Over the past month, I have been asking you on my twitter and facebook to tell me your biggest bedroom design dilemmas – and then I set myself the task of solving them. In collaboration with Benson For Beds, I’m here on hand to deal with your 3 biggest bedroom decor issues. And guys, you really went out the way to test me!
I’m tackling tricky clutter, giving you tips on how to style your accessories like a pro, and showing you how to choose colours for your bedroom. Oh, and you get to watch me answer these problems in 3 short video. Come on – let’s get problem solving!
How do I choose colours for my bedroom?
When it comes to picking colours for your bedroom you need to decided what sort of atmosphere you want to create. The simplest way to do this is by creating a mood board for your room – watch my video below to learn how to create one for your bedroom.
Below are 4 colour schemes from this season – one of which is bound to tickle you.
This is the perfect example of how to do pink properly. No girly, sugar-coated shades here. This is pastels for a grown up room. I love the way this room has been divided in half. It looks really modern and is super easy to do too. I think perfect pastels usually found in the heritage paint shades department of a DIY store.
STYLE TIP: Paint is one of the cheapest ways to mix up different colours in your bedroom.
Don’t be scarred by the latest colour trend – which is rooms decorated in deep dark shades. They vamp up a room, looking edgy and cool. Using one single shade in a deep, dark colour like rich navys, leafy greens or blacks add drama to bedtimes.
STYLE TIP: Please note the slice of lemon that breaks up all these strong greys.
Rusty, burnt oranges are going to huge in Autumn Winter 2017. If you are looking to add an accent to your bedroom, then use pick out this colour with accessories (like bedding and cushions, or a light fitting) for a splash of colour.
STYLE TIP: Bring this fashion shade to your room with a mix of patterned linens, cushions and throws.
White rooms are a design classic. And who says a simple colour pallet means you have to play it safe? The floorboards, walls, bedlinen and even the valance are in one single shade. All making the perfect backdrop of the POP! of art on the wall. Painted brick makes this space look like it could be in a warehouse or in a New York loft. Ace.
STYLE TIP: For that loft-living look, invest in a statement bed like the Olivia Upholstered bed frame.
Tips on styling your bedroom accessories like a pro
Vases, throws, cushions and art all give a room a personality. But there is no denying it – they can be tricky to add them without overwhelming a space. Here’s my top tips on how to style them into your bedroom to make your friends glow with envy.
Have you thought about shelving in your bedroom? Why not? It can make the perfect display area of all your bits and pieces. And makes a nifty dressing table if space is tight. Don’t feel the need to fill the shelving though – allow your accessories to breath.
STYLE TIP: Less is always more.
Key accessories can update your space. Take Macramé hangings which are so hot right now. They look amazing when hung above a bed. I love the way the texture of the woven hanging works so well with the pom poms that have been draped over the headboard. Most excellent styling skills.
STYLE TIP: Look on etsy for the latest fashion accessories
Don’t these empty frames look so sophisticated in this room? The pendant light hanging above highlights this little set up, drawing your eye to it. So clever. Feel free to move your accessories around your room every once in a while. Switch it up a bit will keep your bedroom looking stylish all year round.
STYLE TIP: Look in charity shops for inexpensive vintage frames.
Carefully selected art will always bring personality to walls. Try hanging a cluster of pictures above your bed to bring colour to your space too. When it comes to your bed – look out for tactile fabrics, like velvet and silks (^^like the throw here ^^) which will make your room look oh-so inviting.
STYLE TIP: Fresh flowers placed beside your bed makes a lust-worthy bedroom accessory.
What’s not to love about this room…the quilted throw, the simple nightstand and the cute string of postcards above the bed. This is the perfect example of how tiny touches – which need not cost the earth – can transform, what could have been a really dull space, into somewhere really special.
STYLE TIP: Use garden twine to string up post cards above your bed.
Clutter! How can I stop it taking over my small bedroom?
When space is short on supply, you need to come up with some clever design ideas that will make the most of what you have. Storage solution are not always the answer. Sometimes you have to be ruthless with what you own – pairing back your belongings – to let what remains shine.
FRAME YOUR BED
This is such a clever idea – making a frame for your bed that also can team up as a storage solution! The shelf above makes an ideal display space too for knick knack that you love and treasure.
STYLE TIP: Don’t hide away your books – make a display of them.
Most of my weekends are spend rummaging around at junk stalls. One day I will find a beautiful metal trunk like the above. Not only would it hold spare bedlinen – or lets face it – shoes, but it looks so good too when used as a bedside table.
STYLE TIP: Sand back old metal furniture to reveal the chrome finish.
Hooks are the best friend of small bedrooms. Use them for hanging clothes (on fancy hangers of course), laundry bags or even pretty bunting. I like the way here the pegs blend into the room so that they have actually become part of the design scheme.
STYLE TIP: Hooks come in all shapes and sizes. At the moment I have my eye on an arrow shaped one for the back of my door.
Another simple storage idea is a ladder. They are great for hanging up extra blankets and throws when not needed in the summer months.
STYLE TIP: Use old decorating ladders if you can’t find one exactly like the above.
If you have a small bedroom, look for pieces of furniture that has lots of different uses like a chest of drawers. I found mine at a market for £15. Not only does it hold all my socks and pants but it also makes a brilliant dressing table. Another ideas is a storage bed – one that lifts up. Take a look at the Harlow Ottoman bed.
STYLE TIP: Paint your furniture in a deep shade to make it stand out in your room.
So there you go! That is all your bedroom decorating problems solved in one post! Well, maybe not all but we have covered some serious ground here, right? Hope you have found this helpful.
If you have got some ideas for dealing with clutter, styling tips or colour ideas please share in the comment box below. If you want more bedroom ideas take a look at 11 Secret Interior Stylist Tricks For Your Bedroom or my post on 5 Bedroom Lighting Ideas.
Have a great week!
** Disclaimer. This is a collaborative post with Benson For Beds. All photos have been credited. All thoughts and opinions are my own.