Soft and Soothing
A handsome four-poster bed is the focal point of the master suite of Southern Living's Athens Idea House. Plaid silk bedding and silk drapes add luxurious softness to the dark furnishings. The blue walls and
warm vanilla armchairs repeat the colors found in the home's main gathering areas.
The bedroom is your own private sanctuary, but beware what message you're sending by using it as a display case for your hobbies.
Stuffed animals are a no-no, as are too many tiny pillows. What looks good in a bedding store can appear fussy and high-maintenance
at home -- not the message you're trying to send.
A college-aged boy’s room shouldn’t be overly decorated, but it should be a nostalgic place filled with favorite items, like
old baseball gloves and a lifeguard sign. A rug with bold stripes is a graphic touch with universal appeal.
A bunk room is a great solution for a large family’s lakeside cottage. Each bunk has its own window and reading light, and
the extra space created by stacking the beds leaves plenty of room for playing.
Fit for a Queen This chic guest bedroom gets a little drama with a soft, flowing canopy, hung from a painted green crown.
Imagination Station This kids' bunkroom was inspired by a trip to Morocco, and the colors and fabrics make it a fun place for kids and their imaginations.
Fabric Focus An array of coordinating fabrics creates this dramatic look. Begin with one fabric that you love, and then bring in solids
and other patterns in coordinating colors. In this master bedroom, the modern leaf print determined the color scheme.
Striped pillows and a favorite orange paint give cohesion to the boy's bedroom and bath. Inexpensive, unfinished wood frames
from Hobby Lobby gain importance with a coat of Clementine by Farrell Calhoun "The mats cost more than anything else," Jill confides. A vintage kid's bike, painted in the same festive hue, brings in
a bit of nostalgia.
Bunk Room Basics High ceilings make this bunk room feel more spacious even though it sleeps four boys. A vintage bathroom door that reads "gentlemen"
separates the boys' bedroom from the bath, and no space goes unused with floor-to-ceiling built-in bookcases.
Find Sanctuary The wall-to-wall headboard, upholstered in a subtle striped fabric, adds a sense of luxury to the room, and the skirted bedside
table has a feminine flair. A row of casement windows above the bed, along with a pair of French doors leading outside, allow
sunlight to stream into the room.
Soft Hues Fresh white and soft blue are the perfect hues for a coastal bedroom. Furniture with crisp, traditional lines makes this bedroom
a peaceful haven.
Vintage Sophistication Mix vintage and modern pieces for a sophisticated look. The pop of yellow in the accent pillow and the array of patterns brings
interest to the calming space.
In this room, teak platforms suspended from heavy-gauge rope take center stage, while a punchy orange-striped fabric on the
wall and Roman shade create a seamless backdrop.
Engineered hardwood flooring echoes the rich graining of the bed platforms and offers tropical-wood appeal at a fraction of
the cost. It’s environmentally friendly, too.
In this guest bedroom, bold brown-and-white geometric prints unify the space. Bright, white fabrics as bed linens, curtains,
and chair upholstery lighten up the dark brown wall paint. Accent the space with bold geometric throw pillows and a fun colored
Restful Bedroom Banishing clutter extends to the bed in this tailored room. There are no fussy pillows to remove at night, just good quality
white sheets and rich bed hangings. A wicker side table conceals bedtime reading, and an antique garden bench at the foot
of the bed offers a sculptural silhouette.
Tropical Punch Grass skirts make a festive canopy or bed skirt when trimmed. Use a fresh coat of paint to perk up a bedroom, but leave the
linens white for balance.
Laurey W. Glenn; Robbie Caponetto
Ultimate Sanctuary This master bedroom's graphic, orangey-red walls were made using a large, custom stencil. The graphic detail is mirrored in
the bed linens as well. The room is softened by the jute rug and the washable, light blue linen slipcovered headboard.
Laurey W. Glenn; Robbie Caponetto
Saffron Sanctuary The playful butterfly-patterned bed linens pull together this master bedroom's saffron-and-gray color scheme. A ledge above
the bed serves as a casual alternative to a headboard and just the right spot for tossing a book or displaying a collection.
An antique patchwork rug is layered over a textured jute rug to add an element of age to the room.
Blanketed in White The lavendar ikat pillow's rectangular shape and colorful pattern contrast with the white palette. "I always like it when
beds have punctuation -- this pillow is the exclamation point on the bed," says the designer.
Van Chaplin; Charles Walton IV
The large patterns of the wallpaper and curtains are an unexpected combination, which works because of the calming green and
brown color palette. The fresh feel of the bedroom serves as a wonderful guest room.
Twin Set A small guest room gets a dramatic treatment with paisley "headboards" topped by homemade valences created by drilling plywood
with different-size bits. An arrangement of flea market mirrors and a painting fills the empty wall space between the beds
Antoine Bootz and Jeff McNamara
Fairytale Fabrics There's something about abundant draping that appeals to the girl in all of us. Even the double-layered bedskirt in this Southern Accents bedroom looks like a petticoat peaking out from a skirt.
Shabby Chic Many of the pieces pictured in this bedroom are flea market finds. Unify mismatched pieces of furniture instantly by coating
them all in white paint. For a bed that's irresistibly inviting, layer a variety of quilts, blankets, and throws.
