Category Archives: Bedroom Design

Hang Tight: Art Above a Bed

Post by Tracy Kaler.

When it comes to hanging art above the bed, the possibilities are endless. Introduce pattern by hanging multiple, coordinating prints; create height by utilizing a single large, vertical piece; or, add vibrant color to an otherwise neutral scheme.

Given that a bed is usually the focal point in most sleeping quarters, artwork is a vital element in the overall design of the bed wall and the bedroom itself. Often, we tend to play it safe and hang a single frame, or merely two side by side, but there are a plethora of other arrangements to explore when hanging art above the bed.

I love each of the options below. Whether you’re moving into a new room or redecorating your existing space, use these as potential inspiration for your bed wall.

These whimsical statements look fantastic above a bed. The tightly stacked frames create pattern and give you something to ponder each night before turning in, or make you chuckle upon waking. Are you really hustlin’ every day?

The pieces above the bed in this modern mountain house line up with the other windows and continue the rhythm around the room. They successfully bring the outside in, and are almost like make-believe windows.

The color scheme in this room is so lovely and soothing, it makes me want to nap right now. The geometric creates pattern but also does a great job of pulling the lavender colors together within the scheme, while the pale green wall acts as a contrasting background.

This bedroom proves that a traditional headboard is not always necessary. The tall artwork not only adds height to the low platform bed, but also gives the illusion of a grand headboard. The monochromatic gray color scheme is sophisticated, and the picture lights enhance the drama. This designer took a risk, and the space works beautifully.

What’s your preferred way to hang art above the bed?

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Have a Seat: Bedrooms and Their Sitting Rooms

Post by Tracy Kaler.

A spacious bedroom often boasts a sitting area, which can double as a place to read, relax or watch TV, as well as a spot to put on socks and shoes each morning. In a corner, at the foot of the bed, or even placed just beyond a half wall, a sofa and a club chair can add an element of comfort to an already restful room.

These are four different examples of sitting rooms within bedrooms.

A knee wall with columns designates this sitting area as separate from the bedroom, yet it’s still within view. The master provides plenty of space for one person to snooze while another dives into his or her favorite book. The coffered ceiling, soothing blue/green walls, and the view to the outside make this space a winning design.

This Minneapolis transitional bedroom is spacious enough for a seating area without compromising the king bed or the practical layout. Bold, horizontal-striped drapes frame the windows and create a backdrop for the sofa. The tufted ottoman functions well as a coffee table here.

This contemporary sleep space soars with exposed beams, a large picture window, and a fireplace. Although I love the overall feel, my one critique for this room is the placement of the furniture in the sitting area, which neither faces the fireplace/TV nor the breathtaking view. Perhaps shifting the sofa to be parallel with the television wall would be more successful, if the space permits.

The nook in this all white bedroom is a lovely addition. Overlooking the pool, the alcove is a terrific spot for morning coffee and a croissant, don’t you think? The outdoors adds color to the monochromatic modern cottage design in this Boca Raton home.

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Bedroom Design: Using Pink in a Grown-up Bedroom

Post by Tracy Kaler.

Did you know that shocking pink was the signature color of famed fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli?

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We often think of pink as girly or juvenile, but the color is versatile and can be used successfully in a sophisticated bedroom just as well as a nursery. Furthermore, although pink will never be considered manly, some members of the male species appreciate and willingly don this classic, happy color. Here are five stylish adult bedrooms decked out in pink.

This soothing bedroom is enveloped in pink. White beadboard adds a touch of pattern to the cozy Cape Cod room, while white bed linens and curtains add to the crispness. Fish art above the door header and the striped throw pillow contribute splashes of color. Charming and relaxed, the space could be part of a sprawling master suite or the occasional guest room.



This romantic boudoir screams glamour. With salmon pink walls, lucite furniture and the stunning peacock mural on the bed wall, this royal bedroom is fit for a queen (or king).


