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One Bed, Three Looks – Product Spotlight

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Modern style bedroom furniture is often instantly associated with metal, high tech plastics and glass. When wood is used as a construction material, it is typically bleached and lighter in color. But the Global Furniture USA Soho Bed, even with its lightly distressed dark wood finish, is definitely modern in style and design. The headboard panels that extend out over the built-in nightstands actually flip up and include night lights. Talk about form is function!

Décor Option #1 – Neutrals

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With the Global Furniture USA Soho Bed as the bedroom’s focal point, choose an earth toned color palette (all colors are by Behr) for the wall color.

Once the walls have been painted with any one of these shades, dress the bed with bedding to match. The Nygard Home Soho 10 Piece Bed In A Bag Set includes a comforter with a quilt weave that is beautifully textured.

The Brink & Campman Area Rugs- Luna Collection Fields 91801 brings each one of the neutral/earth tones in the bedroom together. In keeping with modern style design attributes, the pattern of the area rug is geometric but not uniform.

Décor Option #2 – Neutrals with an Accent Color

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The Global Furniture USA Soho Bed is very versatile. The textured veneer end panels of the headboard created visual interest. Placing the platform bed in a neutral toned room against an accent wall will really draw the eye naturally toward the bed.

The neutral shades chosen for this palette are cool or blue toned neutrals. Use the lighter color on three of the bedroom’s walls; the darker one as the accent color.

The Manor Hill Plaza Mini Duvet Cover Set can be matched to any of the above color combinations.

The Brink & Campman Area Rugs- Himali Collection Shade 94508 definitely complements the bedding, adding yet another dimension to the room.

Décor Option #3 – Neutrals with Bold Accessories

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Using whites as the predominate neutral shade, color is brought into the room by selecting bedding and other accessories, such as an area rug, that are bright and bold.

The Mystic Valley Traders Profiles Plum Bedding Set has tones that appear in the area rug.

The asymmetrical pattern of the Brink & Campman Area Rugs- Icon Collection Confetti 772501 is totally in accordance with modern interior décor.

Bedroom Design Ideas

Monday, June 8th, 2009

Design Your Bedroom like a Five Star Hotel

If you have ever checked-in at a Five Star Hotel then you probably have had a taste of what ultimate bedroom luxury is. From lighting to furnishings to sumptuous sheets what indulgent bedroom design ideas, these First Class hotel rooms offer a carefree stay in extreme comfort that make you feel like a pampered celebrity.

If you wish you could feel like this every day in your own bedroom, you can! Whether you are decorating your own bedroom or a guest room, follow this guide to designing the ultimate Five Star luxury bedroom all your own.

Planning Your Bedroom Space

No matter what size your bedroom space is, from studios to suites, top hotels seem to make efficient use of even the smallest real estate. The key to their successful use of bedroom design space is simple: identify the activities you will do and make use of the space you have.

Here are a few areas you can create in your own bedroom space:

  • Sleeping – The #1 activity in the bedroom for most requires a bed, of course.
  • Working – A compact yet functional desk will work.
  • Storage – Apart from built-in room closets, some cabinets might be useful.
  • Entertainment – Listening to music, watching TV, or reading will require seating and audio/video equipment storage.

Two other options you will find in most hotel bedrooms are a mini refrigerator and a coffee maker that you can set aside space for as well.

Choosing Your Bed & Other Bedroom Furniture

Now that you have divided up your space accordingly, you can begin choosing furnishings and other accessories for each “activity” area. We will follow the space plan above when choosing our bedroom furniture.

1. Sleeping

Your bed is the foundation of your bedroom. It will also be the priciest in this design project even without the bedding included. However, hotels make a huge investment in their own beds since guests will remember their sleep experience above all else. After all, restful, worry-free slumber is the top goal of hotels. Therefore, you should invest in the best bed you can afford as well.

Of course, what kind of bed you purchase is not solely dictated by budget alone. The overall theme of your dream room is key to your choice.

Storage Platform BedPlatform beds like South Shore Furniture Back Bay Queen Dark Chocolate Platform Bed with Storage Drawers

Leather Platform Bedand the Hillsdale Nova Brown Leather Platform Bed evoke a modern European hotel character with their contemporary lines and unique materials.

