Monthly Archives:January 2016

  • Choosing the Right Curtains for Your Bedroom

    Curtain ideas depends largely upon the size and style of the doors and windows. There are certain other factors which have to be kept in mind while choosing the right kind of curtains for your bedroom. First of all, you have to decide on the amount of light you want inside the bedroom. Most importantly, the curtain should give you a sense of privacy when you are in the bedroom. If you are living in the countryside then you may not have a house close-by, but in a city, privacy of the bedroom is a vital factor which cannot be overlooked.

    For Small Windows
    You can use long, hanging curtains that extend below small windows. As a result, the size of the windows get covered, making it seem that the window is large. A flat Roman shade can add a style statement to a bedroom that has small windows. The shade can be made of soft fabric, or woven wood. These materials are semi-translucent, and hence, the outline of the window will be visible during the day. If you wish, you can use a blackout lining under the fabric for the sake of privacy.

    For Large Windows
    The challenge of large windows lies in the fact that they require a large amount of materials for the curtain. You can give a layered look to the large windows. For this, you have to use a multiple number of sheets of sheer curtains that will partly cover the window. These sheets will provide adequate support by a heavy panel of fabrics. This gives an interesting look to the large windows. For more decorative windows, you can use fabric valances that are made of hardboard with a heavy fabric padding.

    For Arched Windows
    When you have arched windows, you really don’t feel like covering it up with curtains as they have a character of their own. However, since some amount of privacy is essential, you have to put curtains on them. If the windows are facing your backyard then I would like to advise you to keep them without a curtain. Otherwise, keep the arch of the window uncovered and use a Roman shade of thin texture to cover the rest of the window that lies below the half circle. This way the beautiful shape of the window will not get affected. You can also fit a long rod on the wall near the ceiling and hang long, lightweight curtains or sheers, so that they do not cover up the design of the window, and can be pulled away from the window during the day.

    For Bay Windows
    Bay windows in a bedroom are excellent architectural features which add depth to the room. Curtains chosen for bay windows should be such that the natural look and feel of the windows do not get affected. You can hang a number of sheer panels over each section of the window. This way you can ensure plenty of sunlight inside the room during the day without hampering your privacy. In this manner, a nice flow of fabric may be created. If you do not prefer a formal look for your bedroom, then a cafe style curtain is the right choice for you which will cover only half the window. To make your bay windows look more colorful, you can place a valance at the top of the window. The color of the valance should either match or contrast with the color of the cafe curtain.

    For French Doors
    When your bedroom has French doors, then you have to select curtains that reduce the visibility and maintain the kind of privacy that you expect in a bedroom. Moreover, your movements through the doors should not get affected because of the curtain. The materials that are most commonly used on French doors are silk, muslin, and sheers. Curtains with lace look wonderful on French doors. You can also use French polyester voile for this purpose. This material has a refined texture which diffuses the light very beautifully.

    Selecting curtain ideas for bedrooms is a challenging task because it should be in sync with the style and feel of your bedroom decorating ideas. Once you have successfully done so, you will get a sense of fulfillment.

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  • Modern Bedroom Decorating Ideas

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    A bedroom is a place where you can be yourself. It is an extension of your personality and character. Modern bedrooms are preferred by people who like an easy-to-maintain, contemporary look. Here are a few decorating ideas.

    Color Scheme: A bedroom should be painted in colors like mauve, white, pastels, and earthy tones. A combination of colors like greens and browns, mauve and golden are also very much in vogue.
    Fabric: Soothing, soft fabric should be used. Heavy velvety drapes are a big ‘no’ if you are aiming for a modern interior. Upholstery with geometric designs look very modern and classy, too.
    Accessories: Accessories are used to add glamor to the bedroom. They include things like wall hangings, nightstands, bedside lamps, and chandeliers. To achieve the modern contemporary look, accessories are used intelligently and minimally. Use metallic accessories like metal chandeliers and metal lamps.
    Furniture: Use sleek, sophisticated furniture instead of old country style furniture for a modern look. For example, use Italian leather beds or low-heightened platform beds. You may also choose cocoon beds which come in irregular designs, to give your room a unique look. While choosing chairs, tables, night stands, wardrobes, and other bedroom furniture see to it that they have a streamlined and clean cut look.

    Besides these, a few things should be kept in mind before starting any project. The bedroom should be totally clutter free. Unwanted material like old clothes, cosmetics, books, etc. should be thrown out. The wardrobe should be designed in such a way that it provides space for adequate storage. There should be lots of natural lighting in the bedroom and it should preferably face the east.

    When you think of decorating a bedroom, you should, first of all, have a particular look or theme in mind. Then, everything, right from the furniture, color scheme, fabric patterns, window dressing to lighting and accessories should revolve around that. Here are a few decor ideas.

    Italian Bedroom
    Paint the walls gray, as earthy tones are typical Italian colors. Place an Italian round leather bed of light brown color in the middle of the room. Hang five mirrors of different geometric shapes on the wall behind the bed. Place a long glass-top table in front of the bed and decorate it with a plant. Keep sleek leather chairs similar to study chairs on either side of this glass table. Use gray and brown upholstery for the room, and your modern Italian bedroom is ready.

    Dramatic Bedroom
    For giving a dramatic look to your bedroom, cover the walls with full-length dark tinted mirrors. Place a low-height bed made of light-colored wood in the room. Use lemon-colored upholstery for the room. Spread a lemon rug in front of the bed. Keep only one side table and place a red liquid lamp on it to add drama to the room. A liquid lamp looks like an inverted bucket with blood dripping out of it. Place red pillows on the bed to match the lamp. Use a variety of lights in the room like dim lights, bright lights, and overhead lights to experience different moods in the same room.

    Japanese Bedroom
    The Japanese are known for their modern and sleek looking homes. Try these Japanese interior designing ideas for your bedroom. Paint three walls white and the one behind the bed in red color, as white and red are typically oriental colors. The bedroom should ideally have a Raku Japanese tatami bed. If, for some reason, you are unable to get it, you may replace it with an easily available low platform wooden bed. Use white curtains and upholstery for the entire room. Place a long bolster pillow on the bed. The bolster draped in a white fabric pillow cover should have Japanese inscriptions on it. Use two wooden side tables. Place a Japanese vase with a natural plant on one side table and a small lamp with yellow light on the other one. Decorate the wall above the bed with two framed pictures that have Japanese artwork on them. Add an oriental rug, and voila! Your modern Japanese bedroom is ready.

    Fun Bedroom
    Paint the entire room in mauve. Use white furniture, like a white cocoon bed, which comes in an irregular shape and white side tables, which are directly in contrast with the wall paint. Hang different-sized and multicolored paper lanterns from the ceiling on top of the bed. The lanterns will add a lot of color and fun to the room. Use white upholstery and curtains. Place multicolored pillows in contrast to the white bed cover. Avoid keeping anything on the side tables to give the room a clean look.

    Romantic Bedroom
    Bedroom is a place for intimacy and romance, and what color would represent romance better than red? In order to give the room a modern look, paint the room cream and use red accessories like a red vase, a red arc lamp, red scented candles, and a red chandelier. Use pink satin or silk fabric for upholstery. Add an element of mystery to the room by decorating the walls with pictures of female figures, whose faces are half covered with hair or cloth and are not fully visible. This is one of those ideas which will surely ignite your passion.

    A bedroom is a place where you pamper yourself and the ones you love. The modern home decor should lend both warmth and sophistication to your personal space. Here’s hoping that these ideas simultaneously bring comfort to you and add spice to your life!

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