by Angela Rowe Of Decorating Den Interiors
Much more than just the place to sleep, today’s master bedroom should act as a truly personal home retreat. Your bedroom is or should be a retreat from everyday life and a quiet place to relax.
Before diving into a new design, it is important to develop a decorating plan. In addition to sleeping, would you like a comfortable chair to relax and read, or perhaps a desk for your daily diary entries? If you love to watch TV in the bedroom, would you like to watch it from a chair or just from the bed? Without a major addition to the house, do you have room for all of the activities you want to do in the bedroom? All of these questions are critical to developing a plan.
The focal point in every bedroom is of course the bed.
The sleeping possibilities are varied and can meet almost every taste under the sun. A big goal when choosing a bed is style. From plain and simple modern to traditionally stained wood and everything in between – choosing your personal favorite is the starting point for every bedroom design. Padded headboards are very popular because they offer texture, color, and comfort to sit back and read or watch your favorite Netflix, and can suit any style depending on the fabric and shape.
That questions the color. Do you prefer calm neutrals or a more dramatic theme? Keeping colors bright or pale will help reflect rays of light instead of absorbing them, which is good if the room isn’t quite as big as you’d like it to be. Conversely, the use of strong colors creates a drama and helps, if the room is extremely large, to warm it up and humanize it.
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Next, the million dollar question is bedding.
“Bed-in-a-bag” hardly fits on a “standard” bed because there is no such thing as a standard bed. When mattress makers started making pillow tops and super deep mattresses, we all went out of the way. Start by measuring the top of the bed and the waste on the sides plus a few inches to see exactly the size you need. All king beds are not the same size.
Next, let’s move on to the windows.
In more than any other room in the house, the window decorations in a bedroom need to be both beautiful and functional. Many of my clients insist on room darkening treatments while others just want privacy. These questions fall into the interior plan and should be considered before designing the bedroom. If your bedroom has a beautiful view, you want a treatment that is easy to use and that opens up to clearly show the view.
Bedside tables can run the gauntlet from large storage cabinets to dainty decorative side tables. Don’t feel like the side tables have to go together. Gone are the days of Matchy-Matchy 5-piece bedroom sets.
Have fun mixing textures, sizes, stained and varnished wood, and mirrored parts in the redesigned bedroom.
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