Posts Tagged ‘Bedroom Decor’

Black and Silver bedroom décor

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

For an upbeat contemporary take on bedroom style consider the combination of black and silver for an intriguing décor option that is not only gender neutral but offers great flexibility when it comes to creating a personal space that is instantly inviting. Adjust the mood with the colour mix of these complementary shades, adding brighter accent colours for a splash of visual verve in the form of fabrics, décor pieces and evocative wall art.

As always it is the backdrop wall colours that set the tone for the room scheme as a whole. White walls or off-white derivatives serve as a great neutral canvas against which to feature contrasting colour furniture selections or fabric choices, or you might have some wallpaper styles in mind to use on some or perhaps just one accent wall. If you are considering using a white or silver contemporary bed to establish the mood, a black paint finish on the bed head wall will strike a sophisticated urban tone, although if the thought of an all-black paint job is a step too far, explore black and silver patterns as an alternative. Damask, swirls, diamond grid patterns and geometric motifs are all worthy of consideration, whilst a silver/blue or grey wall colour or wallpaper design would also ensure easy classic modern style.

Incorporate white furniture such as a white painted simple wooden bed design and matching pieces if you want something lighter and airier to balance the room. White metal bedsteads with a streamlined contemporary edge will also work here, whilst a colourful headboard in a rich red, yellow or turquoise fabric is sure to create a splash against white, silver, or black walls bringing a funky vibe to the room. Black furniture also suits the room style and offers the flexibility to coordinate well with future décor updates should you wish to change the aesthetic at a later date. Another great option comes in the form of chrome accents and chrome bed designs, adding sparkle and an almost art deco flair to the room for an ultra-sophisticated statement, although just one or two key furniture pieces will be enough to create the mood without overkill. For a modern eclectic look, marry a streamlined chrome bedstead design with a mirrored dresser, a black storage chest at the foot of the bed, and a pair of reflective silver bedside tables.

Softer room textures such as bedding, window fabrics and area rugs should complement the furniture mix and the walls, bringing balance to the black and silver colour palette. A silver bed valance, black sheets, and a cream duvet cover with pillows in all three colours will work against darker walls or furniture to retain an airier room feel. A silver duvet with black lace overlay is a great option for adding a romantic sensual flavour in the room, extending the same treatment to the widows with black lace curtains and sheer silver panels, whilst a black bed throw or duvet featuring silver motifs is a good choice for a teenager’s bedroom. Consider grey bedside rugs to lighten up rooms where black is the dominant colour, or plush black rugs to counterbalance silver room themes.

Dress up the room with interesting black and silver accessories, adding a third brighter colour tone in the form of table lamps, decorative porcelain or some scatter cushions for a pop of colour. These smaller room accents can easily be exchanged for other colours for a seasonal or fashion change on a whim, changing the character of the room without investing a lot of time or resources. Incorporate flowers, candles, bed runners and artwork to get the desired look, with perhaps a dynamic piece of artwork in a chromed frame on the bed head wall for a dramatic individual room statement…

Summertime Lime Green bedroom ideas…

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

The zesty youthfulness of lime green evokes images of summertime and carefree days. As one of the most vibrant of all colours it’s an extrovert shade that requires careful handling when it comes to room décor, where strategic accents of lime green scattered throughout a room can still make a large impact. Surprisingly perhaps, lime green is a versatile colour that can form the basis of many room designs, such as vamping up a feminine room, or integrating happily to play up a retro or contemporary theme. Use it in the nursery, as the inspiration for a son or daughter’s room, or even to add more spice to adult bedroom décor, whenever a jazzy modern twist is the order of the day…

For a bold bedroom statement lime green can serve as the main backdrop colour for your room, complemented by supporting accent colours, or for quieter themes as an accent colour in its own right adding interest and impact to other room colour combinations. Popular colour partnerships include lime green and hot pink for feisty teen bedroom décor, or lime green and sky blue for an exotic tropical vibe. Lime green and purple is another interesting combination that can work well in a nursery, child’s room or guest room, or consider sparking interest in a primarily neutral room of chocolate brown and cream with bold lime green accessories and fabric choices. For extrovert schemes lime green and yellow is one to consider although perhaps a little too vibrant for many tastes, whilst black and white room style, including zebra prints and polka dots, provide the perfect background contrast for lime green accents to make the boldest of colour statements.

