Creating a Bedroom Sanctuary

Considering how much time we spend in our bedrooms, it always made sense to me that it should be a place for peace and reflection. In other words, our own private sanctuary. It's not so much a place for self-indulgence, but rather a place to nurture our sense of well-being. As an interior designer I am aware of how the use of certain colors, the arrangement of furniture, the placement of photos, and even the light of a space can affect how we feel in a room. I take all these factors into account when designing a bedroom sanctuary for a client.

GO PLUSH

There's nothing like sinking into a plush mattress and getting enveloped in super soft bedding to make you feel comforted and protected at the end of a long day. Depending on the style of the room I will sometimes opt for a thick down comforter or soft man-made animal fur to add a plush feel to the room.

NEUTRAL COLORS

Many people go for bold colors and heavy patterned styles to decorate their bedrooms, especially when it comes to large pieces like their bedspread, wall color or wall paper pattern. Although this trend is popular in many modern-contemporary designs, it does not work well if you're building a bedroom sanctuary. In this case I stick with more neutral and calming colors and instead add small pops of color in smaller items such as pillows or throw blankets.

 

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SOFT CARPET

Sanctuary therapy starts with the sense of touch, and nothing accomplishes this better than a soft or luxurious carpet or throw rug. After spending all day in uncomfortable work or dress shoes, the very idea of a soft rug under bare feet will increase your 'I'm home feeling'.

BED STARTS AT THE HEADBOARD

Its sounds simple, yet it's true. A large headboard, adorned with soft tufted neutral materials will instantly set the mood the second you walk into the room. This is apparent in many of the bedrooms I design and furnish, as well as the style of beds we stock and display in the showroom. Heavy traditional dark wood headboards always gave me the impression of a medieval castle or being on board a sailing ship, not the image you want to create in a peaceful sanctuary space.

ORGANIZED AND UNLCUTTERED

A clean, organized and uncluttered bedroom is absolutely key to a peaceful and restful space, as clutter is a reminder of things undone. Same goes for disorganized closets and drawers, and although it may sound silly, I always felt that clutter under the bed has its own negative energy, especially if it's work-related clutter. Creating a peaceful sanctuary starts with getting rid of unnecessary objects, especially things that reminds you of negative or stressful times in your life.

GO GREEN

Get some plants which adds life to a room and generally makes us feel good. Studies have shown that potted plants in our space help with lowering blood pressure, reducing anxiety, and generally increase the feeling of satisfaction.

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OUT THE WINDOW

That is where your mini-blinds or Venetian blinds should go if your building a bedroom sanctuary. Window treatments should not only block light and provide privacy, but are an important part of the look and feel of the space. I suggest going with with two-layer curtains that go from window to floor, in light and neutral colors.

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LIGHTING, LIGHTING AND LIGHTING

Lighting is an extremely important part of creating ambiance in a space. I always avoid bright fluorescent overhead lighting and instead focus on floor and table lamps that feature dimmers or some sort. Think of a dimmer as a volume knob on your sound system, all the way to '10' is not always the way to go. Interesting shapes and materials tend to add a little texture to the room, in addition to other items in the room.

Using Wallpaper for Accent Walls

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I often embrace using wallpaper for accent walls as a method of drawing attention to a specific portion of a room or space. Accent walls can be big and bold, or in a subtle way to make a more modern and contemporary statement. There are an enormous variety of wallpaper choices available today that includes more than just traditional wallpaper, but murals and borders which can be used to create the perfect feature wall. Choosing which area to highlight depends on what I hope to achieve in a particular space.

To make a Bold Statement

To add maximum drama and dimension to a room I go with a bold accent wall. This works very well with dens, dining rooms and master bedrooms, or any space that needs some excitement. The modern trend involves solid bold colors to liven up an accent wall. In this I will select a solid paper in a color that compliments the color of adjoining walls but is deeper in tone and richer in feel. If my goal is to make an even greater impact or bolder statement, I'll select a coordinating border pattern or decal and apply either horizontally or vertically. I suggest spacing the patterned courses apart evenly for a more traditional feel, or vary the spacing for a more eclectic, modern feel.

