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Creating a Focal Wall Behind the Bed

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Do you want your bedroom to make a statement? In a bedroom, the focus should be on the bed as it is the feature of the room.  When designing a master bedroom, builders often create one long wall to accommodate a king-size bed and nightstands. If you tour older homes there may not be such an obvious place for a bed in the room. This is also the case for standard bedrooms.  Creating a focal wall in a bedroom will anchor the bed in the room.

This bedroom has a dramatic wall of padded leather panels behind the bed. The black leather creates a bold statement in the space and can help for sound control to ensure a full night’s rest.  The padded panels replace a standard headboard so that the entire wall feels like one great big headboard.  Neutral bedding and wood floors keep the eye on the feature wall.

One idea is making the entire wall behind the bed padded leather panels. If padded leather panels are too strong of a design statement for you, consider using paint, fabric, wallpaper or even tile to create a focal wall behind the bed. You can coordinate the wall and linen colors or use a contrasting color for the walls to help it really stand out. Pattern, color, and texture can all be used to create a fantastic feature wall.

Sometimes the best place for a bed in a room is in front of a window. The old rules of design said you should put a bed in front of a window, but today’s design rules are more adaptable.  If you do put a bed in front of a window, use the curtains to frame out the bed and window to create a focal wall.

Three Things Every Bedroom Needs

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Bedroom Design

We tend to neglect the elements that can change our bedrooms. Some bedrooms can even tend to come across simple and boring, yet we spend a good portion of our time in these rooms. We may neglect them because others do not see them; however, it is important to value this room. It is a simple act of self-respect to put a little love and care into these rooms. Understandably, minimalism has its time and place, but it is ideal to still put some elements into this space to express ourselves and make it a more practical environment. These adaptive hacks are essentials to include in your bedroom:

Comfortable Mattress

New mattresses can be expensive but are worth the investment. There are twenty-four hours in your day. We typically spend eight hours sleeping which accounts for 1/3 of your life is spent in bed. Make sure you get the proper night’s sleep with a comfy mattress. Since not every mattress works for everyone, it can take a little testing and research to find the perfect mattress tailored to your sleep needs.

Body Mirror

A full body mirror may sound like a funny investment at first but actually makes sense. Keep yourself in check every day before you leave your home with a full body mirror. You can make sure your outfits look fly, and you are all suited up for the day. A full body mirror is a life changer and will keep your wardrobe in check daily.

Smart Tech

Smart technology is slowly becoming a norm in homes. Adding this tech to your bedroom is a game changer. Consider adding smart lights which can turn on and off or even different colors from a voice command station. Invest in a smart feature like a Google Home or Alexa or any other to control your devices. You can sync your television and speakers to make your whole bedroom controllable at the sound of your voice. Once you make this simple change, you will never want to go back.

These changes are worth the investment. Consider these the new bedroom essentials, and treat your bedroom with some more respect by adding these elements to the room. They do not demand a ton of space but can make your daily life easier and simpler. For more essentials, make sure to subscribe!

Contemporary Style in the Bedroom

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

15784248_SThe clean lines of contemporary style work well in a masculine or gender neutral bedroom. Not every master bedroom needs to be a frilly, romantic space with a four poster bed and valances. Sometimes clean lines and a lack of clutter are more relaxing and restorative.  For a guest room, the clean lines of contemporary style can create a space that will suit most guests from parents to college friends.

This contemporary bedroom is filled with style despite the lack of frills and ornate details. The bed has a low profile of a platform bed. The upholstery that covers the bed frame nicely coordinates with the walls and curtains. The hardwood floor gives the room a warm and earthy feeling.

Add a sleek console on the wall opposite the bed to create a focal point to balance the bed. Hanging a mirror above the console will help give interest on the walls. You could hang cubes to provide shelf storage for books or objects.

The patterned curtains give the room a sense of artistry in such a simple bedroom.  The curtains help to frame the window providing natural lighting and the curtains.  The color of the curtains coordinates with the rest of the room and really brings the deep purple color out in the room.  If you have a gorgeous view, be sure to draw attention to it rather than hide it.

