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The Key To Mixing Prints And Patterns

You will be pretty hard pressed to design a home without introducing some form of pattern or print. Both are tools that allow us to create a look, mood and character that would otherwise be very difficult if we were just relying on a block of colour. From floral themes to Moroccan prints, patterns come in an abundance of styles that can create calm or excitement.

Having said that, prints and patterns can be an intimidating look to incorporate and knowing to what degree you introduce them can also be tricky. Here are some of the biggest print and pattern trends of 2014 to help you on your way.

Greys, Off Whites and Soft Blacks
If you go to any interior showroom or trade fair then it is pretty much a certainty that you will come across this colour palette. These are colours that are very popular with consumers at the minute, look for design ideas where these colours are used in combination to compliment each other.

Floral
The floral trend is one that is not only in fashion this year but also interior design. This trend can easily be incorporated into your bedroom through pieces of art, wall prints and wallpaper. This is a trend that you can easily attempt yourself but if you have the funds it is a great idea to get a professional to create a hand painted piece.

Natural Materials
Tired of looking at dull prints and patterns? Why not opt for natural textures instead. Make your bedroom more of an inviting environment by introducing natural tones, wood, stone and brick. Choose wooden designs that are made from unaltered cuts of wood as this showcases their natural curves and looks, creating an interesting and relaxing environment. More than just creating a natural look, these styles are very interesting to the eye too.

Hotel Feel
There is something exciting about walking into a fancy hotel room and having that immediate feel of luxury and thought out design. There are a few key factors to take into consideration when you try and replicate this style, namely a focus on lighting as this is one of the most influential ways of creating and affecting moods. Hotels tend to maintain pattern and print themes throughout the room so have a look at ideas online for inspiration.

Once you have decided upon what prints and patterns you want to use, you then have to decide how to incorporate them. Repeating a particular texture throughout a room is a great way to create an impactful scheme. For instance use the material of your bedhead on any other furniture in your room, such as chairs or seating at the end of the bed and curtains. Look to have colours or styles that compliment each other throughout the room and this will create a unity that a lot of rooms actually lack. And it will also help you focus on the focal point of the room without getting distracted.

Steps To Create The Perfect Modern Bedroom

The bedroom is that all-important place where we retire to after a long day and look to escape from all the stress of our lifestyles. Therefore there is nothing more important than ensuring our bedrooms are a comfortable and enjoyable environment to be in. after all, who wants to spend all their sleepy nights and waking hours in a room that looks like its been designed by our grandparents?

If your bedroom is crying out for a modern makeover then follow some of these tips and you’ll be well on your way to a stylish and relaxing room.

Colour Is Key
What colour or colours you decorate your room is really down to personal preference and therefore there isn’t really too much that you shouldn’t do. A lot of people enjoy having lighter cream colours in their bedrooms and this tends to make the furniture the focal point of the room, whilst others prefer more vibrant colours that add a warmth and depth to the room. One of the key things to avoid though is using colours that are too dark, they can make a room look uninviting and even a bit sinister and this is definitely not an environment you want to create for yourself or others.

Lighting
Having the right lighting in your room can make all the difference in how it looks. It is never a good idea to rely solely on ceiling lighting and if possible you should always have adjustable lighting to help create the appropriate atmosphere. There is nothing worse than bedrooms with unflattering lighting! Lamps are a great way to add touches of style and alternative lighting options, the style you choose can help create a modern look that adds a lot of character to your room.

Flooring
Nothing says modern like wooden flooring, whether it is laminate or one of the many other options available on the market right now. So do away with that old stained carpet and opt for a cleaner and fresher look on your floor. Laminate is a choice that is not only cheap but will add some style points, especially when teamed with a rug or two for added texture.

Choose The Right Furniture
Generally lighter coloured furniture is a better option than dark as it can make a room feel quite old fashioned. This isn’t to say you can’t go dark but just be wary of the material and style when doing so. Everyone should know that the bed is the focal point of the bedroom and therefore a lot of importance should be placed on its position and what type of frame you invest in. remember that bed sheets are the finishing touches to a stylish bed! Also a lot of us suffer from not having a headboard on our beds, although this gives us a lot of style options, it is also a bit of additional comfort when being sat up in bed and can greatly impact the look of a bedroom so it is a definite must.