Posts Tagged ‘Brass Beds’

Contemporary Chrome Bedrooms…

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Chrome is firmly back on the décor map right now. In truth it’s never really been away ever since the heady Hollywood inspired Art Deco days of the 50s, and enjoying a greater or lesser impact within most contemporary home-styles ever since. From simple chromed mirror and hardware fixtures to larger pieces of showcase furniture, chrome certainly is no longer the sole preserve of the kitchen or bathroom. In fact chrome has an effortless quality when it comes to transforming most contemporary family rooms, and no more so than within the bedroom where it’s mirror-finish qualities make it the ideal medium for smaller accents such as lamps and picture frames, or an ultra-sophisticated modern chrome bed as a focal point room centre-piece to inspire the room scheme as a whole. Incorporate chrome against a backdrop of contemporary colours such as white, red, silvery greys, and most definitely the urban tones of black, for a bedroom style that is modern- day sensual and unmistakably cutting edge…

Look out for streamlined chrome furniture pieces to make a big impact here or dark wooden bed or metal bed designs, set off against chrome accents for a more reserved approach. Contemporary angular styling with simple silhouettes and minimal detailing really has to be the design discipline to strike the perfect balance. Chrome bed low-rise creations in heavy round or square tubing will establish the mood. Consider those with black leather head and footboard inserts for another stylish twist on the chrome theme or stick with something ultra-minimalist for an ascetic vibe where less is most definitely more. Black metal beds are invariably the perfect partner for other chrome elements within the room. If you can find a bed and matching furniture styles that incorporate a combination of these finishes, then so much the better. Otherwise opt for black contemporary furniture to counterpoint chrome elements such as bedside tables, table lamps, mirror or picture frames or black tables and chairs with chrome legs. Even little features such as chrome drawer pulls or window hardware will strike the right chord against more dominant black room features, without overpowering with too much glitz. The perfect contemporary bedroom design keeps things simple without any evidence of clutter. After all, we are not looking to create a spaceship or all-American diner vibe.

Instead use those textbook wall colours to lay down a stylish backdrop with one or perhaps two accent walls in a darker shade of grey, red or black with neutral tones or white on the remaining walls. White or off-white variants enable chrome or black furniture and accessories to shine whilst contributing to the gritty modern aesthetic. Again, it’s all about the inclusion of key room elements here for that definitive understated sophisticated design message. With a little experimentation and planning and sympathetic inclusion of textures and fabric colours to flatter the inherent metallic austerity of chrome, a ravishing room style becomes an easy proposition.

Bring balance to the chrome theme with classy decorative elements that pull the style together. Wall prints and monochromatic framed photographs are an inspired choice that bring individuality and personalisation to the décor mix. Whether it’s calm and relaxing or something altogether more gregarious, choose wall art that reflects your lifestyle choices or aspirations or opt for over-size family or partner photographs, displayed in a heavy chrome frame above the bed or on a feature accent wall…

Teenage Bohemian Bedroom themes…

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

With a décor style that is vivid, lush and undeniably eclectic, bohemian room design might be just the thing for a style-conscious son or daughter looking for a bedroom mood that is a far cry from more conventional mainstream design. It’s an aesthetic that strikes a worldly timeless chord allowing for great flexibility to personalise and accessorise, incorporating colour palettes of rich ambers and reds for a cosy bedroom persona, with interesting textures, forged iron hardware and exotic beaded lampshades. Create sensory intrigue with vanilla and sandalwood scented candles or incense sticks for a bohemian bedroom retreat that exudes plush style and an air of mystique. Bedtime need never be quite the same again…

Set the rich tone with a warm inviting paint colour that is the essence of bohemian chic. Deepest dusky pinks, burnt ambers or rich red and crimson shades all provide a strong backdrop for sultry bohemian style. Lush wall colours provide the perfect display area for ornate ironwork and light or candle fixtures, and heavy gilded framed mirrors, paisley golden accent stencil designs, and dark wood framed prints and paintings, will all be in keeping here. Consider also empty ornate gilt frames for an authentic bohemian touch and an eclectic mix of wall sconces in forged iron of gilt styles to flank a fabulous centre-piece ornate wooden bed or Victorian style iron bedstead, hanging them at different height intervals in true bohemian spirit.

