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9 Dreamy, Feminine Bedrooms Full of Softness
Curl up with these photos to gather ideas for a bedroom rich with romance and as soft as a sigh
Houzz Contributor. Fresh out of journalism school, I fell into decorating media and immediately discovered a new passion. An Atlanta native, I spent several years as an editor for Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles magazine before making the leap to national publications and websites such as Houzz, Better Homes and Gardens and Southern Accents. I live in Birmingham, Alabama, with my husband and son, who’ve gotten used to coming home and finding the furniture rearranged. When I'm not dragging case goods across the floor, I enjoy good food and wine, college football, music of all kinds, and traveling.
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First things first: The notion of masculine and feminine in decorating has less to do with gender roles than with form, placement, color and other pieces of the visual package. Feminine rooms tend to convey a sense of softness and nuance; they're more mysterious and less direct than masculine spaces. They emphasize curves over rigid lines, randomness over symmetry, small scale over large and airy hues over rich jewel tones or dark neutrals. And the bedroom, such an intensely personal space to begin with, is an ideal spot for letting this approach blossom.
From the whispers of shell pink and the flashes of lilac to the layers of sheen and sparkle (even on the canopy), this bedroom showcases feminine flair in a beautifully restrained way. Everything about it feels subtle and sensuous.
With a neutral palette and rich woods, this room easily could have gone masculine. What keeps it in the opposite camp? Detailing such as the billowy draperies and cutout-style bedskirt edging, in addition to romantic notes such as the cherub artwork and antiqued mirror.
Again, details make the difference here. Yellow is one of those unisex colors that can go either masculine or feminine, but scalloped bedding, pinch-pleat drapery tops, tasseled pillows and graceful patterns plant it firmly in the latter camp.
Airy but no-nonsense, this boudoir breathes life into the well-worn pairing of pink and gray. The tailored headboard and unfussy accents stop short of total sweetness, yet the space gives off an unmistakably feminine vibe.
This is how you do grace and poise with a side of sass. Stylized florals, traditional shell prints and gently curving furniture profiles get an edge from the bright turquoise and coral tones, which shift the mood from serene to zingy. Unexpected notes such as the pale blue chair legs add to the lighthearted feel.
While guys can rock a purple shirt or lavender tie, this space is nothing but girly, thanks to small-scale furniture, curvy forms, a swooping canopy, a ruffly chair skirt and tiers of toile. Streams of natural light enhance the soft effect.
This is a girl's bedroom, but an adult would be happy to claim it as her haven. The bare canopy bed retains its childhood-fantasy feel but shows off its bones in a sophisticated way, while the watermelon-pink toile wraps the space in delicate pattern. Layers of pillows add to the feminine air.
Nothing says glam like a statement chandelier, and this one tops off the room like a giant pearl choker. The soaring ceiling opens up the space enough to handle a luxuriously overscale bed with a sculpted headboard, and an upholstered bench just right for strapping on a pair of heels. The pastel scheme also helps to soften the room's angles.
Feminine style gets an exotic spin in this cozy bedroom, with a medallion-print fabric that feels both modern and dainty. The asymmetrical chaise at the foot of the bed is simply luxuriant.