By Kate Duckworth, Lead Designer at Duckworth Interiors
Photos by Grant Duckworth Photography and Chip Gillespie
There are two types of people: those who are confident in designing their home and those who are not. Not everyone has the belief in themselves to pull together a room, but everyone desires to have a soothing retreat where they can find respite from the day. We’ve taken the guesswork out and compiled some simple guidelines on how to put together the bedroom of your dreams.
Deciding on a color palette/design aesthetic is the first step. Do you like moody and cozy (dark colors and warm stains); bright and calming (light colors and gauzy fabrics); elegant and refined (neutral colors and ornate details)? Once you decide on a direction, consider the architectural details of the room. Does it already have an interesting ceiling and beautiful molding? Or is it a blank slate? If the latter, consider adding some architectural details like faux wooden beams to the ceiling or some wood paneling.
Remember, the focal point for the room will be the bed wall. With this in mind, add some visual interest for the wall where the bed rests. There are a variety of options for accenting the wall, from wallpaper to shiplap to a daring paint color. Don’t be afraid to make an adventurous choice…it’s just one wall, after all!
Next, it’s time to think about your furniture. Consider using pieces with a variety of finishes. For example, use an upholstered bed, a stained dresser and painted nightstands. If you have a matching bedroom set, try breaking up the set and relocate some pieces to a different room. This makes the room more visually interesting and gives it a more collected feel. If you’re purchasing a new bed, be sure the headboard is tall enough so that once pillows and shams are on the bed, it remains visible.
Now that you have decided on your furniture, it’s time to choose the bedding. This is the perfect opportunity to add dimension and color. Instead of purchasing a bedding set, purchase individual pieces in a variety of prints, patterns and textures. For instance, start with solid white sheets, use a solid color quilted blanket, a folded duvet at the foot of the bed in a small print, and a variety of pillows (from bold patterns, knitted wool, sequins, or faux fur). Layered bedding will make the room feel complete. A rug will also reinforce the mood and color palette.
Another way to control mood and ambiance is with lighting. A dimmer switch can be added to help transition your main lighting from a general brightness to warmer tones. If you’re willing to part with a ceiling fan, add a chandelier. It can go a long way to contribute to the design aesthetic. A pair of lights on either side of the bed make great accents: from lamps to pendants to sconces…the sky is the limit!
Designing interior spaces may not be your strong suit, but don’t be discouraged. Your master bedroom oasis is a lot closer than you think. By using these simple guidelines, you are one step closer to having your own magazine-worthy peaceful retreat.