From Bedroom to Boudoir Decorating

This is one for the ladies, interior designer Shaynna Blaze shares her tips on how to overhaul your bedroom to create your very own boudoir.

A boudoir is a French word for a lady's private bedroom, sitting room or dressing room. The term derives from the French verb bouder, meaning "to be sulky".

But when talking interiors however, the term is known for an opulent, private and embellished environment where a woman can retreat to, relax and make it her own.  The boudoir now is more about contemplation and relaxation and a space to shut out a manic world.

So here’s how you can get the boudoir look in your bedroom.

Upholstered bedhead

You can’t go past a diamond button design bedhead in luscious, soft velvet for an opulent centerpiece that will command attention in the bedroom.

As the above photo shows, it works well when teamed with a moody wall colour like modern trends of now in  dark blue/greys and deep-sea colours .

An oversized comfy chair to sink into is a must for spending a lazy day reading a good book and textured bed linen with a ‘lived in’ look is a relaxed contrast to the structure of the formal bedhead.

Wallpaper and pattern

Don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns in large prints and smaller details. When teaming fabric and wallpaper the main thing to remember is that the patterns will work if they are very different in size and details.

This simple black and white repeated vertical pattern (which is a bit like an elaborate stripe) works well as a backdrop for the dramatic fabric floral pattern on the bedhead.

Avoid an all-white bed linen look with a mix of soft colours and deeper shades used for pillows, scatter cushions and throws. You can use lighter colours and fabrics in summer and then switch to heavier, warmer ones like big woolly throws in winter, for a quick way to switch your decor with the seasons. 

Lighting and mirrors

Lighting sets the mood in a bedroom, especially when creating a dark, moody space to relax in at night, all comes down to having different light sources rather than the basic ceiling lighting.  Put a dimmer on the overhead lights and mixed with bedside lamps it can quickly help change the look and feel of a room, as well as adding and element of glamour.

Hanging pendant lights add a sense of luxury and mirrored furniture that also helps reflect soft lighting in the room. An oversized full-length mirror propped up against a wall not only captures light but is the perfect accessory for a glamorous boudoir.

To complete the opulent look, add curtains that hang from just under the ceiling for full impact, and a rug under the bed for extra comfort and warmth and an extra layer of texture.

This room is also a good example of how a lady can create a boudoir to share with her gentleman. The neutral colours and simple black and white scheme, without a pattern or any pink in sight, means it is sexy without being girly. 

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