1. Be Symmetrical
Symmetry is your friend. It creates a sense of calm and order in a room, but it doesn't have to be boring. To achieve an anything-but-standard symmetrical look, flank the bed with identical furniture pieces and accessories, but vary their textures. Try a blend of reflective mirrored or metal surfaces and natural elements, such as wood or wicker, or go for a mixture of clear glass or acrylic and traditional fabrics. In this room, mirrors in matching white frames hang on either side of the bed, coupled with lamps with translucent bases. Both of these items contrast the dark wood of the nightstands and allow plenty of light to move through the room.
2. Choose the Right Colors
Choose a livable colour palette for a bedroom that you'll look forward to retreating to at the end of the day. Here's a handy trick: Pick three neutrals that play well together, then add in a muted accent to keep the overall mood serene. Select neutral colours in a similar shade, but with different saturations. Here, the homeowners used hues of beige, with a pale yellow-green accent in the pillows, bench fabric, and curtains. The result is a warm, inviting room.
3. Mix Up Styles
Infuse a room with personal style by defying style rules. If most of your bedroom furniture is traditional, throw in a unique contemporary piece. Or if all your accessories are nature-themed, include an industrial element. This chair features traditional quilted upholstery, but a pair of white nightstands give sharp, modern lines to the space. Mixing and matching styles prevent a room from feeling too formal or stuffy. After all, your bedroom should be a place you feel comfortable relaxing in!
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