Skylights often come into play as do white walls and floors. Built‐ins help with space constraints as do funny little closets and bathrooms that make use of seemingly impossible angles. There is something undeniably romantic about an attic bedroom. No matter what the style it has an away‐from‐it‐all feeling. Even with a low ceiling an attic room can feel open and airy. White paint helps a lot. So do built‐in cabinets and drawers for hiding clutter. This feminine beauty uses the odd angles to their best advantage – the chandelier is hung to emphasize the height of the ceiling while the space is kept cozy with low furniture floor pillows and wallpaper that extends to every wall. White and bright. The skylight provides the sunlight but the paint color provides the expansive feeling. A white floor is an easy way to lighten a room while taking advantage of the beautiful texture of the original old wood. This saunalike wood paneling keeps the attic‐y feeling while creating a fresh space. Just add furniture. White white and more white and then one big splash of color. So simple and so elegant. You could have a lot of good dreams in this room. One accent wall of horizontal wood paneling accentuates the architecture in this weirdly shaped room but also keeps things simple and spare. Hey if you've got it flaunt it.
Envision a deeply restorative space. The best way to begin any design project is with a clear vision of your hopes for the end result. Take a moment to ponder what your ideal bedroom space would look like and how it would feel – the scent the textures the sounds. Create as clear a picture as you possibly can and hold that in your mind as you move forward with the project. Clean the air. Air quality affects health and wellness and poor air quality can impact sleep. The easiest way to clean the air in your bedroom is simply to open your windows. Commit to letting fresh air into your bedroom for at least 10 minutes each day and the air quality is sure to improve. To take it a step further you may want to add several potted plants and an air purifier. Limit technology and remove emotional clutter. When you visualized your ideal bedroom I'd wager that it wasn't filled with clutter or the tangle of wires dangling from your laptop. Giving yourself a break from tech devices at night will help promote deeper rest and is probably a good idea healthwise as well. Also take a moment to consider the things you have stored in your bedroom. Are there boxes of bills and paperwork that make your stomach knot each time you see them? Piles of clothes that no longer fit workout tools you don't use or photos of friends you have a tense relationship with? All of these things can contribute to stress and insomnia so out they must go. Clean thoroughly and naturally. Often our bedrooms fall way down to the bottom of our cleaning to‐do list simply because not many others have to see these private spaces.
Antique and modern accents pay tribute to tailoring. The globe is an 18th‐century sewing table and the framed piece above is a shirt made out of a folded map of London. Dittmar designed custom bedding and pillows to conjure the crisp look of ties and pocket squares. From show house to your house: If you're stuck in a decorating rut try playing with a theme in one of your bedrooms. It can be something bold – like a sports‐theme kid's room – or something more subtle like Dittmar's design. But by giving yourself a path to follow you'll have less trouble deciding on what pieces to use. The amazing art installation in this bathroom is by artist Michele Pred who uses airport‐confiscated scissors and knives in much of her work. The design team worked with Pred to create a specific installation for this space – a bathtub full of silver scissors snagged by the Transportation Security Administration.
Think of a classic color palette for a young boy's bedroom and you probably imagine navy and denim blues reds khakis and tans and dark wood accents. And while there's a reason so many boys' spaces default to those hues (they're cheery yet masculine and they work for all ages) a less expected palette can feel just as appropriate. Check out the fresh fun examples below. Cocoa brown and turquoise punch up this lively boy's space. The zebra‐print rug and striped wall treatment are kid friendly yet sophisticated and they'll still look up‐to‐date when the stuffed animals give way to sports gear and electronic equipment. Here's another variation on that same color scheme. Because it's limited to just one wall the robot‐print wallpaper would be easy to strip and replace with a more adult pattern down the road. Hot orange sparks this otherwise neutral boy's bedroom. Orange is a terrific color for kids – it's youthful and energetic but not at all childish. This orange white and gray palette gives a sports theme a chic spin. It's proof that you don't have to drench your room in the colors of your favorite team to show your spirit. Red and khaki look fresh all over again with a liberal dose of black. Mod accents such as these pendant lights are often winners in a kids' space – they have an inherent whimsy that suits young ones well. This chocolate and citron palette takes its cue from tennis balls. The round accent pillows are an especially fun touch. Tangerine safety‐cone orange and neon green combine for a zesty zippy toddler's space.
