If there is one place in your home where you should really indulge your own tastes in order to create a perfect little haven, it is the bedroom. And yet, because it is your own personal space, you may feel obliged to spend more time and money on the areas that are on public display to visitors, friends and family.
It does not necessarily take much, however, to transform a bedroom into an opulent and elegant space that you will enjoy spending time in. When you want to bring an atmosphere of luxury and indulgence to your room, you cannot fail if you go for an Art Deco style of design. With its roots in 1920s Paris, this is a decorative style that drips glamour and sophistication; with the right motifs, colours and materials, this is a design approach that will literally transform the bedroom and elevate it way above the purely functional.
The colour scheme
The first place to start is with the colour scheme of the room. While we may associate the Art Deco movement with bold and dramatic colour schemes using lashings of black and silver, this can create a rather oppressive feeling, particularly in a room like the bedroom. Hold the striking colours and materials for the furniture and accessories, and paint the walls a more neutral base colour like oyster. Not only will this ensure a sense of light, air and space within the room, but will be easier to adapt should the décor change at a later stage.
Go for simple but striking forms when choosing bedroom furniture; remember that geometric shapes were hugely influential during the Art Deco period, as was the idea of symmetry. If furniture is made from wood it should be veneered to create a smooth, reflective surface; other popular materials associated with this style of décor include glass, chrome and other man-made materials like Bakelite.
The accessories that will make the difference
Any fabrics should be either plain or decorated with geometric patterns or motifs that are typical of the period. The sunrise motif is always an attractive addition to a room but bolts of lightning, chevrons and zigzags will also bring interest and dramatic effect to the overall atmosphere of the room. Accessories, too, should reflect the motifs and preoccupations of the era and contribute to a general air of elegance and sophistication.
Such is the enduring popularity of Art Deco design, that many furniture makers and decorative designers are still producing items of furniture and decoration that draw heavily on the original designs of the twenties, making it easy to get hold of that old-school Hollywood glamour. So, give your bedroom an Art Deco overhaul and when the world gets too much you can retreat to your room and make like a movie star.
About the Author: Jessica Shepherd studies interior design and enjoys writing articles on Art Deco styling for Black Orchid Interiors.