Most designers agree that a bedroom should be something of a sanctuary – a place of calm. For this reason it requires a décor that encourages rest and sleep, however, this does not mean it has to be dull. The latest upcoming trends for bedroom design in 2014 manage to balance color, lighting, fabrics and furniture to achieve some truly inspiring combinations, no matter how big the room is. Here are a few of the top ideas.
Keep it simple
In a smaller bedroom for a child, pale colors such as light blue or cream on walls and ceilings can be combined with more vivid tones on drapes or Roman blinds to make a restful space with a splash of brightness. A guest bedroom in simple muted tones, such as beige or fawn, will suit all tastes, and contrasting throws and cushions will ensure it never looks dreary.
Ideas for the master bedroom in 2014 vary a great deal, with some of the most unusual inspirations for a larger room now including metallic paint, stand out patterns on a calm white or grey background, strikingly elaborate chandeliers, luxurious fabrics and linens and really lovely furniture.
Designers are experimenting with deeper shades in the bedroom – a feature wall in dark grey, for example, is a perfect background to a luxuriously padded headboard in a bright tone, such as dark yellow or sienna. To complete the look, add a low-slung bed, angular furniture and rugs in a two-tone geometric pattern.
If plain colors are unappealing, designers are now working with patterns that might suit, however, they emphasize that it is important to retain white as a background and to work from a specific color palette in order to avoid clashes, particularly when aiming for a contemporary look that uses both floral designs and graphics.
As well as choosing the right colors, designers are selecting one or two accessories that really lift the appearance of a room. If there are no unique features that can be used as a focus, such as an antique fireplace, choose a shapely chaise longue, a handsome chair or even an unusual mirror – all can have a big impact on the plainest of spaces. Bright bedding will also work well if the décor is muted, while plainer hues for bed linen are advised if the room is full of bright color already, for example on drapes, walls and floor coverings.
Good interior design considers every aspect so when walls, floors, windows and furniture have been selected a designer turns to bedroom lighting to bring everything together. Some are using wall sconces that are fitted to mirrors to double the effect of lighting – a clever way to solve the problem of inadequate lighting fixtures in a bedroom. Chandeliers are back in fashion in 2014, with and without candle bulbs, and especially those with a Mediterranean feel that use uplighters. Big bedrooms benefit from a lot of overhead light, such as a central light fitted with a supersized Art Deco lampshade.
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