Classic geometric patterns, such as a Greek key, along with elegant shapes, such as damask, look fresh and modern with an updated color palette. It’s easy to create a relaxing bedroom when you simplify the colors and round the edges. Adding feminine touches such as botanical prints, Rococo embellishments, and sabre legs make a bedroom soft and soothing. As you design your own restful retreat, focus on these tips to help you drift off to dreamland.
White on White
Not sure about using a lot of pattern or design in the bedroom? A great way to test out your pattern tolerance is to start with a monochromatic palette. A white-on-white dresser, mirror, or lamp, filled with pattern or texture, is a subtle way to introduce sophisticated pieces into the room without becoming overwhelmed. Or try a whitewashed Gustavian-inspired side chair for a bleached look. Pro tip: The more raised the pattern, the greater the amount of shadowing and the more pronounced the pattern will be. Try a low or no-profile pattern for a subtle look.
Soft and Plentiful Lighting
The bedroom should have enough light to illuminate the space, but it’s best to have several light sources, such as lamps and sconces, that can be controlled separately. When you need to relax, being able to turn down the lights is important – consider putting lamps on dimmer switches for easy light transitions. Pro tip: Make sure the lamp you use for reading uses a bulb with a high color temperature (like daylight, which is 5000-6500 Kelvin). If your reading lamp has a shade, use a shade that is white or light in color.
Make the Bed
Having a comfortable and restful bed is a combination of a high-quality mattress and pillows, comfortable sheets, and a sturdy frame and headboard. When buying sheets, it’s a good idea to purchase two of the same color, or have a total of three to four different sheet sets. This will ensure that if one or two sets are in the wash, you’ll have a spare to make the bed. Find a headboard that’s tall enough for sitting up in bed and is a good height in relationship to your ceiling height. Pro tip: How many pillows should you have on your bed? Professionally styled beds use between seven and nine pillows for display: two to four standard pillows, two Euro pillows, one bolster and two small accessory pillows.
Treat the Windows
Window treatments are designed to both enhance the architectural style of the window as well as prevent light from coming in – especially important for those weekend mornings. Consider hanging a blackout shade as well as decorative drapery. Add a touch of metal with a curtain rod and decorative drapery ties. Pro tip: A good rule of thumb is to hang the curtain rod about six inches from the top of the window trim, but if your ceilings are tall you may want to hang them higher. Make sure the drapes are long enough to just touch the ground.
–Anne Reagan, Porch.com editor-in-chief