April 5, 2011

Bedroom Decorating Trends

With spring finally here, it’s the perfect time to refresh my room. Buying new furniture may not fit within my budget, but I can afford to update my bedding. If you’re like me, bright colours and lighter textures can get you out of a winter slump. So, to help you spruce up your room for the season, here are some ways to add fashionable global, floral and zen looks to your space, with new finds from Home Outfitters. (This blog is sponsored by Home Outfitters — enter to win a gift card!)

As our March 2011 issue made clear, Japanese and zen-inspired looks are very much on-trend. Simple lines, woven materials, raw wood and the Wamsutta Grass Fusion bedding set capture this style.

Global-inspired looks are big right now, especially ikat prints. For a worldly look, the Wamsutta Fusion Daichi duvet cover delivers with its organic, stamp-like motif. Add a sculptural vase to your bedside table with some fresh flowers or greenery to bring more of the outdoors in.

Small-scale floral designs are so suitable for spring and summer, as noted in our April 2011 issue. Look for cotton vintage-inspired prints and don’t be afraid to mix mix mix! This Steven & Chris Akira duvet cover could go with other printed sheets from different sets. If you don’t want all your sheets to have florals, you could use more solids, as seen in the look above.

Flowers in general are popping up a lot right now, and larger ones look great on duvet covers. If all-over floral prints aren’t for you, try options like the Home
Studio Bristol collection, which features a bold blossom design. Streamlined bedskirts trimmed with ribbon make bedding look crisp, and give you another spot to add a splash of colour.

Upholstered headboards are always popular, and would work well with this bedding set. For a more feminine look, use a tufted one. (Learn how to make your own padded or tufted headboard.) The GlucksteinHome Sakura duvet cover creates an Asian-inspired look in a traditional room.

Other ways to update your bedroom include mixing patterns — stripes, chevrons and other shapes can all be combined with pillowcases and upholstery for layered looks. Using damask wallpaper behind the bed will really turn that area into a focal point, or consider a bold paint colour. Stuck with a small space? Use wall-mounted lighting to free up room on your night table.

For now, my spring bedroom revamp will include some new eclectic-style sheets with several patterned pillows. I’m on the hunt for a vintage wrought-iron headboard, too.

Visit a Home Outfitters location near you for more great bedroom products, including lamps, sheets and accessories. Be sure to enter to win a $500 Home Outfitters gift card — more than enough to give your bedroom a quick update. Plus, see our photo gallery with even more new bedding options. Then, watch our Spring Bedding TV segment for bedroom-update tips.

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