It’s a common misconception that decorating your bedroom should be your last priority; after all, it’s not an area you entertain in. But the opposite is true. Your bedroom is the first thing you see in the morning, and the last place you curl up each night, so it should be a place that brings you joy, makes you happy, and where you enjoy spending time.
I recently worked on a bedroom that, while there was nothing wrong functionally with it, it really lacked inspiration, detail and personality. In a house where the rest of the rooms are stylish, functional, and inspiring, a makeover was long overdue. Now this room is a show stopper, worthy of the rest of the home’s elegance.
To start, I always recommend a colour that you love; choose one that gives you a serene, relaxing feel and that speaks to you personally. For this space I chose Benjamin Moore’s Wickham Gray HC-171. It is the base that started to bring this room to life.
Every room needs interest and dimension, and the bedroom is no exception. You want a bedroom to feel relaxing, calm and serene but that does not mean it needs to be bland! Far from ordinary, we made this room a designer’s dream by creating a wall treatment using great trim products from Metrie, giving the space an elegant feel.
Next up, a fireplace! A fireplace is the perfect addition to a bedroom setting, but I often encounter the predicament that wood is messy and gas is expensive to install. A simple solution to that dilemma is an electric unit. Electric units have drastically evolved in recent years and can create the exact ambiance, mood and overall sense of comfort that is perfect for a bedroom. They are also easy to install and extremely affordable. This fireplace is a Dimplex unit that took the homeowner only 25 minutes to unload, unpack and set up!
While the fireplace alone is eye-catching, we didn’t stop there. We had a custom build-up created to give it that “real” fireplace mantel feel. We used Metrie products again and matched the existing crown moulding to the new unit. It creates a simply stunning effect. The finishing touch on the mantel was to add some great artwork and accessories from HomeSense to really pull it all together.
No bedroom is complete without a bed – it is the most important functional piece in the room. In this space we used a Casper mattress, which was delivered in a box right to the homeowners’ front door. It’s a great option for people without cars and city dwellers. Plus it’s extremely comfortable! Pair that up with the headboard and bed frame from the Jo Alcorn Collection and we have a winning combination of style, colours, textures and comfort.
Time to dress the bed. This is where you can have some serious fun with patterns, colour and texture. We started with crisp white sheets, pillows and pillow cases from Casper and topped it off with a subtle duvet cover from HomeSense. Again from the Jo Alcorn Collection, we used pillows to incorporate the exact texture and finishing touches that are perfect for this room.
I often add a bench to the end of the bed. It looks great and is the perfect place to pile your decorative pillows and throw at night when you turn in. For this space I used this stylish white bench from Bouclair which fit perfectly in the space and the budget.
Don’t forget about lighting … and darkening. You need to make sure you have the perfect lighting for reading and relaxing, but darkness is a necessity for sleeping.
In this bedroom, the side table lamps and curtains were purchased from Wayfair.ca. Wayfair is a great site that has an outstanding amount of products to choose from (over 7 million to be exact!), their site is easy to navigate and they offer two-day delivery options and free shipping over CAD $75. This is a great option for finding what you want without going anywhere.
There are a few stores I love to visit and wander through for the finishing touches. For this room, a stroll through Bouclair Home found the ceiling light. Sometimes a wander through a home store will inspire your creativity and help you find those unique pieces that speak to your heart.
Whatever way you find inspiration, think about a colour you love and get started on creating the bedroom of your dreams. When you love how your bedroom looks, sweet dreams will be yours!
Author: Jo Alcorn