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Bloggers Share Their Favorite Yet Cozy Ways in Decorating Their Living Room and Bedroom
Are you thinking of changing the look of your room? Do you want ideas that can help you decide which will best suit your personality? It can be frustrating when you don’t know where to start. This is a struggle that people experience every now and then. But through the help of research and ideas from experts, you can now get what is perfect for you.
We’ve reached out experts to share their ideas on their favorite ways in styling and decorating their living rooms and bedrooms. Each of them has their own personal style that may help you in deciding as well. Here are ideas that these bloggers can share to you in helping you set the tone and personality with your style.
Kerrie Kelly, kerriekelly.com
Garrison Hullinger, garrisonhullinger.com
Michele Ranard, hellolovelystudio.com
Shanon Acheson, homemadelovely.com
Kerrie Kelly, kerriekelly.com
Garrison Hullinger, www.garrisonhullinger.com
Michele Ranard, www.hellolovelystudio.com
A tranquil living room for me begins with a calm color palette. Tone on tone and pale, restful colors are what sizzle my bacon.
Finally, making a living room personal is the gratifying part. Shopping for new and old pieces to mix with anchor pieces is fun! There’s an industrial side table in our casual living room I created with a steel base I snagged for $1 at a local garage sale. No one else on the planet has a table like this, and it’s a personal treasure.
Removing visual distractions, hiding cords, and promoting a feeling of airy serenity is always the goal. I have two shallow, cushioned benches in our bedroom, one at the foot of the bed and one under a window. They are casually draped with beautiful Matelasse fabric (sort of a lazy girl’s no-sew slipcover!) and baskets underneath store essentials and clutter. The benches remain truly functional for seating as well as storage.
Shanon Acheson, homemadelovely.com
Shelly Dozier-McKee, confettistyle.com
Decorate with colors you love—the colors in your home should create a mood and set the tone. Decorating with your favorite colors creates an instant connection to every room. Three easy ways to infuse color into your home is with a rug, artwork and tabletop accessories. Tip: when adding an accent color to a room, have it represented in three places so the color feels intentional and not an after-thought.
Include personal items into your decor—framed photos, collectibles and books will tell the story of you and your family. It’s the personal pieces that give your home personality and reflect your style. tip: when adding frames to a bookshelf or tabletop, stick to a single frame color but vary the styles and sizes of the frames. The color consistency will create a cohesive look without being boring.
Add layers to make your home feel luxurious—the easiest way to create a cozy feeling in your decor is with textiles. Add pillows and throw blankets to the sofa and chairs and use window treatments for a sense of warmth. Tip: the perfect pillow trio for the sofa is a Solid Color + A Texture + A Pattern.
Decorate with colors that create the type of mood you want—I love mixing soft, soothing colors for a luxurious and relaxing vibe. To ensure the room doesn’t fall flat, I use different shades within a single color family so the room has visual interest and depth.
Place a bench at the foot of the bed—a end-of-the-bed bench instantly elevates the style of a bedroom and adds function to the space. A bench creates the perfect perch to put your shoes on in the morning or set your handbag down in the evening. And if you want to kick up your feet at the end of a long day, just pull up the bench and relax.
Make your nightstand visually pleasing—I love adding a simple and beautiful vignette with a favorite photo, a vase of flowers and a pretty decorative box. The photo evokes a sense of joy in the morning and night, flowers make the bedroom feel special and a decorative box keeps the nightstand clutter free.
Kristie Barnett, thedecorologist.com
Layers and texture create a sense of coziness, especially when a white or neutral color scheme is chosen. However, I prefer a more interesting color scheme to bring life and personality to a living space and to reflect the energy of the homeowner. Be sure to include things that are meaningful and unique to your family's story. Loving where you live should be the focus, particularly in a room that your family spends the most time in or where you entertain guests!
Liz Montello, simpledecoratingtips.com
I think it’s best to design the space based on it’s normal use, with allowance for expansion or change for those special times . . . maybe the seating will be a little creative for large gatherings, but no need to have the room fit that many all the time.
Once the function, and normal seating count, as well as special occasional seating is figured, it’s time to consider the flow.
