Your bedroom. It’s your own personal refuge at the end of a long, hectic day. It’s the most private area of your home; after all, guests use the bathroom, gather in the kitchen, and visit in the living room, but few guests will wander into your bedroom. It’s the place where you fall blissfully into your comfortable bed at night to dream away the hours peacefully, and then awaken refreshed and ready for a new day.
And believe it or not, it’s also just as important as the gym when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight.
It’s not just the kitchen that’s out to get you when it comes to putting on the pounds; many studies have concluded that the bedroom — or more specifically, the bedroom’s major purpose: sleep – plays a significant role in weight gain, appetite control and health eating. You already know that a lack of good-quality sleep is linked to several health problems, including:
- High blood pressure
- Wrinkled, dull skin
- Lowered immune system function
- Reduced sex drive
But now there’s a new health buster to add to
The bed sizes available in the United States are Twin, Single, Double, Full, Queen, King, California King, Western King, and Eastern King.
How in the world is anyone supposed to know the difference between all the bed sizes on the market today? Even the sales person in your local department store bed department might not have all the facts. It can be a very overwhelming decision. So, what exactly is the difference between the different sizes of beds available?
Read on for help understanding the sizes of beds on the market, and how to decide which one is right for your needs.
Some manufacturers will custom-cut beds larger or smaller than standard sizes, but beware of these custom made beds. While it may seem appealing to have a custom size bed, you may have trouble finding bedding to fit.
Twin, Single, and Extra-Long Twin Beds
- Twin beds are also known as single beds. They’re the most common choice for children’s rooms or multi-use guest rooms. These beds are narrow and fit easily into the smallest bedroom. Often twin beds have a
Spring is the season of renewal, manifestation, and celebration. Now is the time to take those bold steps and manifest your dreams. A good spring cleaning of your home can do wonders for your personal energy; it will nourish and strengthen you. Feng shui, as always, can help with a variety of easy, powerful tips for spring cleaning your home.
If you still feel sluggish and low-energy after a long and maybe challenging winter, here are some proven-and-true feng shui steps to lift your energy up.
Spring cleaning will help you make space for new, fresh feng shui energy to come into your life.
- Declutter your kitchen: If you are looking to improve your health, get rid of all the items that are cluttering and blocking the energy flow in your kitchen (especially your cupboards and the freezer.) The state of your kitchen is the state of your health, so do yourself a favor and thoroughly clean that kitchen!De-clutter the refrigerator; clean the stove and all the pots and pans. Let go of all harsh chemical kitchen cleaners
It’s hard to imagine a design more simple than a basic straight line. Stack two or more straight lines, and you have stripes: clean, easy on the eyes, and infinitely variable. Perhaps that’s why the most common patterns used to decorate interior walls are stripes in all their glorious variations. Horizontal, vertical, one stripe, lots of stripes, jagged stripes, colorful stripes: whether you choose to adorn just one accent wall with straight-edged fun (as in the beautiful bedroom from CDA Interior Design shown here), or go all-out and encircle the entire room with stripes, it’s a reasonably easy DIY project that will add a hefty dose of wow to your bedroom. Painting basic stripes on the wall is easy enough; just decide how thick you want the stripes to be, use painter’s tape to mark off the borders, then fill in the lines with your desired color of paint. If you’d rather not be bothered with a paintbrush, there are many striped wallpapers, and with today’s easy-up, easy-down wall coverings, you can even decorate a rental’s walls with your favorite pattern. Need some inspiration? Here are 25 bedrooms that show off the range and versatility of
You’ve been sharing your hearts for a while, and now you’ve made the decision to share your home as well. When it’s time to take the plunge and move in together, there are many decisions to be made: how will you handle finances? How are you going to divvy up housework? How much time will you spend pursuing individual hobbies, and how much time will you spend together? And of course, you’ll also need to decide how to decorate your shared bedroom.
It’s often said that the kitchen is the heart of the home, but it can also be said that the bedroom is the heart of your relationship. Get that heart beating in a healthy rhythm with these tips to decorate your shared space.
Paint the Bedroom Walls a Color You Love
If you’re renting, you probably can’t permanently change the wall color (although there are plenty of non-paint ways to decorate walls), but if you purchased your home, nothing says new start like a fresh coat of paint. Go creamy white, pale gray, or soft sand if you like a neutral or traditional style; choose something brighter if you share a sense
The most serene bedrooms share several things in common: a soft color scheme, a pampering, luxurious bed, soft but adequate lighting, and growing greenery, to name a few. But one thing you’ll never find in a tranquil, calming bedroom is clutter. Disorganization is the enemy of relaxation; it’s hard to drift off into quality sleep when reminders of all the things you haven’t gotten to yet are surrounding you.
