Wednesday, August 27, 2014
The bedroom is a sanctuary – a retreat from the outside world. It offers homeowners a comfortable space in which to unwind, recharge and get ready to face the world again and its décor should reflect this.
Anton Odendaal from Rochester says the bedroom is the biggest reflection of 'you' - it is where you want to feel safe and peaceful.
1. Hotel inspiration
Odendaal says that today’s bedrooms are not just for sleeping in anymore and one of the trends for 2013 is to turn it into a relaxing suite, inspired by your favourite hotel. Hotel suites make use of space, and they are decorated by professionals. Therefore, Odendaal says they make the perfect source of inspiration.
To get the look choose a non-gender-specific bedroom suite, and keep things simple with clean design lines and an uncluttered feel. Use high, upholstered headboards and replace the traditional wooden bed frames.
Ensure your bedroom is self-contained and luxurious by including pop-up television cabinets at the end of the bed and an audio system, so that you can prolong the luxury and comfort before having to deal with the rest of the family.
Add a living space with separate seating if the space allows for it. Fireplaces and blackout shades are another great addition. Matching bedside tables that can store everything at arm’s length, complete with lamps are essential.
Odendaal says traditional bedspreads are out in favour of the turned-down look. Place more emphasis on sheets and pillows that are stacked or invest in extra-long pillows that span the width of the bed.
Tip: Wi-Fi access is wonderfully convenient for those homeowners who like to browse the Internet from their tablets while relaxing in bed.
2. Colour and texture
Cool neutral colours are good for bedrooms as they instil a sense of serenity and calm. Odendaal says nature-inspired tones like grey, teak, sand and stone are popular. Grey is popular as well as jewel tones, such as emerald and ruby. Emerald green and burgundy are rich and warm colours and are used to accent the neutral hues to give the décor scheme that added pop.
Combining various textures is another big trend, says Odendaal. A room featuring items with the same textures can be boring. Decorating with texture and patterns makes a room interesting and alive and contrasts of smooth and rough, thick and thin or shiny and dull serve to increase the interest and prevent a room from appearing too staid. To achieve a successful composition, choose items with varied textures, but in harmonious hues. Odendaalsuggests mixing stripes with checks, piling rugs on tiled floors, and marrying leather with wicker and wood.
3. Furnish for luxury and purpose
Increase a bedroom’s appeal by making it inviting, warm and luxurious. Create a cosy reading nook by the window, or tuck a chaise lounge under any awkward-angled eaves. Odendaal suggests homeowners include a writing desk in an unused corner, where you can work in peace. He says it is important to make sure that your choice of furnishing is luxurious and comfortable.
4. Head it up with an upholstered headboard
Upholstered headboards are a must-have for any well-appointed bedroom, says Odendaal.Whether they are upholstered in leather or fabric, they are attractive aesthetically, space saving, easy on the pocket and comfortable to lean against. "They also create the illusion of your room being larger than it actually is, as there is no footboard to divide the space visually.”
5. Add some sparkle and style with mirrors
Mirrors are a great addition to any bedroom as they are practical items for when you are getting dressed. They also add a soft romance to the overall décor and they reflect outside views and light that can make a small room feel larger and airier. Odendaal says you can lean an oversized mirror against a wall to create the illusion of depth, or place long mirrors on either side of the bed so they reflect the light from your bedside lamps at night, and during the day, they reflect the natural light from your windows.
6. The master rules
It is essential that your master bedroom and adjoining en suite bathroom are visually connected to one another. Odendaal says that for a seamless aesthetic, it is essential that your bedroom’s décor complements your en suite bathroom. If your bedroom has a clean-cut contemporary style, your en suite bathroom should have a similar same look.
Odendaal suggests that you include towels in the same colour as your window dressing, or bathroom vanities in the same wood used for your bedroom furniture. If you use similar décor accessories in the bathroom and bedroom, it will make the bathroom feel furnished, as well as comfortable and inviting.
8. A romantic ending
He says that the foot of your bed is an overlooked element but it can serve as a functional space if used correctly. Take advantage of the end of your bed and use a bench or chaise longue to transform the area into an inviting seating spot, while balancing the visual presence of a large bed. Odendaal says it can be a practical inclusion if you are short on storage space as you can put a trunk at the end of your bed. This can also be used as seating or as a storage space for your bedding.
9. Improve your bedside manner
“The bedside table is the ideal way to book-end a bed – they can be used to express your personal style, while still offering valuable storage space," Odendaal says. He suggests you choose oversized bedside tables to ensure roomy real estate for nighttime essentials and adequately sized bedside lamps that are in proportion to the size of the bed. For a unified look, bedside tables should match or complement the style of the bed or headboard and they must provide adequate storage to keep your bedroom from looking untidy and cluttered.
10. Keeping calm with closets
"Clutter and chaos in the bedroom is out." Your bedroom needs to be a tidy and oganised space that invites a sense of wellbeing and calm. As such, well-organised cupboards and adequate storage space are an essential part of any stylish bedroom. Freestanding armoires and chest of drawers are becoming trendier as they add style and character. These pieces also add extra storage to a room that already has built-in closets. What’s more, they are portable so if you sell or move home, you can take these pieces with you where you would have to leave the built-in units behind.