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Bedroom Decorating Tips for a Contemporary Design

Contemporary decorating is an interior design style which uses neutral shades and smooth, simple lines to create a less-is-more environment. An artistic splash of color is then introduced into the array of brown, taupe, and cream to provide an interesting focal point or backdrop within the room.

Listed below are ten bedroom decorating tips for anyone who is seeking the chic, understated charm of a contemporary bedroom. For further information and ideas I recommend visiting the contemporary designing section of HGTV’s website.

1.) Keep your colors neutral; excluding your statement pieces, which lend a surprising burst of unexpected shades to your room, concentrate on finding a suitable match within the “neutral” tones. Brown, taupe, gray, cream, and pure white are a good foundation to begin with. Many recommendations for contemporary decorating also include extra matte earth tones with this group: sage, sand, chocolate, etc.

2.) Limit your colorful statement pieces but include them; a striking painting, an ornate lamp, or a bright vase can create the necessary bold splash of color required in contemporary decorating. In a bedroom environment, consider using curtains or a bedspread with a neutral base which have an accent in a dramatic color either by pattern or embellishments but avoid ruffles and lace.

3.) Focus on furniture with clean lines and smooth surfaces; when deciding on your contemporary bedroom pieces, consider un-carved wood which is light-colored (think birch, pine, and maple) than the previously popular dark-wood (cherry, etc), ornately carved varieties. Clear and frosted glass, stainless steel and chrome are also popular materials in contemporary decorating but are difficult to include in a bedroom as opposed to a kitchen.

4.) Keep your lighting surprising; clever usage of interesting lamps provides numerous opportunities for further developing your contemporary bedroom. Sleek, metallic finishes and designs with straight lines fit into the backdrop of your design while colorful shades add a splash of unexpected hues. Track lighting is also very popular for highlighting a piece of art or décor and can create a romantic element for a contemporary bedroom.

5.) Opt for natural fabrics; the simple charm and earthy texture of fabrics like silk, wool, linen and cotton make them very popular in contemporary decorating. Their inherent hues blend effortlessly with the neutral, simple requirements of this décor style. However, using a bold pattern or color can provide the splash of artistic attention required to complete your contemporary bedroom; this makes decorative pillows, quilts and even rugs a natural opportunity to incorporate that element into your bedroom.

6.) Never sacrifice comfort for style; a tenant of contemporary decorating which seems absent in other styles, comfort and functionality are very important keys in designing your contemporary bedroom. Instead of seeking a dramatic bed frame and headboard and sacrificing your comfort, look for the smooth, sleek lines in pieces which also incorporate functions. Designs with hidden cabinets and draws, for example, lend usefulness to the piece above its primary function.

7.) Aim for an open, spacious feel; many styles stress eliminating clutter, but contemporary decorating takes it to a new degree by making this a tenant of the style. This actually combines well with theories within Feng Shui, which recommend this open-air feel to allow energies to circulate healthfully through the room. Try a minimalist feel to your contemporary bedroom, using only key focal point pieces as your décor, instead of displaying collections and personal effects on your dresser and other surfaces.

8.) Find the correct vendor for your décor; often as challenging as designing your contemporary bedroom, finding the right place to successfully purchase your décor can be challenging. Popular retail stores may provide a few key pieces from time to time, but ultimately you should try to find someone who specializes in the minimalist, simplistic charm of contemporary decorating.

9.) Sacrifice cutesy and ornate for simple and sophisticated; keep flea market treasures and vintage-inspired pieces for another room in the house. A contemporary bedroom should feature very simple, chic décor and be as minimal as possible. The complex patterns and designs of the Victorian era, for example, are too elaborate for this style; a metal-framed mirror, a solid brass statue, and things with only a solid shade and no pattern are best used in rooms with contemporary decorating.

10.) Never neglect your personal tastes for design style; at the end of the day, your bedroom is your retreat and a contemporary bedroom should make you feel relaxed and personal. If you favor blue hues over true neutrals, consider some matte blue walls and use a striking contrast of orange as a focal point elsewhere; autumn leaves and summer flowers in those shades can work beautifully here. Keep the rest of your items to sleek, smooth lines and neutral shades to make this your contemporary bedroom space.

Sources:
HGTV, “
Decorating, Home Improvement, Landscaping Ideas, Kitchen and Bathroom Design : Home & Garden Television,” www.HGTV.com

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