A Blue-&-Gray Bedroom
Evoke a Feeling
Although the homeowners share a love of the beach, a sea-inspired bedroom would have looked out of place in this 1800s Colonial-style home. Instead, a blue-and-gray color scheme, along with accessories such as brilliant cobalt blue lamps, makes a subtle nod to the owners' love of sand and surf.
An interesting mix of furniture styles and finishes makes this bedroom look collected and personal rather than predictable. The traditional-style wooden bed frame gets a jolt of modern appeal from the clean-lined, lacquered nightstands. Papering one wall with a modern floral wallpaper creates a focal point and helps define the bed as its own area.
Add wow to a neutral bedding set with brightly colored or boldly patterned throw pillows. Layered on top of solid-color shams and a duvet, these pillows change the whole look of the bed. The floral and bird motifs also blend well with the patterned wallpaper.
Sit in Style
A pair of benches tucked at the foot of the bed makes the bedroom feel well-appointed, like a posh hotel suite. The benches also function as a handy spot for putting on socks and shoes or for stacking pillows and throws when not in use. The embroidered chain-link pattern atop the leather seat cushions adds a subtle hint of pattern.
A mirrored dresser, chosen for its artful character, adds a dash of Hollywood-inspired glamour. The mirror hung on the wall above was outfitted with a shapely curved frame, which offsets the boxy dresser and elevates the utilitarian object to something a bit more special.
Paired with the mirrored dresser, the luxurious silk draperies add another layer of drama and glamour. The warm gray fabric features a slight sheen, which subtly mimics the glitzy accents featured throughout the room, but it doesn’t distract from the focal point wall.
The homeowners divided the room into three areas -- sleeping, sitting, and dressing -- and used rugs to define each spot. Here, a sheepskin rug denotes the sitting area where a sofa and an armchair provide a spot to relax. Two dainty tables, rather than one large coffee table, atop the cozy rug prevent the area from looking heavy and can be easily moved when necessary.
A bookshelf built right into the wall makes the most of limited space while providing plenty of storage capacity. The back of the shelving unit was covered with the same wallpaper as the nearby focal point wall, which creates a cohesive look and makes use of potentially wasted wallpaper.
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