Bedroom

Five dream bedroom designs

Whether it's first-time bedroom decorating or a bedroom makeover you have in mind, choosing the right mood or theme can jump-start your imagination and provide cohesiveness to your bedroom design. Choose a theme that reflects your personality, incorporates your aesthetic tastes and fits with the overall structure and design of your home.

Bedroom Decorating

It seems there are almost as many design styles as there are paint colors, but by far the leading bedroom options are antique, modern, contemporary, luxury and romantic.

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An antique bedroom features solid wood bedroom furniture. Usually, this means an oak bedroom set, but antique bedroom furniture is also commonly made of rosewood or pine. Adornments such as dresser knobs and wardrobe cabinet pulls are generally simple, though wood detailing such as paneling, routing or carving can be quite intricate. A patchwork quilt on the bed, particularly a handmade quilt, adds authenticity.

A modern bedroom is more about the bedroom accessories than the furniture. Bed linens should be black, white or bright (e.g., red) and should either be solid or have simple geometric patterns and accents. Other accessories, such as lamps and area rugs, should incorporate organic shapes (like an hourglass) to complement the stark, straight lines of the furniture.

For those who want a truly 21st-century look, contemporary bedroom decor is the way to go. Featuring accents of glass and metal, the contemporary style is crisp and clean, with tone-on-tone color palettes and few embellishments. This is the room for metal beds (stainless steel, nickel or chrome), contemporary nightstands and neutral bed linens.

If your bedroom is your refuge, why not make it an escape into luxury? Collapse into the comfort of a feather bed wrapped in luxury bedding and topped off with a soft velvet or chenille bedspread. Accents of dark wood, such as a cherry dresser or a cherry nightstand, add the richness required for a truly luxurious bedroom feel.

Want to rekindle your romance? Make each night a second honeymoon with a fabulous romantic bedroom. A canopy bed is the centerpiece of this design, and satin sheets are a must. Light colors (neutrals, pastels) and delicate materials (silk, satin, lace) create a sensual, inviting atmosphere.

You spend almost a third of your day in your bedroom, so it deserves a lot of attention when it comes to decorating and design. Whatever theme you choose, remember that the most important thing is to create a bedroom where you can rest, relax and rejuvenate.