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Bonnie Ammon clad the walls of a bedroom (above) on Virginia’s Lake Anna in green vinyl sisal by Phillip Jeffries, then papered the ceiling in a soft Schumacher print. “I believe colors found in nature are the most peaceful,” she observes. White bedding and draperies offer contrast. Photo: Geoffrey Hodgdon

Sleeping Beauty

Designers share tips for creating calm and serenity in the bedroom

"Based on the clients’ preferences, I choose light-colored bedding, calming colors and elements with natural, authentic warmth. I do like a monochromatic bedroom where the ceiling, doors and trim are all painted one color to completely envelop you.”

—Ann Gottlieb, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C, Ann Gottlieb Design PLLC

“Your bedroom should be the most relaxing space in your home. Don’t overfill it, since peace is not found in clutter. I tend to use two serene colors and keep patterns to a minimum. The bed should be the focal point, outfitted with soft linens and pillows. I incorporate seating for reading or unwinding.”

—Bonnie Ammon, Bonnie Ammon Interiors

 “Bedrooms have become luxurious oases. Plush bedding and pillows bolster comfort. We choose rich carpets that are soft underfoot; comfortable seating; and ambient lighting. Natural light expands the space during the day while adjustable lamplight is essential for reading when propped up in your well-dressed bed.”

—Dennese Guadeloupe Rojas, DCDC, BADG, WPO, Interiors by Design, LLC

“The color story is the most essential consideration. Soft, soothing hues are best. Warm neutrals work, with occasional touches of muted color. We also like textures for cozy and inviting visual appeal. An upholstered bed is always a favorite choice and often the starting point.”

—Sarita Simpson, Interior Matter

“A minimalistic approach makes bedrooms feel more soothing than stimulating—calming, monochromatic palettes; soft, airy fabrics; and layers and textures for interest. We often replace harsh, canned lighting overhead with a single ceiling fixture and accent lamps. Functional drapery, often with a blackout lining, promotes sleep. Nightstands with drawers keep clutter at bay.”      

—Melanie Whittington, Whittington Design Studio

Cathy Purple Cherry, Purple Cherry Architects

Barbara Hawthorn, Barbara Hawthorn Interiors

Laura Hildebrandt, Interiors by LH, LLC​

Joyce Pearl, Interior Concepts, Inc.

Josh Hildreth, Josh Hildreth Interiors


Laura Fox, Laura Fox Interior Design, LLC


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