8 Dramatic Bedrooms in Real Homes

8 Dramatic Bedrooms in Real Homes

Susie Nadler
Oct 23, 2009

In shelter media, we're always drawn to dramatic bedrooms, with dark or saturated walls, bold bedding, oversized artwork, and heavy drapes. But the truth is, such choices often seem unrealistic for actual homes, where actual people need actual sleep. And yet, we found several inspiring examples of gorgeous, dramatic bedrooms in real homes...

Several of these rooms come from Apartment Therapy house tours, and still others are from the fabulous Sneak Peeks on Design*Sponge. They're all bedrooms full of bold statements that hang together beautifully and still seem livable.

Many of these rooms work because their bedding choices are relatively simple, in the context of their dramatic walls, artwork, and accessories. In a bedroom it's important not to go overboard with boldness, since the space should ideally feel restful (as well as sexy, functional, and so on). But if you "pick your battles" well—opting for, say, bold floor-to-ceiling drapes, but then leaving adjacent wall space open—you can create a dramatic bedroom that doesn't overwhelm.

Do you love a dramatic bedroom, too? How do you decorate with drama but keep the bedroom restful and livable?

(Images: hetta on Design*Sponge; Kendra's House Call; Jorge's Big House in a Small Frame; Joan and Johann's Mission Maisonette; Gemma Ahern on Design*Sponge; Harris's Live and Work Space; Deana Bracken's House Tour; Temo Callahan's home, via Moodboard, photographed by Paul Costello)

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