Creating a luxurious bedroom

It was just about a year ago when WAG popped over to Greenwich to meet Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams.

We were featuring the founders of the eponymous home furnishings company in the April 2014 issue, so stopped into the Signature Store on East Putnam Avenue as the brand’s 25th anniversary festivities brought them to town.

Since then, the company has kept us in the loop, sharing sneak peeks of new designs and more.

So it was a case of perfect timing – when so many of us are feeling that “spring cleaning” urge – to receive a press release from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams filled with tips on creating a luxurious bedroom. Sure, not many may see your bedroom, but it’s certainly an important space, one in which you begin and end each day.

Here are some tips on how to make that room both luxurious and comfortable from Williams, co-founder/president of design, excerpted from one of the company’s decorating books, “The Comfortable Home” (Clarkson Potter).

As Williams is known to say, “Until you furnish and decorate your bedroom, you’ll always feel a little unsettled.”

Here are his thoughts:

  1. BEGIN WITH THE BED. Plan where you’ll position it. We especially like comfy fabric or leather upholstered beds or headboards, tall enough to lean against. They come in many shapes and fabrics, often accented with welting, tufting or nail heads.
  2. TOP THE HEADBOARD. Use a large mirror or piece of art as a focal point and as a sleek contrast to sumptuous white bedding.
  3. ADD STORAGE. Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams makes a platform bed with storage underneath (the equivalent of an eight-drawer dresser) which is great for those who are spatially challenged. For additional storage, use a low three-drawer chest with drawers for a night table. An added benefit: It also offers a top big enough for a lamp, books, photos or a vase of flowers.
  4. FINISH THE BED. Layer in luxury – quality bedding. We love 100-percent crisp white cotton percale – a small luxury that makes a huge difference daily. Also, an end-of-bed ottoman is a useful spot to sit and put on your shoes or neatly store decorative pillows at night (just ensure you have enough room between it and other furniture to get by). If you have the space, a loveseat looks luxe at the foot of a bed and is the perfect place to curl up with a good book.
  5. LIGHT AND ACCENT. For lamps on beside tables – If the tables are the same, use different lamps. If different, use matching lamps to tie the pieces together. Add a throw on the bed or a chair. A lamp, chair and side table are all you need to create a reading nook. Small-space chair options include slipper, barrel, or petite pull-up – or even an upholstered dining chair, which can double as a desk chair. Just don’t let the chair be a dumping ground for clothes or magazines waiting to be read.
  6. ACCESSORIZE. Balance art above a dresser or chest in the room; add a tall greenery arrangement on top of the chest along with vases, trays or objects.
  7. DON’T FORGET ABOUT YOUR GUESTS. If your guest room serves dual purposes (home office or living room, for instance), make overnight stays comfortable by investing in a quality sleep sofa. Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams makes an 8” pillow-top super luxe model that comes in many styles. Note: Be sure the cocktail table in front of it is lightweight enough to move easily when you open the bed.

As Gold, co-founder/chairman, says, “A bedroom should feel sensuous and stylish all at once. And just say no to a lot of pattern – it’s too jumpy.”

Rest easy!

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– Mary Shustack

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