Canopy BedMeanwhile, canopy beds like the Pulaski St. Raphael Canopy Bed

Wood Canopy Bedand the Pulaski Casa Cristina Canopy will make you feel like royalty waking up in a castle thanks to their dramatic grandeur.

Sleigh BedOn the other hand, a sleigh bed like the American Drew Bob Mackie Sleigh Bed with Crocodile Embossed Leather Panels

Wood Iron Bedor a poster bed like the Stanley Furniture Santa Barbara Montecito Iron Bed makes you feel like being on a weekend in a charming, countryside Bed & Breakfast.

When shopping for this all-important cornerstone of your Five Star bedroom design, keep in mind that unlike at a hotel, your stay will certainly be longer. Therefore, make sure you are positively happy with your bed.

For increasing the comfort factor of your bed, add a plush pillowtop as well.

2. Working

A simple desk for your laptop or to sort mail on is your next step. As in many First Class rooms, the desk should not dominate the room. It should complement your other furnishings while being highly functional. You might not spend most of your time using it, but you will also be engaging in a lot of important activities on it.

Oak Pedestal DeskWriting desks like the traditional Haugen Furniture Solid Oak Roll Top Single Pedestal Desk

Writing Deskor the more contemporary Young American by Stanley myHaven Writing Desk will not take up too much space. At the same time, they offer enough surface area to work on.

Unless you are sorely lacking for space in your home, do not make your working area in the bedroom too elaborate. Save working for a home office or better yet, work!

3. Storage

2 Drawer NightstandApart from nightstands like the Prepac Sonoma Black 2 Drawer Nightstand to store your reading glasses or books in, dressers will be useful.

7 Drawer Triple DresserWhile you might have adequate closet space, a dresser like the Modus Nevis Seven Drawer Triple Dresser in Espresso not only adds a place to store clothes and other items in, it also adds surface space to place some accessories on that you might want to “personalize” your Five Star space a bit.

4. Entertainment

Five star hotel rooms will have storage space for a TV, a DVD player, a stereo system and sometimes even a video game system for the kids.

TV Armoire Cabinet Instead of opting for the usual Entertainment center or stand, a TV Armoire like the Klaussner Furniture Grand Oaks TV Armoire

Antique Paint TV Armoire Cabinet Standand Distressed Antique Paint TV Armoire with Adjustable Shelves keep everything well-hidden when not in use. Moreover, some TV armoire models even provide additional storage room to boot.

Club Chair & OttomanIf you have the space, you can also provide sufficient a seating area from a club chair like the Klausser Woodwin Chair and Ottoman to comfortably read in

Fabric Tufted Sofaor a sofa like the Avenue Six Plaza 79” Fabric Tufted Sofa to lounge on with guests while listening to music or watching TV.

Other 5 Star Bedroom Design Creature Comforts

When it comes to Five Star Hotels, your bedding needs to be First Class Quality overall. You can completely eliminate the bedspread. Purchase high-quality bedding of at least 300 thread count. You can also add a duvet and dust skirt. All in all, your bedding can be lavish yet easy to make in the morning with this recommended combination.

In addition, while you can use standard pillows, you can incorporate some throw pillows and a throw blanket for color and texture. The throw blanket also protects your duvet when placed at the foot of the bed.

Queen Bedroom Bedding SetSome hotel-quality bedding sets include the Southern Textiles Elite Collection Impressions 4-Piece Queen Bedroom Bedding Set

4 Piece Queen Bedding Setfor a more dramatic atmosphere or the muted elegance of the Southern Textiles Elite Allentown 4-Piece Queen Bedding Set.

Personalizing Your Bedroom Design Space

Finally, while most hotel rooms will be welcoming and beautiful, they do lack character except for the hotel stationery and branded bath products. Of course, since this is essentially your bedroom, you will want to add a bit of personality to it. Framed photos and art, your favorite books, and other items can be integrated into your scheme. However, do not clutter your room with too much. This applies to both bedroom furniture and accessories.

Hotels often are our sanctuaries while traveling far from home. Yet even in this instance, they act as home where you can escape a stressful business meeting or reenergize after being on your feet all day sightseeing. Your Five Star bedroom should be your personal sanctuary as well even though it is located in the comfort of your own home.

