Posts Tagged ‘Original Bedstead’

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…

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…

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…

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…

Deep purple and silver teenage bedroom style

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

The colour purple has long been associated with royalty and the wealthy noble classes across the centuries. In darker tones it exudes a classy lavish aura with glamorous overtones with great universal appeal. On the home décor scene it remains relevant for many room schemes but no more so than within the bedroom where deep purple shades create the basis of a room style that at one extreme might be moody and cosseting, or more upbeat and contemporary when teamed up with silver accents for ultra-sophisticated teenage bedroom design.

For rooms that receive a good deal of natural light, consider a dark purple paint scheme on the walls or opt for just one accent wall in a darker shade with the remaining walls finished in a silvery grey. A silver and grey patterned wallpaper on the accent bed head wall also makes a good choice with over-sized floral designs or a stripy or bold geometric motif for an extrovert contemporary flavour.

Incorporating white or silver furniture within the room will also help to ensure that purple wall treatments do not create a closed-in claustrophobic feel, as on the contrary, deeper wall tones offer super contrast for lighter coloured room elements. A focal point modern metal bed or something a little more traditional depending on personal taste and the room style makes a great start point for the room furniture mix. Silver, pewter or chrome bed designswill all be right at home for a classy contemporary vibe, with white or ivory traditional iron bed creations for an interesting twist where “old meets new”. Upholstered headboards in purple or grey fabrics are another proposition whenever space is tight or you don’t care for the bedstead look, with DIY repurposed painted purple furniture as a cost effective alternative if you’ve opted for a neutral wall scheme.

Silvery grey sheets with a purple duvet cover or bedthrow continue the theme, with a silver duvet cover featuring an embroidered floral design for a soft feminine flavour that’s sweet enough for a teenage daughter, yet still in keeping with the sophisticated purple vibe. Strings of silver beads can serve as an inspired window treatment as long as you include shades or blinds for privacy, or consider sheer purple or silver window fabrics for a soft wispy aesthetic. Chrome or silver curtain rods look great against purple walls, perhaps picking up on the style of that minimalist contemporary metal bed.

Extend the purple décor story with area rugs, an upholstered chair, bedside table lamps, and mirror and picture frames, as a contrast against lighter coloured or neutral wall tones. Line a shelf or window ledge with metal or porcelain silver or steely-grey vases to show off some ornamental purple flowers, or a collection of silver candelabras complete with purple candles. Decorate a high-backed chair or the bed with silver and purple ribbons for a gentle girly look, with a collection of silver framed black and white family photos on an accent wall for a personalised homely touch…

Teen Girl’s Antique Bedroom style…

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

Camouflage Bedroom décor

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Camouflage décor can work in a variety of room schemes but are particularly appropriate for teenager or younger children’s bedrooms where the camouflage aesthetic can grow with the child. Probably the most widely recognised camouflage style is the standard green/black/brown combination which is great for military or hunting themes, whilst blue camouflage patterns work well for both boys and girls, with pink variants putting a feminine twist on an essentially masculine design. Camouflage design is versatile in so much that it can be easily updated to incorporate new themes and accents as tastes change, whilst retaining the more expensive aspects of the room unchanged, such as the furniture mix and room fabrics.

Camouflage is a popular pattern that is easy to track down. Fabrics and wallpaper designs are available in the high street or online, and it’s a look that can lend an air of masculinity or whimsy to the bedroom depending on the colour and design execution. You might want to choose a camouflage colour that picks up on the colour of the carpet, but essentially it’s wise to keep a tight colour palette. The purpose of camouflage is to create an optical illusion and make things disappear, which means that badly chosen pieces of furniture or inappropriate colours will not harmonise as they should. Try pulling a colour from the camouflage to paint tired old furniture pieces, making sure that this colour will also work with other future themes should you choose to change the room style at a later date. Pick another colour from the camouflage combination with which to paint the walls to create cohesion and balance, with lighter backdrop tones in smaller rooms to create the illusion of space.

