Ideas for beautiful bedrooms
When decorating the bedroom - the one room in the house meant for relaxation and rejuvenation - simplicity is the key to serenity. So no matter what your particular style is, all you need to do to create a sumptuous oasis is heed a few basic but important design ideas.
Upholstered pieces like a tufted chair and an upholstered ottoman bench have clean, almost modern lines. Vintage bamboo light fixtures and a patterned rug and bedspread complete the eclectic look. If you want to make your own furniture, sign up for a DIY Divas workshop and we'll show you how easy and affordable it is
This four-poster bed, painted in a soft shade of green, wears panels of natural silk-linen fabric, while floral draperies with attached swags frame the window wall. Wooden chairs upholstered in green checked fabric create a comfortable sitting area.
Satiny linens with bamboo brocade and a simple, snowy quilt dress the queen-size whitewashed rattan and wood sleigh bed.
A rich and warm colour palette is brightened with ever so subtle shades of lilac.
Embellish simple white coverlets, shams, and bolster pillows with embroidered trim that lends a little graphic weight to the pieces by outlining their shapes. A pelmet covered with box-pleated valance and contrasting piping on the drapery ties bring the cabana mood inside the master bedroom. Here's how to make your own pelmet.
Soft greens and muted wheat and silver tones distinguish this bedroom.
This distinctly open and understated bedroom possesses a touch of formality and an air of freshness. Pale colours and botanical prints are the perfect complement to the dark furnishings. A monochromatic colour scheme of ivory, pale yellow, and fern lighten and brighten the room.
Create the look:
A truly restorative bedroom makes all of your senses feel good. Try adding an incredibly plush rug or a chenille throw. A calming scent can help, too - add a few scented candles, or a bowl of potpourri to the room.
Items in twos create harmony in a room. Try matching tables, pictures, or lamps for a symmetrical look.
Choose soothing colours, colours of the lake or the ocean on the walls. If not on the walls, then use this colour palette for your bedding. Or use a shade of brown, which is a warm, comforting colour. You can mix cool colours with warm colours.
In this romantic master suite, a sheer valance edged in a pale blue striped fabric puddles on either side of the queen-size bed headboard. The edging fabric came from a duvet in just the right hue.
A canopy or tented bed creates a sense of luxury and privacy, while an upholstered headboard ensures a comfortable spot to read. For both styles, fold the duvet at the foot of the bed or place underneath the coverlet.
Arrange the bedroom with furniture that fits the scale of the room. If you have low ceilings, a large four-poster bed is overbearing, so choose a low headboard instead. However, if you have high ceilings, a tall bed is perfect. Always opt for a bedside table that is the appropriate height for reaching your book or glass without fumbling.
In a small bedroom, an oversized mirror propped against the wall gives the space a larger feel. If you have room, create a special sitting space to curl up with a good book in a cozy chair next to a small table and reading lamp.
Different sources of light for different functions are important. Recessed lighting on a dimmer allows you to control the overall mood. A table light on a chest evokes a pleasing atmosphere, and two pin lights on each side over the bed on different
Simple, Organized Space
Do not over-accessorise your sacred space with too many dusty trinkets. Rid your bedroom of any pesky children’s toys, and forbid from entering your sanctuary all unnecessary technological intrusions such as computers, cell phones, or even telephones. And studies show that electromagnetic fields from televisions, computers, and even exercise machines can interfere with brain and nervous system signals, disrupting slumber. So, remove or hide them.
By incorporating a few simple design concepts, wake up each morning and fall asleep each night in the comforting cocoon you now call your bedroom.