Trend Spotting: Wall Mounted Headboards

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13536537_SUpholstered headboards are a big trend in design right now. A variation on the upholstered headboard is the wall-mounted headboard as seen here. The wall-mounted headboard can make a big design statement as well as save space in a bedroom.

This wall-mounted headboard is upholstered and tufted with buttons. The headboard has a clean modern look with its neutral color and clean lines.  If you are using wood on a wall-mounted headboard, you may want to coordinate it with other wood furniture and the wood on the floor. Having a dark, ebonized wood headboard with light wood floors would not look as polished as having both woods be in the same tone.

Wall-mounted headboards can be done in a number of upholstery types and sizes. If you don’t want the permanence of a wall-mounted headboard but you like the look, you can hang fabric from a rod behind the bed.  Another less permanent option would be to stretch fabric on a canvas stretcher and hang that above the bed for a similar effect.

When choosing an upholstery and finish for a wall-mounted headboard or any upholstered headboard, select a fabric that you can live with for a number of years. Solid colors may stand the test of time more than the latest pattern. Choose classic colors and neutrals and update your bed linens to follow the trends to make the most of your investment.

Cottage Style in the Bedroom

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Area Rugs, Design and Decorating

10963164_SCottage style is great for creating a warm and inviting bedroom. The bedroom pictured here has a lovely winter white painted bed and shabby chic bed linens that create a lovely, light bed that suits the space. The walls covered in this patterned wallpaper add tons of cottage charm to the room.

Cottage style combines vintage and feminine accents with comfortable furniture.  The winter white painted bed and desk used as a nightstand are not matching pieces but the color of the paint unites them. Keeping the bedding simple, but layering it with different textures and patterns makes for a beautifully made bed.  A pair of small table lamps would provide bedside lighting for both sides of the bed when the curtains aren’t drawn back. Despite being made up of vintage and mismatched pieces, the furniture in this bedroom feels like a suite because of the similar color.

One cottage element lacking in this space is something soft on the floor. Two small runners flanking the bed would provide a soft place to land your feet in the morning. Area rugs and runners are a great place to add another layer of texture or a spot of color. They could be similar in color to the floor or pick up the white from the furniture and bedding.

Bedroom Design Trends

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Hints and Advice

Many times we spend most of our energy and money on design for the main rooms in our homes, the rooms that are public, that everyone sees. We urge you, however, to think about doing something creative in the bedroom. After all, at the end of the day our bedrooms are our sanctuaries, our retreat from the world around us.

Wall paper is trendy again! Here a metallic paint design on colored wallpaper creates a dramatic look for this contemporary bedroom. To balance the space, choose a neutral, solid headboard and accessories.

Make your bedroom as serene as possible. Create a retreat-like atmosphere with soothing and well blended colors. Light purples, creams and soft greens are very popular.

Bedrooms are becoming our home within our home, almost like a hotel suite-like retreat. The master bedroom is more than just a room to sleep in — it’s trending toward becoming an all-in-one space where you can complete daily tasks without ever leaving the confines of the bedroom. Convenient features are a master suite must-have. Coffee bars complete with mini refrigerators and espresso machines give new meaning to hotel-style luxury. Another handy addition are appliances. Washers and dryers located within the space allow the convenience of tackling laundry any time of day.

Gold is becoming the accent color of choice. See how these lamps to play up this room’s Asian flare without going overboard. The graphic shape and the gold adds a rich tone against the wallpaper and headboard.

And finally inject a big dose of style with a one-of-a-kind headboard. Having a custom headboard made is often cheaper than purchasing one. Bedding can be designed based on a high-end patterns or colors you love. There are always ways to get creative with fabric.

