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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…

Chic Purple and Grey Bedroom moods…

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Purple is an ever-popular bedroom colour that spans all genders and age groups, and no more so than when in the company of grey tones for a combination that is effortlessly versatile. From casually chic to bohemian contemporary, or unmistakably upscale and sophisticated, this is a colour partnership that can’t fail to impress. Match up with funky patterns, metallic accents and complementary colours such as leaf green and burnt orange for a real visual treat. Classic furniture styles or more modern interpretations counterpointed with unexpected accents and design twists, coordinate and complete the look of a room scheme that is a far cry from more utilitarian bedroom designs.

Highlight classic black or white furniture with purple and grey detail work, patterns or accents. A modern or traditional metal bed or timeless wooden bedstead design makes a bold statement in a bedroom theme where a purple/grey colour theme is the order of the day, providing great contrast and a style in spades. If you’re after a funkier mood consider painting tired old furniture in a purple and grey colour combo or add purple knobs to a light grey painted cabinetry for a classy vibe. Most furniture, whatever the style can be repurposed in this way to create a whole new motif.

Emphasise the rich and regal qualities of purple with satin sheets, sumptuous duvet covers or bed throws and plush throw pillows. Introduce varying shades and textures of purple and grey into the fabric décor mix to create diversity and visual intrigue within the colour scheme, and create versatility by using a mix of prints and solid coloured materials, as well as reversible duvet covers or pillow shams. For a sophisticated flavour hang purple curtains that feature a grey or silver trim or fringe, or soft grey window fabrics featuring fun purple designs for a touch of bedroom whimsy.

Wall colours create a visual backdrop that establishes the room mood, and as always an accent wall in a darker shade is the preferred aesthetic. Paint three walls in a lighter shade of purple with the wall against which the bed will rest in a brighter richer shade of purple to add contrast, or grey as an alternative for a different dimension. Damask patterns, harlequin diamonds, stripes, or even polka dots or funky 70s style swirls, in shades of iridescent purple and silvery greys, bring their own unique individuality to the room scheme, whatever your preferred style.

Finalise the purple and grey theme with accessories and decorative accents that pull the décor story together for room balance and colour synergy. Silver grey picture and mirror frames, beaded purple bedside table lampshades, and plush grey rugs add texture and dimension to the room whilst personalising the scheme as a whole. Chrome hardware and furniture might also tick the boxes whenever a highbrow ultra- sophisticated look is desired, with mirrored furniture or decorative boxes for a stylish splash of Art Deco. Experiment with patterns and designs that might not immediately spring to mind, such as animal stripes or animal prints with radical splashes of accent colour such as lime green or deep crimson in the form of wall art, lampshades or scatter cushions for an assured contemporary twist…

Cottage Comforts…

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Cottage style decorating is informal, undoubtedly a little whimsical, often with more than just a hint of shabby chic, but above all appealing and versatile enough to spruce up just about any room. It’s a look that combines natural elements with femininity and a touch of romance, and is not tied together by any specific type of furniture, colour or fabric. Rather, what creates the perfect cottage style is the cosiness, warmth and simple understated charm that this decorative theme exudes. Anyone can create their own cottage-style home, whether it’s a seaside weekend cottage, a house in the country, a terraced town house or an apartment in the city, the cottage look can transform a room with a careful balance of colour and elements that tie the scheme together.

When it comes to furnishings look out for vintage furniture pieces made of natural materials such as wood, leather or rattan. White wicker furniture always works well in country bedrooms, and you might like to include some rustic items such as a wrought iron bread rack for storage, or some white painted metal occasional tables or a nightstand. Slipcovers are also popular in cottage design for that quintessential shabby chic look, so if you’re not happy with a chair or sofa, dress it with a comfortable cotton cover and tie-backs in a floral or plain cotton cream design for instant transformation. Victorian styled iron bed and heavy solid brass bedstead designs never fail to evoke the cottage look, or you might prefer the more earthy tones of an antique wooden bed complete with imposing leg posts and a rich lustrous patina. Metal beds repainted in a pastel shade are also appropriate here for a gentle cottagey flavour or for the centrepiece in a child’s room, and look out for distressed furniture pieces with chipped or crackled paint finishes for that aged well-loved look. Spruce up tired dark wood furniture with a lick of cream paint for style with a French twist and replace drawer knobs on dressers and bedside tables with antique glass or brass designs for quick and easy instant cottage flair.

