One of the most personal spaces in the home is the bedroom, and it is typically where homeowners spend the majority of their time. When I start a bedroom project, I frequently walk into a boring builder beige space and it is my goal to incorporate the homeowner’s personal style while heavily focusing on comfort, coziness, and tons of romance. Here’s how I get the job done.
Deck The Walls: Go bold with paint or wallpaper
Remember that paint is the easiest way to create a dramatic transformation to a room and it is fairly inexpensive to do, so don’t be afraid to get bold in the bedroom. A dark accent wall behind the bed can create a moody and romantic feel. It can also intentionally create a sense of intimacy and coziness that’s perfect for a bedroom.
Additionally, textured wallpaper can add much-needed dimension and interest to rooms that have very little structural detail. Fashionable paper patterns that mimic leather and animal prints such as crocodile skin are definitely on trend.
Pro Tip: Don’t forget about the fifth wall! Yep, I’m referring to the ceiling. Don't overlook the opportunity to add emphasis to one of the largest surfaces in the room. A ceiling can be dressed in a contrasting wallpaper or paint color to create a sense of depth and give the illusion that the ceiling is higher. This treatment can create a surprise effect that makes anyone who enters the room want to keep their head looking up!
Light It Up: Make a bold statement with lighting
In the bedroom, lighting increases the overall appeal of the space and creates an ambiance and mood. I like to think of lighting as the jewelry of the room. It can dress up or dress down a space. An oversized chandelier will add elegance and character and give the space a bit of romance. One must-have with any style of chandelier in the bedroom is a dimmer feature, which allows the user to control the mood and the amount of light.
Pile It On: Finish it off with lush layered bedding
A beautifully made bed can make the entire room look and feel amazing. I always start with a crisp neutral-colored set of sheets, with smoothness and durability in mind. Remember, the highest thread count does not always equate to the best sheets. The type of cotton used makes a significant difference as well.
Next, add a lightweight quilt or blanket and don’t be afraid of a pop of color, pattern, or sheen here. The next step is a fluffy duvet or comforter, turned halfway down or folded at the bottom of the bed. The layering of bedding allows for adjustable warmth. If it’s a cool night, the duvet or comforter can be pulled up for added warmth. On a warmer night, the blanket or quilt might be just enough.
Pile on the pillows! Euro pillows will add height and grandeur to the bed. I typically use two Euros for a queen-sized bed and three for a king. Lastly, a few decorative details such as an oversized lumbar or bolster pillow, a bed runner, and a lush faux fur throw at the foot of the bed will finish it to perfection.
Take A Seat: Add a small sitting area
The bedroom isn’t just for sleeping. A sitting area will create a great place to retreat to and unwind at the end of a long day. The best way to incorporate comfortable seating in the bedroom depends on the amount of space available. The foot of the bed is a perfect place for seating and there are several options. A bench with storage, a small sofa, or a pair of matching ottomans or chairs make a great place to rest at the foot of the bed. If there is a spot near the window or in a corner, a cozy wingback chair with small table and floor lamp will make a peaceful place to enjoy a book or cup of coffee.
The bed is made, the walls are painted, and the chandelier is hung. The final ingredients to this bedroom include, a plant, scented candles, soft music, champagne and the rest is up to you and your partner.