August 26, 2011
Ask A Designer: Jazzing Up A Dull Bedroom
Q. I need a new look for my bedroom; I just moved in and it feels a bit drab. I’d like to make it fresher-looking. As far as furniture goes, I like the bed and want to work with it. Would a chest of drawers fit in the space? And do you have any suggestions for good reading lamps?
— S.J., London, Ont. (To submit your own question, see our Ask A Designer™ page.)
A. The simple retro shape of your upholstered headboard makes your bed the perfect jumping-off point. Let’s start by painting the walls. It might not sound very fresh, but I’m going to suggest you consider Embrace (P5246-34) (shown) by Para. Although it’s a grey, there’s a bit of blue in it, so it doesn’t feel dreary. However, if you’re worried, you could go with a warm butter yellow like First Serve (P5051-24D) (shown), also by Para.
Your headboard is rather dark, so look for bedding in lighter shades. DwellStudio’s Batavia Citrine (shown) is an updated, looser ikat in a sophisticated pale yellow and taupe palette that’ll complement either wall-colour option. Add some inexpensive and unfussy throw pillows, like this one from Bouclair (shown), to up the cosiness; its lemon hue will work with the bedding, and it’s solid, so the bed will look layered but not busy.
Bringing texture to a bedroom is a great way to add depth, like the woven headboard in our Inspiration shot. Since you don’t need a new headboard, use two handwoven wicker and rattan storage cubes as bedside tables; Crate & Barrel has some great ones.
Structube’s Vogue dresser (shown) offers lots of storage, and the white-lacquered finish and metal legs keep it visually light. I also like how streamlined it is without any hardware.
Wall-mounted lamps are great in a bedroom. Always a favourite of mine, Tolomeo’s Basculante Parete (shown) from Artemide has an adjustable polished-aluminum arm and a parchment-paper shade that diffuses light nicely. It’s a modern classic.
To soften the window, replace your blinds with a fabric roller and neutral linen wall-to-wall drapes hung from an iron rod installed tight to the ceiling. Finish the room with framed artwork or family photos over the bed.
1. Tolomeo lamp, Artemide. 2. Impression throw pillow, Bouclair. 3. Batavia Citrine duvet set, DwellStudio. 4. Vogue chest, Structube. 5. Paint, from left: First Serve (P5051-24D), Embrace (P5246-34), Para Paints.