Cottage style is all about bringing the outdoors in. Showcase a nightstand with a chipped porcelain vase filled with dried lavender or a bunch of fresh country flowers, extending the floral theme with flower and foliage patterns on a bedspread and for window treatments. Bedrooms with tall windows or French doors allow light to flood the room creating an instant link with the outside or a garden, and you might wish to incorporate a metal bistro style table and chair set where space allows or an old veranda rocking chair for instant rustic charm. Improvised plant stands, an antique jardiniere, small rattan chairs or an old iron bench placed under a window or at the foot of that 19th century style iron bed, will all strike the right tone here.

Illuminate the space gently with lots of mood lighting with low wattage bulbs, a kerosene style lantern or clusters of church candles for a warm enticing glow. Freestanding bedside table lamps with pretty floral fabric shades are a natural choice here, whilst dried floral swags hanging from a metal headboard or a small antique embroidered sampler hanging on the wall above the bed, are sure to please. Include an old rag doll or vintage teddy bear to complete the look with folk or landscape art on an accent wall for the finishing touch to this most appealing of cottage home makeovers…

Moorish style bedroom décor…

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Moorish style is a term used specifically during the 19th century to describe a predominantly western design movement based on the architecture and decorative arts of the Muslim inhabitants of North West Africa (the Moors) and between the 8th and 15th centuries of southern Spain. It is also a term used imprecisely to include Arab and Indian influences. Although the Moors rule in Spain finally ended in 1492, their presence remained indispensably part of the European vision of the East. It’s a style woven intrinsically with the Moroccan aesthetic and in most cases they are indistinguishable as one and the same. Earthy spicy colours combined with jewelled tones, repeating patterns, decorative iron work and intricately patterned fabrics define the look, for a rich, exotic, and enticing room style.

Within the bedroom or any Moorish room scheme, colour is crucial to set the scene. Rich jewel tones such as emerald green, sapphire blue, ruby red, amethyst purple and topaz yellow will strike an authentic chord, with the earthy tones of rust and cinnamon vying with such spicy colours as paprika and saffron. Mediterranean blue was another firm favourite for Moroccan and Moorish décor, and you can combine a selection of these colours for a vibrant extrovert effect, or just a few shades from one colour group for a more planted style. Where the mood intention is one of decadence and luxury, choose those jewelled tones, whereas earthy and spicy colours create a more subtle flavour. The combination of blue and white, or creamy hues, establish an airy summer vibe, reminiscent of the Mediterranean Sea regions.

Elaborately embellished and carved woodwork comes together with hand painted, highly lacquered furniture pieces such as armoires, solid wooden bed designs, and heavy chests or coffers, in the Moorish tradition. Furniture is often low to the ground, and seating invariably consists of a scattering of large ornately patterned floor cushions. Add a touch of wrought iron in the form of a small accent table, or a focal point wrought iron bed. Tables often feature brightly coloured mosaic-tiled tops, and whatever room you are decorating don’t skimp on lashings of luxurious fabrics for window dressings, bed covers, or wall features. Silk and rich chenille’s are all appropriate here with Persian style rugs scattered across a natural wood floor, to create a richly textured and colourful space.

Walls have a textured rustic appearance that can be easily recreated with textured paint or faux paint techniques such as crackle glazing and sponging. Alternatively cover the walls with fabric for an ultra-luxurious feel, or create an exotic Bedouin tent flavour with softly draped sheer fabric cascading down the walls or enveloping that enticing traditional bed. Tiles featuring a traditional geometric design referred to as “zellige” can be incorporated for wall and floor treatments, and floor tiles are either painted and glazed or have a natural finish, with terracotta tiles the order of the day whenever a more understated look is desired.

