All posts tagged: bedroom

Color + White = Just Right

There’s a lot to be said for colors that are really saturated and intense.  Fun and bright.  They can make us really happy.  Or they can be overwhelming.  Colors can also be trendy and can become tiresome after a while.  So how can we live with the colors we love and not be overwhelmed by them?  How can we enjoy color without overcommitting? I have an idea, and it revolves around a very neutral palate created by one of my very favorite colors… white. Yes white.  I could go on and on about white.  I love it.  For now though,  just a few examples of how white can be your best friend when it comes to enjoying your favorite, most vivid, vibrant colors. Let’s start with turquoise. It has been a super hot color for years. We’ve seen it everywhere. You could certainly paint a room this color and love it: Or try something a little different: Isn’t this fantastic? I am in love with this bedroom. Soothing and calm and clean and then… hello …

Have your window treatments expired?

Have you checked the expiration date on your window treatments lately? If you would use the words “swag”,  “jabot” or “balloon” to describe them, it’s probably time for them to go. Do they look anything like this: or this: or this: Did you move in and put some of these “temporary” shades on your windows for privacy and never get around to replacing them? Do you have mini blinds that look like this? Or vertical blinds that look like this? If so, then you are in need of new window treatments if you want to keep your home looking fresh and up to date. This is a really tough issue for a lot of people.  If you had draperies custom made for your windows you may have spent thousands of dollars.  The thought of taking them down is pretty painful.  But this is one of those things that can really make your home look dated and worn. The good news is that it doesn’t have to cost thousands to replace old with new. Here are …

Is Beige a Color?

We’ve had this discussion a few times at my house.  Whenever we are going to paint a room, my kids want to know what color we will be painting.  Most of the time I say “beige” to which my daughter always says “Mom, beige is not a color.” Beige is, in fact a color.  Would you believe that there are at least 5,910 shades of beige paint colors to choose from?  You can check out the offerings from many different paint companies here at My Perfect Color.   So now that we’ve established that beige IS a color, and there are MANY to choose from the question often becomes “which one is the perfect beige for my space?” Who would think that picking a beige could be so hard?  Well, it can be very hard.  All beiges are absolutely not created equal. Some beiges have yellow undertones. Some look pinkish or peachy. Some lean more towards green. My favorites these days are the ones with some gray in them. Here’s the thing with any paint …

Breaking Rules in the Bedroom

Design rules that is. One huge decision when arranging your bedroom is where to put the bed.  It is almost always the largest piece of furniture in the room and as such everything else really has to work around its placement.   As a general rule, the bed goes on the longest wall that is unbroken by a window or door or other architectural element.  Both sides of the bed should be easily accessible and ideally there is space on each side for a nightstand. In some bedrooms it is really obvious where the bed should go.  Easy-peasy, like this: Image via New England Home A few of the things you want to avoid when placing your bed:  blocking windows with it, putting it in a corner with the long side pushed  against a wall or having it block the flow into other parts of the room. This is all good, however, sometimes we have no choice but to break these rules.  Some bedrooms are really small or have a lot of windows and doors …