Your bedroom is the last thing you see before falling asleep at night, and the first thing to greet your eyes in the morning, so shouldn’t that space be as appealing and welcoming as possible? If your bedroom needs a little bit of help in the organization department, the following nine tips will help you whip things into shape.
Make Your Bed
It costs you nothing, takes only a minute or so in the morning, and is the most powerful tool in your organization toolbox when it comes to making your bedroom look better. When the bed is rumpled and unmade, even an otherwise gorgeous room looks messy. And conversely, when the bed is neatly made, your bedroom looks better, even if other areas of
Bedroom flooring is a particularly intimate surface. It is the first thing your feet will step down on in the morning, and the last thing they will lift off of before climbing into bed each night. That means that the tactile and aesthetic effect that the floor will have on the space can also extend to the subconscious psyche of the person inhabiting it, making this a particularly important design decision.
Finding the best bedroom flooring material requires you to evaluate your options based on a number of different criteria. Some of these may be obvious, such as the feel of the floor, or how it looks. There may also be environmental concerns that you will want to explore, as well as issues of maintenance, and life cycle. The importance of these elements is based on the person who will actually be living there.
Bedrooms With Carpeting
Carpet is probably the most popular bedroom floor surface covering in industrialized nations where it is readily available. This is due chiefly to the fact that it is very soft and warm on a person’s feet. That tactile comfort helps to create a sense of lush luxury in the room,
Step away from the warm side of the spectrum – red, orange and yellow – and pass by the cooler hues of green, blue and purple, and you enter the decorating world of the neutrals. Embracing all the shades of brown, gray, black and white, neutrals are both loved for their safety, versatility, ability to play well with others, and soothing vibes, and yet reviled for that same tendency to be “too safe,” “unexciting” or “drab.” In reality, however, neutrals can be every bit as beautiful, dramatic, elegant, and yes, even high contrast, if done correctly.
So just because you are stuck with apartment-rental-beige, or housing tract Swiss coffee, or simply prefer a palette that speaks in a whisper instead of a scream, there’s no reason to settle for boring. For proof, check out the gorgeous bedrooms featured here. All are predominantly decorated in neutrals, but not a one is boring, overly safe or without style. These are neutrals done right.
Think the only way to create a dramatic, high-contrast bedroom is to decorate with bright colors or moody blues, reds or greens? Well, think again, because if you choose them well, neutrals can be every bit as
Gorgeous, welcoming, and tranquil bedrooms: you pin and re-pin them on Pinterest, sigh over them on interior design websites, and drool over their images in glossy home décor magazines. But if you are like many people, you shrug off the idea that you could have a bedroom just as beautiful, just as peaceful, just as cozy, and most importantly, just as much the room of your dreams. And you can do it without spending a fortune. In fact, with the great advice from top interior decorator Lindsay Pennington, you can do it yourself, whatever your budget and whatever your favorite decorating style. Read on for Lindsay’s five steps for a top-to-toe bedroom makeover that can be completed in a weekend.
Look around your bedroom as if seeing it for the first time. Is it a restful and attractive space, or is it a mess? Lindsay says, “Too often, bedrooms become the storage units of our homes, where we hide dilapidated furniture or that never-quite-right lamp away from the eyes of guests (who usually only venture into more public spaces, like the living room and kitchen).”
The first step of your makeover is the edit. Consider your bedroom
So many special things happen when people come together over a meal. Whether it’s with family or friends, a special occasion, or that special someone, there is something remarkable about sharing a table. It becomes even more special when the table itself is a thing of beauty. One of the best ways to transform your table into an enchanting moment is to accompany your table settings with an elegantly folded napkin.
If you have always loved intricate napkin folds but have felt that it required some special skill, don’t fret. It’s all very simple once you you learn some basic napkin folding methods. See our easy tutorials on how to create 12 different napkin folds. You’re sure to find one you love.
Have you ever gone to a party where the hosts have taken the time to make the table look really special? Didn’t the napkins, folded to a pretty shape, add to the total feel of the setting? Some napkins are arranged so beautifully that you don’t want to use them.
In your own home, a special table says that you really value your guests when you make the extra effort to set the table beautifully.Even
The most interesting homes are those that are designed with innovation in mind. Those where out-of-the-box style reigns. That’s the kind of design that you see in the work of Loczi Design Group. The San Francisco-based firm is known for creating one-of-a-kind spaces. And this modern San Francisco home in SOMA is no different. Formerly two separate units that were merged together to create one home, Loczi Design Group had one mission for this interior – to design a space where there client could entertain and throw large or small gatherings with ease.