Finalise the Moorish aesthetic with the inclusion of accents and accessories such as Moroccan lamps and tea light holders, mosaic candle sticks and candles and wrought iron candelabras and wall sconces. Moroccan ceramics and porcelain in bright colours will strike the perfect tone here. Carafes, pitchers, large flower vases and bowls are all true to the theme. Team them up with copperware and silverware and hammered metal detailing on a low bedside table or as decorative accents on an imposing wooden headboard. Include a hookah pipe for a whimsical room touch and a hand tooled metal framed Ketama mirror for that authentic Moroccan vibe…

Travel themed Bedroom ideas…

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Allow the imagination to wander with a travel themed bedroom scheme that might just transport you to anywhere our fantasies choose. Creating such a scheme not only allows us to wave farewell to more pedestrian room themes but allows a little indulgence away from the cares of everyday life. For adult bedroom with a travel story, draw inspiration from the late Victorian era of world travel when the wealthy and adventurous were taking to the high seas or from the 20s and 30s when global travel was at its most chic and sumptuous. Such a room theme can be created in such a way that it is sophisticated and elegant, but it is an aesthetic that lends itself well to a child’s room also, where bright colours and worldwide maps and images turn the space into one which is fun, inviting and educational.

Choose a colour mix or combination for walls, woodwork and trim that evokes images of a favourite holiday or location or one that exudes an exotic tropical flavour. The Greeks paint their doors, window shutters and particularly domed roofs a brilliant blue to create a link with the skies and the heavens, whilst warm yellows, oranges, purples and rich reds are typical of the vivid colours so intrinsically associated with Moroccan spice markets. Mediterranean blues and greens are also very emotive, whilst terracotta and burnt orange shades are perfect for a Tuscany inspired room scheme. Scour the internet and Interiors design publications for inspiration and pull together a palette of colours drawn from images of those well-loved landscapes. Begin by painting one accent wall in a deeper colour to form the backdrop for a focal point traditional bed design, from which the remainder of the room scheme can draw inspiration.

Look out for an original Victorian inspired iron bed, which evokes thoughts of colonial travel to far outposts, or maybe a rustic wooden bed creation to form the centrepiece for a Mediterranean or Tuscan bedroom theme. Decoupage dresser drawers, bookcases, or the top of a bedside table with yellowed vintage luggage labels for a hint of old-world travel. Images of old luggage stickers can be tracked down and printed off the internet or you can purchase specialist books with reproductions of the same.

A steamer trunk at the end of that heavy metal bedstead complete with labels and travel stickers conjures images of faraway travel as well as providing a great functional storage solution for blankets, clothes and general bedroom clutter, as might a collection of old weathered leather suitcases of varying sizes, stacked to form an impromptu table or stashed away on top of a wardrobe to create additional storage solutions, whilst continuing thetravel theme.

Add accessories and decorative-ware that adds depth and interest to the travel story. Potted palms evoke that plantation or Colonial mood and ornate lamps and lanterns have an exotic edge that hints at Moroccan, Arabian, or Indian adventures. Framed copies of antique maps, old travel advertisement posters, or your own emotive personal travel photographs cannot fail to add interest and liven up an accent wall. Hunt through antique arcades and bric-a-brac stores for any old pieces that catch the eye that paint a picture of distant shores, while an antique world globe placed on a side table offers the perfect finishing touch…

Fresh contemporary bedroom style…

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Giving the bedroom a fresh modern update is a simple and satisfying project that need not break the bank, yet effortlessly lends the space a whole new persona; a more exciting environment to enter and a great boost to the senses to start the day. Bedrooms as a uniquely personal space offer great scope as a canvas for any number of contemporary décor themes, allowing a little indulgence and creative expression that might not be as appropriate in other rooms within the home. It enables the home designer to draw on colour and room style concepts that you might have seen and admired on home improvement TV shows or within Interior Design magazines. And whilst a complete makeover might be the task of choice, a “new” bedroom is in essence whatever this means to you, and might be something as simple as adding a few new pops of colour, replacing outdated furniture or a tired old wooden bed or metal bedframe, or adding artwork that has personal or emotional significance.

Colour schemes and wall textures, as always set the tone, and modern colour schemes tend to be modest and understated to enable the room accents and elements to do the “talking”. Black and white room schemes or those featuring shades of grey are always of the moment, and you can easily create a whole new room scheme by painting a bed head accent wall a deep shade of grey, splitting the effect with a horizontal black stripe, or adding vertical grey stripes to a white or off-white wall. Contemporary wallpaper treatments offer the same visual solution. If you are updating the bedroom from bland to upbeat, create a jewel-toned space by adding turquoise and ruby red throw cushions to a contemporary metal bed, or painting an accent wall an aubergine or purple shade, complemented with a side table and free standing table lamp with a jewelled rim shade.

