A Well Designed Bedroom

We may live a third of our life in our bedrooms, but it’s often the most overlooked spaces to redesign. Here are some important tips to make this room look so beautiful you will want to find an excuse to go to bed early and wake up late.

Design by  IDF Studio

Design by IDF Studio

Your bed is the perfect place to start when decorating your bedroom.  The key to making a bed look and feel inviting is to implement layers. I’m not talking about the millions of pillows that you will have to take off just to put back on in the morning. Begin with a flat sheet and bed skirt if your bed frame allows.  The second layer is your fitted sheet followed by a blanket. The top layer is your duvet and lastly decorative items such a throw blanket and pillows. I like the way a bed looks when you choose a pattern for either the sheet set and pillowcases or the duvet cover, or BOTH! A plush or textural throw pillow and throw blanket is a must for comfort and will add dimension and interest to your room. 

Rug size is a common mistake I see in bedrooms.  For example, if you have a larger bed- let’s say a king size you will need a large 9’ x 12’ rug to go underneath the bed completely and the front 2 legs of your nightstands.  This will allow the rug to peak out roughly 2’6”-3’ on all 3 sides of the bed. You want your feet to be able to cozy up to the rug when you step out of the bed and you want the possibility of a bench to be positioned at the foot of your bed without it hanging off the rug.  Another option is to select 2 runners to flank the sides of the bed. If you choose to do this, make sure that they are not underneath the bed or the nightstands at all. The runners need to be floating and span from the start of your nightstands to the end of the bed, which is roughly 2’w x 4’6”l against a king size bed.

Design by  Sharyn Cairns

Design by Sharyn Cairns

What about wall color?  Lighter colors tend to create a calmer and more relaxing ambiance, especially those derived from nature.  My favorite neutrals to use are Benjamin Moore Gray Owl OC-52 and Benjamin Moore Simply White OC-117. My favorite blue and green colors are Benjamin Moore Lookout Point 1646 and Benjamin Moore Healing Aloe 1562. 

Lighting is another element in a bedroom that can not be forgotten.  For overall lighting try a flush mount, chandelier, or fan light depending on how high your ceiling is.  Task lighting should flank the bed and can either be table lamps, sconces, or even a hanging pendant. Don’t forget task lighting for an accent reading chair if your space allows. Natural daylight is also something to consider when decorating.  I will always ask clients if they want blackout shades and/or curtains in their bedrooms to help them sleep. 

Design by  Wendy Word Design
Design by  Emily Henderson

Design by Emily Henderson

Don’t be afraid to put your bed in front of a window. If you floor plan is limited, this could create the best flow. Choose a headboard that is on the lower side so that it will let in the most sunlight. Flank the bed with curtains to help frame the window and bed setting. 

I guarantee if you are not already getting great sleep that you will feel a huge change by implementing a new design you love. Sweet Dreams! 

My Favorite Consoles

Consoles are one of my favorite furniture pieces. It’s highly functional, serving as a catchall for an entry or a place to set a drink behind your sofa. I love how it can be purposeful in every room, even if only as a decorative item. Consoles come in endless materials, colors, shapes, and sizes and can light up any styled room whether it be a traditional sitting room or an ultra modern bedroom. The versatility makes it easy to design with. Depending on the selected style, you can stick ottomans underneath for additional seating or even baskets for more storage. A few of my favorites are below!

Design by  Black & Milk

Design by Black & Milk

Design by  The Works

Design by The Works

 

Seattle

Loving this time with friends and family on the west coast. See you next week!

Photography by  cdrin

Photography by cdrin

Project Spotlight: Paoli Manor Home

Working on this cozy family room retreat is so much fun! Built in the late 1800’s, this historic colonial holds a lot of character and endless possibilities to enhance its unique details. The client’s have a beautiful original built-in bookcase that was converted to hide away their TV as well. I wanted to make the bookcase the center of attention in the room and chose a rich blue paint color that will keep the space bright. They like to entertain so I maximized the seating with a comfortable sectional and a pair of separate lounge chairs. The ottoman can also be used as additional seating when needed. The lighting in this room has been updated with sufficient can lights, but the semi-flush mount light, sconce, and floor lamp helps to personalize the space a bit more. This custom rug from Restoration Hardware is simply gorgeous! I love the massive size and how it really helps to bring everything together.

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The color palette in this particular room is very neutral. The client’s like the color blue and green, but were really loving the idea of keeping this room as light as possible because the lack of natural light. The wall color Simply White by Sherwin Williams helps to open the space up and really showcased their existing art work. The rug is also a solid choice, making it a shiny grey that popped against their oak hardwood floors. All of the furniture and accessories I chose lean towards modern, but make subtle vintage nods. The tufts on the bench ottoman, the stain glass print on the pillow, the antique gold finishes, and the swing arm sconce are all details that keep the history of the house intact while giving the space an updated look. Amazing how everything is coming together and I can’t wait to see the finished product.

1.  Four Hands  2.  Cisco Brothers  3.  Anthropologie  4.  Bernhardt  5.  Visual Comfort  6.  Calligaris  7.  Bo Concept  8.  Restoration Hardware  9.  Circa Lighting  10.  Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams  11.  Restoration Hardware  12.  John Robshaw  13.  Anthropologie  14.  Pottery Barn  15. Wall Color: Sherwin Williams- Simply White; Built-In: Benjamin Moore-Eclipse

1. Four Hands 2. Cisco Brothers 3. Anthropologie 4. Bernhardt 5. Visual Comfort 6. Calligaris 7. Bo Concept 8. Restoration Hardware 9. Circa Lighting 10. Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams 11. Restoration Hardware 12. John Robshaw 13. Anthropologie 14. Pottery Barn 15. Wall Color: Sherwin Williams- Simply White; Built-In: Benjamin Moore-Eclipse