Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Upholstered and Fabric Headboards

You can add alot of flair to your room design with an upholstered or fabric headboard.  Between all the fabric choices out there, and with the various shapes, the design options you can create for your headboard style can vary widely.  While these two headboards are neutral, they are very stylish and distinctive.  The one on the left has a classic shape, tufting and those great nail heads.  The one on the right is wing-backed, just like a wing-backed chair.  This style looks incredibly cozy and elegant to me.   Both are from the Candice Olsen collection.  See below what it looks like when standing alone.


 I recently finished a project for a client who wanted an upholstered headboard for her guestroom.  She has a Jenny Lind headboard that has been in her family for many years (much like the one pictured below on left).  The cool thing is that it also has this wooden cover that fits right over the headboard.

I made a slipcover with this stunning fabric to go over the wooden cover, and viola!...an "upholstered" headboard.  Also, notice the matching box spring cover which gives the bed a nice finished look. This guest room is now beautiful, comfortable and inviting.

 I really love these patterned fabric headboards, the pair on the left have that great wing-backed feature. The one on the right is bright and cheery, perfect for a girl's room. (Sarah Richardson design on right) 

With it's ornate shape and gold framing, this headboard looks like it is fit for royalty.



Saturday, January 14, 2012

Ceilings - The Fifth Wall

You can make a bigger design statement with the ceilings, a.k.a., the fifth wall of a room.  It's not unusual to see the fifth wall with a special treatment of some sort ... painted, papered, moldings or some combination of those.  Sometimes the room may just feel not quite finished if the ceiling is ignored.  I frequently look at pictures of decorated rooms on the web and, looking back, find that most of the pictures I save are those with a treated ceiling.  Look at the wood treatments on the ceilings of these two dining rooms.  Although the rooms appear to be large and have high ceilings, they still feel warm and inviting.  I love the one on the left.

Paint is the easiest and the most versital way to make an impact on your fifth wall.  There are thousands of colors, color combinations, treatments and finishes.  Your imagination is the limit.  Look at the beautiful bronze glow this ceiling provides for this dramatic staircase.  It just wouldn't be the same if left white.

Paint and moldings make the room's decor a little more special.  The picture on the left is a corner of my dining room ceiling.  I liked using the two shades of paint and notching the corners of the trim to provide depth and interest.  The ceiling of the bedroom gives more of an island feel to the room.

Look how fun the lattice makes this sunroom.