Replace ubiquitous pine furniture with fresh modern designs that have a clean silhouette and simple lines that send out a stylish message by way of colour, form and stance. Low platform wooden bed designs, finished in lacquer black or with a dark wood grain, establish a minimalist yet enticing room focal point from which other room décor can draw inspiration. Consider also sophisticated metal bed creations finished in chrome or nickel for a high-end flavour, or low-rise iron bed designs with an ascetic vibe presented in black, pewter, or charcoal colour finishes. Add a splash of colour to the room with cherry red bedside tables and a dresser or bureau, distressing the piece should you wish, to customise. Comfortable furniture such as a chaise or love seat, upholstered in a warm shade of red or orange, will complement other rich brown or black furniture within the room, for a classic modern twist with great cross gender-friendly appeal.

Updated artwork for the bedroom might include such contemporary themes as 70s style geometric designs housed in a silver or piano black frame or a framed print featuring stripes or polka dots to liven up a plain wall. Limit artwork to one large print or metal wire sculpture on an accent wall or above the head of that modern bedframe, or a cluster of two or three smaller prints on a side wall to maintain that stylish modern vibe. For a truly personalised approach enlarge family or partner photos, framed and displayed on a feature wall, or favourite flower or landscape photos likewise, that evoke happy thoughts and memories. An ornately gold framed oil painting or print from a favourite artist, for a touch of antique style, offers a different twist to the contemporary mood should you prefer…

Sunny Italian-inspired bedrooms

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Within the home a sunroom can take on many different guises, be it an indoor enclosed garden, a conservatory or old- style orangery, a small enclosed porch, an entertainment room or perhaps a  spa–like indoor swimming or plunge pool room. Sunny bedrooms with a southerly aspect might also fall into this category, and whilst they might not be considered sunrooms in the true sense of the word per se, there is no doubt that they are enjoyable places in which to spend time for reading, relaxing or taking a snooze, whenever the occasion permits. Sunshine and Italy go together hand-in-glove and an Italian décor theme for sunny bedrooms is a charming way to give the space a continental flavour with broad appeal. Incorporate a touch of Tuscany with its unique mix of colour, warmth and old world charm, to make the most of any sunny room, whatever the season…

Begin with a colour theme that evokes images of rolling vineyards and country farmhouse style. The trademark palette of Tuscany is natural earthy tones, with shades of gold and deep terracotta hues. You might like to paint the bed head wall a deep espresso brown or a dusty red shade, and you can replicate terracotta flooring with area rugs of the same hue or that feature splashes of gold, red, and indigo. Alternatively make a feature of natural rustic wood flooring in dark hues with a rich patina. Add extra splashes of colour with majolica pottery, tiled mosaic surfaces and wall art that features landscapes or still life paintings, with wrought iron hardware and wall sconces for an authentic flavour.

Furnish the room in Italian country style, keeping the overall feel of the space simple, uncluttered and homespun. If the room majors on wooden elements such as a rustic wooden bed complete with heavy leg posts and wrought iron hardware, complement the scheme with natural materials such as wicker and rattan as well as other harmonious wooden pieces. An old ornately styled iron bed will also adapt well to this décor scenario, offering a pleasing counterpoint to other more woody accents within the room. Overall the desired look should be time-worn rather than sleek, so distressed wooden furniture and vintage items are ideal. Where space allows, another quick way to introduce a casual homely touch is to introduce a three piece table and chairs bistro set to an unused corner of the room, as the perfect spot to relax or read a book, Italian style.

Lighting solutions should complement the natural light that a sunny bedroom enjoys offering a restrained artificial light solution during hours of dusk or darkness. Recessed lighting options are well suited to this theme and wall sconces that become an integral part of wall plasterwork or stucco effects are perfect. For a touch of Italian panache, consider antique or rustic-looking light fixtures or a wrought iron or crystal chandelier. Window treatments should allow the natural sunlight to flood the room whilst offering shady respite on the brightest days whenever required. Light sheer fabrics teamed up with wicker or bamboo shades are a pleasing and practical solution, with rustic window shutters striking an authentic Tuscan chord.

