Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Winter Warm Up - Cozy Beach Bedroom Ideas!

I am staring at my mess of a bedroom.. where to start to create a new cozy, romantic Winter retreat?

I love my white iron bed, but that's about it right now.  Yes, I am in a "January" kind of mood and want to completely start over with a new bedroom!  Always makes me feel better, more rested and  and ready for spring.

(see what I mean??? Time to start over!)

Five Ideas to create the bedroom of your dreams -

1. Start over - declutter your space
Not sure about you, but my bedroom space is critical to the rest of my day. When I don't get enough rest, everything else becomes more labor intensive and stressful. When there is too much "stuff" on my nightstand, on our dresser, or on our floor - it just adds to my stress.

Will need a clean slate to start with, then I can start adding back in the elements to make over our room!

Here are some bedrooms that are beautifully minimal -

The view is enough!  Not sure that I would ever leave this room..... image: Cardello Architechts  Might need a little color though....

Think about skipping nightstands and using wall lighting sconces.  Will feel like more space in your bedroom!  Art can be found here - Silver and Navy Coral Prints

2. Anchor your space with a cozy rug

Love this Surya Chevron rug from designer Jill Rosenfeld - fun, turquoise beach bedroom colors with a modern feel. Image from House of Turquoise and Laura U Interior Design

Aqua and Blue Stripes beside the bed - a soft landing space for chilly winter mornings! (don't forget a rug pad)

The blue modern patterned rug is a fabulous back drop to pulling the interesting elements in this nautical room together. Surya Rug can be found here - Mediterranean Blue Wool Rug 

Love the yellow and turquoise combo!  image: Coastal Living

This yellow coral themed rug at the end of the bed creates a perfect space for that gorgeous small bench.   Image source: Huffington Post

3. Think outside the box for bedside lighting
Bedroom lighting doesn't always have be matchy-matchy, or even a table lamp.  

See what I mean? One wall sconce, and one large table lamp - they still "match" with a similar nautical feel and style. 

Why not add cool pendant lighting?  More room for a smaller nightstand, or your favorite family beach photos and books!   (Another beautiful wool rug from Surya!)

Great idea for small space living! Use bookshelves to keep your "stuff" stored and displayed then use pretty beach cottage sconces for your lighting! Image source: Beach Bliss Living 

If your furniture is white or neutral, add dramatic glass lamps to give your room the pop of color and light that it needs!  Blue or Aqua lamps fit perfectly into coastal homes, but don't be afraid to think outside the box with bright orange or coral shades too.

4. You can never have enough beach pillows - feel free to pile them on!
Use pillows to create texture, color and pops of fun to change with your mood or the season. Get creative; check your closet, or think about even switching throw pillows that are currently in your living room.

 image source: Beach Bliss Living
 So many blues!  Love the mix of textures, and blue patterned shades that designer Kim Armstrong has created in this HGTV bedroom.

Gotta love pretty bolster pillows! image source: House of Turquoise and Hurlbutt Designs

5. The Finishing Touch? Layers of Throws
Add throw blankets for cozy warmth, texture and to add the extra touch of romance in your beach bedroom retreat. This is my favorite trick to making our bedroom feel snug and welcoming! An easy change for seasons; lighten up for summer or use chunky knits for winter.

Aqua Knits! image source - StudioM

Neutral and calming, the striped throw adds just the right finishing touch.

Relaxing with a traditional feel.  Love the bed!

Love the idea of a Herringbone knit pattern to bring a sense of "coastal modern"!  

Use a throw to pull all of the other colors in your room together - a great finish! 
Image source: House Beautiful

Flirty and fun! 

Wish me luck!

For more beach bedroom inspiration - try our Pinterest Board too! Creating a Beach Bedroom Retreat

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