Look out for bedding in rich colours to breathe life into that sumptuous traditional bed design. Those patterns and colours inspired by Indian saris make good bohemian-style choices with bright violet silks and deep gold’s striking the perfect chord, while paisley patterned fabrics are also an inspired choice. Gold embroidered silken coverlets or duvets suggest a nomadic gypsy style, with plump brightly coloured pillows sitting luxuriously atop the bed. Use sheer or opaque fabrics in red, gold, and orange shades to drape the head of the bed to create an opulent mood, with a soft purple velvet runner across the foot of the bed to continue the rich fabric theme.

Complete the bohemian vibe with a medley of accessories that brings balance and individuality to the space. An amber beaded curtain might cover a doorway or open fronted hanging space creating a melodious chink when someone enters the room or when a breeze blows through the window. Sheer red curtains warm the natural light that enters the room, whilst a cluster of candles give off the musky scent of cinnamon and ginger. Scatter velvety pillows for informal floor seating, and scour the antique arcades and craft fairs for gold rimmed glass vases and porcelain-ware to display a collection of coloured stones or elements of nature. Anything with a whimsical Moroccan association will feel at home here; some Moroccan slippers or some richly coloured pierced paper stars or lanterns to hang from the ceiling perhaps, or to decorate that imposing carved wooden bedstead ? A steamer travel chest at the foot of the bed suggests intriguing worldwide travel adventures as well as offering a practical storage solution for teenage bedroom clutter, with deep woven wicker baskets providing additional handy informal storage space for scarves, books, magazines and assorted bedroom trinkets…

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…

Pastel bedroom moods…

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Gentle pastel bedroom colours bring a breath of fresh air to bedroom style with shades and textures to promote relaxation and serenity. With hues that evoke the feel of springtime, pastel colour room schemes create the backdrop for any number of room styles, from vintage Victorian, to country cottage style, shabby chic, or as the colour scheme for a nursery or guest room. With careful execution, pastels become suited to more contemporary room design also, where room furnishings and elements contrast with neutral pastel backgrounds. In fact whatever the design aesthetic, with the sympathetic execution of the colour and patterns mix and with the inclusion of interesting textures and some bolder accent pieces, this is a décor theme that will promote relaxation without becoming too girlie or mundane.

Set the scene with a soft pastel wall colour such as peach or spring green or a soft lilac blue. These colours create the perfect backdrop for a number of room styles, setting  the mood for the room as a whole and offering a soft glow that would be missing from bedrooms painted in white or off-white hues. In addition, gentle blue and green of soft yellow tones are good mood enhancers, with faded yellow walls particularly welcome in rooms that are north facing, lacking in natural sunlight. For a touch of visual interest consider drawing attention to an accent or bed head wall with a colour contrast that extends the pastel theme in an understated manner. A blue wall against a yellow wall scheme might work here or vice versa, whilst a gently patterned wallpapered accent wall is another pleasing option. Consider wallpapers featuring simple floral designs or perhaps a muted toile motif for a country house flavour.

Bring a little visual interest into the design mix with a selection of patterns that pick up on the pastel theme of the room. That toile design is a good example, but look at mixing and matching other patterns that work together with a colour thread that ties them all together. For example a traditional brass bedstead or Victorian inspired iron bed might just be the perfect focal point for a shabby chic or country cottage style room. Introduce pattern interest and breathe life into the bed with a vintage patchwork bedspread and yellow paisley checkered pillows and matching bed valance. As long as the motif mix isn’t too busy and there is that common colour theme, the patterns will harmonise forming the perfect counterpoint for a pastel backdrop.

Extend the theme with some shabby chic country-style window fabrics to contrast gently with the wall tones. Those that feature a floral pattern or simple stripe design will be in keeping here such as a motif of pale pink tea roses against the contrast of a mint green wall, continuing the effect with a bedside rug to bring warmth and texture interest to the floor, creating a link with those other pastel room shades. Remember also those little forgotten nooks and corners of the room, adding pastel or patterned wallpaper to the shelves in a closet or a chest of drawers, or perhaps painting or wallpapering a dressing screen for soothing room balance.

