Category Archives: Bedroom Design
You walk into your local home store on a late August afternoon, overheated from the thick humidity outside. You begin your browsing only to come upon a new tabletop display featuring the blacks, oranges and skeletons of Halloween. Most of us are still trying to soak up the last bits of summer radiance in August, and the hues of Autumn displayed in the stores are pretty shocking. But the truth is, fall is right around the corner. And it doesn’t have to be a bad thing-with fall comes some of the finest home decor. Read on for some tips on transitioning your bedroom to embrace the change of seasons.
Layer Light Textiles
As the nights get (a little) cooler, layer some lightweight blankets on your bed. The extra texture will bring in the fall coziness without being too heavy. As the weather gets even colder, you can switch out the light layers for the thicker knits we all associate with fall.
Add Some Warm Lighting
As the sunset comes earlier and earlier, add some soft, warm lighting around your bedroom. It’s great for late summer nights, and even better for the chilly fall evenings in.
Decorate with soft whites and deep colors
It’s time to ditch the bright hues of summer and embrace some more neutrals that can easily be added to as the seasons change. Start with some light neutrals, greens and deep blues and transition to the more classic oranges and yellows later in the season.
Bring in some nature
This is a great time of year to bring in some clippings from outside in small vases, or add seasonal plants like mums or hydrangea. Sunflowers are a great choice for this time of the year. As the months go on, switch out green cuttings for pinecones and gourds.
The best way to elevate the decor of any space is to add some greenery, and the bedroom is no exception. Since you statistically spend a third of your life sleeping, you also spend almost that amount of time in your bedroom. Your bedroom should be your sanctuary, so treat yourself to some air purifying house plants that will keep you calm and centered. Here are the best plants to build your bedroom oasis:
Lavender is often used in aromatherapy to relax and help with sleep, so having a fragrant lavender plant in your bedroom is a certain way to get some better rest. While it’s grown outdoors in most situations, it’s entirely possible to keep it as a houseplant. Make sure they have enough light-place them in a bright south-facing window. Add some gravel to the bottom of your pot, terra cotta pots are best.
For something with less maintenance, try a peace lily. It’s on NASA’s “Top Ten Household Air Cleaning Plants”, helping to keep a healthy environment, which is important when you spend entire nighttime sessions breathing in your bedroom air. They prefer light shade, and can even thrive in rooms with no windows. Best of all, it lets you know when it needs water- the leaves droop, and will perk back up once you water it.
The snake plant is one of the most tolerant plants out there, perfect for bedrooms that may have less than ideal growing conditions. They’re great at cleaning toxins from the air, and can be left for weeks at a time and still survive. Make sure they’re in well draining soil, as they don’t need much water to survive. They can tolerate most lighting conditions.
The golden pothos is yet another workhorse of an air purifier, and looks beautiful in any bedroom. They like bright, indirect light when indoors, and need well draining soil. Let the soil dry out completely in between waterings. This is another one where the plant will tell you when it needs water, you’ll see the leaves drooping.
If you’re a more advanced plant parent, and have a bright sunny bedroom, the ever popular fiddle-leaf fig is for you. It’s sure to be the focal point of any bedroom. Fiddles need bright, consistent light to thrive, and they need to be away from cold drafts. They need rich, well drained soil, and water only when soil is dry to the touch.
Post by Jessica Schoenenberger
As it (finally!) starts to feel like fall outside, I like everything around me to be as cozy as possible. I break out a ton of blankets, candles, and warm lighting in my house to really get me in the mood for changing seasons. We tend to keep our house very maximalist, with texture, color and pattern everywhere, so cozy is easy to achieve. But that is far from the only way to warm your house up for the colder months. I went looking for inspiration on the coziest bedrooms out there of many styles to help you hunker down. All links open in new tab so you can view and read.
Simple and modern, the dark tones in this bedroom are warm and inviting. Start with the rustic wooden bed with metal accents, like our Mies. Keep it modest and clean, but bring in richness and texture in the few accents you choose. Instead of layering, they chose a luxe, heavy duvet, and decidedly cold weather throw pillows (the faux fur trend is everywhere). Finish off with a lavish rug to tie in the design and give that extra level of coziness from top to bottom.
A frosty, shiny take on a cold weather room. To get this look, use a rich upholstered bed as a base- our Linen Hampton would work well here. Choose a few bold, lustrous pieces for bedding, and leave them casually draped. Stick to a lighter, blush palette and metallic accents to keep things feeling elegant. Keep the bedding fluffy for ultimate luxury.
A softer look, with just enough heavy accents to take it away from spring and summer. If you don’t like the classic warm tones of fall, this more accessible look is just right for you. Start with a simple platform bed, like our Madera. Accent the bedding with soft, light colors. Fill in the headboard void with a small abstract gallery, keeping the the color tones complimenting to the bedding. Add a faux fur throw and some knit elements for a transition into fall.
This classic bedroom pairs bright white linens with a few accents that makes it just cozy enough for autumn. Use a bed that is simple and white. Our Newhouse headboard in Belgian linen would perfectly compliment the soft neutral tones here. The oversized pillows and puffy feel of the linens make it perfect for snuggling. Our striped duvet cover would enhance the traditional feel of this space. The central piece of artwork is great to carry over many seasons, and the area rug warms up the floor for chilly mornings.
I had to throw in one with the classic warm colors of fall and a BoHo look that is totally my taste. Starting with a mid-century looking bed (our Alana with the upholstered headboard would be a great addition), simple textured linen patterns are layered for the perfect warm look. The rug combo feels eclectic, and the autumn florals on the nightstand are the perfect touch.
It’s a great time of year to cozy up and spend some quality time with the cool Autumn air gently blowing into your bedroom. Enjoy it now before you have to get the heater going and your windows closed tight!
Post by Jessica Schoenenberger
Spend any time looking at bedrooms on Pinterest, and you’ll encounter the ever popular hanging nightstand. Predominantly featuring reclaimed wood hung from the ceiling with sisal rope, it’s an exotic look that is catching everyone’s eye.
The allure of the hanging night stand lies in its utility for a small space. Considering you can see more of the floor, and the rope above is ordinarily unassuming, your space feels bigger. Plus, combining the unfinished look of the wood with the simplicity of the cord evokes a minimalistic yet cozy quality. There’s something incredibly peaceful about a piece of furniture that lazily floats in the air.
They can be done in a single slab natural wood, or planks for a more finished, less rugged look. Crystal over at the Weathered Fox blog has an impressive DIY for one made from painted planks. The natural wood versions offer up a rugged, outdoor or even vaguely southwest look. The planks, on the other hand look quite beachy, depending on how you choose to handle the rope.
There are countless DIY’s out there for this. The only drawback is that, well, it’s hanging. While some say its slight sway is nice, I’ll admit it would make me nervous. It is especially something to consider if you have pets or children that might bump into it. If you’re not someone that tends to keep a glass of water or other fragile items on your nightstand, it might work. But if you are, I would think about how the weight of the system affects how much it moves.
Have any readers tried this trend? I would love to hear how it went!