Black & White Photography as Art in Décor

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Classic, timeless, artsy, sophisticated, cultured, these are just a few of the words that have been used to describe the illustrious pairing of black and white. Outlasting both trends and changing fads, this chic color combination remains a constant style icon in both the home décor market and beyond. By merging this tasteful union with pictures, prints and unforgettable moments that have been captured on film, you suddenly have a new and stylish way of decorating your home that remains both memorable and everlasting.

Tips & Tricks when Decorating with Black & White Photographs:

1. Bring dimension and symmetry to a long hallway by lining each wall in black and white photographs of the same shape and size

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2. Bring an element of surprise to your room by covering a vibrant wall in black and white photographs

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3. Mix both small and large photos to add interest to your space as well as keep the eye fascinated and moving

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4. Mix in one or two print’s that aren’t black and white for a pop of color

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5. Create an eclectic look by arranging your photographs asymmetrically

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Wallpaper Panels for a Pop of Pattern

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Create a beautiful mural with hanging wallpaper panels via SF Girl by Bay Blog

From covering walls to ceilings to tabletops, bookshelves and even headboards, wallpaper has truly remade itself in the home decor marketplace. Having been scrutinized and labeled with such terms as outdated and tacky, the new role its taken on is like a breath of fresh air. With endless possibilities that offer you both an affordable and easy design solution when redecorating your house, building a home from scratch in a new apartment or condo, or rather styling a trendy dorm room, wallpaper can make the old new again and turn the ordinary into something beautiful. Today we show you just how simple it is to take a single roll of wallpaper and turn it into a dazzling statement piece for walls. Let’s get started!

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Project: How to Make a Hanging Wallpaper Panel!

Tools & Supplies:

1 roll of wallpaper

2 wooden dowel rods

A piece of decorative string

Staple gun

Scissors

Ruler

Glue

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Step 1: Measure and cut the wallpaper to the exact length you need using a ruler and a pair of scissors (width is already precut for you!)

Step 2: Cut each dowel rod 1-2 inches longer than the width of your wallpaper

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Step 3: For both the top and the bottom, place the wallpaper over the rod, tucking into place and securing with a staple gun, stapling every couple inches

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Step 4: To make sure the rod stays in place, run a little glue down the length of your rod, making sure the edges are thoroughly fastened into place

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Step 5: To hang, take a piece of decorative cord and tie it to each end of the rod and then hang from a hook on the wall

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Voila! A lovely new addition to your room. Want to see more paneled looks? Check out some additional inspiration below!

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Spruce up a home office with wallpapered panels! Image via House to Home

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An enchanting addition to kitchen décor via Camille Styles Blog

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Vibrant & eclectic wallpaper panels via Dustjacket Attic Blog

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Vintage inspired framed wallpaper panels via The Hunted Interior Blog

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Coastal Chic Beach Homes

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Ocean Front Home, Newport Beach CA via Houzz

To some, home is where the beach is. Filled with ocean relics, sea tones, rustic details, simple design elements and nautical themes, these awe inspiring, feet in the sand, hair in the wind relaxing escapes, offer a breath of fresh air from the monotony’s of life. Meant to relax and inspire, rejuvenate and renew, the feelings that arise from the inside of a beach home are truly anchored to its design. From peaceful living rooms to serene kitchens to blue and coral bedrooms, come get lost in the beauty of coastal chic décor…

The Entryway:

Warm textiles, weathered wood and pops of blue and aqua, work to transition these high traffic areas into clean and comfortable entryways.

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A Coastal Chic Minneapolis Entryway via Houzz

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Comfy Beach House Entryways via Wayfair Coastal Living (left) and Taradennis.com (right)

The Kitchen:

Soft blues mixed with wood and wicker detailing and vintage beach signs, makes for a comfortable and warm eating area for everyone to enjoy.

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Coastal Kitchen Décor via Houzz (top & bottom)

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The Living Area:

Often the most occupied area in the home, clean white furniture mixed with nautical inspired pillows, wood detailing and pops of blue, aid in designing a perfect beach inspired living room.

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A Boca Raton Living Room via Houzz

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Coastal Vintage Style via Better Homes & Gardens (left) & A Beach Cottage Blog (right)

The Bedroom:

Below, elements of the sea are brought through in colorful prints and peaceful photographs inspiring a perfect relaxing escape for one to rest their head.

