Soothing colors in large expanses are relaxing; the walls and the rug envelop you in calming greens. Bedding is all one lavender-cream thought. Symmetry feels upscale and organized. Tactile luxuries, like quilted silk-blend bedding and a faux-fur throw, signal sumptuousness and elevate the scene.Wall sconces keep night tables uncluttered, minimizing visual stress. Shiny surfaces add glamour; mirrors, satiny bedding, and silver fixtures reflect light.
Cozy Country Getaway
Sunny walls and a grassy rug bring the outside in. Big floral prints on the bed are modern and fun (tinier prints run the risk of looking granny). Antiquey, feminine touches, such as the chandelier and the curvy bedside tables, afford old-fashioned charm and warmth. Unexpected accents fend off frumpiness. An appliquéd pillow gives the bed a cool focal point, and a bold white lamp adds a modern smile to the room.Landscape photographs and a nature-themed print reinforce the garden vibe. Glass objects―the display on the dresser and the elegant but humble chandelier―lend a conservatory feel and bounce around light.
A vibrant mixed palette is easy to compile if you steal it from, say, a piece of upholstered furniture (the chair by the bed). Lavender gray walls activate vivid colors without competing. The dark dresser looks at home, thanks to brown in the rug. Oddball accessories give the room character, so mix fearlessly. Ethnic touches, like the leather poufs, and vintagey elements, like the yellow table lamp, work together if you stay within your palette. Whimsical scale and placement bring a lighthearted warmth. The tiny piece of artwork over the bed and the quirky hanging lamp convey a sense of freedom and fun.Layered patterns create energy. Choose prints of different sizes for a cheery chaos, and incorporate some solid white (like the rose pillow) for breathing space.
Seaside Sleep Nook
Soft blue walls and neutral floors, reminiscent of sky and water against sand, are calming. Even the nubby spare blankets factor into the lushness. Ocean-themed details feel soothing, but you don’t want to go overboard with them (pun intended). Vintage photos of boats, a conch shell, and a brass lamp are just seaworthy enough to create a vacation vibe.Taupe pillows and nautical-striped bedding continue the palette, so the room feels cohesive. Weathered pieces, like an antiqued mirror and an unfinished chair, give the room a casual, tossed-together quality that makes it feel friendly and indestructible, which is relaxing. Layers of natural textures create a luxurious but subtle depth, as in wood floors against a sea-grass rug against a reed basket.
Sultry and sleek, this room has a crispness that stimulates order (you’ll put away your boots) and yet, somehow, abandon. Eye-catching geometric art sets the tone for the space, synching perfectly with the pillows (squares everywhere). Polished modern choices―a duvet cover that brings refinement to sensuous down, a sophisticated bench (choose one that’s smaller than the width of the bed), and square instead of rectangular pillows―all give the impression that a decorator has been on the premises. Intimate lighting ups the mystery of a room. Both fixtures, placed higher than the bed, cast a soft glow. Lower-wattage pink-tinted bulbs make everyone look great.A triple hit of ovals (mirror, table lamp, and chair) contributes to the pulled-together effect. One bold color in a room of neutrals feels dramatic. Dark gray walls make the graphic bedding pop.