Multigeneration House: Sharing With Adult Child

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It’s not unusual for an adult child to move back into your home for a short time. They may want to save money for a home of their own, need a place to stay for a few months before moving or getting married, want to go back to school, or just want to retrench and get ahead on debts. All of these are good reasons for the decision, and with a little planning on your part, it can work very well for everyone. Consider these issues:

  1. Negotiate an agreement with your child before the move. It should include a time-frame for the stay, how much money your child will put aside each month to reach their goals, any expenses they will cover, and any responsibilities they will assume. Responsibilities should include their own laundry and taking care of their own dishes and in general cleaning up after themselves. You really don’t want them to fall into any frustrating patterns that occurred when they lived at home before, so address those as part of the agreement. Also negotiate real consequences for not meeting the agreement.
  2. Choose the space that will be given to your child. It does not have to be the same bedroom they had when they were younger. While you don’t want to redecorate a space for this temporary stay, you may want to encourage your child to make the space feel like their own. An area rug can address flooring issues, and will be a nice addition to their new home.
  3. Remember that your child has been on his or her own and you no longer have the authority to parent the way you did when they were in high school. Focus instead on any issues that affect your comfort such as coming in quietly late at night or keeping you informed on whether they plan to be home for a meal.
  4. This is a unique opportunity to spend time with your adult child. With expectations met and understood, you may find yourself enjoying their stay very much.

Multigenerations: Sharing With Parents

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Hints and Advice

Are your parents getting to the age where you worry about them living alone? Sometimes the loss of a spouse can create concerns for an elderly parent. If you are considering bringing a parent into your household, here are a few ideas to make the transition easier.

Spend time before the move talking about goals and expectations. Does your parent have an active social life and will only join you for dinner three or four times a week? Will they have their own space or will some of it such as a bathroom be shared with other family members? Knowing the situation ahead of time can help limit misunderstandings.

Be sure to let your parent or parents know how much space they will have. Measure it so that their furniture decisions will be realistic. If possible, plan for providing their own bedroom, bathroom and sitting room. Be sure to include a personal television so program differences are taken care of.

Do a safety check in your home. Since falls are one of the most common sources of medical problems for the elderly, look for tripping hazards. Make sure that all of your rugs have non-slip pads under them, and check all of the flooring transitions from room to room. Consider adding safety bars and non-slip pads to the designated shower or bathtub.

Provide as much storage space as possible for personal items. It’s hard enough leaving a home and giving up almost all of their possessions. These valued items may not look important to you, but they may have a strong emotional value for your parent or parents. Something like a well-seasoned cast iron pot or a set of wrenches can be hard to part with, so find space as much as possible. If necessary, encourage them to rent some storage space.

Does your mother like to make a big Sunday dinner? Is your dad good in the garden? Don’t force them into a passive role in your home. Let them help out based on their ability and inclination. The more you incorporate them into your daily life, the better the situation will work for all of you.

Romantic Bedroom

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Warm and inviting, this room immediately creates a romantic mood. The flowers, the antique linens and painted furniture combine with the art and accessories to take you to another part of the world and even another time.

Whether for your bedroom or a guest room, the simple handmade feel of this room makes for a unique and even exotic space. What can you do to create this type of mood in your own home?

Start with the floor. The terra cotta color of the textured tile is reminiscent of old unglazed flooring common in Latin America. It sets the stage for a simple yet dramatic space. This room has a small area rug by the bed, but a larger rug or two in soft tones would work well, adding warmth and a sense of softness.

The bed is beautiful, clearly hand carved and painted. While it would be difficult and expensive to find or reproduce, any four-poster adds this sense of old world style. Finding a used bed frame and painting it would bring you close to the same look.

The linens are also unique, but comparable options are available in some linen stores. Antique and thrift shops can also carry this sort of thing. Don’t limit your search to bed linens. Both the canopy and bed cover could be created with handcrafted tablecloths.

This room’s architecture has plenty of personality. If your room is more standard, consider paint and art to add character. This may be the space to show off accessories acquired on your travels. With a little effort and thought, you can turn a typical bedroom into something more exotic and unique.