Posts Tagged ‘bedroom styles’

Vintage charm for children’s bedrooms…

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

In our fast moving techno-led world, ever more sophisticated electronic devices are an everyday facet of our lives, within the workplace and particularly within the home. Sometimes intrusive, but essentially invaluable, the technological revolution is here to stay. We’d all be lost without our laptops, mobile phones and iPads but there must be times when most of us would admit to a desire for a little respite; an odd moment that harkens back to simpler days and old fashioned ways of communication and entertainment. One response to this surge of modern-ness is the counter-movement of vintage style with a retro stance that can be created within most homes, even those that are built to contemporary style. And no more is this more relevant than for youngsters bedrooms where a foot in the past provides a safe haven away from technology (albeit undoubtedly briefly!) whilst providing appealing comfort with more than just a little helping of nostalgic style.

A trip through Interior Design magazines, or of course a trawl through the internet(!) will provide inspiration for a full room makeover or just a few appealing accents to create that enticing vintage vibe. It’s an easy and infinitely flexible look that can be created by using existing items within the home or forgotten treasures in the attic. Have fun also by discovering bits and pieces at covered markets or car boot sales or take a little trip through the antique arcades for older antique pieces. Add vintage style wallpaper to the walls or hang on just one accent wall at the head of the bed. Typically vintage wallpaper has busy patterns as opposed to more contemporary styles which are plain and minimalist. Consider papers that have a paisley, floral or 70s geometric retro flavour or a Laura Ashley country house feel.

Indulge a little with a traditional iron bed to form the room focal point. The bed need not be old and fusty….anything but. Reproduction Victorian styled metal beds or transitional styled designs in white, ivory finishes, or darker black and textured finishes can transform the persona of a room instantly. Complete the look with bed covers and dressings that conform to the vintage mould but exhibit colours that are bright and fun. This is particularly important for a youngster’s bedroom to keep the style upbeat and fresh. Cover the bed with quality linens and a cosy duvet with a quilted runner at the foot end for a touch of vintage style.

Shop for old lamps and random decorations at secondhand stores or flea markets and look out for accents aimed at children, such as those with an animal or sports theme. At the end of the day it’s all down to personal choice. Personalise and create a space that is as individual as the occupant. This might include dumping modern dressers and desks and replacing with second hand furniture that has a vintage edge that better suits the character of your “new” vintage room. Alternatively apply an antique finish to modern pieces or distress them down to avoid the cost of replacement. This is particularly easy to achieve with tired old ubiquitous pine pieces which can be given a new lease of life with a little artistic flair, some paint, and a few sheets of sandpaper.

Finish the scheme with a few well-loved teddy bears and toys set on dressers and shelves throughout the room, and intersperse with some favourite classic children’s novels. Old leather bound titles are particularly relevant here, being both decorativeand educational. Stick with accents and accessories that harmonise and avoid too many scattered collectibles that just give the impression of clutter. For a final flourish position an old chest or steamer trunk at the foot of the traditional bed to form the perfect spot for storing blankets, clothes, and bedroom detritus as well as a practical seating option for impromptu get-togethersor a hideaway for…. the laptop…..!

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…

Bedroom glam-1950s style

Saturday, September 10th, 2011
Mandallay Brass Bed from Original Bedstead.

Mandallay Brass Bed from Original Bedstead.

Recreate the past whilst indulging your nostalgic yearnings, with a fifties style bedroom with a decidedly American twist.

Bedrooms that evoke this era are truly reminiscent of a time that holds a lot of special childhood memories for many people, and for those too young to remember, the style trends still have a particular relevance within today’s high-tech landscape.

Escape the streamlined efficiency of modern decor for something that is altogether more characterful and mellow. The 50s offers opportunity for various theme styles with which we are familiar through the medium of film and television. This, after all, was a time when classic rock and roll, American diners, saddle shoes, and poodle skirts, were all the rage, amidst the height of the age of classic Hollywood.

Modern 1950s style rooms will sparkle with such classic accents and memorabilia that capture the magic of that decade. Fifties artwork, posters and vintage accessories will all set the mood, with more modern furniture styles also blending to good effect, for extra versatility whenever the full-on 50s look might be just a step too far!

Capture the fifties Hollywood memory with touches of elegance from some of your favourite 1950s movie stars. You might like to focus on decorating with one particular celebrity in mind, such as Marilyn Monroe or Jane Mansfield, or you can decorate with a cluster of stars in mind. You may even wish to hone in on a particular film for inspiration.

A great start is to paint one accent wall a rich colour, leaving the others white. Forest green and deep burgundy, are both good choices, which should become the backdrop for a ravishing traditional iron bed or antique brass bed design. This in turn creates an inviting room focal point, around which you can hang framed vintage photos of your favourite stars. Hunt down old 50s style lamps in flea markets or buy some reproductions to top a pair of wooden or iron bedside tables. Dark or cherry wood furniture pieces work well in this style of room and will soften any metal elements, whilst for an extra splash of glamour you might like to consider a canopy bed or romantic four poster bed. Complete the effect with a vase of dried roses on the dresser, and include other little glamorous touches, such as a collection of silver topped scent bottles and silver handheld mirror for unmistakable 50s style.

For a slightly different take on the fifties era, the diner theme has relevance in more contemporary city environments, where a combination of restaurant paraphernalia and bright colours offers a different proposition to the modern mainstream. Juke boxes, ice cream machines, and milk shake ads, all encapsulate the era. Accent pieces, either original or reproduction are easy to incorporate into such a room space, with checkerboard floors and splashes of red for true authenticity. Chrome was a popular metal right through this period, for stools, chairs and fittings. In the bedroom a sensual mirror finish chrome bed, dressed with black and white linens with a red trim, is sure to evoke the diner look, particularly if you can find space for one or two timeless vintage accents.

As a final thought for a youngster’s room or for the incurably nostalgic, why not go the old-fashioned Disney route? Capture the essence of some of your favourite Disney characters, with a colour scheme in powder blue, soft yellow or salmon pink. Incorporate shelves featuring Disney cartoon figures, and hang framed photos of characters above the bed and around the walls. Focus the theme with one particular character such as Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck, or decorate with several vintage Disney characters in mind. Other vintage 50s accents and figures will complete the effect, such as clocks, soft toys and Disney promotional and advertising items.

There’s great pleasure to be had here for all things 50s and glam, or rather more whimsical in nature. Embrace the era for a fabulous 20th century retro vibe!