I bet you never considered painting your ceiling pink. Well, neither did I. Benjamin Moore’s Pink Ruffle sets the tone for a calm, serene space at the Baltimore Symphony Decorator’s Showhouse. Brighter pink accents marry well with a cocoa butter headboard and duvet. I don’t think I’d mind sleeping here.


This twin bedroom is far from subtle, but its bold choice of color makes a statement and acts as an idealistic escape. These “pretty in pink” digs would make for delightful guest quarters.


Although this chamber was designed for a young lady, the space could easily be an adult’s bedroom with its boho style, variety of textures and patterns, as well as the unique color combination. The custom hot pink headboard and lamps, not to mention the butterfly-covered walls, only add to the whimsy in this lighthearted room.

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Bed Nuts & Bolts: The Ever-Practical Daybed

Post by Tracy Kaler.

A daybed is more than a place to sleep. Sure, it’s a “real” bed, and albeit smaller in size, it can be as comfy its sprawling king-size companion. Moreover, a daybed offers options that in this day and age, we can all appreciate.

A daybed is a viable alternative to a sleeper sofa in a guest room or multipurpose room. Usually more comfortable than a pullout couch, a daybed allows more room for your favorite furniture, or play space for the kids.
Place a coffee table or a few compact cocktail tables in front, and you’ll create a lounge-like feeling without much effort.

Add an ottoman; take a load off and prop up your feet during TV-watching time.

Also a fantastic solution for the occasional bedroom (think your college student who returns on weekends and holidays), a daybed makes the room feel like something other than a bedroom when the space needs to function differently. Throw a few pillows and you have a den. Remove the pillows, and your almost grown-up offspring will nestle into his or her room in no time.

Charles P. Rogers takes daybeds seriously, like they do all of their beds. Take the Suitcase Leather Daybed http://www.charlesprogers.com/suitcase-daybed-p-486.html, for instance. Not only is this a versatile design –– depending on how you dress it, you can use it as a twin bed in a child’s room (add primary colors like red and yellow for a youthful feel), or as an extra-deep sofa in a masculine library (go with earth tones for sophistication).

Besides its handsome appearance and practical nature, this style boasts a pop-up trundle for an extra overnight guest.

Recently, interior designer Robin Baron featured the Suitcase Leather Daybed on a WFSB segment. You can see the daybed in action here:

http://www.wfsb.com/story/26189449/day-bed-transformation-with-robin-baron

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Bedroom Design: 5 Ways to Make your Bedroom Feel Luxurious

Post by Tracy Kaler.

Want luxury in your bedroom? Creating extravagance in your sleep space isn’t as hard as you might think. Try these five things and you’ll feel like a star in your boudoir in no time.

Make your bed a focal point
No matter how plain or ornate, the bed itself can be the focal point in a space and add to the luxury. Place the bed on the most inviting wall for the layout of your room (walking into the foot of the bed is best). Always make your bed and fluff the pillows, no matter what time you rise.

Use down
Unless you’re allergic, down is the ultimate luxurious item in any bedroom. Start with a feather bed (on top of your mattress and under your sheets) for the ultimate comfort. And no bed is complete with down pillows, so you get that cushy feeling every time you turn in.

Buy high thread count sheets
Purchase the highest thread count you can afford. Always go for 100 percent cotton and never synthetics. Your will thank yourself when you hit the hay and when you awake.

Arrange fresh flowers
Fresh flowers or greenery is a nice added touch and inexpensive. A small bedside arrangement of roses or wildflowers adds color and will make you feel like a king or queen.

Add fragrance or fresh air
If your home is in the country, fresh air is a must and will awaken your senses every morning, If you’re a city dweller and need to keep windows closed to block noise, add soothing lavender for scent. Use a diffuser, place lavender sachets in your pillowcases, or spray lavender on your bedclothes and bedding. Lavender treats insomnia and will relax you, even after the most stressful day.

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