Posts Tagged ‘Bedroom Style’

Teen Girl’s Antique Bedroom style…

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

For a timeless teenage bedroom mood that breaks with more contemporary pop-art minimalist themes, a vintage bedroom aesthetic ticks lots of boxes for any young teen who prefers a more classical approach to room décor whether in the form of a few choice accent pieces or a more comprehensive room makeover. As a décor scheme it is one that can draw colourful history and treasures from the past as well as being the perfect showcase for precious family heirlooms and inheritance pieces. Use the theme to focus on a specific era from history or to feature an eclectic mix of antique pieces, each with an interesting story to tell. Create the ultimate antique themed bedroom with furniture, accent pieces, and colour combinations with a whimsical twist and a splash of Victoriana romance that appeals to all the family…

A wide variety of colours harmonise with vintage room schemes and the internet or home-style magazines will throw up all sort of colour ideas that will work with your choice of furniture and room elements. Brighter bolder colours are probably a no-no, but pastel pinks, yellows, lavender, plum shades and any number of vintage white hues are sure to be at home here. These are particularly suited to Victorian era bedrooms with a pleasing mixture of femininity and an instantly recognisable antique vibe. A classic look is what we are striving for here with perhaps an accent bed-head wall in a darker shade, with more neutral colours on the remaining walls providing a perfect backdrop for antique furniture pieces and rich fabrics.

Look out for specific types of antique furniture when decorating a bedroom for a teenage girl. White Victorian style “little princess” iron beds will never fail to please. Originals are invariably charming but expensive and often were manufactured in quirky sizes, whilst modern day reproductions look just as good without any of the drawbacks. Look out also for a metal bed that features antique brass detailing for an extra splash of classic style, or those with pretty swooping hoops and curves or delicate floral inspired details. Traditional iron bed designs invariably fit happily alongside vintage wooden furniture pieces. Oak dressers, chests of drawers and occasional tables will all fit the brief here, with darker wood stains providing a pleasing counterpoint against metal beds in lighter shades of white or ivory. Consider also other antique room elements that continue the vintage theme, such as a steamer trunk at the foot of the bed as a great storage option for bedroom clutter, or an old wooden rocking chair for a sense of late 19th century style. Tie pink ribbons to the chair for girly appeal together with a soft chair cushion in a complimentary colour and design.

Fabrics and materials in the form of rugs, bedding and curtains tie the scheme together for a unified, balanced visual message. Hunt down Victorian or country-style antique rugs such Persian or Oriental designs, and look out for bedding and curtain fabrics that continue the vintage theme. The Victorians loved their over-styled patterns and glamorous fabrics, and antique floral motifs are especially in keeping, with patchwork quilts and lacy window dressings, bed fabric trim, and bedside table –top doilies, all favouring the scheme.

Finalise the room decor with antique pieces that have particular personal relevance such as family heirlooms or those with well-loved childhood relevance. An old wooden rocking horse makes a fabulous room feature, whilst a collection of antique-style dolls or a favourite teddy bear bring vintage charm and comfortable familiarity. Dolls houses, tea sets, or an antique brush and mirror set are all going to strike the perfect chord here for a totally charming room mood with universal appeal…

1930s Bedroom Style

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Bedrooms of the 1930s typically displayed no-nonsense classy earthy tones, notable for their geometric designs and simple aesthetics. The prevalence of this style was largely due to both period art influences and to economic factors such as the significant advances in large scale production of household goods such as furniture and appliances. For many though design sensibilities were not a priority as financial upheaval and personal hardship prevailed, and for the majority spartan décor, rather than any specific style might just have been the order of the day.

Within the homes of the middle class sombre colours defined the look of the era with earth tones such as coffee brown and cool creams dominating much of the design aesthetic, with flashes of colour reserved for smaller intricate items and accessories. The typical 1930s bedroom colour scheme made significant use of light and shadow to lend added depth of character. Manufacturing advances meant also that electric home fixtures such as lighting became widely available, with designs that became refined to a point where artificial lighting was readily integrated within the overall room decor. The overall effect though remained dark and moody, albeit with a cosy persona, with bedspreads and upholstery generally matching the restrained décor schemes, although deep rich reds remained a favourite choice for upholstery and fabrics.

Furniture of the era saw a prevalence of hardwoods as well as spring and cotton stuffed upholstery. In a bedroom setting this normally equated to wooden beds constructed from quality hardwoods with matching bedside tables, chests of drawers and vanity units, all in deep rich timbers. Iron bed designs remained popular, perhaps as a legacy from turn of the century popularity, and synthetic materials such as plastic derivatives were becoming more and more commonplace. Specific products such as polystyrene and acrylic resin had just hit the market, meaning that some plastic products that in this day and age would be considered gaudy, would then have been viewed as status items or at the very least have been seen as quality items and accessories.

