The petite scale of the Colonial-era house required designer Jill Sharp Weeks to abandon symmetry and overlap one of the master bedroom’s windows with the king-size bed. The upholstered headboard is by Restoration Hardware, and the lamps are from Ralph Lauren Home.
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The next bedrooms design are from an Italian designer house Colombini.The combination of colors and placement play a good role on this bedroom colection which is gorgeous.
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“This room was inspired by Charleston’s eclectic history as a melting pot of various cultures and religions,” designer Cameron Schwabenton says of a 1770s guesthouse. A vintage Bottega Veneta suitcase sits against the rough plaster wall, and the linen and raw-silk canopy creates the illusion of a four-poster bed. The Douglas Balentine drawing over the bed is meant to serve as the room’s centerpiece.
Don’t overlook a DIY project. Justina Blakeney designed the curvy headboard with built-in nightstands for her “Jungalow”. The bed is dressed in a Matteo duvet cover and a vintage Moroccan wedding blanket. The rug is by Blakeney for Loloi. The ceramic pendant lamp and artwork are vintage.
In the master bedroom of a Charleston guesthouse, the custom cypress platform bed has a roll-out trundle for guests with children. The hand-blown-glass chandelier is by David Taylor. The fur pillows were made from a vintage Pierre Cardin coat.
Walls in Benjamin Moore’s Clearlake are overlaid with a white-palm motif in a Florida bedroom. A portrait of the designer’s mother holding her dog hangs over the canopy bed.
In his designer Mackay Boynton created a dramatic backdrop for the bedroom by hanging a valance from the ceiling and along the wall and lining the canopy in a navy-and-white lattice-patterned fabric. The coverlet is an antique suzani, and the monogrammed shams are from Pottery Barn.
In a pattern-happy home, Anne Maxwell Foster and Suysel dePedro Cunningham covered the bedroom walls in Sandberg’s Raphaël wallpaper. A Tilton Fenwick for Target headboard is upholstered in the duo’s Jax fabric for Duralee.
Perfectly paired linens bring this elegant master suite together. The exterior canopy and bed skirt are in Manuel Canovas’s Solange fabric, and Leontine Linens’ bedding has a curvaceous border that visually anchors the bed in the ethereal space. Tufted armchairs upholstered in Holland & Sherry’s Kensington wool felt face a TV that slides out from under the bed.
Grownups can have pink bedrooms too. Colefax and Fowler’s Bowood wallpaper covers the walls and ceiling of a townhouse bedroom. A pink shade tops Thomas O’Brien’s Paolo sconce, matching the monogrammed linens and tufted bench.
Designer Nina Farmer layered shades of gray with autumnal colors in a New England home’s master bedroom. The walls are now sheathed in Phillip Jeffries’s soothing silk-and-abaca wallpaper. The custom Roman shades are in a Holland & Sherry print. A Circa Lighting ceiling fixture casts a warm glow reminiscent of the golden leaves on the river birch trees that line the property.
In a Hamptons bedroom by Lisa McFadden, two lively fabric patterns from Designers Guild call on a similar palette in different scales. The tulip print, Mei P’ing, graces the twin beds and Roman shade, while a geometric fabric covers the benches.
Lilac runs throughout a Park Avenue apartment, including the master bedroom’s custom headboard and hummingbird wallpaper by Cole & Son. Linens from Restoration Hardware cover the bed, and the swing-arm light is from Vaughan. Pottery Barn’s Duncan Diamond rug adds a neutral counterpoint to a room filled with pattern and color.
In a Nantucket beach house, the master bedroom walls have a decorative cross-glaze paint finish by Audrey Sterk, and an armchair by the window is the place for taking it all in.
When decorating a space, each room has to be treated differently. It each needs to have a different atmosphere so there are elements to take into consideration in each case. For example, the living room is a social space that needs to feel dynamic as well as inviting. In the kitchen, the décor needs to be practical and functional. In the case of the bedroom, the décor has to feel relaxing and cozy.
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In a Florida guest bedroom, designer Tammy Connor covered twin headboards in Matteo’s nubby Knot throws to amp up texture. She also made a graphic pattern on the wall out of vintage spools of thread.
While this Maryland home features soot gray walls, a regal canopy adds a fanciful touch to a girl’s bedroom. Glass nesting tables from Donghia offer a sleek contrast. Nevis curtains by Lady Ann Fabrics are trimmed in a Samuel & Sons pom-pom fringe.
A family home’s master bedroom “has a cocooned, tree house feeling,” says designer Chloe Warner. Oly’s Willa bed is topped with shams in a checked pattern by Chelsea Textiles and a lumbar pillow in a Lee Jofa linen.
A master bedroom designed by Elizabeth Kennedy and Ray Booth celebrates softness. It features an upholstered headboard from Joseph Company and bedding made from Rogers & Goffigon fabrics. Two skirted chairs by McAlpine for Lee Industries sit beside a custom steel-frame mirror, hand-silvered by R Squared. The ceiling fixture from Remains Lighting is one of several lanterns in the house.
In order to make a bedroom feel inviting and relaxing, you have to focus on several aspects. The colors are, of course, important. It’s best to use soothing colors such as pastels and neutrals. However, this doesn’t mean that the décor has to be monotonous. You can add bold and colorful accents in the form of artwork, accessories and elements such as pillows, lamps, carpets, etc. The style you choose is also important.
