Category Archives: Bedrooms

Bohemian Bedrooms

If you’ve been thinking that your bedroom could use a burst of color, this post will be a feast for your eyes…

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…but only if you have a taste for something a little unconventional.  That’s the one word that comes to mind when I think about the Bohemian design style, and I mean that in a good way.

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In a world when many people jump all over whatever trend is hot at the moment, there is something very refreshing about those who do the unexpected.  Bohemian rooms are an eclectic mix of vivid colors, patterns, retro and vintage pieces, and global influences.  These spaces are always unexpected and definitely eye-catching.

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Some people say that color relaxes them.  If you’re one of those people, a Bohemian bedroom may be perfect for you.  Start with a traditional/vintage headboard or bed {you can find one at thrift stores, flea markets and on eBay}.  Then, pile on the colorful fabrics –  bedspreads, blankets, quilts and throw pillows.  You can paint the room with a vivid or subtle color, but be sure to include colorful wall art, area rugs and/or lampshades in a great color.

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With the Boho style, just about any fashion accessory can be turned into accessories for your room:  jewelry, scarfs, handbags and hats.  Bohemian is all about personal expression.  It’s a look that is artsy, unique and it embraces the beauty of imperfection.

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No keeping up with trends here.  It’s about doing what you want {in a colorful way} to create a a place that is pleasing and relaxing to you — that’s what makes the Bohemian style a great choice for your bedroom.

Glam Up Your Guest Room

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The holidays are upon us and that means their could be overnight guests in your future.  If you need tips to glam up your guest room, here are five fab ideas:

1.  Add Color.  Give your guest room a fresh coat of paint.  Use a fun color or interesting pattern {stripes, chevron, etc.}.  Your guests will appreciate the time and thought that went into creating a special room for them.

2.  Get An Upholstered Headboard.  If you’re getting a new bed, look for an upholstered headboard.  Not only are they glam but if you’re short on space, this type of headboard can do double duty as a comfy chair.  Upholstered headboards make for terrific reading in bed.

3.  Ornate Organization.  Just in case your guest forgets {or runs out of} bath and beauty items, leave a small collection of toiletries in your guest room.  To keep it glam, put lotion and body wash in glass bottles, place cotton balls in glass dishes, and put travel-size toiletries in stylish boxes.

4.  Don’t Forget Fresh Towels.  Keep a few towels stocked in your guest room.  White towels are classic and very hotel-chic.

5.  Layer The Bed With A Blanket.  Provide your guest with an extra blanket, in case it gets a little chilly at night.

I’m really loving these faux fur throws which are very hot right now.  They’re super glam, very soft and will add a luxe feel to your guest room.  The blankets shown above are available at bloomingdales.com.

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Adding those special touches to your guest room is a great way to show your family and friends that they are welcome!

Online Design: Modern Bedroom Retreat

Today I’m sharing one of my recent Online Design projects that I put together for Theresa in Cincinnati, OH.

Theresa contacted me because she wanted a new, updated look for her master bedroom.  Like many of my online clients, she already had a few ideas of what she liked — which included a specific type of headboard and bedding –  and she really wanted to paint the room gray.  But she needed help pulling the whole look together and selecting the right paint color.  Theresa also wanted the room to look modern and she wanted accent colors.  With all of that in mind, here is the design board that I created:

 

Here is the bedroom BEFORE:

And here’s the bedroom AFTER:

What a glamorous makeover!  You can’t tell from the photo, but the room has a high, tray ceiling so I wanted to emphasize that by using a different color.  I chose aqua because it’s one of Theresa’s favorite colors.  For the bedding, Theresa chose the Pintuck duvet and shams that she previously found at westelm.com.

For the fixture, she selected the Rondo chandelier {available at amazon.com}.  This is a slightly different chandelier than the one I specified in the plan, which brings me to a good point.  My online design service is tailored so that you can easily substitute other items that catch your eye online or in a local store.

Theresa’s bedroom is now what she wanted…a relaxing retreat with fun pops of color.  She still plans to purchase a few more pieces, such as the turquoise Ravello mirror from jonathanadler.com.  But even without it, her bedroom’s new look is a welcome change.

Here’s what Theresa had to say about the process:  “Your services worked very well with my hectic schedule, yet with just one phone call and a few emails you were able to get a good sense for what I was looking for in our new master bedroom.  At first I wasn’t sure what to expect working with a designer long distance, but it worked well.”

It’s almost a new year… Isn’t it time you did something with that room of yours?  Contact me at kelly@porterhousedesigns.com to find out how I can help bring color into your life.

Ideas For Bedroom Wallpaper

Decorating with wallpaper seems to be making a comeback…but not in every room.

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We’re not too excited about wallpapering our kitchens or family rooms, but decorating the bedroom with wallpaper is becoming very popular among designers and homeowners.

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Many homeowners are choosing to wallpaper just one focal wall — usually the wall behind the bed.  This is a great idea if you have a bed with a not-so-grand headboard.  For the greatest impact, select a wall covering with a big, bold pattern.

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Wallpaper in the bedroom is no longer a thing of the past, and it’s definitely not just for kids rooms.  Today’s styles are both classic and contemporary, and the right selection can give you ideas for an entire color scheme.

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And don’t forget the closet…

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For more ideas, visit ‘Bedroom Wallpaper.’

Accent Colors For Gray Bedrooms

Not only is gray a hot neutral, it’s also a terrific color for the bedroom — especially when it’s paired with vibrant accent colors.

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Gray is a serene and tranquil hue — perfect for relaxation — but too much of it can look drab.  The good news is, you can add just about any other color to gray and it will instantly liven up a bedroom, which may be just what you need when that alarm clock goes off in the morning!

Pops of Pink

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Refreshing Turquoise

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Energizing Orange

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Regal Violet

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Cheerful Yellow

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Luscious Cranberry

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Rusty Red

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