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A Santa Barbara Bedroom via Houzz

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Images via Houzz (left), Cabbage & Roses Winchelsea Beach Lookbook (middle) & DMagazine’s Home & Design Blog (right)

The Bathroom:

From shells to starfish to a fish net covered light fixture, coastal chic bathrooms often bring natural sea elements to life in new and exotic ways.

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Breezy Seaside Cottage Style Bathrooms via Houzz (left) & Elle Decor (right)

The Coastal Chic Details:

When it comes to coastal chic décor, little details do make a difference. An antique ship to a roped lamp to sea inspired curtains, all help to bring that perfect beach vibe inside to enjoy day after day.

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Coastal Chic Details from Pinterest (left & right) & A Beach Cottage Blog (middle)

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DIY Project: Wallpaper on Stair Risers!

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Alternate wallpaper designs for an exceptionally unique touch

From black and white prints to the more vibrant and colorful, adding a beautiful pattern to stair risers is an easy way to bring stylish detail to the interior of your home. With numerous ways to express your own individual design style, this is the perfect time to allow those creative juices to flow! Whether you choose a pretty floral print for a more romantic and girly feel or instead opt for a chic geometric for that dash of modern flavor, this simple DIY project will truly make a statement in your home as well impress those around you by showing off your artistic talents!

Project Tools:

  • 1 roll of wallpaper prepasted or unpasted (2 rolls+ if you are looking to alternate designs as seen in the picture above)
  • 1 can of acrylic wallcovering primer
  • 1 can of wallpaper paste/adhesive (if using unpasted wallpaper)
  • 1 quart of matte gloss or gloss clear acrylic
  • Household cleaner & sponge
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Wallpaper sponge/brush
  • Smoothing tool
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Before & After: Bare white stairs transformed into a lovely new décor statement

Project Directions:

  1. With your ruler, measure each stair riser separately as each stair could vary in size.
  2. Using your pencil, trace out each measurement on the back of your wallpaper and cut to size with a pair of scissors (read the wallpaper label to determine the exact pattern repeat, to ensure that each sheet remains proportional to one another).
  3. Next, wash your steps to make sure they are free of any dust or debris.
  4. Apply a thin coat of primer to each stair riser and let dry. This helps the wallpaper stick to the surface better as well as makes it easier to remove later.
  5. If you are using an unpasted wallpaper, apply a thin coat of paste to each stair. Next, press the wallpaper onto each stair riser and even into place with a smoothing tool. If you are using a prepasted wallpaper, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions on the correct booking time, and then use the same steps from above to apply.
  6. Wait until the wallpaper has completely dried, while making sure to wipe away any excess paste with a sponge.
  7. Lastly, apply a thin coat of glaze to protect your stairs from future wear and tear.

More Inspired Designs…

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A perfect way to invite a pop of yellow into your home

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Adding a floral motif is both feminine and flirty

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Think outside the box by mixing and matching colors and patterns

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A subtle yet sophisticated example from Good Housekeeping

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Arrange Your Shelves with Style

wallpaper book shelfShelves can be a true pinnacle of where chic meets function… or they can be a jumbled eyesore! One true sign of sophisticated decor is a thoughtfully arranged shelf. Mixing books with framed photos, vases, shells and sculptures is an expressive art form. Your shelves are more than just a handy place to pile books and keep electronics and clutter! They are a stage to set the tone of your space, a place to display your collections and precious memories in an attractive and organized manner. This will help bring your personality to life in the room, and give your treasures a well deserved presentation. If you have built-ins, you are lucky indeed! If not, you can get the look with a tall bookcase or a pair that match, set against the wall and painted to coordinate. Either way, adding a splash of color and pattern to the back of your shelves is a brilliant way to create a dazzling focal point for your arrangement. Below are a few of our absolute favorite looks for well appointed shelves in decor, followed by a few tips on styling your own perfect arrangement!

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Well Organized built-in shelves give this room panache!

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Well Organized built-in shelves give this room panache!

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Well Organized built-in shelves give this room panache!

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Well Organized built-in shelves give this room panache!

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1. A potpourri of pretty: Each of the above shelves is completely unique but they all have one thing in common: diversity. Mix and match books with candles, shells, framed art and family photographs, small statues, curiosity items, ceramics, plants… whatever you have collected that you love! As long as you don’t overcrowd your shelves, you should be able to find a balance that showcases your style with panache!

