Decorating & Design
September 23, 2019
Ask A Designer: How To Freshen Up A Dark & Dated Bedroom
In this Ask A Designer column, Jennifer Koper shares her ideas for redecorating a bedroom in cool shades of blue.
Question: I’m redoing my bedroom with a fresh look. I like aqua blues and teal, and I only need to keep the headboard, which was custom made. What do you suggest? — L.M., Halifax.
Answer: Your room seems dark, and all that ebony wood only adds to the weight. I recommend starting by freshening up the paint; a bright white would be perfect, or, for a hint of color, try a pale blue. In addition, your headboard is very tall, Consider cutting it down from the bottom for a more modern look, as shown in the inspiration photo by London designer BradyWilliams (see below).
A lower headboard set against bright white walls allows for art to float above the bed flanked by two tall, narrow mirrors that will bounce light. For art, a collection of smaller pieces such as black and white family or travel photos framed with white mats and installed in a neat grid will give you a polished look.
Your nightstands are a bit bulky. Opt for an airy set that has a different finish than the headboard, like a grey-toned wood.
(Source: Veneer & Metal Side Table, $180, bouclair.com)
To dress your bed, chose a white duvet cover and Euro shams in teal velvet. Add an aqua throw for another shot of blue-green.
(Source: Michael Aram Velvet Euro Sham in Slate Blue, $145, thebay.com)
(Source: Ivy + Ink Bree Knit Throw in Aqua, $52, bedbathandbeyond.ca)
I suggest swapping out your boxy storage ottoman with a leggier version in a luxurious velvet and setting it at the foot of the bed.
(Source: Mosier Upholstered Storage Bench in Gray, $170, allmodern.com)
Consider replacing your wall-to-wall carpeting with hardwood or new broadloom. If you can, replace your dark wood dresser with one in the same finish as the nightstands.
(Source: Marrakesh Ivory Rug, from $2,445, elte.com)
Finally, for a fun pop of color, replace the chair to the right of the bed with a new streamlined armchair in a teal fabric.
(Source: Lydia Collection Armchair in Teal, price available upon request, pier1.ca)
With these changes, you’ll enjoy a bright, refreshed bedroom that’s perfect for rest and relaxation.
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