Last week a question came to me from one of my readers asking for some ideas for decorating bedroom dressers. A couple of days later another reader asked me if I would consider writing about my thoughts on TV’s in the bedroom. Decades ago buying furniture for a bedroom was pretty straight forward. Often we made do with a mix of family pieces or our childhood bedroom furniture until we could afford to purchase a bedroom set or suite. Then it slowly started to change from buying a completely matched set to mixing pieces, adding a sentimental, perhaps inherited piece, or changing out the bed to the popular fabric headboards, and retaining the other pieces, either in the room or re-purposing them in another room. The reason for re-purposing certain pieces? The flat screen TV. Although many people exclude a TV from the bedroom, even when we had only the old style TV’s, many still used the TV before bedtime. The increase in TV’s in bedroom were reflected by the increasing availability of the armoire. We saw the armoire replace the dresser in many cases, as it offered generous storage and got the TV off the dresser. With the advent of the flat screen TV, many have opted for a large TV in the bedroom, and because of their size they are often mounted on the wall, and sometimes, but much less frequently, the TV sits on the dresser. When I was researching for this article, I cannot tell you how many, probably the clear majority, had TV’s in the bedroom.
Why the change? Many newer homes have much larger closets and storage spaces. When you think about it, dressers and bureaus really do not hold very much clothes wise anyways. A walk in closet or dressing room can hold just about all your clothes and linens without a need for a large dresser or two, and the access is much more user friendly. The other change is that bedrooms are bigger and especially without the dresser, can also handle a chair or two. King sized beds allow for the kids or pets to enjoy the room, and the bedroom has often become the favorite place to cozy up with a good read or to watch a favorite TV show….the late night family room if you will. In fact in some homes, especially with a second floor master, we sometimes see a beverage or coffee/snack built in in a corner. Bedrooms have become a refuge as much as simply a place to sleep.
It is important for me to repurpose if possible and if the client is open to it, I have often taken smaller dressers to use as night stands, and below there are some examples. This gives more space for a lamp, books, water and whatever decor you may like. Bedrooms are the one place that you should have items that really matter to you….and because it is not a “public” area in the sense that living and kitchen areas are, you can truly personalize it. I realize some bedrooms, if the door is open may be visible from a foyer or hall, so that has to be considered in terms of how it fits into the rest of the homes decor.
Although some of the photos are of nightstands, the same design elements can be used for larger dressers.
In the end, there are many variables to consider……window placement, how much decor you want in the bedroom, will there be a TV or not, and how much a minimalist you are. The keys to a dresser vignette is balance and, or symmetry, and layers. Mix it up once in a while. Design should not be static…..move things around or change things out every once in a while. When putting a vignette together for the first time, play with it….you will know if it is balanced or not. And perhaps, think about not doing it all at once. Start with say lamps, and begin to add and subtract until you stand back and say to yourself Ahhhh, looks great!
As a designer, I have been asked to design bedrooms to allow for TV’s despite the data that shows it to not always be a good thing. However, like all things, if used judiciously, it doesn’t matter what room it is in. Many designers I have spoken with about this design dilemma hate designing any room around a TV, but todays TV’s are more than simple a viewing screen….many now have technology that allows them to be used with the computer, as security systems, and a whole lot more. That is not going to change, so as designers we need to get creative about enhancing (or minimizing) it’s presence in the rooms we design. If you would like to see a post on TV’s in the bedroom, let me know or if you have any questions about this post or need more ideas let me know.
The snow has melted and the temperatures are teasing me with the feeling of spring’s coming arrival. Poor trees and shrubs do not know what to make of bouncing all around temperatures. I hope you are enjoying a nice weekend without any weather drama. Until then, Laters. charisse