Archive for Monday, February 18, 2008

Tips help wake up your bedroom

February 18, 2008


Here are some ideas from the Washington Post on how to take the design blahs out of the bedroom:

¢ A throw blanket adds color and an instant sense of cozy. Cashmere is lovely, but affordable fleece can be just as comforting.

¢ Fresh flowers are even nicer than candles. Place a bud vase on a nightstand and fill it with a single red rose. Or two, or three.

¢ A breakfast tray can brighten much more than breakfast. A sturdy one will hold your laptop, the newspaper and a midnight snack. They're especially handy if the tray lifts off.

¢ Clear off the nightstand, leaving just a lamp, clock radio, water and something to read on top. Stow tissues and other necessities in a drawer or nearby basket.

¢ Wall-mounted swing-arm lamps foster reading in bed and take up zero table space.

¢ Fresh paint makes the most impact for the money. Designer favorites for bedrooms include Benjamin Moore's whisper-soft Palladian Blue, Farrow & Ball's Hound Lemon and New Age, a pale purple-gray, also by Benjamin Moore.


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