We love how this bedroom designed by Regan Baker boasts a bohemian feel despite the statement piece: That large-scale photograph of a traditional yellow bedroom. For a similar look, opt for a high-impact photograph of an interior that both reflects and juxtaposes your own space. And in true bohemian fashion, simply lean it against the wall instead of hanging it.
In a pre-war New York City apartment, a rich sapphire wall accentuates the expansiveness of a relatively small master. Osborne and Little’s butterfly pattern upholstery—seen on the lampshades and chair—inspired the bedroom’s overall color scheme. The custom headboard in a Schumacher fabric is flanked by hand-painted vintage Korean chests; the settee at the end of the bed is vintage and custom upholstered.
Now that you have the basis for your bedroom decor formed around your furniture, next is one of the most important steps. Update the Bed! Buy a new comforter, duvet, or bedspread. Better yet: Buy an entire new set complete with high thread count sheets and pillow shams. After all, you sleep here! Isn’t is worth the investment? If you’re not able to buy an entire set, then start with one or two items. And don’t forget a soft and fluffy throw and pretty pillows! Oh, and a stunning headboard. Not in the budget? No problem, once again, DIY to the rescue! You can decorate your bedroom on the cheap, without it looking cheap!
Transform a neutral bedstead with a floral duvet and pillowcases. Finish with a wool throw in a paler sky hue for an elegant look. To make your room feel larger and brighter, paint the walls in a chalky off-white or pale shade of blue. For a more dramatic statement try a darker backdrop, which will look gorgeous with bright white and inky blue linens.
Instead of sticking with plain white walls, considering another neutral that adds a subtle yet bold twist. "Responding to an unusual Y-shaped floor plan required a strategy to pull light from all directions to create a range of shifting light experiences: Moody and subtle to the south; bright and open to the east," explain the designers behind Arent & Pyke. For a moodier bedroom that isn't full-on dark, try a steel blue gray like this one. And then lighten things up with colorful linens and keep things streamlined with bright a white ceiling and modern bedside sconce.
Many DIY decorators start with wall color and move on from there, but it is much easier to find paint to match the bedding than vise versa. If you don't have existing bedding for your teenager's room, start there. And never pay full retail! Use our savings tips when shopping stores such as Bed Bath & Beyond, Target or IKEA, or search for new bedding on sites such as Ebay or Overstock. Great deals can be found on quality bedding if you take the time to look.
Your small bedroom may be a blessing for a better night’s sleep. The American Sleep Association recommends keeping stimulating activities out of the bedroom. They warn that distractions like the TV, internet, and work can disrupt your sleep patterns. So, the less there is to do in your bedroom, the more sleep you set yourself up for. How’s that for smart design?
Typically, the palette for modern rustic décor is a neutral one, heavily dependent on the warm tones of natural wood, along with lighter colors on the walls, bedding, window treatments, and accessories. This stylish bedroom by Metropole Architects puts a fresh twist on traditional, rustic decorating with a stunning dark blue wall. It is the perfect backdrop for the brown and blue colors used throughout the room. Another good looking trick worth stealing is the wood feature wall, which is actually wallpaper.
A vintage motel sign gets a new life as a campy headboard in this rustic hotel bedroom by Locati Architects. The burnt orange walls match the sign while enhancing the room's cozy appeal. Another fantastic idea is the wood trim around the windows and walls. Raw wood was installed instead of conventional crown molding. The old books and bear lampshade on the left bring on the kitsch.
Modern farmhouse style puts a fresh twist on rustic details to create a modern space that feels both homey and chic. Case in point, this lovely bedroom by Amber Interior Design based in Calabasas, California. Wood paneled walls were brightened up with white paint. A pretty headboard and accent pillows evoke cozy feelings. The cherry on top is the wicker mirror that lends a stylish bohemian vibe.