House Beautiful Bedrooms (Great Style)

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It is the most intimate room in the house and the most private, a place for rest and relaxation, reflection and romance. How we choose to decorate our bedroom says much about our dreams and ourselves. It is with this in mind that the editors of House Beautiful present this addition to the Great Style series, a volume filled with design and decorating ideas for every taste and mood: bucolic or urbane, restrained or exuberant, utterly feminine or solidly masculine. In these pages, a country home bedroom is treated to gilded elegance; a Manhattan apartment takes on the sunniness of a summer beach house; a Connecticut colonial becomes a snug, private getaway.Achieving all these looks starts with careful attention to the basics of wall, floor, and window treatments.

House Beautiful Bedrooms examines the various choices and offers advice, in text and photography, on how to make the most of the resources available. Suggestions for furniture come next, from bed styles to mixing looks and adding pieces originally intended for other rooms. And because the bedroom should be the best-dressed one in the house, a chapter is devoted to bed linens and fabrics. Ideas for using finishing touches to create unique and highly personal spaces round out this design portfolio. With more than one hundred beautiful photographs and advice from professional designers throughout the country, House Beautiful Bedrooms puts the room of one's dreams within everyone's reach.

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Balancing Acts

The most obvious "rule" -- that the scale of a successful window decoration should always be in harmony with the walls and windows of the room -- is unfortunately not always followed. Too often, a curtain panel is too short, or stock-sized louvered wooden shutters are too small. Curtains that are too narrow are a common problem, especially when trying to fit standard sizes available at retail to the nonstandard windows of many rooms. A big window deserves generous embellishments; undersize hardware and flimsy rods will automatically underplay its inherent drama and grandness.

Rooms with a View

Window coverings play an important role in controlling light. In rooms with large windows, they provide a comfort shield against the sun's glare and heat. Often the best choices for rooms that face into the sun are wooden venetian blinds, vertical blinds, or mini blinds with narrow slats of plastic or aluminum featuring cords, wands, or other mechanisms that allow the light to be finely calibrated.

A growing concern about the harmful effect of ultraviolet rays has given rise to a variety of solar screening materials, including a scrimlike plastic mesh that works well for large window walls in contemporary settings.

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