This week’s guest blog is from Nanci Gillett of Burhnham Interiors
At this time of year as the nights draw in and the weather turns colder, I turn to my bed and my bedroom as the place in my home I most look forward to going to at the end of the day. Therefore, I would like to talk about the latest trends for the bedroom in 2013. If you are building a new home or doing a remodel, you have the opportunity to create a bedroom that is an amazing living space or a relaxing retreat.
I have found that homeowners are wanting open, spacious bedrooms with high ceilings, large his-and-hers walk-in closets and bigger master bathrooms, complete with double sinks and tv’s in bathrooms or at the end of the bed.
Homeowners are looking to make their bedrooms more of a living space, complete with a separate sitting area, if space permits, which can also double as a gym area or office with decks or patios connected to the bedroom. And of course, fireplaces and built-in blackout shades are popular. Multiple textures on the walls, furniture and bedding add interest to these spaces.
Lighting is key in bedrooms. Life is so busy for everyone now and even at home the chaos can continue. The bedroom has become a retreat for people to come home to. It’s a place to feel quiet, serene and peaceful. Of all the rooms in your home, the bedroom is usually the biggest reflection of yourself. It’s where you want to feel the most safe and peaceful.
When it comes to colour, we know that the Colour of the Year for 2013 is emerald, but will we see it in bedrooms? In paint, wall covering, furniture and textiles neutrals are great using green as a complement to our beautiful coastal landscape, and I am sure we will see it pop up more.
There are two new colours entering the scene for décor in 2013, jewel tone green and vampy rose red. These rich colours are riding in on a wave of renewed interest in luxury and opulence. They will feel especially appropriate for updates in the bedroom.
Clear, cool greens will replace yellow-based lime, pear and granny apple greens that we have seen for so long. Emerald and forest will dominate the darker side of the new green spectrum, while mint and jade will fall to the lighter side of the range. Sophisticated reds are the future of the warm colour story in the bedroom. Rose red combined with burgundy and smoky amethyst creates a dramatic look for your space.
Bedrooms remain a place of refuge for most with a soothing and calm colour palette, however the use of wallpaper, whether it is patterned or simply textural, is in high demand. This added layer on the wall makes the spaces more intimate and personalised. Luxurious textiles and a hint of glamour in the bedroom are often wanted, and this can be accomplished with lovely velvet, mohair or even cashmere… and maybe a mirror or two.
Bedrooms aren’t just for sleeping anymore. One of the hottest trends in bedrooms for 2013 is turning your bedroom into a relaxing, spa-like oasis.
To accomplish this look you can use the following:
A non-gender specific attitude in the master bedroom now dominates. Gone are the frills, doodads and patterns in favour of layered texture (white linen, raw silk…) that both he and she can live with.
High, upholstered headboards (often fixed directly to the wall) now replace traditional wood bed frames while footboards are now being eliminated altogether for better viewing of the tv.
Dark hardwood floors are now popular as they offer more durability, drama, flexibility and perceived home value. Over the hardwood floors investment texture-driven area rugs now provide comfort underfoot. They can be sent out and cleaned without disrupting the entire room.
Modern, matching bedside tables, tall lamps with table dimmers that put everything at arm’s length while sitting up in bed become the pampering new focus.
Traditional bedspreads are out in favour of the turned down bed look, putting more focus on the sheets and sleeping pillows which are now stacked. Throw pillows are out in favour on a long accent body pillow that spans the width of the bed.