Thursday, November 17, 2011

Favorite Real-Life Bedrooms

Color Happy
Like an artist's canvas waiting to be painted, the white walls in this bedroom extended an invitation to play with color. Pale green-and-lavender bed linens and orange geometric accent pillows answer the call. Metallic footstools and a seashell chandelier add formal touches that are balanced by textural bamboo blinds.

Pattern Panache
Crisp white walls and trim and hotel-chic bedding serve as striking counterpoints to this bedroom's chocolate-brown wall. A geometric pattern ties the two main colors together, while yellow photo mats and throw pillows introduce a playful splash of color. Two X benches round out the foot of the bed, adding a modern punctuation point and portable seating to the room.

Contemporary Chic
Hung in grid fashion above a low-profile headboard, framed black-and-white photography prints put a modern spin on this bedroom. A trio of accent pillows and a subtle geometric design on the white quilt echo the mood.

Super Chic
Framed by two long mirrors, unique lamps, and contemporary side tables, this modern bedroom gains a formal air from its disciplined symmetry.

Tall Order
A white four-poster reaches for the stars in this bedroom, bringing the lofty ceiling height down to comfortable proportions. Although the bed frame is simple in style, it pops against a detailed Art Deco-inspired wallpaper pattern. Underfoot, a zebra-print rug adds modern zing. Silk curtains add sophisticated shimmer at the windows.

Oceanside Bedroom
Recalling the crest of a wave, the shapely headboard in this bedroom helps linens in dusty blue and beige to soar. A sea motif carried out in some of the accent pillows gives life to the subtle sun and surf theme.

Modern Touch
Keeping with the character of a warehouse-turned-condo, this bedroom is simple and sophisticated. A modern four-poster becomes architecture, while tactile bedding and contemporary artwork take the hard edge off.

Beachy Vibes
Walls in white beaded board and navy wallpaper present a stunning backdrop for a handsome bedroom inspired by the beach. Shell accessories and simple artwork above the bed reinforce the theme, as does the natural, sand-color rug underfoot.

Soaring Heights
Small windows in this bedroom are cleverly disguised with floor-length draperies. The white panels accentuate the crown molding while blending with the window trim, so the eye sweeps from ceiling to floor without stopping. A four-poster helps the eye to travel upward.

Dressed to the Nines
Perfect design lives where comfort intersects with style. This sumptuous bed is dressed with layer upon layer of beautiful bedding, each softer and loftier than the last. It's hard to imagine tossing and turning in this luxurious retreat.

Architectural relics, such as this dramatic old bar mirror, make great impromptu headboards. The oversize scale of the piece works in this master bedroom because the mirror reflects so much light, giving the appearance of spaciousness. White matelasse linens add interesting texture while allowing the mirror to shine.

Center Stage
This multilevel master bedroom is stately and refined. The light gray walls beautifully complement the yellow floral textiles, and the towering windows add plenty of light and drama.

Royal Treatment
A single landscape painting elegantly bridges the gap between a pair of twin beds in this guest room. Swing-arm lamps attached to the wall above the headboards provide functional, individualized reading light for each bed while freeing up the bedside table for nighttime essentials and decorative accents.

East Meets West
The geometry and proportion of this bedroom's furnishings spring straight from Asian design, but the rustic wood surfaces and faux-suede bed give off a cool cowboy vibe.

Coloring Inside the Lines
With an upholstered headboard and side rails, there's no need to fuss with a bed skirt. The streamlined look provides the perfect foundation for a mix of textured linens in this bedroom. A long and lean piece of neat art echoes the straight lines of the bed.

Dream Scene
Thanks to a carved white bed frame, fluffy white linens, a flowing white headdress, and shades cinched with flirty bows, lying down in this bedroom is like snuggling into a cloud. Left to sparkle in the sun, bare floorboards reinforce the floating effect

Sage Sanctuary
The monochromatic window  treatments, headboard, and walls offer a serene backdrop to the simple white linens and accessories in this restful retreat.

Simple and Chic
Vapor-blue walls create a soothing atmosphere in this discreetly feminine master suite. Eclectic furnishings, both vintage and modern, transform the room into a personal haven.

Femme Chic
A plush tufted headboard, lavender walls, and a dainty chandelier give this room a girly vibe. A nearly random mix of patterns and styles comes together with bohemian charm.

Tucked In
When the shell of a room offers this much drama, furnishings can take a supporting role. This simple bed is beautifully sheltered within a soaring  dormer, while well-chosen lamps and accessories stretch into the vertical space.

Pattern Play
An unlikely duo, red and pink mingle in the accent pillows in this bedroom, and a blue trellis-pattern wallpaper makes an interesting backdrop for the pink-striped headboard.

Warm Palette
With a generously proportioned sleigh bed and high bombe chests, this bedroom becomes a well-appointed gentleman's retreat. A classic rug and vintage photographs add to the masculine appeal. But lush linens and fresh flowers make the room attractive to everyone.

Cool and Classic
Cool blue and lavender are natural color choices for a restful bedroom, but by themselves pastels can turn downright chilly. Plenty of brown and white accents keep this room snugly warm.

Flea Market Chic
With mix-and-match (well, mostly mix) flea market treasures, this room exudes a level of sophistication well beyond its pedigree. Simple walls showcase the worn finishes of the vintage furniture and make each item stand out as special.

Understated Luxury
Sophisticated furniture and a neutral palette give this room an undertone of opulence, while the angled bed and large-scale accents add a bit of drama.

Four-Post Presence
The large poster bed is the attention-grabber in this pale master suite. The easiest way to create drama in a smaller room is to choose one beautiful overscale piece of furniture and let it take charge.

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