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4 tips to add elegance and interest to your bedroom

As the temperatures dive downward and the world around us looks ever greyer and bleaker, the dark days of winter may be the best time to dream about (and execute) a master bedroom revamp After all, surrounding yourself with shades and elements that make you feel calm at the end of the longest of days allows you to rise feeling rested and ready to tackle the world yet again

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THE LOOK When faced with the challenge recently of bringing spirit and soul to a bland, oversized box of a bedroom, I relied on a light and airy garden palette to create a restful retreat and bring the glory of the coming spring indoors.

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LEND IMPACT TO A BARE WALL Install a simple trim profile to create an oversized panel and then apply a decorative wallpaper. It’s easier and cheaper than covering the entire wall and allows you to layer two shades against each other. Add a contemporary touch with over-scaled swing-arm lamps.

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DESIGN YOUR ROOM WITH A VIEW IN MIND If space permits, introduce a writing desk to your master suite. Since you won’t likely be seated for extended stints, choose a perch with a light, lyrical look and an open back.

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CREATE A PRETTY PALETTE Here, a wide tent stripe on a tall headboard offers the illusion of height in a room that has eight-foot-tall ceilings, while pillows sporting a graphic weave, elegant florals and a peach-toned wool gabardine top a quilted bedspread to add luxe and texture to the bed.

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BUY SOME ARCHITECTURAL INTEREST Architectural salvage is a green way to add character, charm and patina to a new home. The exterior Ionic columns introduced in this room rise all the way up to the ceiling and help to define different areas in a large, rambling space.

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