7 Bedroom Styling Tricks That Anyone Can Do | Scottsdale Real Estate
We spend a great deal of our time at home in the bedroom. Even when we aren’t sleeping, we’re breakfasting in bed, blogging, reading or just relaxing. But the bedroom can be one of the last rooms we decorate; the main living areas often take up most of our time and budget. Here are some simple styling tricks to help you give your bedroom a professional, polished and finished look in next to no time at all.
- Aim for “effortless.” Bedroom styling should create a lived-in, relaxed vibe. Your bed is a great place to start. Don’t worry about arranging the pillows and bedding perfectly. But to keep your bed from looking like a hot mess, keep one element of the bed linens straight and neat. A casually draped throw on a bed is for example, can be offset by the crisp lines of the quilt beneath it.
- No headboard? Add an art wall. Use the wall space above your bed to create a meaningful gallery wall. Instead of hanging one large artwork, try experimenting with a group of smaller pieces. Note where your head will rest when you are sitting up to read, and use this imaginary line as a guide for the bottom edge of your artwork.
- Create an “end zone.” A spot at the end of your bed, the “end zone,” as I call it, is great for sitting to get dressed and put your shoes on, for scattering some magazines on or laying out a tray for coffee or tea. Space permitting, all you have to do is move carefully chosen furniture to the end of your bed. You could try a chest, a bench seat, two stools, an upholstered ottoman with hidden storage or a chaise longue. It is reminiscent of the polished look so often seen in boutique hotel bedrooms. Tip: Have a purpose in mind for this area and keep it clutter-free.
- Style the nightstand. A styled nightstand makes your bedroom look complete. Keep only essential items here, such as a lamp, clock and book, and decorative details, like a dish, to hold your jewelry or a memento.Keep this area clean and dust-free, as you don’t want to wake up to a mess or breathe in allergens while you sleep.Tip: The interior style of your bedroom should guide you in your choice of bedside items. A coastal-inspired bedroom could have lush green tropical leaves in a glass bottle on top of a stack of books and a maritime-inspired clock, for example. “Boho” bedrooms might feature a small arrangement of brightly colored flowers and a string of beads. Just don’t be overly obvious in your approach to themes.
- Choose oversized artwork. This easy styling trick is perfect for renters or decorators short on time. You don’t need to mount oversized art — just lean the frame against the wall. This has the bonus of adding to the relaxed, effortless feel we’re going for in this room. I like to work with over sized prints and frames as they’re a little bit unexpected and draw your attention.
- Pick a color scheme. I can’t stress enough how important this is. Anyone can choose a color scheme; the trick is to find the inspiration for it in the right place, and then stick to it. This bedroom uses a contemporary twist on traditional blue and white style. Varying shades of blue give the bedroom depth, and a mix of contrasting textures creates interest.Can’t find inspiration? Look to your existing wall color or standout features to guide you. You could, for instance, select two or three colors from an artwork and match these to your bedding, bedside table lamps, throw rugs or pillows. Another feature that could give your bedroom color cues is the wallpaper. Treat the paper as a work of art in itself, and use the pattern or color as inspiration and a style direction for the rest of your bedroom.If you love neutrals, remember to mix textures and vary shades so your bedroom doesn’t feel stark or flat.
- Work a feature wall. If you rent and you have a wall of color you are stuck with, fear not. Use the existing color as inspiration for the palette or theme of your bedding. In this striking bedroom, the soft aqua blues of the nightstand lamp and pillows stand out against the coral pink wall. Tip: Aim to create harmony and balance. If you have a strong, bold color, research what colors would work harmoniously with it. Look at a color wheel— using colors that lie next to each other will have a calming effect, because those combinations are pleasing to the eye.
Feature walls can be oh so right when used correctly- like a moody wall -especially in a deep inky indigo or deep charcoal. The color can help frame the bed area and looks great with wood accents.
Tip: An inky blue-black wall is a great solution for creating a gender-neutral bedroom or a space that caters to both men and women. Add interest and contrast through the bedding, nightstands, lighting, artwork and headboard.
Above all, go for comfort. The style of your bedroom should reflect your personality. Make the room comfortable and inviting. It’s your special place, so use and select the things you love and that make you feel good.
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