The Subtle Approach

Going bold or subtle naturally depends on my client's taste and/or the style of the furniture we have selected. If bold isn’t their style, I can still capitalize on this modern trend in a more subtle manner. I'll select wallpaper in the same color as wall paint, or just a degree or two darker or lighter. Textured wallpaper works exceptionally well in this theme which will allow the light flowing into the room to create an even more dramatic effect. Small-scale patterned wallpaper will provide an understated look while still drawing the eye to a specific area or feature of the room. One of favorites is the use of subtle grass-cloth or linen papers which provides an additional minimalist option while creating a contemporary feel.

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Selecting the Right Wall

The purpose of an accent wall is to draw the eye and interest to a particular area. The perfect wall will most often be solid and uninterrupted by multiple architectural features such as doors, windows or a fireplace. When designing master bedrooms, I like to create an accent wall that will complement the beautiful headboards we offer in our furniture lines, many of which consist of wonderful textures and features.

If the bedroom is small, I'll use the wall opposite the bed as the accent, creating the illusion of more space. If the homes features a dining room that flows into or is open to the living spaces, I often delineate or border one from the other using one or more accent walls.

Areas often overlooked are stairwells, entryways and foyers which are perfect spots for wallpaper accents. Finally, any wall area that is either inset or popped out from the rest creates a natural spot for wallpaper accents.

Finding your furniture style

One of the many questions our clients ask when they shop for furniture at our showroom is what is the difference between the various styles we carry at Furniture Market. I thought an explanation of the differences may help you 'find your style'.

At Furniture Market we carry three principle styles, traditional, transitional and contemporary-modern. All are very popular, but really it all depends on your personal taste.

In general, modern-contemporary pieces tend to be minimalist, with sleek, simple lines. When some people hear the term “modern furniture” they imagine artistic pieces that are not practical for everyday use, but that’s not true. At Furniture Market, we specialize in high-end, well-made, comfortable furniture to suit any taste, and welcome the challenge of creating the most unique custom furniture in Las Vegas.

Traditional

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Traditional furniture usually refers to any piece that resembles the styles of the 19th century or earlier. Furniture from this time period is often large and heavy and tends to be made of dark, heavy wood.

Traditional style is still used often, especially in homes and offices in historic buildings. Many custom homes being built in our area, as well as restaurants and hotels, typically lean towards a modern look. It’s easier to accommodate the traditional style in larger homes, which takes up a lot of visual weight. Caution has to be taken here because in smaller homes or spaces, the big, dark furniture can make the area look cramped and overwhelming.

The secret to using traditional furniture in smaller spaces is to be choosy about the size of the pieces. One strategically placed large item can be a wonderful focal point in smaller rooms. When this occurs, I usually finish off the décor with smaller items and accents to avoid cluttering the space with too many items.

Traditional luxury furniture goes exceptionally well in a room that contains antiques. That’s because the furniture style matches the time period of the other pieces. I sometimes boldly mix traditional and modern styles to add points of interests and focal points. The only rule when it comes to décor is to make the style represent your personality and suit your needs.

Our skilled interior designers specialize in creating the perfect traditional look to suit your taste.

Contemporary

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Modern-contemporary furniture refers to furniture styles that came about after the 19th century. These pieces tend to utilize lighter wood tones, brighter fabrics, and newer materials, like metal and clear acrylics. Contemporary furniture embraces the use of free, open space as part of the focal point of the home and is popular as it helps to enhance these spaces by being less visually heavy. Although contemporary furniture tends to be lighter and less ornate, you want to ovoid cramming multiple pieces into a single area. The overall appeal of the modern look is that it doesn’t take up too much space, and it provides functional multitasking, such as additional storage.

Transitional

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This style of furniture of often the style that generates the most excitement and interest in our showroom because in essence its a bit of contemporary and traditional combined. When defining your design style, if you find contemporary too sleek and traditional too stodgy and heavy, than your borderline style may be "transitional."

