When we asked readers for their spring decorating tips, many of them recommended organizing and decluttering before decorating. I've been so keen on revamping my bedroom that I hadn't really given that part much thought. So, while I wait for the weather to warm up, I’m eliminating junk from my dresser and night table to see what furniture I actually need, and to give myself more space. To stay motivated, I've gathered photos of my favourite refined retreats.
Grown-up pink isn’t overdone in this room. The ikat bolster and graphic-print curtains are both very on-trend. A deep brown chandelier adds a glamorous touch.
Ah, chinoiserie wallpaper. I can’t get enough of it! I am constantly looking back at the bold and exotic new traditional design photo in our January 2011 issue wondering if I could attempt to paint such a masterpiece. (I have no real painting skills, so I may have to stick with wallpaper...) Ruffled curtains only add to the charm, and I've been seeing ruffles everywhere in stores — on pillows, lampshades and duvet covers. Here, designer Miles Redd proves that a small space can still be beautiful.
Though this wallpaper print is really busy, the neutral colours keep it from being distracting. The tufted bench adds a punch of colour, as do the outdoor ceramic tables. I don’t have room for sofa, but it would be a nice touch!
Exposed brick walls add warmth and texture to a bedroom. Rustic furniture, a crystal chandelier and soft green and pink create a shabby-chic look.
I’m not usually a fan of all-white spaces, but the gold accents here add a graceful vintage vibe.
This bedroom isn't as delicate as the other ones, but I like how airy and fuss-free it is. Simple splashes of chartreuse give it a little punch, too. For me it's the lacy white bedding with fringe, ruffle-trim pendant light and branches on the desk that give it feminine charm.
Talk about a statement headboard! A black-and-white colour scheme doesn't seem so cold when paired with this giant textured flower.
All of these bedrooms effectively use colour through accents like pillows, throws and lamps, while keeping the main bedding neutral, making it super budget-friendly. You only really have to change accessories to get a new look. I can't wait to get started! But now to finish decluttering... See more inspiring bedrooms in this photo gallery.
1. Renovation Style, photography by Susan Gilmore
2. Miles Redd
3. Country Living, photography by Keith Scott Morton
4. Country Living, photography by Keith Scott Morton
5. Kemble Interiors
6. Living Etc, from Decor8 blog
7. Living Etc, from Style Files blog