By Rosetta Loreta. Bedroom. Monday, September 11th 2017, 14:54:47 PM.
A bedroom is a very private space. Hotels know this and add a beautifully wrapped chocolate on the bedside table for that personal touch. The bedside table can tell a lot about a person. I love decorating these spaces because they are so personal. Bedside tables are important because they're the last thing you see when turning in for the night and the first thing you see when you wake. These small, intimate spaces have to pack a visual punch, by adding color and texture. At the same time they serve practical needs, like holding our alarm clocks and eyeglasses. They come in all shapes and sizes, different colors and styles. I've been asked many times about accessorizing these spaces. Here are some ideas for what I call the bedside vignette or, in simple terms, nightstands and the stuff we put on them. This is the area where you can really make a statement with lamps. I find that square lampshades, or round lampshades that are 14 inches or less in diameter, work best against a wall. Drawers are always great for storing things you need but don't want to get up for. I love this alternative lighting detail instead of a table lamp. A hanging chandelier on either side of the bed provides beautiful symmetry and frees the nightstand for other personal accessories. A pendant works just as well as a chandelier visually. The light wattage is lower, though, so I suggest using a pendant light in combination with can lighting. Stacked books look great with their colorful binding facing the room and are also good for elevating alarm clocks. This beautiful vignette is perfectly balanced with a lamp, family photos, fresh flowers and a candle.
You can find old painted shutters at any salvage shop. Just remember to seal them before using them as a headboard. Unpainted shutters add to the earthy, exotic feel of this room. A large, framed piece of corkboard does double duty as a bulletin board and as a ... well, as a headboard. Hurray for pallets! They are often free (check first before taking), and they make excellent places to hang stuff on as well. Old fireplace mantels are salvage shop treasures that frame a simple upholstered headboard beautifully. In many places earthquakes prevent hanging anything remotely heavy over the bed (lest it fall on someone's head during the next tembler). This fabric art looks like an extension of the plain, nearly invisible headboard here and adds a danger‐free way to decorate the wall.
I love the inventive way a screen has been used here. It's a hugely flexible item, too; if bought cheaply in poor condition, it can be creatively re‐covered in wallpaper or fabric. The brass bed often appeared in Victorian bedrooms. If you like the design but the finish feels a little too traditional, then get out your paintbrush. White makes for a soft and romantic aesthetic, or go for a bold and contrasting color choice to get a more eclectic look. Bedside tables were seldom matching, as this was not the era of uniform bedroom sets. Try using one plain table, covered with a tablecloth or lace, and an antique table or old military chest for the other side. Traditional Victorian bedrooms also had a washstand – a free‐standing piece of furniture with a marble top, a bowl and a water pitcher. Put a washstand to good use in your en suite. They can even be converted to hold modern plumbing. Fixtures and fittings in a Victorian bedroom would have been much the same as in the rest of the house, including architectural moldings and a fireplace, of course. Many houses have had fireplaces taken out or blocked off, but the recesses make for great storage, and the mantel is ideal for a mirror. While open fires can be messy in a bedroom, consider a gas alternative for a convenient and clean flame. Pure indulgence and, in true Victorian style, the perfect spot for an armchair. Finally, don't be a slave to your Victorian bedroom. You can keep all the traditional features and throw in some glamour and contemporary pieces for a gorgeous eclectic look. I'm sure Jane Eyre would approve.