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Bed & Bath
February 1, 2015 | By IDr. Louie T. Navarro

Accessorizing with soft furnishings


The bedroom and the bathroom are the most intimate of spaces in any home, but when it comes to accessorizing, many consider only the use and function of these areas. Although not necessarily bad, by doing so, the bed and bath tend to be functional yet dull, useful yet they fail to capture our interest and at their worst they can feel clinical. By simply adding soft furnishings to your bed and bath, you can ensure that these spaces add value to your sleeping/bathing experience and bring back some magic into these otherwise humdrum activities.


"Fun with pillows"


Playing with pillows is one of the easiest way to liven-up any space. They can add warmth, color and fun! to any room. Do not forget that the key word is fun!: do not be afraid to go bold with patterns and colors so long as they are in small doses. So in a bed of pillows, have two to three pillows that stand out.



"Patterns"


Many are intimidated by patterns in general and as a result many are left with bed and baths that are ‘flat’. Patterns, whether geometric (hard-edged lines) or organic (sinuous curves), can add visual interest and energy to your bed and bath. Pillows with chevron prints, a striped rug or a shower curtain with flowing, abstract curves are some of the elements that can show your adventurous side.



"Back-to-basics bedding"


Simple, neutral-colored beddings are the foundation of any bedroom. Consider this as your backdrop to other colorful, or even out-of-this-world (such as that crazy hat you brought home with you from your last trip to some exotic locale) interior elements without causing too much visual confusion. Besides, nothing can be worse than having to wake up to a violet and green giant floral print mess of a bed.



"Dramatic sheers"


Sheer curtains should be a mandatory window treatment throughout your home simply because of the way they filter in natural daylight: just enough to give you that mysterious morning glow. Since privacy is important to the bed and bath, make sure to use sheers as the first layer to a more substantial fabric that can also offer you extended sleeping hours during the weekends.



IDr. Louie T. Navarro, PIID, CIDE is a co-founder and Senior Interior Design Associate of 1B Design Group Inc. that specializes in residential and commercial interiors. With a BFA Interior Design degree from the University of Santo Tomas and an MA Art Studies (major in Art Theory and Criticism) from the University of the Philippines Diliman, he is also a part-time educator for the interior design programs of UST and De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde.

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