Natural materials such as matchstick blinds, bamboo drapery hardware, and a driftwood lamp lend rustic accents to the tailored
Charming Nook Small spaces are always comforting, as long as they aren't cluttered. A slanted wall and bold wallpaper add visual impact
and make this bedroom feel like a world of its own, though it's only a few square feet.
A good-looking pair of lamps flanking the bed is an instant style update that’s practical, too. A classic pair of ceramic
lamps is a great choice, but we also love wall-mounted sconces -- especially for late-night readers. A three-way bulb is a
Darkened Wood This bedroom's forest scene mural literally brings the outdoors inside. By restricting the mural to one wall and keeping the
color scheme muted, this bedroom becomes cozy without being too surreal.
Beautiful Boudoir A glamorous bedroom can be cozy too. Luxurious bed linens, super soft throw pillows, and great lighting create a comfortable
space no one will want to leave. Pink silk curtains like these cast a soft glow throughout the bedroom.
Bed Cabinet Homeowners call this guest bedroom a "bed cabinet." The sliding barn doors add character to the small bedroom without taking
up precious space.
Using maps instead of wallpaper create a cool effect in this master bedroom. Pick maps of places you've been or that remind
you of home. Here, the maps cover only a portion of wall above the bed; covering the entire room would have been too much.
A Canopy Can Hang a draping canopy from the ceiling above a simple bed and headboard for a luxurious, tentlike space.
A quiet palette of whites and blues allows the antiques to take center stage in this bedroom. Tactile fabrics such as velvets
and silks add a luxurious element of texture. The ceiling height is accentuated by an extra-tall headboard and mirrors that
flank the bed.
Rays of Sunshine Let a bold geometric print be the starting point for a room's entire color scheme. This lemon yellow-and-brown striped fabric
is the focus of the entire room, but by pairing it with all-white bedding, it never overwhelms the space.
Light and Bright The wall behind the master bed is painted pale blue, and the same hue extends to the wall outside. White bed linens and a
patch of plush shag carpet make this master bedroom luxurious but understated.
Girl Glamour Shades of pink and green make this room an unmistakable haven for a young girl. The soft green bed frame was a family heirloom
that got a fresh coast of pastel paint. All new, modern light fixtures and a shag rug bring this fantasy bedroom into the
Natural Oats Vibrant green walls play well against the oatmeal carpet and organic, natural-colored bedding. Warm black finishes on the
antique dresser and chalkboard provide color balance and aged texture.
Rich Hues Vibrant color doesn't always mean all-over color. This master bedroom uses saturated colors in contrasting hues for a big
impact on select pieces.
Custom-colored, hand-blocked fabric in a bold turquoise wraps this bedroom in style and comfort. The classic blue-and-brown
palette is inspired by the late British tastemaker David Hicks. Though the room is filled with patterns and textures, their
complementary tones create order.
This master bedroom is a serene and chic nest with tall French doors that open to a private walled garden. The tranquil yet
cool palette of gray, beige, and aqua that fills the rest of the home extends into the master bedroom with the mix of silk,
leopard print, and pale pink, giving this room an exotic yet still polished look.
Hues in Blue
Fabric-covered walls in this master bedroom add a layer of solitude. The nightstands―a black-and-white inlaid chest and an
Art Deco table―provide asymmetrical balance to a traditional brocade headboard.
Van Chaplin; Charles Walton IV
Colorful Kids' Room The bright ikat of the daybed's canopy set against yellow walls with an acrylic coffee table makes for a colorful and chic
kids' room sure to spike children's creativity.
Restful Retreat Creating a cozy bedroom like this one is simple when you combine the right ingredients: bedside tables even in height with
the mattress, simple bedding to give the most versatile look, a mirror to reflect light and create a focal point, a soothing
wall color, and a soft fluffy rug to bring warmth to the space.
Guest Sweet A tiny guest bedroom gets a dramatic treatment with pale aqua striped walls and a sparkling pendant light.
Prince Charming Boys' rooms are tough. When the children are young, they're into sports, popular music, and all sorts of things that don't
lend themselves to lovely wall decorations. Tailored stripes and plaids bring order to this 10-year-old boy's room.
Sleep Serenely A new addition to a charming old harbor-view cottage copied the house's paneling that covers the vaulted ceiling in the master
bedroom. Linen blinds retract to maximize the splendid views.
Light-Filled Bedroom A palette of gray, mauve, navy, and purple keeps the master bedroom serene, while the curtain fabric and rug add a vibrant,
Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
This multipurpose room acts as an office, and because of the sleeping nook with daybed, it can also double as a guest room.
Bold stripes and playful prints give this room a fun but not overdone nautical theme.
Layer It On Create depth by layering on the details all in one color. Sticking with just one color―light green in this case―allows you
to incorporate different patterns into the same room flawlessly.
Plaids and Stripes Though popular, white trim isn't your only option. Consider going up or down on the paint swatch to choose a shade, or take
inspiration from a wallpaper or fabric in the room. Here, striped wallpaper inspired for the blue-gray trim and ceiling color.
The glossy finish reflects the light, making the space seem more open and airy.
With diverse hues from blushing to shocking, the color pink is not just for little girls. We've gathered our favorite ideas
to show you the diversity of this cheerful color.