A Few Thoughts on Bedrooms

LakeGeorge BR

Colors take a cue from woodsy surroundings, with a TV hidden in a cabinet at the base of the bed so lake view is not impeded. The hanging bedside lamp avoids clutter on the night table.


Witten Bedroom

High, beamed ceilings, built in photo heavy bookcases and soft, golden colors provide a wistful tone to this prewar Manhattan apartment on Fifth Avenue.



The buttery tones on the walls, the sheer panels on the windows, the ikat fabric covered chaise and upholstered headboard combine to encourage a warm, contented glow.



Toile fabric behind the bed disguises an off-center window and covers the skirted table, while the built in shelving unit is framed and lined with fabric to display treasures in this jewel box bedroom.



A boudoir in the French style, the interior design is centered on a petit point rug in blue and cream and rose, echoed by the Colefax fabric on the roman shade, the shams on the bed and the cotton print on the Louis XVI Bergere chair.


I’m working on 5 bedrooms in two projects at the moment, so I thought I’d share a few thoughts on the room most of us probably spend more time in than any other.

The restful, soothing mood of a bedroom starts with paint colors that tend to be pale and understated, though a highlight wall with a more vibrant color can sometimes be appropriate. And I have on occasion gone with bolder colors for young adults or guest bedrooms.

Lighting should come from many sources—recessed overhead on a dimmer, floor lamps, table lamps and hanging lamps, offering multiple options for both the quality and intensity of the light.

Wall-to-wall carpeting is the usual flooring choice, with area rugs used as highlights for colorPolished wood flooring can a viable option (especially with radiant heat), the color and texture providing a rich underpinning to some schemes, with accent area rugs echoing the room’s design motifs.

I’ve created quite a few master bedroom suites, extending the bedroom’s utility with a comfortable seating area, to hang out with the kids or watch TV or read in a cozy nook by the fire. Speaking of TVs, the most unobtrusive way to incorporate the ubiquitous flat screen is by hiding it in a cabinet, popping up only when needed. I’ve also placed TVs in a recessed wall. The thinner and more unadorned the TV is, the better, so it essentially becomes a frame without a picture.

For me, every choice in a bedroom revolves around the idea of refuge, a haven where you can fully relax, where there are no bad vibrations, so to speak. My job is to create a space that produces nothing but good vibrations, a place where the outside world is banished, where comfort and security and the joys of an aesthetically pleasing environment prevail.

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