Fabrics & Trimmings
DO'S AND DON'TS FOR DECORATING THE MASTER BEDROOM
Your bedroom should be
your sanctuary. Not a media room. Not an office. Not a rec room. Your
bedroom — the most personal, private room in the house — should nurture
your soul. If everything in your bedroom is beautiful, you will feel
more beautiful when you're there. Enjoy it! Here are some ideas:
Make a statement in the bedroom with either the bed OR the
custom bedding on it.
If you have a stunning bed, use a solid fabric such as a quilted silk fabric
to keep the bed frame your focal point. If your bed doesn't have
much presence, select a
designer fabric that adds visual interest and complements the bed frame.
fabrics and textured fabrics for your custom bedding —
faux suedes, silky cottons, puffy matelassés and
quilted textures. Luxurious designer fabrics and great sheets make all the
upholstered bench or
loveseat at the foot of the
bed. It's the perfect place to
put on shoes, to place a duvet or bedspread at night, to put a
pretty throw or extra pillows. It's also a good spot for pets to
rest or to pack a suitcase.
permits, create a sitting area with
chairs and an
or small sofa.
Slipper chairs are a good choice for bedrooms because of their
compact size. It's a nice spot to read — or for one spouse to
sit while waiting for the other!
custom window treatments
to balance the bed visually and soften the architecture of the
room plus furnish privacy and light control.
If you favor a particular color in a bedroom, vary the
hues to avoid a monochromatic room.
If you love the look of an all-white bed, be sure there is a
contrast with the wall-color — even if it's a deep cream, a pale
hyacinth blue or a café latte color. Add accessories in
accent colors, such as raspberry pink pillows or a kiwi green
chair in an oatmeal or spa blue room.
If you have a television in the room, disguise it.
Use an armoire, a cabinet or recess it behind a hinged mirror.
Move it along to a new home — or relocate it elsewhere.
Add a personal
Showcase photos of family and friends, stacks of books to be
read, favorite art and mementos.
levels of lighting in your bedroom—
from low wattage lamps (or dimmers) to candles to lights
appropriate for reading. Mirrors can reflect views and bring
additional light into the room.
Get rid of
Buy fabric-covered boxes or baskets with lids for papers and
things that have to be stored. Put a canvas bag in the closet to
collect clothes for the drycleaner.
Don't sleep in the wrong bed.
If the style of your present bed no longer suits you, change it!
Consider the new upholstered headboards and footboards
from Calico as an alternative.
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Don't over-do pillows.
Moving twelve pillows each night is a chore you'll soon resent.
Have a smaller number of beautiful custom shams and pillows —
four, five or six — and make them important.
Don't put your office in your bedroom.
It will remind you of all the work to be done.
Don't place a bed directly in line with the door.
According to Feng Shui, a bed should be placed where you feel
Don't live in
a bed that's too low.
Buy bed risers that will boost the bed frame by six inches off
the floor and take it to the height of an antique bed. Risers
are available from any big-box linens store.
Don't live with
bedding that leave desires something to be desired
— duvets that don't meet the bed skirt, bed skirts that are too short or
too long, faded pillow shams. You'll spend one-third of your life in bed
— it should be a pleasant experience!
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