An all-wall lime green wall paint job might be too much for most bedroom makeovers, but taming things down a littleby painting just one accent wall lime green, or by incorporating a lime green pattern, gives the room a whole new perspective. Consider balancing those green elements with turquoise or sky blue stripes or polka dots for a fun vibe, or paint lime green and white polka dots on a chocolate brown wall. You might even choose to incorporate bold geometric patterns in the form of removable wall decals for those that enjoy a constant change of scene or for seasonal décor variation.

Look for lighter coloured wooden bed designs in painted white finishes, or light natural wood finishes to lend a coastal flavour to lime green and blue bedrooms, or to tone down a child’s lime green and hot pink bedroom. A contemporary styled white or ivory metal bed design will be equally at home here, whilst an iron bedstead in a darker finish or a dark grained wooden bedstead and matching furniture, looks great in a modern room space with a predominantly neutral palette featuring just a hint of lime green, or to tame a yellow and lime greenroom. Black modern beds and furniture harmonise with many room aesthetics that feature lime green accents, and provide the ideal partnership for black and white and lime green room décor. For a pop of colour paint one piece of furniture such as an old chest, bookcase or chest of drawers lime green if you’d like it to stand out against a white or dark mocha brown wall background.

Pull the scheme together with lime green accessories, particularly in more restrained neutral colour rooms. For example, a lime green area rug can have great impact in the room if it’s placed centre-stage at the foot of that stylish contemporary metal bed, or consider a rug featuring animal stripes, polka dots or a geometric pattern to tone down the impact of loud lime green room style. Curtains, bedding, scatter cushions or a green reupholstered chair, are other ways to flood a neutral room with lime green accents, or to simply add a hint of this zesty colour. Smaller accessories go a long way in this respect, perhaps in the form of a cluster of lime green candles atop a dresser or mantel or a furry green lampshade on a bedside table for the perfect vibrant final flourish…

Plantation Décor themes…

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Plantation-style décor has its roots back in the 19th century at a time when Britain was busy colonising the East and West Indies building large plantations dedicated to the production of the sugar and rubber trades. This well documented period of the British Empire is immediately recognisable and leaves us with a lasting legacy including décor and furniture styles that have proved popular across the years. Furniture exported to these far flung colonies was never going to be a perfect fit within countries where the climates and cultures could have scarcely been further removed, and thus a new décor mix was born that combined laid-back island styles with traditional British elements for a whole new design persona that remains relevant for 21st century homes and lifestyles…

For any such bedroom design project, start from the ground and work up. Natural wooden floors with highly polished finishes are de rigueur. Accent them with area rugs made from natural materials such as coir and sisal or opt for a luxurious Oriental carpet with bold patterns and expressive colours. Complement the floor style with soft wall colours that evoke the flavour of faraway islands. Hues such as seafoam green and sunset pink will work well here, and wallpapers that feature tropical prints of flora or foliage are also a good choice. Create an accent wall with wallpaper at the bed head and paint the remaining walls a complimentary colour. Mix European traditional style with island flavour by installing dark wood panelling up to dado rail height and painting or papering the top half up to ceiling height.

Allow the outdoors in, Colonial style with tall French doors and dress them with sheer curtains that waft in the breeze. Apply the same treatment to windows (as this is likely to be the more usual configuration for most), and add privacy and exclude the sun on hotter days with plantation-style shutters or bamboo shades. Continue the tropical theme to the ceiling if possible by installing rustic wooden ceiling beams or removing the ceiling materials to expose bare rafters.

Create a stunning room focal point with a wooden four poster bed crafted from mahogany, teak or rosewood, and drape it with mosquito netting. Where space and/or budgets prevent suchindulgence, consider a Victorian style solid brass bed or vintage iron bed creation with ceramic detailing and heavy 19th century castings. Dress the bed with crisp white sheets and pillowcases trimmed with crocheted accents and include a white cotton blanket. Finish the bed dressings with a cosy down duvet covered in a cotton cover of pale yellow, blue or gentle green to pick up on other colours within the room.

Flank the bed with bedside tables crafted from teak or mahogany or less exotic timbers such as pine and oak finished in a dark stain. Choose tables embellished with gold hardware and intricately carved legs and place a matching bench at the foot of the traditional bedstead. Alternatively position a steamer trunk at the bed end or a stack of vintage leather suitcases to evoke images of long travels and tales of discovery.

Where room allows, create a reading area. Place a chair in a sunny corner, opting for a slipper-style design with an upholstered seat or a wicker rocking chair for true authenticity. Pair your choice of chair with a casual wicker table topped with an antique wrought iron table lamp with a vintage stained glass shade.