Your bedroom should be a space you want to spend time in, so getting it decorated in the way you want it is essential. Read on to weigh up the pros and cons of traditional and modern bedroom styles and decide which style is best for you.
Traditional Bedroom Style
Traditional bedrooms should be all about opulence, luxury and character. Depending on the period your home was built in you can decorate it to match the fashions of the era. If you’ve got lots of character features in your bedroom such as a fireplace or cornicing you can really enhance them with traditional decor. Even if your home is modern you can still produce a period feel with the right furniture and accessories.
One look that’s popular at the moment is Art Deco and this style works wonderfully in modern homes because original art deco buildings were constructed with clean lines and didn’t really have a lot of nooks and crannies.
To get the art deco look you can seek inspiration in design books or even visit a stately home from the era.
Choose light colours and don’t overfill your room with furniture. In the 1920’s the most stylish home featured key pieces and in the bedroom this could be a beautiful dressing table or a canopied bed.
Victorians were fans of dark colours, busy floral wallpapers and lots of thick, textured fabrics. If you want to achieve a Victorian feel but don’t want to go overboard you could try papering an accent wall with a flock paper or including lots of brightly coloured accessories such as embroidered cushions or a Persian rug.
As a general rule, keep your furniture free standing to create a more character feel.
Modern Bedroom Style
When we think modern we think simple, clean and easy to use. A bedroom in a modern style can often work better for couples because nine times out of ten men won’t appreciate cushions, tassels and elaborate ornaments.
To achieve the modern look you need to de-clutter, so get rid of as many ornaments and knick knacks as possible and keep art to a minimum.
Removing free standing furniture will help create a greater sense of space so you could consider getting fitted wardrobes.
As fitted wardrobes fill the entire space of a wall from floor to ceiling they won’t cut up the clean lines your modern look creates. Instead they will create the illusion of having more wall space.
As modern is all about keeping mess to a minimum fitted wardrobes can be a major asset because they create so much extra storage space which means you can eliminate the need for extra shelving and side tables.
Remember that modern doesn’t have to be stark so keep your main colour scheme neutral but add interest with some bright touches such as a statement piece of art, a colourful rug or some designer curtains.
Your bedroom is your special space which means you can decorate it exactly as you like, so whether you prefer modern or traditional, make sure that your bedroom space is all about you.