What’s in In the bedroom
Bold, even surreal
It goes against everything we’ve ever heard about creating restful spaces where we sleep and relax, but wild patterns, surprising combinations, and bold color have finally made their way into the bedroom. It’ll be interesting to see if the trend lasts, because some of the images and colors I’ve seen would definitely keep me up at night. (A more subdued interpretation of this trend has wild color—artwork, pillows, etc.—against a white backdrop.) And yet, as you’ll read below, the opposite extreme—monochrome—is also in high fashion, which makes me think this trend is an outlier.
One of the current trends is something called “a careful mess,” which I’m not even including here, because there are probably a boat-ton of bedrooms out there that look like that, and it’s not a decorating choice (but go ahead and say it is!). Instead, let’s concentrate on the midcentury and modern clean lines and neutral colors that are defining so many bedrooms right now. No pops of colors in these examples—even those busy seventies wallpapers are re-rendered in all one neutral shade—it’s as if the room is truly meant for nothing but turning off the mind and going to sleep.
Gold and copper nightstands, concrete, brick, and distressed wood walls… these speak to a desire to move away from traditional wood, paint, or wallpaper and find ways to disrupt our usual bedroom preferences while keeping the mood subdued. The concrete, especially, coincides with another monochromatic favorite: gray. And materials like brick and metal—which have long heralded the preference for industrial design—have now found a home in sleep spaces.
Less is less
Not surprisingly, when the colors are being pared down, so are the belongings and the distractions (which is why I’m still calling bogus on that “careful mess” trend). Minimalism is a philosophy and lifestyle, and, when translated to the bedroom, nearly means a combination of many of the above trends: limited color, clean lines, no fussy headboards, anything that contributes to an atmosphere of simple peace. The aforementioned gray palette, as well as combinations of white, are popular options in this arena.
Low or no headboards
As mentioned above, headboards are taking a backseat, allowing the wall or artwork behind the bed to be focal. Interestingly, as the headboard fades out, the four-poster bed fades back in, which seems to indicate that designers aren’t entirely comfortable with just-frame beds.
Light to behold
Time was a globe-covered bulb or a ceiling fan were de rigueur for bedrooms, but now, especially with the current penchant for minimalism, statement light fixtures are coming into focus. And without the formality associated with, say, a dining room, anything goes for illuminating the bedroom, a trend that’s prompting creative options that set the tone for the rest of the room.
Opt for pendant lamps over pedestal models, and you’ve not only stylishly broken from tradition, but also left your nightstands free. And speaking of nightstands… anything goes, including chairs and other found furniture and objects.
When you still want color…
Deep, calming shades like indigo or navy blue are covering the walls to create a sanctuary feel. But don’t count out ruby red or raspberry to create a simultaneous romantic and restful feel.
On a practical note
The latest trends in bedroom design, no matter how simple, incorporate one acknowledged distraction: technology. Docking stations are cropping up to ensure that viewing and listening are easy, and everything will be fully charged come morning.