Finalise the pastel scheme with wall artwork that evokes the springtime flavour such as vintage illustrations of vegetables or floral compositions,complemented with a pastel coloured flower arrangement. A vase of lilacs or an orchid display on a bedside table or mantel, are sure to lift the spirits, whatever the season…

Black and Blue Bedroom style…

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

It might not appear on too many shortlists when it comes to bedroom colour choice, but blue, with perhaps the exception of navy blue and some other darker derivatives is a calming and serene colour that makes it particularly well suited for use in the bedroom. In partnership with sophisticated black accents in the form of furniture, fabrics and accessories the decor effect can be striking and enormously attractive. For a soft nature-inspired aesthetic or a contemporary room design with a modern vibrant vibe, it’s a colour combo that is not only gender neutral but one that offers great flexibility to suit all tastes and architectural styles…

Choose a room backdrop colour to start the scheme, opting for a light blue shade rather than something too dark to avoid any dungeon-like associations, with softer pastel blue shades for a gentle feminine aura, or a brighter blue treatment with turquoise or cerulean for a bolder more forceful impression, suited to more masculine room style. When using these brighter shades, paint just one or two walls in the bold tones with a neutral wall colour such as light mocha or cream for the remaining walls, to turn down the brightness levels for a colour scheme that is balanced and not overpowering.

Alternatively create an accent wall using a favourite wallpaper pattern. Choose a design that compliments the other colours within the room and one perhaps that features a black motif. Something with a nature-inspired theme is in keeping with the feminine country cottage look or perhaps a pastoral toile design might fit the bill?Prominent geometric or abstract patterns play-up a more modern vibe, or you could try using a faux paint effect such as sponge painting to introduce texture interest into the room theme behind the head of a featured contemporary iron bed design.

Incorporate black furniture within the room for a strong, striking and thoroughly modern effect. That sophisticated black metal bed creation might be low and streamlined or something more transitional in style, depending upon the room mood. Look also at black modern wooden bed designs in lacquered, painted or very dark stain finishes. Where budgets are tight old tired pine can be repurposed in this way, or you might prefer wooden furniture pieces in natural finishes for a softer more natural feel. White oak and ash are two timbers to consider here, with white painted wooden or metal beds or even white wicker, for a fresh airy vibe, particularly suited to more feminine bedroom schemes.

Dress up the bed in a range on blue and black tones and textures that pick up on the colours within the room, with a plush black bedside rug to warm up natural wooden floors or a fitted carpet. Add plenty of scatter cushions and pillows for an inviting flavour, combining pastels with bolder colour tones and black accents, mixing such textures as velvet, silk, cotton, and corduroy for visual and tactile intrigue. Drape a faux fur black runner over the foot of the bed and reupholster a chaises longue or love seat in black velvet or a black damask, with a black velvet deeply padded or zebra print headboard for a romantic variation on the bedstead theme, whenever space is tight or an art deco boudoirflavour ticks the boxes…

Some more thoughts on Olive Green bedroom décor…

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

After a spell in the doldrums there has been something of a resurgence in recent years of the popularity of olive green as a home décor colour suited to essentially contemporary home-style where the emphasis is on understated classic décor with perhaps just a hint of retro. We’ve applauded the merits of olive green before although admittedly it requires a little care when it comes to successful mixing and matching with other colours and textures. Yet get the combinations and balance right and some inspired room schemes can become reality. From light and airy to masculine and dramatic, olive green sets the tone for a wealth of room styles to suit all tastes and budgets. And whilst we are leaning towards the modern room-set here, with a little care and sensitivity, olive green has a part to play in more traditional environments where accents of this earthy colour lend a fresh twist to room spaces with a vintage flavour.

As a starter thought why not consider a combination of light olive green walls with bright white woodwork as the basis for a breezy, fresh looking room? Paint decorative plaster, skirting boards, doors and window frames a gloss or satin white finish and incorporate a modern-style wooden bed and matching wooden furniture in solid light oak or ash, or in painted white finishes to pick up on other white elements in the room. A white contemporary metal bed design might also work well here. For a personalised arty statement add a white decorative stencil design or mural to an accent wall in attractive nature inspired patterns such as vines, floral motifs or free-flowing art-nouveau shapes, dressing the bed with a combination of olive green and white fabrics for a cohesive, unified room vibe.

