I have a bamboo shade that I want to hang above my bed instead of a head board. I am puzzled at to what decorations would go with this or what colors? Any one have any ideas?
Think neutrals or Asian. Look at Ikea or Ethan Allen catalogs and if you can get your hands on it, "Domesticatons" (they have a website). The layouts and schemes in these books often follow a neutral or Asian theme. Also, try to get hold of a "Real Simple" magazine. (03/03/2003)
For your room with the bamboo headbord for your bed, I think it would be really cool if you made it look Hawaiian. You could make it really cute. Be creative and put a blow-up palm tree in your room, or Hawaii looking candles. You could even put sea shells. And if your looking for colors you could do like blue, green, and even pink. Just be creative and your room could look really cool. (07/05/2004)
Don't know if it's too late, date an all. But I would suggest painting a beach theme on the window wall, either side of window. Paint palm trees, water, sunset, and at bed level, either paint sand color and maybe add some sand texture to the wall.
For the bed spread use a tropical print or woven solid with throw pillow of assorted, stripes. palms, tropical birds, fish, etc. Take beach pail, cut 1/2 and put seashells in it, a beach ball, or two in the room. The wood needs to be sanded and white washed, for the tropical look or dark cherry, whichever you lean to.
Take bed and center it, long ways or take head board off and set it like it is, but back at the window. Or paint the room a nice yellow. Test any color in a qt. first with two coats on cardboard or particle board, to see if you like color. Put a long desk, shelves, work area across the wall in front of window. To the sides of the window use shelves on the desk or from floor to shelf. IKEA always has great shelves. Put a TV on the desk, on the wall were the bed is now, turn the bed sideways against the wall, across to the wall on your right, mold in a large window (about the size of a slider almost if you have the space). Inside the window, paint a railing and a beach scene. Hang sheers from a rod maybe, black or bamboo and give the illusion of a patio. Put sheers on the other window and pull back with cording. On the bed wall, hang posters of vacation islands, hula skirts and top, and leis.
Paint the furniture all one color. White chair, make a cushion in a topical pattern. Hang globes in the room. Put your items in dark baskets, get standing lights instead of desk/table lights, except where computer is have a lamp of some sort by that. Armoires are really good at Ikea, also. They can hold TV, clothes, and books. I got a triple one and love it. It's some large piece made from pine.
Any time you see a magazine or idea you like take it out, and use for ideas. I lean to very bold in decorating, and get my ideas from Better Homes, Home Depot books, and library decorating books. Keep an eye out for what you like. Lean in that direction. You can always change it later. Hope this helped. (07/22/2005)
By J. Johnson
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