Hope that sparks you with some of your own bedroom design ideas!

Nicolette Interior Design Diva

Japanese Bedroom: Learn Japanese Bedroom Design!

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Japanese Bedroom Style in a Modern Bedroom Setting

Who doesn’t long for a bedroom that is truly an escape from daily life?  With its calming colors, low profile furniture and limited clutter, Modern design and Japanese Bedroom Design work very well together and can help you create the room of your dreams.

Japanese Bedroom Modern Platform BedFurniture that is low to the ground is common in a modern setting and is a staple in Japanese Bedroom design.  The idea behind the low profile is to give thefeeling of stability to the user.  A platform bed is the perfect bed in this setting and the Fashion Bed Kyoto Black Platform Bed is an affordable choice to create thislook.  The design of this bed is simplicity at its best.  The simple lines will work perfectly with other Japanese style furniture you may have. An Asian screen or framed Kimono can be hung above to add some color and design.

Japanese Bedroom Zen Platform BedIf eco-friendly products are important to you the Retro Japanese Zen Platform Bed by Lifestyle Solutions should meet your needs.  Again, the simple lines of this bed and the large, flared headboard make it a good choice for your Asian inspired bedroom.

Japanese Bedroom Modloft Platform BedFor a modern japanese bedrrom style check out the Modloft Monroe Platform Bed. While the dark solid pine finish is not commonly found in Japanese Bedrrom design, the low horizontal lines make it a perfect choice.  The added bonus of hidden storage behind the doors can reduce the need for other furniture pieces in the room

The goal in Japanese design is to keep furnishings and decorations to a minimum.  Most everything in the room should be functional and practical.  But a bedroom needs additional furniture such as nightstands and dressers.  While many of the beds mentioned have matching pieces, it is not necessary to have everything match.  However, it is important in Japanese Design to keep the woods in the same color tone.

6 Drawer Mahogany Japanese DresserOr, consider the Sitcom Edo Japanese 6 Drawer Double Dresser in Mahogany. Its distinct Japanese influence is executed in theslim-line drawer pulls and the frame-on-frameside panels.

Sitcom features the same dresser in a chest form – the Edo Japanese 6 Drawer Tall Chest. The simplicity of both these accent pieces works well in a Japanese-inspired space.

Japanese Bedroom MirrorThe entire Edo collection by Sitcom has many accent pieces that could be used in a modern or Asian-style room. The Edo Japanese Style Nightstand frames off a bed or a dresser, while the Edo Japanese Mirror can be mounted onthe wall to give the illusion of more space.
Japanese Bedroom Screen

Screens are often found in Japanese Bedroom interiors, and they can serve many purposes. For example, placed behind a platform bed, they make a very interesting headboard. Maybe you want to hide the electronics in the room when not in use. If your room requires some additional privacy from other areas, a screen becomes the perfect room divider.

They can even be placed in front of a window or sliding glass door to block the light and act as a window treatment. Take a look at the Japanese Hazelnut Screen Japanese Bedroom Wall ClockFolding Room Divider Screen, with its stripped bamboo panels for a natural look, and the Nextime Timeless Room Divider Wall Clock that is hung from the ceiling with steel wire suspension (andtells the time, too!). They offer a simple Japanese feel that will compliment any modern bedroom.

Color choices are important when you are trying to create a relaxing, Japanese feel to your room. Muted colors inspired by nature are best.  This would include soft grays, greens and light browns.

Your bedding should be simple in style and color. The mantra here is “Less is more”. Avoid the use of multiple throw pillows, fluffy bed skirts and lots of pattern.  Instead, opt for soft solids. If you must have some pattern, choose Japanese embroidery on an accent pillow.

Lighting is soft and preferably comes from a natural source such as windows and skylights. But tables and floor lamps are necessary, so choose pieces made from natural materials such as bamboo and wood and add paper shades.

Natural flooring materials are preferred. Wood floors covered with fibre rugs, such as tatami mats, contribute to the quiet and serene feel you are looking for in Japanese design.

Mixing Japanese design with your modern pieces will add texture and warmth to your room and create that retreat you’ve been longing for.

Nicolette Interior Design Diva

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