Curtains Are Key
“Blackout curtains are a must in the bedroom so you can stay in bed as long as you want,” says Eric Cohler. For total relaxation, a bedroom should shut out the outside world, like this cozy nook inside a Paris apartment.
“I love the elegance of a whole wall of drapery, ceiling to floor,” says Rebecca Cole. The wall of curtains (not to mention the decor) in Sig Bergamin’s Paris apartment is striking.
Resist the Urge to Over-Pillow
“For a two-person bed, you need at most two Euro-sham-size pillows (placed against the headboard), and four sleeping pillows,” says Rebecca Cole. The number of pillows is just right in this bedroom designed by Iain Halliday.
Try a Shiny Finish
“For the bedroom, I like a slightly shiny wall with a Venetian plaster finish,” Harry Heissmann of Albert Hadley Inc. This mother-of-pearl wall is by Maya Romanoff.
Invest in Bedding
If the goal is to spend a lot of time in bed, it only makes sense to outfit it with luxe items, like in this master bedroom designed by Kelly Behun. “A sexy bedroom has lots of luxury bedding,” says designer Cathy Hobbs.
Pick Colors You Love
“Go with your favorite color because a bedroom should have the things you love,” says Hobbs (whose own bedroom has burnt-orange walls).
Go Easy on the Patterns
Serenity is foremost in this bedroom designed by Timothy Haynes and Kevin Roberts. “Keep fabrics simple: People should be the ones adding the pattern and texture to the bedroom,” says Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz.
Opt for Carpet
“For anything but a beach house—where wood floors are fine—you should have wall-to-wall carpeting in the bedroom,” says Harry Heissmann of Albert Hadley Inc.
“A wallpaper with depth and dimension can add color and spice to the bedroom,” says Amy Lau.
In this Kelly Wearstler-designed room, she says “the mix of neutral hues and metallics creates an element of sophistication.”
Make It Comfortable
“The bedroom should be a soothing place for a couple,” says designer Eric Cohler. “No cell phones, no Blackberry, no TV, no computer.” The airy master bedroom in Tom Scheerer’s cottage in the Bahamas features an eight-foot canopy.
Originally posted 2015-12-04 11:44:19.