2. Arrange, then step back… and Re-arrange: Your shelves can be an evolving art installation, changing as you acquire new things to display, or to accomodate for fun seasonal decor items, or just to refresh the look of your room! Try arranging everything, then studying the overall look before re-approaching the shelf to make final adjustments.

3. Keep a Secret Stash: be honest with yourself about the fact that some things might end up on the shelf that do not necessarily merit being on display. Most of us have a lot of stuff and might have a tendency to toss mail, remotes, receipts, trinkets, keepsakes, etc. onto our shelves. It helps to have an attractive basket or box in your display mix so that you can stash less than lovely items with ease.

 

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Polishing the Perfect Wall: Why You Should Bring Your Favorite Summer Nail Shades to Walls

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The Tom Ford Summer Collection is a perfect match to this modern wallpaper that fuses a vibrant red, soft orange and warm beige for a sizzling brilliance on walls.

Most of us wait all year for those first signs of summer…warmth, sunshine, long beach days, colorful sunsets and updating ones wardrobe from drab winter tones to fresh, happy shades, including switching out that dark nail tone for a more vivid alternative. So why not do the same with your décor?

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A bright pink and orange shade as seen in the Essie Summer Collection, matched with its ivory and grey counterparts, make these energetic colors appear light and airy on walls.

If you’re afraid of adding to much color, or worried about how these electrifying shades will actually appear on walls, consider creating a feature wall as an alternative. This gives you the freedom to pick a bold design while making sure your room doesn’t appear too busy or chaotic.

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Consider pairing a fearless red with a coppery orange as seen in Butter London’s collection, for a wonderful mix of color and sass.

Dior’s colors of summer bring a cool vibe to your space that is filled with ocean blues, sea glass greens and a fresh pop of pink. If you’re looking to create a relaxing retreat that soothes and inspires, this pretty palette does just the trick.

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Dior’s colors of summer

From pastel pinks to a punch of peach to a lush grassy green, Zoya’s summer shades invigorate décor in tones that are calm and friendly. With a dash of contemporary flavor, this rich collection will bring effortless detail to walls.

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Perfectly mastered, Zoya’s six dazzling shades are ideal for any wall in your home

You may not have thought that polishing nails and polishing walls in the same hue would ever be something you would consider, however just like the changing of seasons, refreshing décor in a warm summer palette can easily change the mood of your room from bleak to vibrant and boring to magical!

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Nicole by OPI has polished the perfect red and pink combo that will bring a dash of romance to walls as seen in this pretty floral wallpaper

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Mint Green Makeovers

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Mint as seen in nature (images via pinterest)

From ocean scenes to fresh florals, mint green hues can actually be found all around us. Linked to both nature and peace, this cool and calming color brings an aspect of serenity to a variety of decor including furniture, walls, linens and more. Its soft, mild tone makes it almost like a neutral, allowing it to pair well with a variety of shades that are both bold and mellow. By adding just a splash of mint to your space to dressing its entire interior, this soothing hue will encourage a renewing energy inside your home that’s as wonderful as a warm summer’s breeze.

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Mint accents (images via houzz & etsy)

Adding mint as an accent color in your room tends to bring out its sweet and playful side. Usually paired against a more neutral background, this sudden pop of pretty provides the eye with a lovely and unexpected resting point that’s both relaxing and beautiful.

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Elegant to rustic, mint accents always look fresh (images via pinterest)

Besides being an ideal accent color, Mint can easily transition from one room to another transforming bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens and bathrooms into airy living spaces that are both beautiful to look at and reside in.

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Mint in the bedroom – A pink floral pattern makes this mint wallpaper extra romantic (image via Brewster Home Fashions)

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Mint in the kitchen – Bringing a mint hue to kitchen walls, cabinets or drawers, creates an area that is both open and airy (image via houzz)

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Mint in the living room – Accenting with darker shades like brown, black or a dark raspberry tone invites a more modern vibe to your space, while still maintaining that fresh and calming undertone (image via houzz)

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Mint in the bathroom – Adding a light mint hue to bathroom walls creates an environment that’s both clean and soothing (image via Brewster Home Fashions)

Whether you’re looking to update your home or apartment, or fashion your next DIY, consider inviting a touch of mint to décor for a refreshing change that may be just the thing you’ve been looking for.

