Bedrooms are always the most personal rooms in the house. Here it is possible for each member of the family to indulge his own taste. There are, however, certain essentials which remain constant for all bedrooms–a bed, comfortable chairs, a dressing table, and plenty of space for clothes. ~Elizabeth Burris-Meyer, Decorating Livable Homes, 1937
The first time I went into my brother and sister-in-law’s bedroom, I was flabbergasted. I’m pretty sure that their “bedroom suite” is larger than my first apartment. In addition to the sleeping area, it has a sitting area, a huge walk-in closet, a dressing area/table, and bathroom (without a door, which I thought was kind of strange…). Of course the tub is like a huge jacuzzi. I’m wondering what Mrs. Burris-Meyers would think about the trend in new houses toward these suites.
When Mrs. Burris-Meyers uses the term “suites,” she is referring to coordinating furniture, draperies, and bed coverings. She tells us:
- If the bed covering is in close harmony to the color and texture of the wall coverings, the bed will seem less conspicuous (keep in mind, when she wrote this, the norm was to have twin or double-sized beds…California King hadn’t been invented yet)
- Being too matchy-matchy isn’t a good thing. Avoid having the furniture, drapes, and bedcover all made from the same fabric.
- But having too many colors and finishes in a bedroom is just as bad and leads to visual chaos.
- If possible, have drawers and shelves built into a closet so that a bureau or dresser isn’t needed
- A full length mirror is essential
Mrs. Burris-Meyers also tells us to situate the dressing table so that sunlight lands on our faces instead of the mirror and also to include a small table in the bedroom for those times when we want breakfast in the bedroom but not in bed.
I don’t have a dressing table and I’ve always wanted one. I remember sitting at my great-grandmother’s desk/dressing table and feeling so grown up. I’ve made do by turning the top of my dresser into my own beauty landscape but it isn’t quite the same as sitting on a tufted stool and using the powder puff on your face (okay, I don’t use a puff, either, I use a powder brush, but you know what I mean…). Someday, I will have my very own dressing table!
What about you? Do you have a dressing table? Is your bedroom matchy-matchy or a cacophony of patterns, fabrics, and finishes?
To your fabulous Technicolor bedroom!
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