Transitional style is a marriage of traditional and contemporary furniture, finishes, materials and fabrics. The result is an elegant, enduring design that is both comfortable and classic. At Furniture Market we carry a great many pieces that fit into this style, including living rooms, bedrooms and dining rooms. Whereas traditional and contemporary design schemes may introduce a few opposing elements in their designs, transitional style strikes the perfect balance between the two styles. By utilizing its simple lines, neutral color schemes and the use of light and warmth, transitional style joins the best of both the traditional and contemporary worlds. A signature light fixture accented with warm woods, off-white walls and a blend of contemporary and traditional accessories suits any transitional room.

When choosing which style to go with, the bottom line is really what appeals to you the most and the spaces you intend on filling. At Furniture Market we'll work with you every step of the way to find what suits your tastes and needs.

The Basics to Outdoor Living Spaces

Modern outdoor living trends have evolved well beyond the basic charcoal grill paired with a patio table and chair set. Yesterdays backyard patio is now an extension to the modern home that creates an additional living space that can be enjoyed year-round, especially in warmer regions like Las Vegas. As such, it’s essential that its design combines beauty with function. More rustic themes are among the latest outdoor living trends which creates the perfect way to add southwestern design elements to enhance any space.

Water Features and Pools

Many southwestern outdoor living spaces include water features and pools that seamlessly blend with the overall design. I prefer to forgo chrome and endless straight lines, and instead opt for natural stone and organic shapes. I take a lot of inspiration from modern pool designs and water features that effortlessly incorporate recreational space with the natural landscape to create an oasis reflecting your distinctive artistic tastes. If your working with a limited space, consider a small plunge pool or above ground self-contained water features like those we feature in our showroom. Both the sign and sound of a water feature, regardless of it's size will transform your backyard space into an area that creates everyday enjoyment.

Outdoor Kitchens

Long-gone are the days of cooking and entertaining around small charcoal grills, card-tables and ice coolers. Modern outdoor kitchens have now extensions of the homes indoor kitchen, complete with all it's amenities and features. Must-haves for an outdoor kitchen include ample counter top space for prepping and serving food, a sink with running water, small refrigerator and/or wine cooler and a grill with burners and warming station. A wood-fire oven also can be custom-built to coordinate with your outdoor décor and is ideal for cooking everything from homemade pizzas to flatbreads – and even decadent desserts.

Furniture

Outfitting an outdoor living space with the perfect furniture is easy when following a décor theme. I tend to incorporate design elements that features iron frames in elegant yet simple shapes. Natural wood also works well with a rustic theme, whether used as framework for furniture or as accent pieces such as tables. An outside dining are requires ample seating for family and guests and should include a three-seat couch, chaise chairs, side tables and a coffee table for holding drinks. Creating a comfortable conversation area is key for any outdoor living space. Look for sturdy, weather-resistant fabrics and cushions that feel as plush as your indoor furniture, perfect for relaxing after a long day at work and an escape from your day indoors. I tend to add a pop of color with accent pillows, throws or an area rug that also adds a luxurious feel to any stone patio as well as add contrast to rustic earth tones.

Lighting

For a truly magnificent outdoor space, carry the theme throughout all elements, including the lighting. A combination of sconces, floor lamps and overhead lights will provide the right amount of illumination to create any mood, from family barbecue night to an elegant evening for two. Depending on space and desire, a natural stone fire pit with lava rocks can add charm and warmth. Encircle it with comfortable chairs that coordinate with the other furniture to complete the look.

Landscaping

I feel that lush plants are essential components of any outdoor living space. They should include plants that thrive naturally in your region and that offer visual excitement while complementing the overall design theme. Potted plants and trees, work great on patios and even can be arranged to offer some shade as needed. A vertical garden placed on a dividing wall not only looks beautiful but it can provide fresh herbs for your favorite meals.

Combine these basic elements to your outdoor living space and you'll create the ideal getaway right on your own property.