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Pink and White teen girl bedrooms…

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Pink is the colour of the moment right now. From catwalk fashion to home soft furnishings and interior décor themes, whether it’s delicate pastel pink tones or shocking lipstick pink, this is an expressive and versatile colour that looks great as the basis for a teen girl bedroom scheme. Add shades of off-white and sage for a vintage vibe or vivid magenta teamed up with midnight black for a punk rocker aesthetic. Create interesting tonal dimension and texture by mixing different shades of pink within the bedroom or opt for something coordinated and funky by mixing up a variety of patterns and style motifs in the same shade.

Faded pastel pinks make the perfect backdrop for a variety of bedroom themes whether that’s vintage Victorian, country cottage moods or something altogether more contemporary. Paired with pale grey-green celadon shades or sage green and vintage white or ivory, this bedroom motif is ideal for a free-spirited nature lover who could spend hours sipping tea whilst gazing out a lofty window onto rolling lawns. Fall in love with an enchanting traditional iron bed design in a glossy ivory finish and select a duvet cover or bed throw and coordinating curtains in toile, chintzy or floral patterns, to continue the cottagey theme throughout the room. Include antique pieces, shabby chic accents and vintage artwork as inspired finishing touches.

It’s difficult not to notice the ultra-bold tones of shocking pink or lipstick pink just about everywhere on the high street this season. As an expressive summery colour it’s more popular than ever as the basis for floral patterns or a stand-alone shade, particularly within the context of bathroom and bedroom design and accessories. Whether you lean towards the look in magenta tones or perhaps a more neon-influenced pink, it is a vivacious colour that adds energy and a sassy feminine vibe to any room scheme, particularly against the contrast of satin black accents or stark white room elements. Paint woodwork and dado rails in a high gloss white as the ideal partner or incorporate stylish black lacquered furniture or a contemporary black metal bed as an inspired counterpoint. Such bold modern furniture selection plays up the trendy modern theme, whilst the inclusion of zebra or leopard animal prints injects a flavour of fun and youthfulness. Include damask elements as an alternative approach should you wish in the form of framed wallpaper samples, wallpaper borders, stencilling on walls or within the bedding and window materials, for an intriguing touch of gothic flair.

Combining pink on pink shades creates tonal depth and throws up the possibility of a variety of motif styles. Go 70s retro with pink on pink polka dots and squares or geometric prints, or feminine toiles or soft damask patterns for a more grown-up flavour. White curtains trimmed in pink sequined or beaded ribbon, accented with appliques gives the room an invitingly relaxed feel, with multi-textured bedding and white cotton pillows, extending the theme atop a focal point satin white traditional metal bedstead with rich brass detailing for a hint of visual glamour.

For a pink room scheme where the patterns do the talking, consider a striped pink and white wallpaper treatment or pink on pink patterns with crisp white mouldings and wood trim. Toile style pink and white curtains, against pinstriped wallpaper and a solid white dado rail, will all bring flair to the décor story without the necessity for an overall theme. The secret here is to mix and match patterns that coordinate and complement each other without overwhelming the visual message.

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…

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…

Large Master Bedroom Décor Ideas…

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

They say that one of life’s great luxuries is that of space, but whatever your opinion of that rather sweeping observation, there is little doubt that larger homes with proportionally up-size rooms and bedroom size, present a great canvas upon which to project a whole new raft of creative design and decorative styles, creating an expansive scheme that simply wouldn’t be possible elsewhere. As always, whatever the architectural style or room configuration, it is our personal design and style tastes that should dictate the look, whether that be country-style shabby chic, an Asian inspired contemporary vibe , or something altogether more expressive, glamorous, or even a little decadent. Large bedrooms offer the unique opportunity of giving such themes room to breathe, although as with any project a set of design rules are the basis for success. Greater space offers greater margin for error, but achieve the perfect mix of colours, textures and furnishing style for ravishing room moods bar none.