Create a bolder feel with the combination of olive green and black, or black and white patterned fabrics for a less assertive flavour. Choose black and white patterned curtains and anolive green blind and likewise black and white bedding with green and black scatter cushions. You might even like to consider some zebra stripe accents here which should counterpoint the olive green tones just perfectly, for a retro art deco flavour with a modern stylish twist. Black wooden or metallic furniture and a streamlined black modern bed design will lend a sophisticated masculine feel to the room, or keep things lighter with white oak furniture styles and black tabletop accessories.

Using gentle shades of grey with light olive bedroom walls lightens things up still further, or for a more feminine touch bring in some splashes of dusty pink. Combine a grey border within the walls for extra texture with soft pink flower artwork or a floral display. Dress a lime-washed wooden bed or pretty traditionally styled ivory iron bed with grey or grey and white linens, adding splashes of pink in the form of cushions or a cosy bed throw. Warm things up if you prefer with a combination of light olive green with a range of soft yellows and creams for a room with pretty, warm feel, adding perhaps a mural design to a feature wall and picking up the same creamy colour for woodwork finishes. Accessorise with fresh flower displays and botanical prints, whilst for an ultra-fresh summery look team up yellow accents with bright white detailing and bed linens in place of those creamier tones.

As a parting thought we shouldn’t ignore those earthy autumnal shades which parry well with olive tones to create a room aesthetic that is supremely cosy and inviting. A palette of browns and rusty reds will fit the brief here with some leaf-inspired or floral patterned fabric or stencil designs, and appropriate wall art featuring landscapes or scenes of nature. Choose wooden furniture pieces that echo those autumnal shades in rich red-brown hues such as mahogany, walnut, or dark oak, with a chocolate brown bed throw or faux fur bed runner and deep red and olive green scatter cushions for the perfect finishing touch…

Magical Wizard-themed bedroom ideas…

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Indulge in flights of fantasy for a son or daughter with the creation of a magical bedroom haven drawing on weird and wonderful wizard themes, for a look that is quite literally out of this world… With inspired use of opulent fabrics, interesting furniture styles, rich colours and mysterious decorative accessories, it’s not difficult to create a bedroom mood that awakens the imagination. Glean inspiration from wizard-themed movies, books and fables, allowing the imagination to run free for a fantasy theme that can’t fail to induce a smile on young and old alike…

Create a mystical mood with rich paint colours in the darker hues of royal purple, crimson, or midnight blue. Use this colour for an accent wall such as the bed head wall using lighter derivatives of the same shade for the remainder of the room, so as not to overwhelm and make the space feel constricted and small. Consider however breaking this rule by painting the ceiling a moody shade of darker blue  to mimic the night time sky, to which you can attach luminous stars and celestial images.

Continue the wizard theme with a dungeon, cave or castle images and elements in true fantasy style, with a wall mural or decorative wall features such as artwork and posters that evoke the mood. A traditional vintage “bedknobs and broomsticks” style iron bed is the essential room feature for all aspiring wizards, complete with brass corner knobs and ornate antique detailing, in a sultry dark finish or a creamy hue for a more feminine touch. A charming four poster bed design in carved wood or metal is also appropriate for any self-respecting wizard’s lair, although space and cost considerations might overrule anything quite so adventurous. Where space or cost really is an issue, consider interesting headboard designs that might appeal to our creative side as well as the pocket. Fabric headboards in dark faux suede’s or old headboards reupholstered in a material that features a stars and moon design are just a couple of options that might have great magical-style appeal.

Vamp up the room theme with opulent or opulent-looking fabric styles, such as a regal purple or  deep crimson satin bed throw or duvet cover, repeating the colour within the window curtains, with royal red scatter cushions for an extra splash of colour or star shaped silver satin pillows to really turn up the fantasy style. Turn a corner of the room into an area fit for conjuring spells with a high-backed wooden chair complete with wizard’s hat, next to a wrought iron plant stand topped with a glass garden globe replicating the look of a magic crystal ball.

Finalise the scheme with decorative features and accessories that evoke the mystical mood such as images of dragons and dungeons, or wooden carvings and decorative wrought iron castle-style features and light or candle sconces. Feature an old wooden travel or steamer trunk at the foot of that wonderful vintage attic bedroom iron bed, draped with a cape, as the perfect spot to store wizard-bedroom clutter, or to sit awhile whilst thumbing through a book of spells in true Harry Potter style…

Budget Latin American Bedroom schemes.

