Ask A Designer: How To Turn Your Bedroom Into A Nature-Inspired Retreat
In this Ask A Designer column, Jennifer Koper shares her easy and affordable tips for creating a relaxing respite.
Question: We’re looking to decorate our bedroom with a nature theme. What do you think of a leaf- or birch tree–print wallpaper, and what colors would you recommend? — Gen, Toronto
Answer: Wallpaper is a fantastic way to add interest in a room and address large expanses of wall. Take inspiration from this beautiful bedroom designed by Jennifer Morrison of Morrison Design House.
Here’s what I suggest to get a similar look:
Paper all the walls for an enveloping, cohesive feel. This forest-print paper by Lewis & Wood has a depth that will make your room feel more expansive, and the soothing gray and blue tones won’t overwhelm. (Wallpapering behind the bed will also help camouflage the small off-center window.)
(Source: Bosky Wallpaper in Blue Yonder, approx. $156/yd. (approx. $11.80/sq.ft.), available through Kravet Canada or lewisandwood.co.uk)
(Source: Albero Duck Egg Wallpaper, approx. $198/roll (approx. $3.50/sq.ft.), grahambrown.com)
Get a louvered shutter for the small window, and paint it the background color of your wallpaper (like Benjamin Moore’s Serenata) so it blends in to the wall. Dress up the large window with drapery that has an embroidered medallion motif. The small-scale pattern will work perfectly with tree-themed wall coverings.
(Source: Aubrey Blue Embroidered Curtain Panel, starting at $170, crateandbarrel.ca)
Paint your ceiling and crown molding a pale blue pulled from the wallpaper and choose a bedding set in a similar tone.
(Source: Linen Duvet Covers in Mist, $330, flaxsleep.com)
Add a couple of shams in a small-scale pattern…
(Source: Kiska Textiles Pillow Case in Filigree Sky/Indigo, $85, shophouseandhome.com)
…and layer on a cozy throw.
(Source: Nao Throw in Soft Grey, $30, shophouseandhome.com)
Update your nightstands with brighter, wood-toned versions. The legs will lift the furniture off the floor and make the space feel airier.
(Source: Kabbann Acacia Wood Bedside Table, $229, structube.com)
Add textured, white ceramic lamps on the nightstands that play on a leaf pattern.
(Source: Textured Ceramic Table Lamp, $80, bouclair.com)
Swap out your flush-mount light fixture (not visible) for a rattan pendant to bring in even more warmth.
(Source: Teresa Pendant Light, $102, vdevmaison.com)
With these updates, you’ll have a serene bedroom retreat that’s perfect for relaxing in and catching some zzz’s.
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