How will the room flow best? What furniture layout plan will make the room to feel welcoming and allow the foot traffic to flow nicely in and out of the room? Once I figure that, I take notes for furniture size allowances and have those notes with me handy at all times. That way when I’m out and about and happen upon a sale or vintage store, I can easily refer to my notes and see if it’ll fit well in the space.
Focal point in a living room can be tricky. If that is the main TV viewing room, it’s hard not to make that the focal point . . . great if that’s pretty much all the room is used for. But not so fun if it’s also a sitting room. Some living room floor plans lend themselves nicely to have the TV on the same wall as the windows or fireplace.
Once all that is figured out, then the fun of selecting pieces that will be comfortable for the function of the room and offer storage as needed can be determined. It really can be fun too . . . like a treasure hunt! Mixing new pieces along with many second-hand, (or third or fourth . . .) pieces is one of my favorite approaches. New pieces, I especially like new upholstered pieces which have the comfort and durability we desire are great. But the character that comes with vintage and antique pieces, like end tables, accessories and rugs adds charm and it's own chapter to the story of the space. Some vintage pieces are good as is, some need a little re-doing to breathe new life in them. But what fun it is to treasure hunt for those “pieces with a story.” Depending on the situation, unless there is a piece of upholstered furniture I already have to work with, I like to start with the rug and go up from there. The next thing would be the sofa and chairs. The wall color, and tables etc. can all be decided at the end of the planning stage. Some people think the wall color should be first, but that’s silly if you think about it. The wall can be painted an infinite number of colors, depending on which exact shade is going to look great with the rug and upholstery. They, the rug and upholstery, will be much more limiting in style and color choices . . . so for sure one needs to start with those.
Ideally the accessories and artwork would be determined after the room is put together. It’s at that point that I can see where some extra color needs to go, what the ideal size of the art would be, and again write notes on it all. Then when I’m out an about I don’t have to try to remember what I need for each space, I can just check my notes and have fun treasure hunting for just the right piece.
When decorating a bedroom, especially a master bedroom, I shy away from strong bright charged colors like reds, pinks, and yellows. Instead I opt for calming blues, greys and greens. Though the red and white room of my friends is so beautiful, for me it would feel too stimulating and not give my eyes and mind a rest.
A master bedroom should feel cozy and comfy, a place you want to walk barefoot and completely relax. In our bedroom we opted for beautiful high-end grey wool carpet. Yup, we actually covered the wood floors with it, but to have that soft luxury under our toes in the morning on a cold January morning speaks volumes.
A lot of interest can be created by mixing patterns of the fabrics in the bedroom without having to have bright colors. Working from the duvet cover, which in my room is a medium sized print, I opted for an oversized paisley drapery lined with a small check. I’m in the process of sewing the draperies to create a pelmet of sorts over the bed. You’ll have to check back on my site in a few months to see how it turns out.
The main tip I have for decorating a master bedroom is to create a soft, luxurious feel to your bedroom to help you ease away the stress of the day and get a good night’s sleep.
Krista Watterworth Alterman, kristahome.com
I create living rooms for my clients that are chic, inviting and functional. A phrase that always comes to mind when I am designing is “livable luxury.” To make a living room luxurious, I love to use beautiful, upscale fabrics on the upholstery of the sofa, throw pillows and drapery.
To make the room livable, I always think about how a living room will be used. Every family has different needs for the space. I recently turned a drab formal living room into a chic cocktail lounge with a built-in bar and modern touches. The family loves to use the space for cocktails with friends before going out for a night on the town. For another family, I did a custom game table for family game night.
I love to add some type of sitting area. A comfortable chaise or even a small sofa with ample lighting and comfy throw. Perfect for cuddling up with a good book or your morning coffee.
The light fixture in the room can make a big statement. Choose a chic chandelier that will provide ample lighting and install a dimmer for atmosphere.
Finally, I encourage my clients to keep the bedroom free of clutter as I think this is what makes hotel rooms so appealing.
Important Things to Note
This is a lengthy process and understanding the design element will depend on a lot of factors. Be mindful of the furniture you add, and check its shape, color, texture, and form. Keeping it organized will save you time in dealing with and searching things.
Convince other people living in your home to help you out. You can buy new stuff or rearrange the ones you already have. Take time to better understand the process involved in this alteration. It always comes together with your own preference as well.