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Spice up a master bedroom with extrovert Latin American décor or use the theme to create a teenagers bedroom with an exotic twist. From Mexican Talavera pottery, to Guatemalan textiles and religious icons, the choice of room accents to convert your sleeping space is wide and evocative, but best of all can be achieved even on the tightest of budgets. Source fabrics, furniture and décor items from specialist online websites andcraft shows or flea market arcades for a host of colourful room elements for frugal DIY makeovers. Whether you prefer a décor scheme that is vibrant and fun, or something a little more sophisticated, an inspired use of colours, textures and folk art can transform your bedroom from drab to dramatic, for a cultural celebration that showcases this vibrant corner of the world…

Use colour to establish the mood with wall and woodwork paints in shades that create either a cool interior that evokes the intrigue of Uruguayan gaucho’s, or brighter splashes of red, burnt gold and blue that captures the spirit of Mexican folk art. For a truly authentic Latin American vibe, texture the walls with plaster or apply a stucco-style finish, before painting with a warm cream or ivory hue for a sophisticated Latin space, or a vibrant milk paint for a semi-transparent finish in shades of fuchsia, yellow, tangerine and turquoise. Bring additional splashes of colour into the mix by breathing a new lease of life into bedside tables, wooden bistro chairs, or an old dresser or chest of drawers with a coat of bright paint in colours such as lime green and chilli pepper red. Distress down with a sheet of sandpaper to reveal elements of the bare wood below, for a time-worn, rustic finish.

Include folk art pieces and religious items that will enhance the Latin American vibe such as rustic iron or hammered tin as functional or decorative pieces and window hardware. These accents will contrast perfectly with creamy walls and neutral textiles whilst a rustic wooden bed or weathered iron bedstead creates the perfect room focal point to catch the eye as you enter the room. Complement the traditional bedwith other bedroom furniture pieces that extend the rustic theme in designs that are well planted and functional yet not without aesthetic charm. Include splashes of colour in the form of Talavera pottery or folk art crosses to bring visual interest to dresser tops, and consider hanging wall masks or repurposing clay cookware as a dish to hold jewellery or candles.

Native patterned textiles and bed linens bring additional texture, colour and comfort to the room scheme, with serapes, woollen blankets and ponchos adding an authentic element that can serve a multi-purpose role for bed or chair throws or window dressings. Use a length of Guatemalan-style embroidery to create your own pillows and cushions or small tablecloth features, wrapping remnants around picture frames and mirrors. Replace out-of-keeping closet doors with a patterned blanket as an impromptu doorway curtain, held to one side with a primitive wrought iron hook, and frame flea-market Latin American coffee bean burlap bags for a chic and intriguing, low-key wall hanging. Finalise the theme with a collection of arty prints that portray Peru or Havana, displayed in rustic wooden frames, together with a collection of keepsakes and pottery souvenirs from Central and South America, sourced online or those souvenirs from holiday travels…

French Headboard Bedroom style.

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Traditionally timeless French room style never fails to fall from popularity, and within the bedroom enjoys particular relevance as a romantic and evocative room theme that is instantly recognisable and appealing. Whether it is the vintage antique room style of Marie Antoinette that you crave, or the enticing elegance inspired by Catherine Deneuve, it is not difficult to bring the elements of France into your home, or to commit to a radical makeover in pursuit of the quintessential French boudoir look. Careful selection of colours, texture and fabrics is essential, but no more so than our choice of beautiful French furnishings to create the Gallic mood from which the room as a whole can draw inspiration. Take a little time to research and track down a French-style headboard or traditional bedstead that will strike just the right chord, as a fabulous room centrepiece to stir the senses…

For an essentially French Country flavour draw inspiration from the rolling vineyards of southern France and the farmhouses and country gites that pepper the landscape. There is a beautiful unassuming simplicity here which is echoed by timeless room décor, with gentle colours, time-worn fabric styles and functional but fabulous furnishings. French country headboards or beds are traditionally fashioned from wood although simple iron bed styles are also totally in keeping. Sturdy construction allied to simple detailing is the watchword  and wooden furniture is often lime washed or painted in neutral or pastel shades for a soft feminine appearance. This is an eminently appealing and versatile room aesthetic that is less formal than many other French décor moods.

