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Made Right: 15 Ideas to make your bedroom a no-snooze zone when it comes to style
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Color and pattern are great ways to give a classic bedroom just the right dose of modern relevancy.
White bedding sets the stage for a playful mix of pillows on this bed. The entire palette unites in a custom floral pillow sham by designer Katie Rosenfeld, then individual colors make their separate splashes. “I always start my designs with textiles,” Rosenfeld says. “They’re a great springboard.”
Design: Katie Rosenfeld
A luxurious white duvet and shams bring softness to a casual Gulf Coast bedroom and let a modern metallic canopy bed shine. The refreshing ocean-inspired color splash comes courtesy of striped bed curtains and a matching pillow.
Design: Georgia Carlee
A neutral bed can still be rich with glamour. Couture gowns worn by Hollywood elites on Oscar night inspired the look of this master bedroom designed by Melanie Turner for the Atlanta Symphony Decorators’ Showhouse. The amazing gray velvet bed cover sets a luxe tone, especially when paired with a satin pillow and upholstered headboard, the perfect counterpoint to an iron bed.
Design: Melanie Turner
A texture-rich matelassé coverlet brings just a blush of color to a white spindle-style canopy bed. Teamed with sand-hue pillows, it creates a beachy, romantic mood in this Jacksonville, Florida, bedroom.
Design: Andrew Howard
Layering on vibrant patterns is today’s way to invigorate a bedroom. The space still keeps its calm, though, as the different patterns share the same limited palette with blues and reds of the same intensity.
Design: Tilton Fenwick
Have It Toile
Traditional toile fabric—in delicious melon hue—lights up this bedroom by Tobi Fairley for the 2014 Hampton Designer Showhouse. It’s balanced by plenty of serene grays and whites to deliver high style and a good night’s sleep, too.
Design: Tobi Fairley
Layers of Luxury
Lavish layers of fabric in this Hamptons Showhouse bedroom by Phoebe Howard create a blue-and-ivory dreamscape. Full draperies on each corner of the canopy bed bring a luxe vibe to the personal retreat. A tight palette enhances the serene mood.
Design: Phoebe Howard
Orange and pink pillows provide a pop of modern sass on classic ivory-colored linen bed dressings—and provide the perfect juxtaposition to a canopy bed in quiet wood tones. Hanging a dazzling starburst mirror above the bed reinforces the classic-yet-modern mood.
Design: Susan Kroeger
Monograms are a classic way to add a little life and a lot of personalization to a bedroom. Here, the stitching is in navy to mesh with a loveseat at the foot of the bed. An abundance of white keeps the feel light in a space where the finialed bed makes a substantial statement.
Design: Megan Winters
Shimmery sateen bedding gives this neutral room plenty of romance, adding just the right energy to the peaceful layers of gray and white.
Design: Marie Flanigan
Mix Things Up
A playful combo of patterns from John Robshaw, both in a similar scale, gives this bed big attitude. The bed is upholstered in a grounding neutral fabric that’s from an indoor-outdoor collection—so easy to keep clean!
Design: Cecily Mendell
Evoke a feeling of artful watercolors with fabric, like this yellow silk ikat and multicolor floral from Robert Allen. They bring a ray of happy sunshine to this luxe neutral bedscape.
Design: Shannon Wollack and Brittany Zwickl
The Right Touch
Texture is the name of the game in this bedroom, where an oversize tufted headboard combines with matelassé bed cover, shams, and fretwork pillows, all in restful blue and white.
Design: Beth Webb
Masculine Meets Elegant
Stripe-like stitching on the duvet and Euro shams accentuate this master bedroom’s masculine edge. A walnut headboard and global-inspired pattern on the bolster pillow continue the strong vibe.
Design: Summer Thornton
Fresh blue and celadon hues put a today twist on classic patterns—toiles, checks, and trellises—in this charming master suite. Two sizes of checked fabric layer in chic sophistication.
Design: Heather Dewberry and Will Huff