The neutral palette throughout a South Carolina home is maintained in the master bedroom, where Michelle Prentice chose Kravet’s Wild Silk for the curtains. The four-poster bed is from Hickory Chair. With its many mirrored surfaces, “the room sparkles so much at night, it feels lit by candlelight,” the designer says.
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To create a calming atmosphere in a California vacation home, designer Frances Merrill brought in neutral colors, including a floor painted in Benjamin Moore’s Rockport Gray. A Blu Dot Dodu bed in oatmeal wool felt and boudoir pillows in Kerry Joyce’s Rigoletto velvet add texture, and the bedside lamps are from West Elm.
For a wind-scoured, airy feel, designer Tammy Connor gave a beach house bedroom a queen bed made of recycled wood. Framed shore-bird prints from Antonio Raimo Galleries hang in a tight grid, and vintage hurricane lamps were turned into reading sconces by John Turner.
In a Florida pied-à-terre, walls in Benjamin Moore’s Salmon Peach contrast with curtains in a green Norbar Fabrics linen and a Dash & Albert rug.
Graceful prints and a muted palette lend quiet intimacy to a guest bedroom in a mountain getaway. The walls and valances are in a Brunschwig & Fils hound-dog toile. An antique needlepoint of terriers watches over the room.
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In an Atlanta cottage designed by Shon Parker, a vintage Ralph Lauren Home bed rests on an antique Afshar rug; the ceiling is in Benjamin Moore’s Woodlawn Blue.
Architectural flat-file cabinets in his small bedroom give owner John Mayberry a surface for drawing as well as storage for completed works.
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View in galleryIn a black and white décor you can add color in the form of accent pieces and accessoriesView in galleryIf the views are beautiful, allow them to infuse the room with their charmView in galleryCombine different patterns and colors for a dynamic resultView in galleryMinimalist furniture and built-in features are characteristics of the contemporary styleView in galleryA more traditional approach can also be an interesting choiceView in galleryPersonalize the room with photos and your favorite artworkView in galleryAn open bedroom with views of the beautiful landscape suits the vacation homesView in galleryA bedroom with direct access to the indoor poolView in galleryA white décor is soothing so use pastels as accentsView in galleryA large window offers beautiful views to admire in the morningView in galleryLighting is important and it needs to be subtle and relaxingView in galleryTo save space, opt for built-in storage compartments on the wallView in galleryGet in touch with nature with a more special type of décor
Zoffany wallpaper frames a niche in a colorful Texas home’s guest bedroom. Antique furniture and white bedding balances out the bold walls.
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Designer Lindsey Coral Harper piles on patterns in her Manhattan bedroom, with Quadrille’s Bali Isle wallpaper and a Jayson Home chair covered in Madeline Weinrib’s Daphne ikat. The Madison headboard from Lamshop is upholstered in Kravet’s Guilty Pleasure. The wardrobe and stool, in a Duralee fabric, are vintage Milo Baughman. An Ikea armoire has hardware from Nest Studio.
Designer Christina Rottman describes this Santa Barbara suite as “one of the most luxurious guest bedrooms I have done.” Cozy bed-curtains in Martyn Lawrence Bullard’s Senja fabric outfit the custom four-poster by Gregorius Pineo terra, providing a warm contrast to the black-and-white prints around the room.
View in galleryA black carpet or rug looks spectacular on white flooringView in galleryColor contrasts are always bold but make sure the décor remains cohesiveView in galleryA neutral background can be complemented by a more dynamic accent colorView in galleryBrown is a warm and elegant color so it makes a nice choice for a white backgroundView in galleryGlossy surfaces make the room seem larger and are also chicView in galleryThe textures are very important so create contrasts but in harmonyView in galleryA large mirror that leans against the wall creates a more casual atmosphereView in galleryWooden furniture adds warmth and texture to a roomView in galleryA bedroom’s décor needs to be simple and harmonious so balance is importantView in galleryCreate an asymmetrical arrangement using framed photos for a modern lookView in galleryOversized mirrors and artwork make beautiful decorations for modern spacesView in galleryTo create the impression of a larger space, use mirrored surfacesView in galleryA soft rug offers the best feeling when you get out of bedView in galleryOversized floor lamps also make great accent pieces for modern decorsView in galleryA few touches of color here and there make the décor more dynamic
With eight walls to work with, Charleston decorator Angie Hranowsky softened harsh angles with a bold Élitis wallpaper. A sculptural Room & Board canopy bed adds some geometry of its own in a neutral white.
Modern bedrooms tend to have simple and minimalist decors. They are also more open and airy. In some cases, the bedroom and the bathroom are separated by a transparent wall. But all this simplicity and transparency is meant to create a soothing and relaxing atmosphere. Each décor is unique but they all share in common the major lines of this style. To better understand it, take a look at the following examples.
The restoration of a Charleston guesthouse revealed traces of blue pigment on the original lime-washed walls, which inspired the palette of a guest room.
A custom settee covered in cobalt fabric brings a surge of life to the master bedroom in a 1930s Georgian home. The headboard and Roman shades are in Chelsea Editions’ Gold Vine.