Category Archives: Bedroom Design

Bedroom Design: Is a Headboard Necessary?

Post by Tracy Kaler.

A headboard gives a space a more polished look, and it’s often an essential ingredient in a bedroom’s overall aesthetic. But the question remains, is a headboard really necessary? Personally, I love an upholstered layer between the wall and my head, but a lot of people looking to streamline their design prefer no headboard at all. Let’s take a look at some successful bedrooms that don’t seem to miss a beat even though they’re sans headboards.

This minimalist bedroom in Amsterdam plays on whites and grays with touches of black. Bedside lamps take on a sculptural quality against the stark backdrop. The room has a Scandinavian feel.

The home of Karlijn and Pieter

I don’t miss the headboard in this Melbourne, Australia bedroom. Artwork hangs low, and the darker shams almost trick the eye into thinking there’s a headboard, even though there isn’t.

Daylesford

A summer cabin in Sydney uses plenty of stripes –– the floor pattern, window paneling, and bedding. With this room layout, not using a headboard was the best choice considering the window is in the center of the bed wall. The other option would’ve been to cover the window with fabric, creating a softer background for a headboard.

Swedish Summer Cabin in Sydney

This London bedroom’s decorated ledge gives the illusion of a headboard. The colorful artwork makes a statement in this bright, airy room.

PRIMROSE HILL

Tony Ivey & Associates used an oversized bolster as a makeshift headboard in this Albuquerque bedroom, which also has a Scandinavian feel. No headboard lends itself to this uncluttered, modern design.

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Bedroom Design: Decorating with Checks in a Bedroom

Post by Tracy Kaler.

If you associate check patterns with country, you’d be correct, but that’s not the only decorating style where they can be used successfully. Checks come in all sizes and colors, and depending on their application and the other elements in the room, they might pull together a modern, traditional, or eclectic design.

I’m a fan of checks when paired with other patterns, or if they’re bold and really make a statement. Let’s take a peek at some checks in bedrooms. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised how chic checks can be!

Alabama Lake Home

This Alabama bedroom is delightful, isn’t it? The gingham check on the window valances and footstools offers the right amount of structure. This room shows us how to mix the modern and traditional. I adore everything about this tailored bedroom.

Cotswold Manor House

Sweet and delicate, this Cotswold Manor juvenile bedroom feels feminine with its pink, white, and beige color scheme. The check complements the floral perfectly.

Tori Murphy Living Inspiration

An impressive example of a modern country bedroom, this room has only the bare essentials, yet there’s something incredibly soothing about it. The large check on the bed covering looks terrific with the muted chevron on the accent pillows.

In The Country

A check area rug isn’t the most obvious choice for a floor covering, but I believe it helps complete this bedroom. The red lacquered door and the quilt at the foot of the bed help tie everything together.

Cranleigh: Modern Country Home

Another modern country home boasts a charming boy’s room with a check on the walls. The wall covering creates an ideal backdrop for the simple furnishings and accessories.

Shooting Star Bedroom

Can’t find the check? This cozy bedroom has subtle check patterns in the shams and the textured matelassé coverlet. The faux rabbit, timber stools and artwork above the bed add surprise to what would otherwise be a pretty dull space. I think of this room as funky yet rustic.

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Bedroom Design: Going Bold on Your Bedroom’s Ceiling

Post by Tracy Kaler.

Since most ceilings get painted white, choosing a bold color probably doesn’t come to mind when it’s time to redecorate. But selecting a red, orange, or blue for your bedroom ceiling can set the mood, add interest, and even pull a mismatched design scheme together. So when the time comes to spec colors, be open-minded and know that white isn’t your only option. Let’s take a look at some beautiful, bright bedrooms with bold colored ceilings.

From the drapes to the bedding, this San Francisco bedroom is beautifully colored, but the hot pink ceiling takes center stage. Storage drawers and shelving keep clutter at bay.

Turquoise blue paint on both the walls and ceiling provides a boost of color in an almost white bedroom. The eclectic furnishings and lighting give the space a boudoir feel.

Green isn’t for everyone, but this bedroom feels happy and summery all year long. This room puts us in touch with nature yet doesn’t have any plants or fresh flowers. The patterned headboard works well with the otherwise neutral bedding and coordinates with the chartreuse ceiling.

A remodeled gender-neutral nursery goes bold on the ceiling with orange, and pulls the color into the furnishings. The designer of this room was a real risk taker, but the outcome is successful.

Coral in the tray ceiling complements the blue walls in this coastal home in Naples, Florida. The colorful print on the bedding and draperies lends itself to the tropical feel of the space.

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Bedroom Design: How to Use Stripes in a Bedroom

Post by Tracy Kaler.

Wide. Skinny. Horizontal. Vertical. Awning. Pinstripe. Stripes play a role in our everyday lives through the clothing we wear and the rooms we live in. When it comes to interior décor, there’s a host of ways to get creative with stripes. From walls to ceilings to upholstery and accent pillows, let’s take a look at six bedrooms using stripes in different applications.

Bold horizontal stripes make a statement on the walls of this kids’ room. It’s no surprise that this townhouse is located in Miami, as this colorful space boasts a real Florida feel.

A striped bench in a London loft introduces pattern and color in a predominantly white space. Coordinating pillows are just matchy enough. Also a stripe, the wood ceiling creates interest on a large surface.

Classic black and white striped wall covering sets the backdrop for this ornate headboard. Black and white can appear dated sometimes, but in this room, the color combo looks timeless.

Stripes take center stage in this Charleston bedroom through an area rug. Built-in beds and a window seat complete the efficient design.

Designer Liz Carroll worked her magic by using stripes on the ceiling of this sweet, mostly pink bedroom. A ceiling isn’t the most obvious location for stripes, but in this room, it works well.

A striped headboard and floral accent pillows make for a lovely combination in this Vancouver home. Simple and straightforward, this room is all about texture.

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Bedroom Design: 5 Casual Bedrooms to Love

Post by Tracy Kaler.

Over the years, I’ve learned that a casual room can be just as stylish as a fancy one. Silk tapestries and crystal chandeliers can look impossibly chic, but so can painted floors and an eclectic mix of furnishings. Here are five bedrooms that show how casual spaces can exude as much style as their dressier peers.

I’d call this bedroom Bohemian chic. The interesting mix of textiles and colors almost looks haphazard, yet all of the elements pull together nicely to complete the design.

This shabby-chic room exudes a casual elegance with the white floors and bed frames, not to mention the antique brick wall and blue and white wallpaper. If you guess the locale as New Orleans, you would be correct. This lovely space is in the French Quarter.

Most beach cottages boast a casual feel, and this Fish Camp beach house on the Florida panhandle is no different. The colored trim, quilted coverlet, white café curtains, and overall aesthetic of the room are uber casual, yet beachy and undeniably fashionable.

A Texas farmhouse bedroom takes on a casual feel even though some of its individual components are more formal. The four-poster bed. The floor length curtains. The gold textured art above the bed. All seem dressier in their own right, but when married with the other aspects of this room, they contribute to the overall casual style.

Exposed, rustic beams, wicker furniture, and loads of texture make this room ultra casual but still well thought-out. The designer utilized the space well, despite the funky layout.

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