Update bedroom furniture with novelty camouflage knobs or reupholster an old headboard with camouflage fabric. Neutral coloured furniture that picks up on one of the camouflage room colours is the way to go here, such as a modern white metal bed in a girl’s room where a pink and white camouflage pattern sets the scene, or a sturdy black wooden bedstead for a more masculine vibe in a boy’s bedroom against a backdrop of a charcoal, black, and white camouflage patterns. Consider painting furniture in a camouflage design if the walls are finished in a plain neutral colour, or incorporate metal furniture such as a contemporary iron bed and metal cabinets for a gritty military locker room look.

Introduce camouflage into the scheme through patterned fabrics in the form of a duvet cover, curtains or an area rug, but include materials in plain neutral colours also so that the camouflage effect does not visually overwhelm. Mosquito netting hung above the bed or at the windows will soften the mood of the room, whilst staying true to the décor story, and camouflage netting can be used to cover the ceiling, walls or the bed to vamp up a military or hunting excursion vibe.

Jazz up walls with artwork or peel-and-stick decals that continues the camouflage theme. A bedroom for a youngster that has a military flavour might include visuals of soldiers, aircraft or other military paraphernalia, whilst for a trendier approach, camouflage-style picture frames, mirrors, or picture boards might be the order of the day. Above all it is essential to strive for visual balance to avoid a finished result that is too masculine or overly juvenile. Balance those strong camouflage features with gentler more feminine accents, or look out for drapery hardware that features elements of nature such as tree branches or green foliage patterns. Not everything in the room has to follow the camouflage story… use those subtle earthy tones to create a natural synergy that allows the camouflage theme to shine without assaulting the senses.

Refurbishing an old Iron Bed…

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Whatever your décor leanings, be they sleek, minimalist and contemporary, or something more traditional in the shabby chic or Victorian era vein, there’s an iron bed design to suit just about any decorative occasion and any aesthetic preference. Reproduction metal bed creations tick most room theme boxes, but for those with artistic and creative flair looking for something a little more unique, there’s great satisfaction to be derived from repurposing an antique arcade of house clearance find with new paint finishes, embellishments, and architectural features to match or inspire your bedroom décor.

Decide on the preferred room scheme and track down an iron bed that will create the inspiration for the bedroom scheme as a whole. Older bed designs are invariably traditionally styled with elaborate detailing and perhaps some porcelain or brass ornamentation, whilst more modern mid to late 20th century designs might have a cleaner profile and a low-rise stance. Versatile day-beds are the choice of many particularly when space is at a premium or for a guest room, whilst metal canopy, sleigh beds and iron four poster beds add a more fanciful element to the room. Elaborately styled metal beds in the Victorian or Art Deco tradition can be brought to life by decorating the bedframe with cottage-style shabby chic, Hollywood glam, or over-fussy Victorian style paint finishes, embellishments and bed linens.

Old metal bed designs, whatever the genre are best cleaned using a gentle soap household cleaner that is not oil based, removing built-up grunge from nooks and crannies and intricate castings with an old toothbrush. The eventual finish is a matter of personal taste and for traditional room styles a distressed look with chipped paint and rust might be preferred for a bohemian vibe, in which case the bed can serve purpose just as it is. Others might hanker after a fresh new look, in which case fine gauge steel wool and sandpaper will do the job to rub away imperfections leaving a smooth finish ready for a rust-resisting primer coat. Thereafter you can finish the bed in the décor style of choice, with antique white or ivory shades for a classic country look, or brighter pastel hues such as periwinkle, pale pink, or peacock blue for a charming shabby chic flavour or as a theme for a youngster’s room. Although harder to achieve, crackle or patina paint finishes are also an option, whilst gold highlights on castings and other ornamental detailing will give the bed a glamorous persona.

