Grow Up and Buy a New Bed - Fresh Fix for Your Bedroom

Jay Johnson - If you're an interior designer, one of the challenges you face is helping your client "move on." And moving on can take on several forms: move on from the furnishings you had in your college dorm room (no, it's not okay to use old orange crates and stacks of bricks for bookshelves), move on past the hideous furniture you inherited when Aunt Opal passed away last year (sometimes furniture should be buried with their owners), or move on beyond bad taste to good taste ("But it was on sale!" is not a good reason to keep anything revolting).

Sometimes replacing one key piece of furniture in a room is enough to tip the decorating scheme from dreadful to daring ... and I've selected 11 beds (actually 10 beds and 1 headboard) that could turn an ugly bedroom into a showplace, or at least inspire the rest of the room to shape up and match the new bed's high standards. The photo above and the next two photos feature beds from the hipsters at Atelier Interior Design - the Nuba bed (top), Giorgia bed (top, below), and Bridge bed (bottom, below) are all beds that could drastically change the temperature and style quotient of any bedroom. 

I love how the Atelier beds would look great floating in a room. Bed design trends are moving away from the flat-against-the-wall restrictions of beds of yore; a floating position allows the Bridge bed's split headboard to adjust to different levels of recline to accommodate different reading, sleeping, or TV-watching postures. Very smart. 

And consider the Antalya Queen bed from McGuire Furniture (above). Its rattan woven frame is covered in laced rawhide for a strong statement not often made in bedrooms. This would be a great choice for both contemporary and traditional bedrooms. Likewise, the Bill Sofield Queen Branche bed (below) packs a similar visual wallop with its daring woven headboard and fretwork legs. 

Look at these two solid, yet contemporary bed options from Cliff Young - the PCK Cassidy bed (top, below) is light on its feet sporting a brighter/lighter ash veneer; and the Angelina Upholstered bed (bottom, below) projects confidence and sophistication with its tufting and head-to-toe upholstered package.

Personally, I think Global Views will take over the design world. When you combine low cost and high design, you've got a winning combination. Your more price-conscious clients (or you, if you're watching your wallet) will appreciate options that utilize an existing mattress and box springs, like adding a smashingly dramatic headboard like the Faux Bois Gray Leather Headboard (below). 

And here's another bed that could easily float in a room, Global View's Channel Bed (below), with a walnut finish base and front and back sides in deeply channeled woven belt leather. 

Yes, stripes are in - and in the photo below, the Jones King Bed from Henredon (tried and true Henredon) delivers much more of a contemporary punch than it was probably intended to deliver ... but we'll take it!

Finally, French design firm Hurel has an amazing line of furniture, and I've picked their Tudor bed (below) to show how continental design can look crisp and fresh, transforming the look in any bedroom.