Art deco influences which had their roots in in Victorian England and 19th century France dictated a significant part of the design culture of the era in spite of economic austerity. The Victorian style, when deconstructed into its simplest aspects, chiefly focuses on a balance of comfort and restrained craftsmanship, whilst by contrast the Art nouveau furniture popularised by the French was highly ornate, often to a level of impracticality, although it showcased a high degree of sculpture-like detailing in woodcarving, such as the popular leaf designs of the style. Art deco by contrast removed many of the frivolous, ornate aspects from both older styles, whilst retaining the clean shapes and comfortable practicality. In part the demand for decorative and artistic furniture was driven by the American middle class in the mid 20s when the Art Nouveau style was formally announced by the French Exposition Internationale. These demanding consumers sought to emulate the more expensive furniture which was the preserve of the wealthy, and whilst the design sensibility originated as a mimicry of other styles, it was eventually to evolve into a widespread and distinctive design aesthetic of its very own.

So it was then, that as much as the furniture and design industries of the American 1930s tried to popularise the image of Art Deco, it was in essence a style ultimately based on convenient mass production. The still evolving mass production techniques of the time meant that highly ornate work remained an extremely expensive proposition, and therefore an aesthetic of stylish simplicity was a matter of cost consideration and sensible business practice. Clean geometric design therefore was to be the order of the day influencing a host of simple, cleanly styled and practical items that defined the typical 1930s bedroom in the Western world that remain relevant today.

Earthy Bedroom themes…

Monday, February 20th, 2012

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Create a tranquil and relaxing bedroom space with earthy tones that are easy on the eye and senses. Soft earthy colours, natural finishes and highly textured elements all combine to create a feeling of the great outdoors. Creating such a theme is a simple process as well as a great opportunity to experiment with recycled ecologically-friendly materials. Whether you are a fan of lighter, softer shades or bolder darker tones, with a little imagination anyone can achieve an earthy nature-inspired interior within the bedroom.

Select earthy colours for the walls of your bedroom. Combining shades of brown, rusty red, burnt orange and yellow evokes the feeling of autumn days, whilst the addition of light blues and shades of green will create a more summery feel. For smaller rooms keep the wall colour neutral with warm earthy undertones. In larger spaces or to create an intimate and cosy feel in smaller rooms combine a rich mocha brown with creamy accents for a particularly pleasing effect.

Create an accent wall with wallpaper that features a nature inspired pattern such as leaves, flowers or grapevines. Don’t be afraid of using wallpaper with brown tones as the other room accents will lift the overall mood. Create an intimate feel by placing the head of a traditional bedstead against the accent wall with over-bed wall light sconces to pick out the earthy tones and create a cosy atmosphere.

Extend the earthy feel with wooden furniture pieces that complement the colour scheme. An eclectic medley is always welcome here with a combination of darker woods such as walnut or mahogany and the lighter shades of pine or oak. Redwoods introduce warmth whilst darker vintage oaks, a welcome touch of antiquity. Choose a glamorous wooden bed as the perfect room focal point in this respect from which the remainder of the room scheme can draw inspiration. Matching or contrasting furniture, according to taste, will extend the earthy wooden theme, with added texture in the form of woven storage baskets or a natural wicker chair.

Select flooring to complement the wooden features and earthy room tones in a contrasting shade for best effect. Area rugs add texture, warmth and interest, or alternatively use a natural fibre carpet such as seagrass, sisal, hemp or jute. Created from renewable resources these floor coverings are completely biodegradable so that they can be shredded at the end of their lives as well as being extremely hard-wearing.

For added comfort levels, pile cushions, pillows, throws and blankets onto the wooden bed to tie all the earthy shades together and create an inviting lounging area. Use plenty of different earthy hues such as dark greens and coffee colours, bold and soft oranges and yellows, rusty reds and splashes of hazy lavender with even a few accents of blackto add depth.

Complete your earthy décor schemewith a few well-chosen accessories. Arrange a display of mocha coloured candles to complement the décor and cast a welcoming glow whenever the occasion demands. Fill a wooden bowl with pine cones for an accent feature that is rich in texture and forest glade romance. Nature inspired artwork featuring autumn scenes will pick up on the colour backdrop within the room, with splashes of green or blue for a hint of springtime…