from the bedroom’s atmosphere.

Start with a comfy plush mattress topper, especially if the mattress is a firm one. Feather pillow top mattress covers or pads can make it feel like a feather bed; unless you know for sure that your guests won’t suffer from an allergic reaction to down, it’s best not to risk it. However, with today’s technologies, foam/cotton combinations can be just as soft and comfortable as down.

Make sure the bedding is soft and inviting. Choose sheets with a thread count of at least 180 to 200. No matter how long your guests will be staying, plan on buying two sets of sheets for your guest room.

To make the bed even more appealing, pile it with different sized accent pillows and decorative cushions. Don’t forget to include a neck roll, especially if your guests like to read before turning out the light.

Two standard pillows should be adequate for a twin, full or queen size bed. If the bed is king size, include more.

A comforter or duvet will give your guests the option of how little or how much.

Guest Bedroom Tips

Plan on making up the bed the day you expect your guests. You’ll want the sheets to be as fresh as possible.

Make extra blankets, pillows and towels available, preferably in the guest room itself.

Provide covered or multipurpose plastic hangars for your guests to hang their clothes on – anything but those skinny wire hangars that bend out of shape the minute they meet a suit jacket.

Install wall or door hooks – not just for clothes or coats, guests can hang purses, cameras, etc. safely out of the way.

Make a plug-in nightlight available, especially for first-time guests. They don’t have to use it but they may appreciate it especially if they have to get up in the middle of the night in a “strange” place.

Nothing says “welcome” like a vase of fresh flowers or a basket filled with fruits, nuts and chocolates. If allergies are an issue, fill the basket with non-scented items such as decorative soaps, candles or travel size beauty products like tissues, makeup pads and all-purpose wipes.

Place reading materials like a small selection of local interest books, short story collections or current magazines on a shelf or nightstand

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