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First up: show-stopper. Boldly painted platforms are a great way to bring a jolt of color into an otherwise stark, modern home. The only main drawback is that you have to definitely NOT be a commitment phobe to pull this off. Otherwise, you'll spend more money on emergency house calls to your paint sprayer dude than you did on the bed.
Designer secret: Drop off a piece of furniture at an auto body shop to have it sprayed with automotive paint for a fraction of what many refinishers would charge.
Perfect example of serene. Sure, the bed is gorgeous; however, the obvious star here is the view. If the scene outside happened to be power lines and community mailboxes, perhaps something more attention-hogging would work. Like a platform with magenta elephants painted on it. Just kidding, I meant magenta dinosaurs.
Serene again but this time the sprayed white finish really says, "Stick any bedding on me you want and I'll make it work."
Need a platform bed on a budget? Check out the MALM from IKEA; it's less than $200, goes with most styles and is super easy to assemble.
And here's a reason wallpaper rocks anyone's face off. Sure, the bed still lies low and the view out the window takes center stage; however, the pattern on the wall fills the rest of the space nicely almost like a giant piece of art. Like the look of this wallpaper? Check out similar, super-affordable styles from Basso & Brooke for Graham & Brown.
Built-in nightstands, a seamless look packed with function. Again, an affordable alternative if you don't have the clams for something high-design, is IKEA. They carry several, assembly-required versions under $300