Thursday, November 3, 2011

Favorite Bedrooms

Soft and Soothing

A handsome four-poster bed is the focal point of the master suite of Southern Living's Athens Idea House. Plaid silk bedding and silk drapes add luxurious softness to the dark furnishings. The blue walls and warm vanilla armchairs repeat the colors found in the home's main gathering areas. 

Cool Blue

The bedroom is your own private sanctuary, but beware what message you're sending by using it as a display case for your hobbies.

Simple Look

A college-aged boy’s room shouldn’t be overly decorated, but it should be a nostalgic place filled with favorite items, like old baseball gloves and a lifeguard sign. A rug with bold stripes is a graphic touch with universal appeal. 

Camp-Style Fun

A bunk room is a great solution for a large family’s lakeside cottage. Each bunk has its own window and reading light, and the extra space created by stacking the beds leaves plenty of room for playing. 

Fit for a Queen

This chic guest bedroom gets a little drama with a soft, flowing canopy, hung from a painted green crown.

Imagination Station

This kids' bunkroom was inspired by a trip to Morocco, and the colors and fabrics make it a fun place for kids and their imaginations. 

Fabric Focus

An array of coordinating fabrics creates this dramatic look. Begin with one fabric that you love, and then bring in solids and other patterns in coordinating colors. In this master bedroom, the modern leaf print determined the color scheme.

Funky Finds

Striped pillows and a favorite orange paint give cohesion to the boy's bedroom and bath. Inexpensive, unfinished wood frames from Hobby Lobby gain importance with a coat.

Bunk Room Basics

High ceilings make this bunk room feel more spacious even though it sleeps four boys. A vintage bathroom door that reads "gentlemen" separates the boys' bedroom from the bath, and no space goes unused with floor-to-ceiling built-in bookcases. 

Find Sanctuary

The wall-to-wall headboard, upholstered in a subtle striped fabric, adds a sense of luxury to the room, and the skirted bedside table has a feminine flair. A row of casement windows above the bed, along with a pair of French doors leading outside, allow sunlight to stream into the room. 

Soft Hues

Fresh white and soft blue are the perfect hues for a coastal bedroom. Furniture with crisp, traditional lines makes this bedroom a peaceful haven. 

Vintage Sophistication

Mix vintage and modern pieces for a sophisticated look. The pop of yellow in the accent pillow and the array of patterns brings interest to the calming space. 

Hangin' Out

In this room, teak platforms suspended from heavy-gauge rope take center stage, while a punchy orange-striped fabric on the wall and Roman shade create a seamless backdrop. 

Great Graphics

In this guest bedroom, bold brown-and-white geometric prints unify the space. Bright, white fabrics as bed linens, curtains, and chair upholstery lighten up the dark brown wall paint. Accent the space with bold geometric throw pillows and a fun colored blanket. 

Restful Bedroom

Banishing clutter extends to the bed in this tailored room. There are no fussy pillows to remove at night, just good quality white sheets and rich bed hangings. A wicker side table conceals bedtime reading, and an antique garden bench at the foot of the bed offers a sculptural silhouette. 

Tropical Punch

Grass skirts make a festive canopy or bed skirt when trimmed. Use a fresh coat of paint to perk up a bedroom, but leave the linens white for balance.


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