The interior design project was the perfect complement to the home’s unique architecture. A twelve-foot skylight and a striking steel staircase meet you at the center of the home. Flanked by the client’s collection of mid-century Russian art, the interior design took direction from all of the architectural elements in this eclectic interior.
Unconventional, funky, and with a love of geometrics, Loczi Design Group was able to put their stamp on the newly designed space. Just as their client asked, spaces were designed with entertaining in mind. In this lounge, low-seating was placed beneath a skylight. The perfect place for party-goers to enjoy a cocktail, and even a look
There is no reason at all that a small bedroom – even a really tiny bedroom – can’t be every bit as gorgeous, relaxing, and just plain full of personality as a much larger space. (As proof, check out the elegant bedroom from Laura Stein Interiors shown here.) The trick to creating a lovely bedroom when square footage is limited is to make smart use of the space you do have, keep furnishings scaled to the room, and most of all, not be afraid to show off your decorating chops.
Take a decorating tip from Lisa Teague Studios, and create interest in your small room by placing your bed at a slight diagonal. It’s even better when a pretty folding screen takes the place of a traditional headboard; the screen acts as a focal point for the room, drawing the eye upwards to increase the visual size of the space.
Looking for a sophisticated palette that manages to be both masculine and glamorous at the same time? Then consider the combination of chocolate brown and white. Amp it up further with a small chandelier, a patterned rug and white bedding, and the result is pure splendor.
Most of the time, a small bedroom
Is your furniture looking a little tired? Don’t worry – you don’t need to throw it all away and start fresh. Instead try one of these fun furniture hacks.
Adding nailhead trim to a piece of furniture is one of the easiest ways to quickly get a high-end look. Traditionally nailhead trim was used on upholstered pieces to give them a more tailored look, and while this is still a terrific option, nailhead trim has since been discovered as being a great decorating tool with a wide variety of applications.
One of the most popular is to apply trim to a piece such as a chest of drawers or side table. What’s great is that you can apply it in any pattern you like. It can be a simple border or an intricate pattern, and depending on the complexity and the quality of the piece you can either use traditional tacks or adhesive strips. You an also apply nailhead trim around windows, doors and even area rugs and runners.
New upholstery can liven up a room – even if it’s on a small piece. Imagine switching out a dull pattern for a
We heart companies that make beautiful yet affordable furniture, whether it be from an online retailer or everyone’s favorite Swedish flat-pack furniture retailer. Truthfully though, putting together flat-packed finds can be hard– not to mention time-consuming.
Thankfully, a startup furniture company called Greycork, based in Rhode Island, aims to take the hassle out of assembling furniture. Everything they sell takes minutes to put together, and just as amazing–no tools are required.
And here’s the frosting on the cake: Greycork sells a living room set called Felix, which includes a sofa with a chaise, coffee table, end table and bookshelf, all for less than $2000. You can also purchase each item separately.
Greycork’s co-founder and CEO, John Humphrey worked the assembly line in his family’s furniture factory. His experience helped to inspire his decision to create a collection of living room furniture that was easy to ship, and just as necessary, a cinch to assemble.
Shown here is Greycork’s flat packed sofa. The frame is warp resistant MDF, and the legs and the back frame are ash — that’s the same wood used to make baseball bats.
There’s something truly beautiful about textiles. They are the pieces of fabric that work to give our home an identity. The perfect pillow, a beautiful throw, a handmade blanket. Each of these pieces has a story behind it. Each textile has a history to it, a level of artisanship and thought-provoking design. And each can be used to tell our own individual story at home, highlighting a color, pattern or place that we love. Many times it’s the textiles that truly make a house feel like a home.
Kera Thompson, the founder of Interwoven, has a focus on bringing handmade textiles from around the globe to all of our homes. This textile maven’s Salt Lake City home is a nod to her well-traveled life. From room to room you can spot an array of pieces she’s discovered during her travels. Vintage kilims, colorful kantha quilts, and Hmong pillows, are woven seamlessly into the interior. With a focus on highlighting our world’s global connection, through textiles, Thompson hopes to highlight just how interconnected we all truly are.
