Bedroom Design Challenge
Bed down and wake up in a room you love. As days grow shorter and the dark sticks around longer, embrace the cozy, stylish possibilities in your bedroom. We asked three local designers to spruce up the same room by splurging on neutral bedding and then adding easily changeable accessories. The results are beautiful and represent three distinct styles to inspire your own bedroom update.
Choose a theme to guide your bedroom redo
Powdery creams and shades of orange against dark wood with a pop of blue come together in this mashup of masculine and feminine influences. Annie Gonzalez and Stacy Molander conjured a seamlessly romantic vibe in this bedroom design.
- Proportion is key: Your night stand should be proportional to your bed. Keep it 3-4 inches from the top of the bed to give the room visual interest and functionality. This particular night stand comes with an adjustable crank so you will always have the perfect height—even if you switch out beds in the future.
- Get the right light: In most bedrooms, a medium-sized table lamp is sufficient. This blue one is 17 inches tall. If your bedside table is too small for your lamp and nighttime necessities, opt for wall-mount lighting as a real space saver.
- Repeat after me: This DIY headboard is made from metal ceiling tiles that were framed out, painted and distressed. The tile’s medallion pattern is carried over from the pattern in the pillows. Picking a design theme—a common texture, pattern or color—helps you pull together coordinating pieces and achieve a complete look.
- What’s old is new: Keep an eclectic symmetry by mixing pieces. This bench is a reclaimed piece of wood (old) with metal hairpin legs (new). Accessories and furniture like this balance vintage accessories with modern ones.
Your room should be a retreat to unplug at the end of the day, Cassie Perry says. Her quick-change tips are especially great for commitment-phobes. She chose gray, high-contrast white and black, and slivers of chartreuse to dress this modern bedroom.
branch out: Create the illusion of a headboard by hanging a series of artwork. Choose wall accessories with depth, like Cassie’s tangled wood hangings. Switch them out on a whim or as the seasons change.
- Pillow Pals: Stack throw pillows for more height, boosting the headboard illusion. Mix patterns in the same color palette as your bedding for a strong neutral theme. Another visual trick: a hand puppet silhouette pillow!
- Bedtime reserves: Keep your side tables tidy and stocked with items that help you relax at the end of a chaotic day: iPod with peaceful music, lavender candle, magazine or novel. Limit the tabletop accessories to no more than four pieces, including lamp, and create layers of height and texture.
- Tray bien: This welcoming arrangement of fresh flowers (MacNamara Florist), coffee-ready cups and a simple ornament is a perfect addition to a guest room. Include a note for your visitors to up the hostess savvy. They’ll be able to easily move it off the bed when it’s time to hit the hay.
- Long-distance runner: Cassie says to look around your house for elements that can be brought in and repurposed in the bedroom. The “throw” at the end of this bed is actually a table runner! You can also buy a few yards of fabric to drape across the foot of the bed, adding pattern and texture.
Torre Graphic Mugs, $26 set of 4; Newgate Lime Green Cubic Alarm, $42; Phillips Vine Wall Decor, $55; Trica-Absolute Night Stand, $776; Tozai Frame, $47; Vase in Black and White, $85-$98 all at Houseworks.
EDGE OF LUXE & ROCK
This is where your room design gets personal
Angie Fischer takes no prisoners in her bedroom design. Dramatic gold and black among rock ‘n’ roll symbols nearly belie the crisp white linens and white daisies. She has just one strict design rule: keep only what you love.
- Light my fire: A high-end pistol lamp can run you well over $1,000. Angie bought this one at Hobby Lobby and spray-painted it gold, all for around $50.
- Layer on the texture & pattern: White cotton, gold chevron, sheepskin, velvet skulls and fuchsia geode stone—it all blends together in an eclectic, personal way.
- Petal mettle: Flowers can bring together different accessories in a room beautifully. Buy stems of the same variety (daisies from McNamara Florist) and space them out so they draw the eye around the room.
- Fashioning your space: Dressing a room is not like dressing yourself. You have much more space to work with, so mix those patterns. A common color, such as white, helps stripes and chevron play together nicely.
Bedroom tips: “An antique will always be antique, but modern changes,” Angie says. Blend modern accessories and furniture with antique ones and be willing to switch things out. This helps you keep things fresh and completely personal. Love it or leave it, and always splurge on comfortable neutral bedding.
Photos by Chris Whonsetler | Home decorating by Cassie Perry, Angie Fischer, Stacy Molander and Annie Gonzalez