Styling From Scratch: Three Bedrooms, Three Different Ways

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Moving into a new space and starting with a completely blank slate is a design challenge we've all faced before. To see just how easily an empty room can go from sterile to stylish, we asked three blogger-designers to start from scratch and each create a bedroom in a different style using only items from IKEA. Their designs are in and we're amazed at the chic, diverse results!

Meet the designers and see what they came up with!

Kayne's New Traditional Bedroom

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"For this New Traditionalist bedroom, I balanced the stark white modern bed frame and black box side table with more traditional pieces, like the black and white curtains (reminiscent of Toile patterns) and the armless chair, reminding me of a slipper chair in a proper ladies' bedroom.  The full-length floor mirror and gray-glass table lamp give a little shimmer to the room, while the purple glass vase compliments both the chair and other shimmery surfaces."

-Kayne Rourke, Founder: Kayne Designs


Patrick's Global Eclectic Bedroom

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"To me, a global influence means using textures, natural materials, and the evidence of the hand in something’s making. An upholstered bed, closed storage (and lots of it!), deep sexy colors, and lots of lighting options are key to a restful, pulled-together bedroom, whatever the style. Love the traditional rug as a base for non-traditional pieces, and all those plum-y colors against dark woods. If you have room for higher, larger bedside chests (versus smaller nightstands), do it! And rectangular lampshades make so much sense on bedside tables.  The surprise moment here? Two large cement planters, used purely for their scale and presence flanking the armoire. Out of the garden and in an otherwise soft bedroom, they take on the presence of modern art."

-Patrick J. Hamilton, Interior Designer & AskPatrick Blogger


Timothy's Scandinavian Modern Bedroom

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“I like to keep things cozy in the bedroom, so I chose warm dark woods and gentle lighting for my Scandinavian Modern bedroom. I don’t have a ton of space so I like that the chaise chair can be easily folded up and stashed away to make way for craft projects, yoga, and board games with friends!”

-Timothy Minerd, IKEA Fanatic 

Meet the designers:

Drawing upon her studies of both landscape and interior design as inspiration, Kayne Rourke has developed a unique approach to space and lifestyle planning that results in comfortable and functional spaces for her clients. Her three-phased approach brings clients along with her during the planning stages, often using existing objects and furnishings as her initial inspiration. Kayne Designs is based in Brooklyn, NY, and has completed projects in New York, Massachusetts, and California.

Patrick J. Hamilton is an interior designer, blogger, writer and “accidental activist” living in Manhattan, in a studio designated “Smallest, Coolest” in Apartment Therapy’s first ever Small Cool Apartment contest. On Apartment Therapy, Patrick is a regular House Tour contributor and well known in its community as “patrick (the other one).” He won the first ever Bloomingdale’s Big Window Challenge, has appeared on HGTV, and had work featured on major interior websites like HouseBeautiful.com. Patrick is an accomplished writer, contributing to The Bilerico Project, Huffington Post’s Gay Voices, New England Home’s blog, and his own blog, AskPatrick. Patrick graduated from the Rhode Island Design and is a Miami native.

Originally from Williamsburg, VA, Timothy Minerd started trading comic books for the latest IKEA catalog at an early age. He now works in hospitality and marketing, and enjoys impulsive redecorating, DIY design, and long walks through furniture showrooms.

Inspired yet? Explore the full IKEA collection online to get started on your own fresh space, no matter what your style may be!

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