Bunk rooms. Island-style suites. Gorgeous guest quarters. Each of these beach-inspired sleeping spaces has a look worthy of
Allow a fabric you love to play a starring role in the room. Select a graphic print with a large repeat and spread it around.
Show it off on bedding, a headboard, accent pillows, and seat cushions.
Paint walls, furniture, floors, and accessories the same color as the fabric’s background to help the look hang together.
In kid-friendly spaces, there’s no such thing as pattern overload. Combine stripes, polka dots, and prints with chenilles
and cottons for a lighthearted look. Pick a two-tone palette, such as green and blue, and use several shades of each hue.
Boost character in a beach bedroom with simple board walls. Mix up the look by placing some boards vertically and some horizontally, as though they were installed on a whim.
Let rich color dominate a space. When tempered with doses of white―on trim, upholstery, furniture, and accents―the look is
dramatic and fresh.
Accent a wall with a collection of black-and-white photos. Unify photos with frames in a single color, but vary the sizes and shapes. For precise placement, first trace the perimeter of each frame onto craft paper. Tape the templates to the wall and make space adjustments before picking up the hammer.
Mosquito netting is essential to open-air island bedrooms, but the flowy material has exotic appeal everywhere. Hang netting
from a canopy bed frame like curtains or suspend it, hoop-style, from the ceiling.
Find a fresh way to use pattern other than on the bedding. Try it on lamp shades, or frame poster-size pieces of botanical wallpaper.
Pamper yourself with a romantic room. Choose bed covers with scalloped edges and add ruffled pillows. Skirt a table in tulle.
Every well-stocked guest room should have extra pillows and blankets, books and magazines, bottles of water, and cut flowers. Little touches go a long way to make guests feel welcome.
Make slumber parties a cinch with a summer camp–style setup―no sleeping bag required. Place storage cubes at the foot of each
bed to hold spare towels and blankets. Mount hooks or pegs low on the wall so kids can hang their bags. Give the space a dose
of whimsy with polka-dot lamp shades (get the look with stencils).
Canvas cots provide extra sleeping spaces in a pinch and are easy to fold up and store when not needed.
If your room is a tight fit, choose a mix of patterns―including stripes, solids, and prints―to give the space depth and make
it appear larger than it really is.
Give a small room big presence. Billowing fabric hung overhead softens the lines of ceilings and walls, adding texture and dimension without using paint.
Let the way you showcase your collectibles be as creative as the items you display.
Emphasize small details. Accessories often make or break a room, so be sure to choose accent pieces―such as skirted slipcovers, pleated lamp shades, or bamboo-framed mirrors―with an extra something to them.
Typically reserved for the porch, hanging beds command attention when installed indoors.
Teak platforms suspended from heavy-gauge rope play up a nautical look and create sleeping quarters your guests will fight over. You’ll need to attach the ropes to sturdy beams or studs, so be sure you have the support before you buy the materials.
Create a bunk room in an otherwise unusable attic space. Back-to-back beds fit just right in this long, narrow room, while
the steeply pitched ceiling makes the space cozy for kids. Get the bunks shipshape with peek-a-boo portholes, and pump up
the playfulness with whimsical patterns and tangy hues.
Built-in storage maximizes limited square footage. The under-the-bed drawers are easy for kids to reach and eliminate the need for bulky dressers.
Natural wood, white, and black all act as neutrals, so don’t be afraid to combine them with a vibrant shade. Let an accent
color, such as kiwi green, leave its mark on the space.
Paint the window muntins and sashes for contrast in an all-wood room. Select a color from the room’s palette.
Extra-tall headboards and oversize table lamps add height and fill in a spacious room. Select bedding and area rugs with large-scale
graphic patterns to complete the effect.
To prevent furnishings and accessories from appearing dwarfed beneath a dramatic vaulted ceiling, opt for bigger-than-average pieces.
Incorporate travel souvenirs into your decor and you’ll feel like you’re on vacation year-round.
Grass skirts make a festive canopy or bed skirt when trimmed.
Bring home the tropics with an adventurous palette. Pick two colors that are analogous (next to each other on the color wheel)
and one that’s complementary (opposite on the wheel). For best results, use the deepest shade on the floor, to ground the
Install wall-mounted fixtures with movable arms or eye-catching sconces if you don’t have room for substantial bedside tables. The light aids after-dark reading while leaving space around the bed uncluttered.
Enlarge a small space by coating every surface in white. The absence of color opens up areas that have limited natural light,
making them feel airier.
Add texture with building materials and textiles to keep a pale scheme from falling flat.