When the mercury plunges and the winter months set in, theres nothing like retreating to a cocoonlike bedroom that ensures quality hibernation. Though interior designer Thomas Hamel is based in the sunny climes of Sydney, he s no stranger to creating intimate spaces for his clients in snowy destinations the world over, from a ski home in Innsbruck, Austria, to another in Niseko, Japan. “Bedrooms are the least public rooms in the house and very personal spaces,” says Hamel. “We should work towards making them feel that way.” When it comes to adding some extra-cozy touches for the cold-weather months, it’s all about embracing the Danish concept of hygge: soothing textures, soft earth tones, rich wood accents. So whether you’re set on overhauling your sleeping quarters or just want some low-effort, big-impact pointers to create a homey refuge for chilly nights ahead, consider these tips from Hamel to get you started.
The idea of a master suite addition is not appealing to everyone at first; adding a bedroom is expensive enough, without the extras that make master suites more costly. However, when you consider the practicality of many master suite designs, it becomes easier to see why these projects are becoming so popular. Master suite addition designs typically include a walk-in closet, a private bathroom (often of a “his and hers” layout), and room for a couch or loveseat. In a way, master suite layouts are very comparable to creating a small apartment attached to the house. This not only makes getting ready in the morning easier and coming home at night more enjoyable, it also increases the value of your property and makes your home more appealing to future prospective buyers. Since you are adding a space that can act as a living room, bathroom, and bedroom, the extra cost of a master suite may actually be considered a bargain!
Peter Pan and his adventures battling Captain Hook are equal to our wildest, most enjoyable dreams. Is it any wonder, then, that all of Peter Pan’s escapades started in a bedroom? If you’re looking for a way to turn your boring bedroom into a place where dreams come true, then maybe it’s time that you give your bedroom a facelift, or more, with a bedroom remodel.
The trouble with TVs in the bedroom is that you’re put at a distance from the screen, which means you have to blast the sound in order to hear it across the room. Not only is it loud, but if you’re sharing a bed, both of you are forced to stay up, which creates conflict in synchronized sleep schedules. Here’s how to get around the sound problem: Surround Sound: You may think it’d make things louder, but it actually creates more control. When the speaker is placed near your ear, you’ll no longer have to crank it up. Also, put speakers on each night stand so both partners have complete volume control. Cordless Headphones: Or buy wireless headphones to wear in bed. It may look silly, but your partner can sleep or read while you enjoy the news at a comfortable audio level.
Maybe you have a bedroom design that is immaculate, modern, and beautiful. But is it comfortable? It’s important that a room still feel like home, and an easy way to achieve this is by adding some creature comforts. Some personal bedroom decorations add individual character to a space and make it more relaxing. Add some comfy pillows to the bed not only to create an interesting texture but also to add a relaxing impression to your subconscious as you go to sleep. Put up a few shelves for personal artifacts and knick-knacks. Throw some artwork or photographs on the walls. Install a mirror for between $280 and $400. Add anything to make the room feel more complete and personal, and therefore more peaceful as well.
To upgrade a set of simple white curtains, Bryant called on San Francisco–based Sway Studio, who designs all the St. Frank stores. They sourced hardware and suggested adding a few feet of hand-dyed indigo fabric (one of St. Franks original three designs) to the ends of the curtains. "Indigo represents the connection between heaven and earth," Bryant says, citing traditions shes learned from indigo dye masters shes met on her travels seeking out artisans for St. Frank. Lighter tones connote midday skies, whereas richer dyes signal twilight.