By Darcey Muirgel. Bedroom. Sunday, October 01st 2017, 09:54:56 AM.
Vintage suitcases are the perfect nightstand alternative – they are readily available and full of charm. In my bedroom, my husband's nightstand is four stacked suitcases we've collected over the years. You could easily place a single suitcase on top of a stool, like in the image shown here, and have an equally lovely vignette. Most of us have extra chairs lying around, and if you don't, they are an easy find on Craigslist or at thrift stores and make perfect, casual nightstands. Old trunks make great nightstands because of the instant character they bring to a space, and they're a nice, big storage option for those of us with smaller spaces. Painted to match a room's decor, a lovely drop‐leaf table becomes a spacious nightstand. An adjustable‐height vintage stool like this one is a nice alternative to the traditional nightstand. You can raise or lower the stool to work perfectly in its new function and even have a little room to store books underneath.
I'm advocating breaking one of my design rules. Well, I don't really believe in strict design rules, but generally I try to keep big investment pieces (like beds) neutral, solid and classic, and bring in prints, patterns, bolder colors and trendy fabrics via less permanent items like rugs, throw pillows, duvet covers and window treatments. However, these gorgeous patterned headboards have been screaming for my attention, and I cannot ignore them any longer. Would you sleep beneath a patterned headboard? If so, what kind of textile or pattern would you use? Let me know in the Comments section! Go bold and go for height – dynamic fabrics and exaggerated verticality on a headboard can change the entire feeling of a room. These brilliant textiles add to the Moroccan style of this home, and the wall behind them painted up to chair‐rail height tricks the eye, distorting how we perceive the colors and proportions. Extend the headboard to new heights to show off a beautiful fabric on it and your shams. It would have been a design travesty not to show off this beautiful suzani fabric. Match a sham or another pillow to the headboard. This will give the bedscape a continuous look vertically, like these damask‐pattern shams do. To tie a larger area to the bed, extend the headboard behind nightstands. A bold trellis pattern grounds this bed with the appropriate scale. You don't have to use fabric to execute this idea. At the Upward Bound House, interior designer Vanessa De Vargas used wallpaper to create the look of an extended headboard. You can also use a special traditional fabric. Design Sponge blogger Grace Bonney helped educate the masses about traditional Mexican Otomi embroidery with her famous DIY headboard.
Try tailored and tucked‐in bunks. Without losing the getaway‐home element, this room has a much more tailored look than most bunk rooms. The bedding is simple and tucked in tightly. The tone on tone of whites gives the room a clean and serene feel. Curtains are neatly stacked with a dense fabric. To get this look with a lighter fabric, have the curtains lined with a heavier solid material to complement the pattern you are working with. Better yet, give your guest bunkers a treat by lining the curtains with blackout fabric. Mix it up. Mismatched bedding can transform the feeling of a bunk room. When beds are snuggled into a small hallway or attic, finding not a single matching sheet, blanket or pillow brings you back to childhood, when the cabin was heaven for old linens, dishes and furniture that weren't being used at home. To create this look, resist the urge to buy sets. See a pillow you like? Just grab it and continue your hunt. Visit antiques stores and look for old wool blankets and quilts. One trip to the dry cleaner and they're ready for bed.