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Unlike any other space in your home, the bedroom should be that special getaway and sanctuary that reflects your feelings through color, style and accessories. Designing this space is not an easy task, but if you manage to it properly, you'll be rewarded with a safe haven where you can rest and unwind. With this in mind, here are the main considerations for decorating a gorgeous contemporary bedroom.
Choose subtle colors
Save the bold primary colors for accent elements in other rooms, and instead choose soothing shades and restful monochromatic tones. In the color theory, subtle blues, lavender, and green are considered calm and serene, while rich, jewel-toned hues of toasty brown or deep pomegranate help set the mood for comfort and coziness. Muted-down versions of your favorite colors are a win-win choice, so for example instead of aubergine, choose mauve, and choose pumpkin instead of tangerine.
Don’t forget the ceiling
Often considered the “fifth wall” in a room, the ceiling can be better off than a simple blank surface. Apart from painting the ceiling a lighter version of the wall color, you can experiment with subtle patterns or softer hues of another color. It will both visually lower the ceiling and increase the feeling of comfort and intimacy. If you want to go further, you can wallpaper or stencil the ceiling or add architectural elements such as beams and moldings. A silver-leafed bedroom ceiling, especially when combined with a canopy bed with dressings that hang from the ceiling, not only adds textures and design, but allows delicate shades and patterns to get a prominent position.
Keep it simple, but effective
Whichever style of decorating you choose, the bedroom should feel cozy and simple, and yet sophisticated and elegant. In order to achieve this, leave at least three feet between the bed and side walls, or large furniture items, and at least two feet between the bed and low furniture, such as tables and dressers. This way, you avoid the cheap hotel room look. Basically, you don’t want the bed to make you go round it if you need to, say, go to the bathroom. Additionally, furnish your bedroom with only those items you need. It means anything more than a bed, a comfy rug, a pair of bedside tables, and a chair is a clutter.
Size furniture right
Start your furniture purchase with a floor plan and measured outline of the space. Furniture should fit the room, but keep it lively and unobstructed. Stay away from heavy king or queen size beds and dresser sets for a small bedroom. On the other hand, if the ceiling is high, a tall headboard will help bringing it down, at least visually. If your room is spacious, a chair or an ottoman at the end of the bed will help wrap everything together. What is more, current property styling proposes using a bespoke range of furniture and furnishings, to the effect of achieving an interior scheme that ties the bedroom to the style of the property.
Plan for storage
It goes without saying that in order to maintain the calm and serene atmosphere in a bedroom, the things need to be stored out of sight. There are several ways to achieve this. A spacious bedside table with drawers can hold your bedtime books, lotions, and reading glasses, which are still within reach. A skirted table, or a small dresser with drawers will give you even more space. A trunk or a storage bench at the foot of your bed is useful for storing your sheets, blankets, and pillows. Some beds are even designed with headboards with built-in shelves or sliding panels.
Treat the windows
A gorgeously dressed window won’t only help frame the view on your garden. It will also provide an additional way to bring in colour, pattern, texture and softness to the bedroom. However, in window treatments, the most important consideration is the contrast. Combine soft sheer curtains with opaque roller blinds, which both block the morning light when you need extra sleep, and keep your room private at night.
Invest in posh linens
Nothing adds effortless comfort to a bedroom like beautiful linens and luxurious fabrics. Stay away from sheets that aren’t 100 percent cotton, or linen with thread count less than 350. Even so, send your sheets to the dry cleaners for professional washing and pressing. It doesn’t cost much, but they’ll feel as if they just arrived from the 5-star hotel. Add more sensually-feeling fabrics, such as a soft cashmere or mohair throw for the reading chair, or silk or textured wall coverings.
Consider layered lighting
Instead of having one central fixture that gives no transition between sunlight-bright and total darkness, you should layer the lighting option throughout the room. While small lamps can focus light for reading or create intimate atmosphere in nooks, accent lights help illuminate the walls or art pieces. A bedside lamp with a movable arm and an adjustable dimmer is the first one you should get, while separate switches for each light will let you set the lighting scheme that suits your present mood.
These practical tips are only the tip of a decorating iceberg. Try them out and see which ones work best for your place, and down the line, maybe you can give people some effective bedroom decorating tips yourself.
If one thing is true about Lillian Connors, her mind is utterly curious. That’s why she can’t resist the urge to embark on a myriad of green living/home improvement projects and spread the word about them. She cherishes the notion that sustainable housing and gardening will not only make us far less dependent on others regarding the dwellings we inhabit, but also contribute to our planet being a better place to live on.