One of my friends is wanting to transition one of her guest rooms from a mostly white space with pops of red and gold to a calming blue space with white bedding. I love the idea and went on a search to help give her some inspiration and a few color options to get us started. Here are a few of my favorites that I found.
This room is by James Michael Howard, a renown interior designer in the Southeast. Here's an example of how symmetry can really make a room. If you were to draw a line down the middle of this space, many items on both sides would mirror each other - the curtains, the sunburst mirror, the bedding and pillows, the lamps, the rug, the chandelier. And while the side tables themselves are different, their color is the same, so the overall look of symmetry still exists-which is always very appealing to the eye.
This room is by James Michael Howard as well. It has a beautiful old world feel to it without being too dark or ornate. If you ask me, it is the epitome of understated elegance. The whitewashed ceilings, simple chandelier and elegant silk drapes all play off one another so well, bringing interest to the space and keeping your eyes moving.
This room is by Phoebe Howard, his wife. I'd say talent runs in the family, wouldn't you?
This traditional room is very sophisticated, but still inviting. The tufted headboard and silk stripes drapes dress up the space while the chair and bedding fabrics keep it simple and effortless looking.
This room is most like my friend's space now, complete with a bay window and iron bed. The reason I chose this one is because I think it's a great idea to show people a space almost exactly identical to their own but with the changes so that they can really visualize how the end result will be.
This one looks like a yummy hotel. I love the repetition of the crisp corners shown through the detail on the headboard, the lines of the side table and the shape of the lamp base. The fabrics, while not overwhelming in pattern, still have rich, distinctive textures that bring depth to the space. And the soft fluffy pillows and flowers soften the space, counteracting the stiff lines to make the space relaxing enough to be a comfortable bedroom.