Large master bedrooms offer the space, and invariably and just as importantly, the natural light to control the visual impact of bold wall and floor colours whenever a contemporary edge is the requirement of the moment. Warmer colours such as burgundy, burnt orange, crimson, chocolate brown and regal purple reduce any loftiness within the room, creating an area that is welcoming and romantic. Alternatively to maintain the feeling of space and airiness, opt for a pale cool colour such as mint green or a powder blue, with creamy or off-white neutral wall tones creating great contrast for bold room elements, fabrics and furniture selections. Where these light or neutral colours are the order of the day, consider a bolder accent bed-head wall in a toile or damask patterned paper, or even a fabric treatment for a warm sophisticated luxury hotel flavour.

When it comes to floor treatments, although traditionally larger bedrooms feature fitted carpet to ensure comfort and heat and sound insulation, it’s worth giving consideration to natural timber floor design for both traditional and contemporary room styles. For here the rich patina of woodgrain helps balance the light and textures within the room, with contemporary, Oriental, or retro-style area rugs flanking a focal point fabulous wooden bed or metal bed design, or picking up on colours or the pattern motif within a grand oversized tufted fabric or leather headboard.

Furniture selection demands a considered approach so instead of filling a large room with an equally large collection of oversized furniture pieces that invade the space, consider two or three showcase pieces that make a dramatic statement, complementing them with less imposing functional pieces in a supporting role. Large bedrooms open up all sorts of possibilities for furniture choice that simply wouldn’t be possible in smaller rooms, so it’s a shame to miss the opportunity. A canopy or ornately detailed wooden four poster bed adds an element of romantic opulence as the centrepiece of a large bedroom, with a large armoire or linen press cabinetry continuing the theme. A king sized iron bedstead in traditional or contemporary style depending upon the preferred décor  makes for an equally appealing centre-stage option, dressed with rich linens and bed throws to bring the bed design to life.

To create a welcoming dual-function room area that maximises the space on offer, consider designating an area of the bedroom as a seating area, particularly if the aesthetic is more traditional in nature, with a fireplace or stove, around which you might group an area rug and plush upholstered chairs or a sofa to define the area. Alternatively or as an inviting add-on, install a window seat or chaises longue beneath a tall window, lining the surrounding walls with book shelves to create a snug mini-library reading nook.

Apple Green walls for Black and White teen bedrooms…

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

For a bold contemporary vibe, the combination of crisp green wall finishes, counterpointed with ultra-stylish black and white room furnishings and décor, creates an undeniably trendy and yet timeless motif for a son’s or daughter’s bedroom. And better still, it’s one that can grow with your teen with the flexibility to accommodate revised décor and accessory accents as tastes or function requirements evolve. Personalise the space with funky plaids, bold damask designs, whimsical polka dots, or classic white walls should you prefer, with black and green splashes of room colour, for a décor statement that is exciting and unique. Give new life to jumble-shop finds or vintage items for a retro or shabby chic style. Transform tired old furniture with a coat of paint and updated knobs and hardware for a frugal room makeover or choose sleek modern bed and furniture designs for a minimalist flavour that will appeal to all the family.

Cast aside more conventional colour themes with an extrovert apple green wall scheme using several coats to ensure a bold saturated hue. Even in larger bedrooms a couple of walls finished in green with the remaining walls painted a complementary neutral tone, will be sufficient to establish the right vibe, whilst smaller rooms might benefit from just one bed-head accent wall so that the green does not overpower the space. Consider also painted green dado rails, coving or skirting boards to introduce an element of green to the walls whenever a more restrained approach is the requirement of the moment. There’s also the option of extending the apple green colour to the floor with a fitted carpet floor covering, although it’s no surprise that bright colours fall from favour more quickly than neutral tones, so a safer bet might be a carpet in a light beige or cream with perhaps an accent apple green bedside rug as a fail-safe and flexible accent option.

Look for coordinating accent furniture to establish the black and white motif within the room, playing off against those green backdrop tones. A white wooden bed design with a simple silhouette and low-rise stance will easily establish the contemporary mood here, whilst a modern metal bed finished in black or white with the bare minimum of detailing will strike an ascetic, upbeat chord. Chrome furniture and décor pieces might also work happily within this room style, with black/white checker-patterned bed duvets or a faux fur throw, extending the motif. Stripy black and white patterns such as zebra stripes bring a touch of tropicalinterest to the mix and bounce off those green room tones for a touch of jungle intrigue, while for truly individual and funky furniture style, consider revamping old vintage store wooden furniture finds with a few coats of apple green paint or neutral colours with green painted trim, which you can easily repurpose colour-wise when the time comes to redesign the room.

