Got a room with a view or want to move your bed in front of the window? Make that window space really pop by accenting it with the most important (and usually well decorated) aspect of any bedroom — the bed.
Most people instinctively situate the bed against the largest wall in the room, but that's not always possible if the space is small or awkward, you have a lot of furniture or both.
Ignore all of your ingrained instincts and consider a window wall as a backdrop for the bed. There are so many ways to make a bed in front of a window really stand out!
Say you have to put the bed in front of a small window — this can look odd if not handled correctly. If the window is small and awkward, one easy way to make it look twice its size is by adding curtains wider than the actual window itself. It'll just look like the curtains are perpetually partially closed, and no one will be the wiser that it's actually a teeny little thing.
Don't do this with sheer draperies, though. The wall should not show behind the curtains, or else the effect won't work.
Instead of putting the headboard centered up against the windowsill, position it so the mattress is there, with the headboard against a perpendicular wall. This is a great way to maximize space, plus you'll be able to gaze out the window and enjoy filtered light in the morning.
Room darkening shades or curtains are probably a good idea, though, unless you really like to wake with the sun in your eyes. It might be a little bit tricky to change the sheets on the window wall side, but the effort will be worth the look!
If the bed in front of window feels like too much, take the focus off of it by downplaying the window altogether. Outfit it with blinds that closely match the wall color (typically white), as well as neutral or sheer curtains. Then, put up some eye-catching wall art, or use color and patterns to draw the eye to the bed, instead.
Another approach is to draw attention to the window.
To avoid pattern and color overkill, outfit the bed with calm, neutral linens. Then, make the window the focal point with statement curtains. Whether you pick a bold pattern, layer it with multiple solids, or both, a truly styled window can really increase any room's “wow" factor.
Instead of smushing the bed right up against the window, give it some space and place the bed in front of the window!
Putting two or three feet between the furniture piece and the window is practical because it's easier to access the curtains and blinds. Plus, it'll add some extra dimension to the furniture layout, without sacrificing much floor space. The bed will seem like it's “floating," a pretty cool effect in itself.
A lighter style of headboard will still allow the window to actually be a window. A big old wooden headboard does just the opposite, blocking precious sunlight. If you're moving your bed in front of window, remember lighter is better.
If you're in the market for a new headboard, select one with lots of filtered light potential, such as one made of iron or an iron knockoff. Don't want to spend a fortune? Troll some garage sales or Facebook marketplace for a deal.
Windows are no longer only for window treatments. Although those are still necessary unless you want neighbors to get an eyeful, add extra pizazz with a windowsill full of greenery or other choice knickknacks. Another eclectic option is to place a piece of statement wall art on the window itself.
Just be careful not to damage the glass because that would definitely impact your security deposit.
The right headboard can totally work in tandem with a window, but if the effect isn't your jam, then just take it off completely. Grab some luxurious “statement" throw pillows to complement the curtains, and enjoy a softer look that's less focused on the furniture than the textiles.
If your unit has windows a-plenty, don't worry about totally closing off some or all of the ones behind your bed. In such cases, a big, dramatic headboard paired with neutral curtains and shades will totally neutralize the window, leaving you to play up the others in the space.
Symmetry is what people usually go for when placing furniture, but an off-center window can make that impossible. Embrace the space shift by balancing out an asymmetrical bed and window pairing with well-chosen art and accents.
This is an amazing opportunity to get funky, so have at it!
Anyone can put a bed up against a wall and call it a day. It takes a true artist to work with a bed and window to create a one-of-a-kind space. This is an easy, inexpensive way to make the boudoir stand out and truly shine. Happy decorating!