Notice also the delicate layers of pattern in the tone‐on‐tone wallpaper. A rod (versus chain) installation creates a crisp and somewhat masculine aesthetic that works very well with these drum shades. This eclectic bedroom stretches the limits of minimalism by blending the pendants into the wall. The result is pure function as the aesthetic is more about what is not there. Now this is what I meant by "secret weapon." This otherwise simple bedroom is kicked into high gear with these fabulous pendants. When design goes outside the box magic happens. A guest bedroom is a great place in which to sport a bedside pendant that is unique and memorable. These great pendants look like fancy dinner napkins. The result is a whimsical one‐of‐a‐kind environment for a lucky houseguest.
You can find old painted shutters at any salvage shop. Just remember to seal them before using them as a headboard. Unpainted shutters add to the earthy exotic feel of this room. A large framed piece of corkboard does double duty as a bulletin board and as a ... well as a headboard. Hurray for pallets! They are often free (check first before taking) and they make excellent places to hang stuff on as well. Old fireplace mantels are salvage shop treasures that frame a simple upholstered headboard beautifully. In many places earthquakes prevent hanging anything remotely heavy over the bed (lest it fall on someone's head during the next tembler). This fabric art looks like an extension of the plain nearly invisible headboard here and adds a danger‐free way to decorate the wall.
Pendant lights aren't just for kitchens. Most rooms including bedrooms can really come to life with the right light fixture. As a designer I consider lighting to be my secret weapon. Entire aesthetics can be defined by a pendant that adds just the right amount of edge to a room. Let's focus on pendant placement and style at the bedside an important and often‐overlooked space. Consider lighting up your bedside with a pendant‐style fixture instead of a table lamp. It's a bit edgy yet it's practical because of all the floor or table space it frees up. This Japanese‐inspired pendant gives an otherwise simple room a global flavor. This is a great example of how a light can define a room's style. Futuristic glam! A perfect silver round pendant adds just the right amount of spunk to this otherwise minimalist bedroom. The designer hung this pendant on the low side which adds to its modern appeal. This long cylinder‐style fixture is a surprising choice for this bedroom. It adequately fills this very narrow space providing great light and visual impact whereas a table lamp would have felt bulky and impractical. This organic‐shaped Tom Dixon Beat Pendant fits the sparseness of this bedside. A floating nightstand adds to this modern translation of minimalism with cord‐free elegance. This bright and textured bedroom displays a beautiful modern pendant set high above the nightstand. There are several height options each creating a different look. For a similar look to this bedroom set the pendant about 48 inches from the top of the nightstand. For a lower more modern look set the pendant 24 inches above the nightstand. This setting offers an interesting study in scale. Notice the oversize headboard with the low nightstand. The silver pendant balances out the two extremes for a polished bedside look.
This bedroom with its liberal dose of aqua blue and spring green is such a happy space. I would love to curl up in that green chair with a good book – even the dreariest day couldn't bring me down. Another bonus to using such vibrant colors is that this room needs no additional artwork or accessories. It's very clean and simple but in no way dull or lifeless. These perky blues and the leafy‐green color work well together in small doses such as on fabrics accessories or painted furniture. The lighter cucumber green is a great choice for the walls. Clockwise from top left (all from Sherwin‐Williams): Mariner SW 6766 Cucumber SW 6722 Oceanside SW 6496 and Picnic SW 6731. Turquoise is a popular color right now and here it is paired with another color of the moment – intense orange. These two colors are opposite each other on the color wheel making them a striking and attention‐getting combo. But because the walls ceiling and floor are white the effect is cool instead of cacophonous. Punches of bright blue and orange used sparingly perhaps through a thick vertical stripe painted on the walls or easily changed‐out bedding look fantastic against a white backdrop. Clockwise from top left: Light My Fire AC211‐5 and Cool Turquoise KM3238‐2 both from Kelly Moore and Castaway DE 5738 and Tangerine Dream DE 5160 both from Dunn Edwards.