“From my travels and experiences as a designer, mother, and model, I have realized how interwoven we are as a world community, and
Nestled in the Hidden Hills of Los Angeles is the family home of Tyson and Kimberly Chandler. While the family name is immediately recognizable to anyone who follows the NBA Center of the Phoenix Suns, the Chandler’s are also known for their acute sense of style. Kimberly, who can be seen in fashion circles, spotted at New York Fashion Week in coveted front row seats for Suno, Alexander Wang and Valentino, has been described as having a “pitch-perfect” sense of style. And this year, the couple was spotted at Coachella rocking out and having fun in the most fashion-savvy of ways. So, it’s no surprise that when looking to design the family home, they turned to LA-based interior designer Jeff Andrews, whose focus on sophisticated yet livable interiors appealed.
The interior is filled to the brim with classic details in each and every room. From an open and airy living room to a glamorous family dining area, beautiful architectural details and gleaming accessories abound in this polished interior.
The kitchen in this home is a room unto itself. In true California style, this kitchen has been designed with entertaining in mind, with an abundance of space for preparing meals. With three
Idyllic. That’s the perfect word to describe this beautiful 7,000 square foot home, staged by ASH NYC in Southampton. Idyllic, picturesque, and absolutely perfect. Six bedrooms, five-and-half baths, a private master with balcony, a free standing pool house and gym. This new-build home, filled with an exclusive inventory of vintage and contemporary pieces from ASH NYC, is the ideal interior, and the ultimate upstate New York dream home.
The living room is a study in texture. A clean black and white color palette may set the stage, but it’s the variety of tactile items that makes the design of this room stand out. Under foot, a cool jute rug is perfect for a family home upstate. Woven vintage side chairs offer plenty of relaxation. And a mix of metals – on the coffee table, lighting and curtain rods – brings an industrial feel to this contemporary New York home.
In the dining room, it’s all about the architecture. Floor to ceiling windows show off the dramatic scale of this 7,000 square foot home. They are also the perfect bridge between the interior and exterior, letting in tons of light and views of the lush trees that abound on the property. For the dining room
When both space and money are tight, a headboard is one of those items that stays on your décor wish list. But thanks to the following DIYs, you don’t have to go without this stylish staple. Each of these small space friendly ideas will wake up a tired bedroom with unconventional style without busting your budget.
If you like to read before lights out, a cushy headboard, like the no-sew project shown here makes sitting up in bed super comfy. To make you’ll need two items you can find at many big box stores: a bench cushion with a washable cover and wall-mounted coat rack.
Want to make a bookish statement? One clever do-it-yourselfer upcycled old encyclopedias and atlases into a one-of-kind headboard. See the DIY.
Anyone can fake a headboard with paint. This mountainscape is easy to create with painter’s tape.
Fans of Scandi style love plywood décor for its warm and natural beauty. You’ll need one sheet to make this lovely headboard. Just mount to the wall and attach an IKEA RANARP clip light.
If you think nothing is duller than neutral colors, you can spice up your bedroom with this splashy headboard idea by Five Mile Factory.
To make, just map out your
Color has the power to envelop a room and the people in it (in a good way!). Take this bold blue paint color for example. It doesn’t just fill the wall with color, it engulfs the entire space and gives it an electric jolt. Different shades of blue have different meanings, but this particular shade is often associated with wisdom intelligence, success, and confidence, and there’s no doubt that confidence plays a part in choosing a shade this powerful. This kind of dramatic treatment is not for the faint of heart, but for those who crave intense color the effect is irresistible.
Sometimes color can create a bridge between styles. In this case of this living room from HGTV’s Income Property, a colorful Persian-style rug adds a little traditional flair to an otherwise modern (or transitional) room. The warm shade of rusty red plays against the deep brown of the sofa and helps to make the room more inviting. The red and orange pillows enhance the overall effect. Had the rug been neutral it would not have had the same impact and would not have provided the traditional hit this room needed to feel complete.
Decorating with unexpected colors can update a traditional room, making
Add a spa-like feeling to your bathroom by building a beautiful cedar bath mat to place outside of your shower or tub for a luxurious bathroom update.
After a long day at work, soaking in the tub is an easy way to relax your tired muscles, but an easy way to make your time in the bath more relaxing is to have a tray to place lit candles and a good book to read while you soak.
Discover how to build your own DIY bathtub tray for your home at Snippets Of Design.
Replace your old standard toilet paper holder using a small length of pipe, a door pull and a short piece of rope or leather cord to craft your own chic toilet paper holder.
Learn how to make this DIY toilet paper holder, or see how to take the same design to make a Palm Springs, Scandinavian and natural themed toilet paper holder at Design Love Fest.
Painting your bathroom cabinet doors and drawers is simply a matter of a bit of prep work and some paint and you can easily make a big impact in your bathroom with just one can of paint.
Find out how to affordably refinish your bathroom cabinets to update them with