Why They Work: 5 Peacefully Designed Bedrooms

Why They Work: 5 Peacefully Designed Bedrooms

Elisabeth Wilborn
Mar 12, 2014
(Image credit: Bridget Pizzo)

There's an art to the relaxed, peaceful bedroom. In my view, the rooms that are the most soothing are those that feel as if they happened of their own accord. They're neither too cluttered nor too stark, and have just the right amount of softness to feel truly comfortable.

In Vanessa's Vintage Bohemian Hilltop Abode (pictured above), Vanessa rests her head under a homemade canopy of antique lace, which plays nicely against a backdrop of Spanish roses. A sloped wooden roof adds to the ambiance.

(Image credit: Reader Melanie)

Our International Bedroom Retreat winner Melanie subs a piece of carved wood for the traditional headboard. The mirror reflects light from the room's giant windows, and the capiz chandelier softens an otherwise industrial ceiling. The wall color here appears to be just cool of white, not quite venturing into the grey territory.

This room, appointed by Stylist Joanna Laven, via SF Girl By Bay, illustrates that "peaceful" doesn't have to mean "large." A subdued color palette is kept alive by layered textiles in taupes, creams, and greys. The painting above the bed is calming, yet full of a compelling tension. Also, don't forget to add a plant!

(Image credit: Carolyn Purnell)

Dean also utilizes layering textiles to great effect in Dean's Stylish & Social Greystone. A woven tapestry and hats (who knew?) play off of an oriental rug. The side table, lamp, and plant are simple, but their curves add interest. Textural white bedding keeps things restful.

This Hollywood Hills Home, via The Style Files, keeps it exceptionally simple. Again, we find a highly articulated but neutral rug, paired with crisp white bedding. A sheepskin rug adds a layer of both visual and physical warmth, while the pillow is just the right pop of color. The "MOM" craft keeps it homey and real.

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