Finalise the scheme with accessories and décor pieces that pull the look together for a seamless design style that sits easily on the eye without resorting to excessive amounts of visual clutter that spoils the effect. Throw pillows, cushions, bed canopies and window dressings will all soften the look and allow for fine-tuning when it comes to the green/black/white colour mix. A bright green ceiling fan, stained glass bedside table lamp, or black and white wall photos or prints, will all bring an element of pizazz and texture interest to a personal space that’s truly funky-fabulous…

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…

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…

Olive Green Bedroom décor…

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

The humble olive… In all its very many incarnations pervades our lives in so many different ways, and yet when it comes to olive green as a décor colour, it’s a shade that has risen and fallen from grace over the years. During the 70s it enjoyed a heyday, yet with its characteristic yellowish undertones was to be side-lined for brighter hues as the 80s ensued. In more recent times olive green, when coordinated with other modern room colours takes on an ultra-stylish stance with wood tones, and rich shades of purple, black, or yellow adding definition to an olive green room scheme for a dramatic statement that invites you in, with gentler applications for a lighter more airy décor style…

Try pulling together olive green with the earthy qualities of brown. Both are rich natural colours and together they make a good partnership for an inviting bedroom colour scheme that is restful and assured. Accentuate olive green walls with dark wooden furnishings such as a modern or vintage wooden bedstead in dark oak, walnut, or mahogany, with other bedroom furniture such as a dresser, wardrobes or a pair of bedside tables in complementary finishes. Dress the bed with olive green linens and a combination of green and chocolate or coffee brown pillows to tie the look together. Add brushed silver finishes in the form of table lamps, mirror frames and picture frames to add a splash of visual brightness, to counterpoint this rich, essentially masculine room scheme.

As a contemporary alternative to the earthy green/brown combo you might prefer the union of olive green and black for a stylish modern twist that still has very much a masculine vibe, with a sophisticated slant that is suited to many different contemporary architectural styles or minimalist city apartments. Use sleek black furniture and a low profile black modern metal bed or platform wooden bed design with metal accents to create an uncluttered aesthetic that is dramatic and classy. Flank the bed with a pair of matching bedside tables topped with black-shaded table lamps to cast a deep sensual glow, dressing the bed in black and green fabrics to create balance and room synergy. Consider hanging a framed Andy Warhol print featuring green and black graphics above the bed head to draw the eye, with a black leather bench at the foot of the bed to complete the sophisticated urban mood.

Replicating the colours of the eggplant, olive green and purple were simply made for each other and as the basis for a bedroom scheme add a beautifully soft touch like no other. This is a great colour combo with universal gender and age group appeal, where multiple hues of purple parry with the earthy shades of olive green for a truly stylish room flavour. Include a highly textured purple duvet or bed throw atop a traditional or contemporary brass bedstead or a slinky low-rise chrome bed design for an unmistakably modern room focal point. Pile up a selection of scatter pillows in purple and green hues to coordinate the space, hanging sheer purple curtains at the windows to diffuse light within the room, with chrome or silver framed prints on an accent wall or in metallic finishes that pick up on the bed design.

As a final colour combo thought, consider the warmer hues of olive green and yellow for a brighter room scheme and a happy partnership that suggests a retro feel. Paint one wall a buttery yellow to lighten the mood, creating a backdrop for an upholstered or white wooden bed or headboard, or perhaps a white or ivory metal bed in a transitional design. Mix olive green bed linens with a patterned green and yellow bed throw, including a pale white bedside rug and white embellished throw pillows on the bed to define the space and update the look from the original 70s aesthetic. Whitewashed furniture and lime washed wooden bed designs are another pleasing option here, where a touch of French country style dances with retro green/yellow shades enhancing the natural lighting for a softer more feminine décor solution…