Checkmate A bumped-out wall serves as a framework for the gracefully shaped headboard of this bed. With this bed, the mood of the room could have been clearly formal but the blue and white checked upholstery takes it into the realm of casually elegant.
Right Stripes This contemporary room shows how shades of one color used together can create a successful scheme. Color is confined to the walls and teamed with plain white furniture for a bold, clean-cut look.
Tribal Touches Taking its inspiration straight from the African savannah, this scheme is based on the natural tones, textures and designs of traditional tribal art.
Color Block If you want to save money on paint but love color, decorate just one wall to form an attention-grabbing focal point. The center of this wall was painted with vivid yellow, then a border of eye-popping pink was roughly applied around it. Hanging a picture in the center emphasizes the frame effect.
Luxe Lounging Decorator Jean Pierre Martel designed this bedroom for the Hotel Ritz, Madrid. He used Contarini woven damask for the curtains, Miracoli multistripe for the bed canopy and armchairs, and Pisani figured woven on the headrest and bedspread.
Flair for the Dramatic A canopy bed is a good choice for a room with a dramatic, vaulted ceiling. One with a shorter, standard headboard would have been too similar in height to the rest of the room’s furnishings, visually cutting the room in half horizontally.
Fur Fabulous Just made for the city slicker, this room combines a contemporary color scheme in smart neutrals with seductive leather and suede to create a cozy love nest.
Frugal Flair Look for exotic silky fabric in markets and use it to trim a plain white duvet cover or bedspread and to make cushion covers that add an aura of luxury to your bed.