Add architectural elements to give your iron bed a different identity. Cover a thin mattress with a deluxe material and incorporate some ties on one side so that it can be hung on the framework to become an impromptu headboard for whenever a little more comfort is required sitting up in bed or perhaps watching TV. For a more rustic country look you might like to consider dark wooden panelling behind the bed as an accent wall or a textured finish which draws the eye. An improvised canopy effect is also easy by installing iron curtain rods from the ceiling from which you can hang sheer fabrics to envelope the bed, spilling over the sides and the head-end.

Continue the theme with bedding fabrics that accentuate the style of the iron bed such as vintage fabrics or those with a vintage design, or layers of quilts for a folksy, homespun look. Sleeker, more tailored bedding in solid colours works well to showcase more contemporary metal bed designs. Whatever the bed style it’s worth remembering that the bed itself is the star of the show, so resisting the temptation to over-dress the bedframe with plush duvets and quilts, valances and oversized scatter pillows, will allow the bed design to shine as the perfect counterpoint alongside other supporting room elements and fabric selections.

West Indies-style bedroom design.

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Whilst arguably less instantly recognisable than its Caribbean-style counterparts, the décor style of West Indies design has great relevance for home decor themes whenever an informal tropical look is the order of the day. West Indies décor has great appeal to home designers who favour an exotic flavour, restrained by more European British or French colonial influences. It’s a scheme that allows for great flexibility and a chance to give design inspiration a free hand, with themes that range from the breezy beach house look to the more formal aesthetic of classic European styling. In either case or with variations on these themes, the bedroom provides the perfect setting for a West Indies theme that is a world away from more ubiquitous room decor trends…

Incorporate West Indies inspired architectural and woodwork features into the bedroom to impart a tropical beach house flavour. Add awning or small lean-to tiled roof features above a heavy wooden bed, or build in some bamboo accents in the form of window blinds or bedroom furniture pieces. Open up the space by widening windows or installing French doors to impart an airy room feel, and use sheer materials for window fabrics that allow plenty of natural light to flood the room. Skylights are another useful option here, creating another visual dimension and a link with the sky.

Furniture with a West Indies identity will establish the perfect mood. Look through the internet and design publications for inspiration, sourcing room pieces from specialist importers or retailers or ordering online. Consider such items as couches, dressers, bedside tables, and of course a centrepiece elegant wooden bedstead, that feature artisan touches such as hand-carved frames, engraved panels, and intricate detailing. Furniture should be of solid construction with a functional as well as artistic edge, and beach inspired furniture crafted from rattan, woven cane, and bamboo is also appropriate for whenever a more casual tone is desired. Colonial influenced décor might see a more metallic presence in the room with Victorian style iron bed creations, vying with other wooden bedroom furniture pieces, for a more formalised stance that hints at those early days of European influence and world travel.

Choose colour for walls and ceilings that evokes the West Indies mood without overwhelming the design message as a whole. You might like to channel the blue depths of the Mediterranean Sea with a jewel tone or a darker blue with green undertones, accenting these colours with bright white or creamy shades for dramatic contrast. Natural hardwood floors in medium or dark stains ground the theme, alternating with different wooden room furniture tones to emphasise the natural materials, textures and finishes. Include a brightly patterned Caribbean style area rug to the side or at the foot end of that inviting traditional bedstead, for a splash of colour and comfort.

Finalise the scheme by accessorising the room with natural elements and materials that reflect the West Indian tradition of blurring the boundaries between the great outdoors and the interior of the home. Natural wooden decorative pieces, windows with shutters and gauzy curtains, and exotic potted plant features such as palms and orchids, will all help to bring the scheme together with a look that is bright and fresh. Resist the temptation though to introduce too many accents, concentrating instead on a “less is more” philosophy, with perhaps a couple of key works of art featuring tropical themes, leaving table tops and other surfaces relatively bare. This rule applies also to room patterns and textiles where too busy an effect will dilute the West Indies design style, yet still allows freedom for some pleasing personal touches such as family photos or art projects framed in bamboo, for an individualistic touch on an accent wall…

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…