We would love to see how you incorporate mint into your space! Make sure to share all your Mint Makeovers with us on Facebook or Pinterest!

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Oh So Faux

White Washed Wood Wall Mural by Komar

White Washed Wood Wall Mural by Komar

We recently stayed in a very hip hotel in NYC hotel where all of the halls were wrapped in a rich espresso brown ostrich skin. Of course, this chic and luxurious look was not accomplished with real ostrich skin, that would have been an atrocity! The design was done with a faux effect wallpaper, one that authentically created the organic beauty of an exotic leather with PETA approved tactics. Achieving a faux effect with wallpaper is often much easier and less costly way to get the decor look you desire, without sacrificing any of the texture, color or architectural impact. Having walls wrapped in leather – even rare animal skins like crocodile or snake skin is very modern and striking. Revamping walls with a completely new material, like tile, rustic wood, stones or brick can also be achieved well with wallpaper. With rich textured embosses, lavish printing techniques and artistic ink finishes, an exceptional wallpaper can create a completely new identity for your walls. Wallpaper is the fabric of your homes outfit, and it is not limited to patterns like flowers, stripes and damasks. These faux wallpapers are easy to install and oh-so-chic.

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Snakeskin Wallpaper from Tresca a luxurious designer heavy weight Italian collection

Cairo Taupe Leather Wallpaper from Textures, Techniques & Finishes

Cairo Taupe Leather Wallpaper from Textures, Techniques & Finishes

For a space that is rustic or modern, for a masculine room or an industrial loft space, faux leather wallpaper creates a sophisticated allure. Leather looks are intriguing, powerful and timeless.

Modern Kitchen with Exposed Brick Wall Mural by Komar

Modern kitchen with Exposed Brick Wall Mural by Komar

A trompe l'oeil wallpaper to create a zen like pebble texture

A trompe l’oeil wallpaper to create a zen like pebble texture

Stones and bricks are very fashionable for walls. From a country chateau to a contemporary, open floor plan or a feng shui design, layering stone and brick textures into a room adds a chic interest. Wish you had an exposed brick wall, or want to create a soothing river rock detail? Shop trompe l’oeil wall murals and high relief embossed wallpapers, even paintable designs, to get the look.

Faux Wood Textured Wallpaper Authentically Creates a Rustic Look and Feel

Faux Wood Textured Wallpaper Authentically Creates a Rustic Look and Feel

Chic Beach Wood Wallpaper Mural Gives Your Walls a Fresh Look

Chic Beach Wood Wallpaper Mural Gives Your Walls a Fresh Look

A wood texture for walls is rustic-chic, re-imagining the surface of your walls with the authentic, natural charm of wood. Whether you would like to create a log cabin country warmth, or a more eclectic reclaimed feel, wood panel wallpaper can instantly capture the look of wood panels without a contractor.

A beautiful sea glass inspired tiled bathroom, created with a textured wallpaper

A beautiful sea glass inspired tiled bathroom, created with a textured wallpaper

A prestigious tile effect with a pearlescent finish. Designer tile wallpaper

Designer tile wallpaper creates a prestigious tile effect with a pearlescent finish.

Tiles are a beautiful way to add texture, color and patterned intrigue to a space. Especially popular in kitchen and bathroom decor, a tiled finish can increase the value and appeal of a home. However, tiling your walls can be a very expensive and labor intensive process. These tile wallpaper designs can genuinely replicate the look and feel of actual tiles, sea glass, porcelain, mosaic tiles, or terra cotta.

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How To: Decorating with Geometrics

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It’s no surprise that geometric patterns have made their way from Greek art to fashion to furniture, wallpaper, rugs, pillows and more! They continue to lie at the heart of great design and can transform even a drab room into a chic and stylish sanctuary. Geometric designs help to both modernize a home’s look and bring visual interest and depth to a room with a variety of simple shapes including diamonds, chevron prints, hexagons, circles and waves. Finding the right way to incorporate these uncomplicated prints into your personal space can be a headache and challenge when knowing where to begin may seem like an unending puzzle. However, we found with just a few elementary tips and tricks, decorating with geometrics can be as simple as pairing wine with cheese and black with white!