One such style is that of the Rococo era with a rich opulence that is instantly recognisable, synonymous with its 18th century heyday, epitomised by lavish ornate furnishings, rich fabrics and a pastel colour palette. If a somewhat indulgent bedroom scheme is your idea of heaven, the frivolous Rococo style might just be the décor theme of choice, with a prettiness and sensual feel like no other. Look out for ornately carved gilt headboards or majestic carved wooden bedstead designs that exude the same craftsman finish and qualities. Exquisite detailing and veneer-work is the byword here with a marquetry style popularised by the court of Louis XV and his mistress Madame de Pompadour.

Choose iron headboard and French metal bedstead designs to evoke the style of Paris. From the wrought iron balconies of the capital overspilling with bright geraniums, to those tiny iron table sets on café pavements, you’ll find the ornate curves of ironwork everywhere that you look within this most romantic of European cities. Bring the style into the bedroom with ornately crafted metal headboard and iron bed designs in dark finishes or in a glamorous gold patina with heavy over-styled castings and lions feet detailing. Alternatively consider an airy, gently styled brass headboard for a vintage 19th century take on those more elaborately presented Parisian creations.

As a final thought, we shouldn’t overlook the ever-popular upholstered traditional headboard, for the French bedroom setting, upholstered in luxurious fabrics such as damask, chenille or velvet, and well- padded for comfortable reading and reclining. Choose materials with patterns such as Toile or brocade that are French through-and –through, with over-height tufted style and covered buttons, or even wing-backed designs with carved wood surrounds for maximum visual Gallic impact.

Mixing Country Bedroom Styles

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Country style décor might evoke images of shabby chic country cottages or rural manor houses in the English Shires, but look further afield, and there are many different country-style subtypes that become relevant within the context of home design. From American rustic with a 19th century log cabin flavour through to more recent 20th century vintage or Victoriana themes, there is a wealth of choice for the budding interior decorator. Consider such aesthetics as French Country for a romantic provincial feel, or that quintessential English Country rural scene for a chintzy, well-loved vibe. Further afield, Tuscan style conjures a timeless, informal flavour with accents of terracotta, wrought iron, and brightly patterned pottery, whilst contemporary country mixes the clean lines of modern style with accents from the best of Asian, Indian, and native American cultures. Mix and match two or three of these country styles with a little thought and planning and attention to colours and textures, for a room theme that defies more mainstream convention.

Assorted fabric patterns can work well within the mixed country-style bedroom theme as long as there is a background colour that ties the designs together. Look to repeat each fabric choice approximately two to three times throughout the room. For example, if you have chosen a plaid style material for your window treatments, incorporate some pillows or scatter cushions on the bed along with a fabric covered hat box in the same material to strike a feeling of continuity and balance. Don’t be afraid to vary the scale of the patterns to create a mix of small, medium and larger designs, such as a small-scale European gingham, teamed up with English paisley and larger-scale French toile.

Eclectic furniture collections can be brought together to evoke the flavour of the different country styles although the same rules apply in terms of having a common thread that binds the look together. A traditional vintage wooden bed design might prove to be a pleasing companion for a dresser or occasional tables in a sleeker contemporary style as long as the wood shade and grain is repeated. Likewise a Victorian inspired iron bedstead in a satin black finish complete with brass ornamentation and ornate scrolled detailing will prove to be an appealing counterpoint for minimalist Asian inspired cabinetry in piano black or lacquered finishes.

Continue to build the harmonious story by selecting soft throws and scatter pillows for your choice of traditional or contemporary bed in a colour that picks up on the room fabric patterns that you are using to act as a common denominator between the styles. As a room centrepiece this becomes doubly essential and select items with interesting textures, shapes or trimmings, for visual intrigue. Accordingly, keep patterns, accents and accessories true to each of the styles that you are mixing. Antique collections and perhaps some folk-art pieces are an important aspect of country décor, and strive to balance opposing qualities such as texture, size and form carefully to combine types of country décor from different cultures or historical periods. Aim for an even number of rough and smooth textures, with pieces of varying size, applying the same rule of thumb when it comes to the mix of simply styled accents and those that are more ornate.

Remember that it is easier to mix cultures than it is to successfully combine different eras, and strive for the warmth and sentimentality that are associated with vintage or handcrafted items, irrespective of the country-décor origins or timeline…