Do You Love Your Bedroom?


Guest Post By: Nancy Del Santo
Interior Designer Secrets For Creating Your Dream Master Suite
Founder ~ AskDecor

Your master bedroom should be one of the BEST rooms in your house. Too often, it’s an after thought. Change that today with these 4 interior designer secrets and fall in love with your master bedroom.

1. When you walk into the room, your eyes should immediately focus on a gorgeous bed.
To make a grand statement, we try to have the bed facing you when you enter the room. Don’t be afraid of windows. We’ve put beds in front of windows and we’ve camouflaged poorly placed windows with a “wall of fabric” when necessary to achieve this goal.
Once we have the bed placed in the room, it’s time to have fun selecting a wonderful headboard, bed frame or canopy. Which one for you? Look at pictures in magazines and online to see if you prefer wood, fabric, metal, or a painted finish. Remember that you’ll have the bed a long time so buy once, buy better, and buy a more classic style.

2. Your bedding should feel luxurious.
There are some wonderful companies that make fabulous bedding. Rather than look at thread count, we recommend that you do the touch test.
Along with luxurious sheets, add some color and texture to your bed. We like to do this with a custom-made bed skirt, beautiful pillows, and a fabulous throw or duvet cover for the bed. Typically, we mix patterns and textures to make each of these items interesting.

3. The colors in your master bedroom should make you look fabulous.
Look to your wardrobe and recall when you get compliments. Which makeup hues look best on you?
Paint the walls a restful color that compliments your skin tone. Or find great wallpaper that does the same.
Be aware that bold, energetic colors may keep you awake at night. If you love these colors, consider introducing them in smaller ways in your bedroom or in grey tinted tones that are more restful versions of the colors you love.
Install lighting throughout the room to enhance the colors. Install dimmers to help create mood lighting.
Mix up the type of lighting in your master bedroom. If you have the ceiling height, consider a chandelier. It is an instant mood enhancer. You can also consider using pendants over your nightstands or over a seating area.

4. No matter how small you master bedroom might be, create the illusion of space.
Consider putting drawers inside your closets or having built-ins made to maximize storage without cluttering the room with furniture.
Size your nightstands to what is appropriate to the room. If your room is really small, float the nightstands off the floor.
Personalize your room with things that are important to you but get rid of all that extra stuff that makes a room feel cluttered. Remember, this is your retreat from the world. Don’t let a messy stack of papers detract from the spa-like feeling you are trying to inspire.

About the author:
Nancy Del Santo is founder of AskDecor, an interior design firm offering online programs to help you create your perfect home. Go to http://askdecor.com and sign up for our free guide showing the best online shopping for your home.

How to buy the best nightstand for you!

aviation furniture, restoration hardwrae nightstand
Aviator style Restoration Hardware nightstand

Let’s take a moment and recognize all the “stuff” we keep in/on our nightstands….clocks, books, pens, glasses, cell phones, water bottle, medicine, tissue, reading lights, flower vases, picture frames, sex toys, souvenirs, flashlights, journal, hand cream, ear plus…and the list goes on!

The truth is that everyone has different needs, and I’ve designed enough bedrooms to know that nightstands need to serve many functions.
So how do you pick the right one? Well, we’ve come up with a simple guide to help you find out:

metal and wood nighstand, modern nightstand
Metal and wood nightstand
Reclaimed wood nighstand
Reclaimed wood nightstand

1. Measure up! – I’m not actually talking about the width of the nightstand; I’m talking about measuring your bed height! One common mistake people make is they pair up their bed with a nightstand that is either way too high or way too low for them. The top of your bedside table should be just about in line with your mattress, or a few inches taller.

2. Need a drawer or two? Some of you don’t need anything accept for a clock, but others need as much storage as they can get! So decide how much you really need to keep at your bedside…and let’s clean the clutter while we’re at it. If you can live with only 1 drawer, then try and option like this from WShome.com. It has a large opening at the bottom that makes it feel less massive and heavy.

modern nightstand
WS Home nightstand

3. Shape – Many of us think a nightstand has to be a bulky square box! But that’s not true. I have often used round end tables to solve space problems by tucking them into little corners of the room. Check out this sleek modern nightstand from Roomandboard.com. It’s made from metal and has clean modern lines that can fit in a very tight spot.

Room and Board Metal Nightstand

4. Do they need to match?? – NO! The design gods will not come down and strike you dead if you have one round and one rectangular bedside table. Having said that, if you are going to “risk it” and have 2 pieces that are different, then try to get them to match up in height. This way, if you put the same table lamp on each of them, they will line up to create visual balance.

5. Be creative! – If you find an end table, travel chest, tree stump, or want to mix 2 pieces of furniture, go ahead! I currently use a stacked set of vintage suitcases for my night table! Below is a great example from westelm.com. They layered an organic tree trunk and simple X leg table and it looks great!

West Elm Tree Trunk

If our little guide helped, share it!
Just remember that your nightstand is usually the first and last piece of furniture you see every day, so pick something you love!