Let’s talk the often overlooked detail of the master, guest or kids bedroom- decorating the area at the foot of the bed. The decorative discovery phase of interior design and decorating makes my heart pound and my head spin. That’s the beauty of beauty. I never bore with the process that begins with inspiration and ends with decorative realization. Attention to detail is the final part of the process, and the final touches and tweaks go with the territory. You move an accent piece one inch to the left, adjust the corner of a frame, change the position of a throw pillow. Perfect!
Adjustments and placements make all the difference in the space and to the most discriminating eye- yours! It’s a process full of individual style and taste to get from inspiration, to idea, to search, to gotta have it detail. The gotta have it details come together to bring imagined ideas to perfected realities.
I addressed the subject of placement in an unexpected and non-traditional place in the blog post Decor Mistake Or Furniture Placement Brilliance? It is not out of the realm of possibility for the focal point of a space to be the result of the unexpected and non-traditional. The success of focal point impact is measured by visual draw. It’s not the size of the focal point, it’s the decorative impact it delivers.
The definition of pleasing and comfortable broadens as our design and decor needs change. Bedrooms are becoming the new all in one space of convenience. Sitting and work areas are high on the list of requested additions to bedroom design. When space is limited, consider the area at the foot of the bed as a prime spot for a sitting or work area. Let’s look at decorating the area at the foot of the bed.
Seating that doubles as storage is pure genius, a settee adds a dimension of elegance, and a desk or console table pulls decorative double duty. Working with a queen or king size mattress, consider the width measurement when selecting an option for foot of the bed placement. A queen mattress measures 60 inches wide and 80 inches long, and a standard king bed measures 76 inches wide and 80 inches long. Standard measurements for a loveseat range between 52-71 inches wide, and the width measurements of a settee tend to be comparable. Another option to consider is a twin sleeper. This option may be a better fit for the space and a more practical version of a chaise lounge. The Tate twin sleeper with storage ottoman from Ballard Designs measures 58 inches wide.
A loveseat, settee, storage and decorative benches, stools, twin sleeper, or a pair of chairs remain wonderful considerations that will introduce form and function at the foot of the bed in a handsome manner.
A desk or vanity paired with a stylish desk, slipper or vanity chair has all the makings of a stunning focal point.
Utilize the area at the foot of the bed to enhance not only the function aspect but also the overall flow of a bedroom.