To finalise the scheme, hunt down some artisan Italian accessories and decorative-ware that lends the room a unique and personalised identity. Those trademark ceramics and landscape paintings, will continue the theme, and include accents that showcase Tuscan design that features the fruits of the earth, such as plain pitchers filled with wildflowers, dried peppers hung on a line, leafy plants in earthenware pots, and large bowls of fruit. Do not worry about achieving a seamless coordinated look. The typical Italian country room scheme is delightfully eclectic and simple…

White Iron Bed room style…

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Emotive iron bedstead designs stir the imagination. Traditional styling with ornate detailing and brass accents evokes memories of country bedrooms, a dusty Victorian attic, or British Colonial settings, with more contemporary designs at home in glassy townhouse apartments, gritty urban minimalist rooms, or a teenagers bedroom bolt-hole. Yet whatever the shape, size and style of bed, colour and texture defines the persona, and no more so than with metal beds finished in white or ivory shades for a look that is either bang up to date, or quietly traditional with a fresh colour twist. In essence, white iron bed creations are chameleons, adapting effortlessly to a myriad of room themes. So whether your bed is an authentic original complete with a few knocks and bruises, or as might be more likely, a modern reproduction oozing with style, there’s a host of colour and room décor options that are guaranteed to create the most enticing of bed room themes…

For the modernists amongst us installing a contemporary white metal bed design that is sleek and streamlined with a simple silhouette and a low-rise stance, is a fabulous option when minimalism is the order of the day. Pick one contrasting accent colour for the bed-head wall such as charcoal grey, dusky red, or taupe and finish the remaining walls in a neutral shade to pick up on the bed linens and window treatment colours. Euro- style furnishings in chrome or sensual black lacquer add plenty of high-key contrast, and select one showpiece decorative or arty touch to define the room such as an oversized orchid, lily or other floral print over the head of the bed, to add a soft touch and a splash of colour, repeated in the duvet and bedthrow, and again in an accent rug to warm up a natural wood floor.

As the centrepiece of a romantic hideaway, look no further than a charming white, ivory or light pastel coloured iron bed to establish just the right mood. Pink room themes are an option here if you desire a dreamy girly look or are decorating for a daughter. White on pink imparts a sweet and gentle flavour. But for a less feminine approach, graduations of periwinkle blue and lavender work equally well as do country cottage inspired pastel hues such as faded green or vintage gold. Any traditionally styled metal bedstead design will harmonise fabulously here and ornate styling will be set off perfectly against the backdrop of a darker accent wall. Introduce a swathe of restrained colour with a pink floral bed throw or duvet cover to continue the romantic theme, and look out for white wicker furnishings in the form of bedside tables, bedroom chairs and storage baskets, to complete the room furnishings. If these pieces are a little distressed in appearance then so much the better, for instant country house shabby chic charm.

For an equally appealing light and airy room scheme, be bold and consider a white-on-white room aesthetic that starts and finishes with the bed as the room focal point. For those romantic souls without grimy dogs or children in their lives, this might be the one and only time when you can indulge with a winter-white scheme to rival those of any interior design magazine showcase. A little more thought and planning is required here where texture variation and white shading mix compensates for lack of primary colours. Warm the room a little with a yellow tinged paint or cool it down with a subtle hint of blue. Mix fabric, bed linen and paint textures for visual contrast or wallpaper the bed head wall with a gentle white floral pattern that doesn’t distract the eye from the bed detail. For a touch of glamour break the all-white rule with a few gold-trimmed accents or agilt framed mirror and a brass cut glass crystal ceiling chandelier to hang above the bed.

As a final thought, consider incorporating wooden furniture within the room to flatter that white iron bed. There was a time when mixed media was considered a design violation, but actually your white bedstead can coexist perfectly with wooden room elements, the two materials creating a harmonious counterpoint. Cherrywood furniture is particularly suitable here with rich red undertones that parries delightfully with white tones for a classy vibe. Extend the look with a tan carpet or accent rugs and light mocha walls to showcase the bed, and include a dramatic arty focal point such as a large tapestry or dominant piece of art with a colour palette of red and browns to pick up on those lavish wood tones. The perfect conclusion to the most inviting of white iron bed room schemes…