Birds fly overhead this charming girl's bedroom featuring matching twin beds outfitted with pom-pom trimmed linens and pink and orange throw pillows. A set of watercolor paintings decorate the white wall space while an area rug adds a rich color below.
Online lifestyle editor Briana and her boyfriend Buzz, a mobile developer, intended the bedroom in their Brooklyn loft to have an airy, calm, Palm Springs-inspired feeling. Yet the expansive wall behind their bed seemed impossible to fill and they knew small pieces would just make the space feel cluttered or jammed. By opting for one large piece of art hung directly above the bed, they found their sleeping area was instantly anchored. The key to using art successfully in small spaces is to opt for large, over-scaled pieces. Art pieces like this instantly add a graphic focal point and also offer a single source of color to inspire paint and accessories that personalize the space.
Designers strove to honor the historic architectural bones of this bedroom, but also freshened up its overall look using bold splashes of color and whimsical art. Painting the ceiling dark blue pulls the eye up. Over the bed, floating shelves in varied shades of blue and orange are a bright landing pad for artwork and books.
Soft blue hues transform this coastal-themed bedroom into a peaceful oasis. The box window valances carry over the theme to the white wicker twin beds through the pillows while the white desk and wall art allow for design depth and dimension.
A wood bed frame is topped with yellow and white striped linens and covered with matching pillow shams. A single red throw pillow laid over two gray pillows adds another pop of color. A touch of red is repeated in the graphic art hanging on the wall. A gray rug with a swirl design softens the hardwood flooring.
This funky space would be great for a teen -- or even as a guest bedroom! Ribbons criss-crossed and attached to the periwinkle-colored walls allow the homeowners to place paper mementos all over the walls in varying patterns. And the postcards, photos and art can be added to or changed out at any time. A lace bedskirt creates a feminine feel in the room, and white bed linens feel crisp and comfortable.
A white design base gives this bedroom a bright look. A headboard panel mounted to the wall adds subtle texture over the white covers with faux fur throw pillow. A pair of nightstands feature textured green sliding cabinet doors. Red and orange throw pillows add vivid color to the bench at the foot of the bed and compliment the wall art above the nightstands. A vintage chair with colorful velvet cushions finishes off the funky, colorful design.
Powder coated steel elevates edging to an art form when it takes the shape of a low fence. The design for this edging comes from Shakespeare’s garden in Stratford, England. These hoop stakes mark bed and path edges while also pulling double duty as plant supports. To draft hoops as edging, place them side by side or slightly overlapping along planting beds or paths. Hoop stake edging is the perfect choice for keeping annuals or perennials from falling over onto lawn or walkways.
"We sold our big house with a bonus room 15 years ago so that we could afford to start over and do what we love for a living," says designer Christina Britt Lewis of The Redesign Company. "This is a choice we never regret, but we make big boys and they have big friends. When they needed more space, we redesigned our garage. We used what we already had—a ping pong table we bartered for, the twin beds our teenage boys had outgrown for seating—and saved by considering it a three-season space and not installing heat or air conditioning. We hung trail maps of mountains we have conquered and set lists from concerts we loved in cheap frames for 'art' that brings back fun family memories."