Summer Baltzer Corrects Decorating Mistakes
1. Size matters: furniture should fit well in room
2. Design for you and not from a magazine
3. Calming/soothing colors
4. Layers to create texture and depth
5. Be creative - it doesn't all have to match
Oversized Furniture in a Small Room
Although we'd all love to have Cal King beds, we all shouldn't have them. Rather than doing a Superman dive from the doorway to your mattress. Take measurements and know what size furniture you have room for in the space. If you decide you need the bigger bed in the smaller space you can get creative with accent furniture so as to fit it all in.
A Bedroom is not a Family Room
Design it for you! It's your sanctuary so keep kids and other family members out of it. Pictures of your parents or kids have no place in a space that's all about you.
Blank Boring Headboard
Your bed is generally the focal point in the room, so make it dramatic. You can go store bought, but you can also do simple fixes like framed artwork, fabric, color blocking, paneled doors, windows picture frames, screens. You name it. Don't be afraid to make it your own!
Being too Matchey
You don't have to be a slave to the matched set. You can pick up your pieces from different places, use a round table with a square one, use both metals and woods, mix modern and traditional.
Create depth through layers. This also gives you a lot of versatility in the design. Use double sided comforters, quilts and blankets to build up color, texture and pattern. Not only does this allow you to mix and match to change the look of the space when you want, it gives the room a warm and comfortable feel; exactly what you want in a bedroom! If you want to go neutral on the walls, this is also a great way to inject color. Make sure to layer in the rugs as well.
When picking out the proper lighting you need to know what you're using it for. Are you just creating an interesting atmosphere or do you need task lighting as well? Beautiful lamps not only provide great task or ambient lighting, but can use it to frame a beautiful piece of art or cast an interesting shadows, or provide reflection in a mirror. Think of light as an extension of your art in the bedroom Use it as jewelry. If you don't have enough space for table lamps, consider wall sconces and overhead pendant lighting.
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