I’m working with a client who shares a common problem with many families in urban areas — a small master bedroom without much natural light. Here are 5 bedroom decorating tips to avoid feeling like you sleep in a cave.
1. Keep it simple: cream walls paired with white bedding & window treatments.
2. Soft, gold-toned walls that mimic sunlight. Like the room above, the dark furniture keeps the room grounded and sophisticated.
3. Defy common sense and go dark, but keep the rest of the room light. The quirky, vintage furnishings and graphic coverlet have enough character to stand up to the strong color.
4. Patterned wallpaper, but not so busy it isn’t restful. My rule of thumb: Imagine waking up with a hangover. If the mere suggestion gives you a headache, tone it down.
5. And finally, my favorite design route: take the walls to the bright side. Only for the brazen who are not afraid of color.
Here’s what I chose for my own bedroom walls. In addition to being small, my bedroom does not get much natural light. This orange is warm, cozy and inviting. When I use an intense color like this in a small space, I go with a satin or eggshell finish, so that the walls reflect the light, rather than absorb it.
What color is your bedroom?