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Starting with easy, basic changes is the first step to transforming your room into a modern oasis. Some simple ideas include hanging geometric style art or paintings with a modern twist on walls, redoing shelves or bookshelves incorporating square, diamond or block print patterns and finally bringing in a chevron rug or pillows as accents to your décor. Just remember that geometric prints are both bold and loud so only changing a few pieces is necessary.

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Geometric rugs are a wonderful solution to starting small. They bring both texture and balance to your room without being overpowering (image via Pinterest)

When working with geometrics, the two most important tips are making sure that the colors in the room flow properly together so they are not competing against one another, as well as the ratio of prints to solids is balanced. You need to have a place for the eye to breathe, away from all the attention grabbing elements. By creating spaces that are clean and devoid of design, your room will be proportional and inviting rather than busy and unwelcoming.

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A perfect example of balance, a geometric wallpaper offset by a solid duvet cover and pillows (image via Brewster Home Fashions)

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With coordinating colors and perfect balance, this room provides a wonderful example of geometric decorating done right (image via Brewster Home Fashions)

The last tip to keep in mind when incorporating geometrics into your room is when layering patterns and prints. Keep scale and balance in mind, offset smaller prints with slightly larger designs so they work together rather than overpowering one another.

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A large scale geometric rug offset by a small scale contemporary art design (image via decoist.com)

Have your own tips when decorating with geometrics? Share them below!

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Quick Bedroom Makeover: Re-Style Your Bed

Giving your bed a makeover is one of the quickest and most striking ways to update the ambiance in your bedroom without a big price tag. A well adorned bed is usually the focal point of the bedroom, and is captivating and inviting. You don’t have to get new furniture or even re-arrange your bedroom to achieve a fresh and fashionable update. You can work with what you have and add some new accents to create a layered oasis of beauty on your bed. Here are a few tips for achieving a magazine-worthy bed that you will dream about all day!

1. Layer Textures and Patterns

DIY Bedroom makeover with an updated bedding arrangement

Layers of texture and pattern give this bed a fashionable intrigue

One of the greatest ways to add a designer look to your bed is to layer textures and patterns. The bed above mixes blue and taupe stripes and damask prints with solid brown linen pillows and a chunky knit espresso throw blanket. These patterns and finishes coordinate without matching perfectly for a sophisticated beauty. Overly matchy-matchy prints or solids lose design impact, so that pillows and blankets get lost and are not noticeable. The addition of a plush knit texture with the smooth brushed cotton finish of the other elements adds an inviting layer of comfort to the bed, making it appear warm and stylish – just like the perfect cardigan finishes an outfit!

DIY Bedroom Makeover Ides Decorating Your Bed a Beautiful Bed

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DIY Bedroom Makeover Ides Decorating Your Bed a Beautiful Bed

image via Brewster Home Fashions

2. A Sculpture of Pillows

Is there such thing as too many pillows? We like to think more is more in the pillow department, but it really depends on your lifestyle and personality. A streamlined arrangement can be lovely too, as long as having minimal pillows attunes with the sight lines of the headboard and stylings of the space. For this look we recommend stacking at least 2 pillows in neat rows. To arrange a gorgeous assortment of decorative pillows, working in 3 rows can be a helpful guide. Place 2 or 3 (depending on the size of your bed) matching euro pillows or king sized pillows in the back. For this layer you simply cannot go wrong with crisp white shams. Then add a row of 2 pillows in a color or print to coordinate with your bed spread. For the third row,  the cherry on the top of your pillow sundae, arrange 1-3 decorative pillows in the center, and have fun with different shapes and prints.

DIY Bed Make Over Bedroom Decor Idea

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DIY Bed Make Over Bedroom Decor Idea

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DIY Bed Make Over Bedroom Decor Idea

image via Brewster Home Fashions

3. Show Off Your Assets

Once you have your plans in place for layering your bed with luxurious linens and creating the perfect pillowscape, be sure to show off your work with some deliberate placement techniques. Experiment with folding back your comforter to show a peep of the pretty sheets. Be sure that your bed spread does’t go all of the way to the floor if you have a cute bed skirt to coordinate. If you have a platform bed, try tucking everything underneath the mattress for a streamlined and contemporary style. If you are adding a throw blanket, change up your look by draping it lazily over the corner one day, and then folding it for a neat accent stripe the next. Check out these images for some more inspiration.

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