Prairie Pointe is our brand-new apartment community located next to DMACC in Ankeny. While the resident units are currently under construction, the clubhouse, office, and model unit are just about finished. In putting the final decorating touches on the model unit, we wanted the design to reflect the lifestyle of today's student. We aimed for a modern, stylish, gender-neutral decor theme sure to please guys and girls. In showing the model unit to prospective renters, we've received awesome reactions to the decor. And we can't keep good design to ourselves.
To share these modern, stylish, gender-neutral theme with you, we'll be featuring several Decorating Guides focusing on different parts of the clubhouse and model unit. We're kicking it off with the model unit's bedroom.
In the model unit bedroom, we stuck to a mostly neutral color palette of black and white with some grays, creams, and wood tones. For most of the furniture (the bed, dresser, and nightstand) we opted for black pieces with contemporary silhouettes and clean lines while we went with a sleek metal-and-wood desk with a modern white chair for the study space. Graphic black-and-white bedding adds pattern to the room. When it came to accessories, we selected sheer gray curtains, typography prints framed in black, a cool white desk lamp, a few yellow boxes and green/turquoise pillows for some splashes of color, and a plant in a crisp white pot to bring in a little life.
Our result is a contemporary, stylish, black-and-white scheme that both genders find appealing. Modern lines make the room feel clean and up-to-date. Pops of graphic pattern and a few splashes of color add personality. The study space is kept simple and clutter-free, inspiring productivity. And most of all the bedroom is clean, comfortable, and cozy... a perfect haven away from the hustle-and-bustle of campus.
So how can you integrate this chic style into your bedroom? We've compiled two inspiration boards to clue you in on what to look for when shopping for your own place.
Let's start with the bedroom and dresser area:
Bed & Dresser Space
Furniture: When choosing furniture, pick black pieces. Though they may vary slightly in style or shape, the color unites them in the space. Go with a classic rectangular headboard or more trendy one with cut-out shapes depending on your preference. Think about drawer space when picking a dresser. (Although at Prairie Pointe, you will be spoiled with a walk-in closet!) If you can't find a black headboard, dresser, or nightstand to your liking, consider buying a wooden one you like, sanding it, and painting it black.
Textiles: Hang sheer or solid gray curtains on the windows to let in just enough light while still having some privacy. Spruce up the floor with a fun rug. (We love graphic patterns, stripes, and typography!) Do the same on your bed with a black-and-white duvet or comforter. Don't be afraid to mix and match different patterns. The black, white, and gray colors will tie them all together and give the space a fun, trendy look. Plus, pillows are one of the easiest ways to switch up the look in your room. By swapping out a pillow or two for different ones, you can change up the patterns, colors, and textures, giving your room a whole new look.
Accessories: Continue the modern, black-and-white theme with your lighting and decor accessories. Lamps with a metal base can look sleek and industrial. Or go with a glass base for a more glamorous style. A black or white shade will keep things classic. Store magazines, textbooks, and supplies in black or white baskets and bins. Hang black-and-white photography and typographic prints as wall art.
Pop of Color: A black-and-white color scheme is classy and classic, but throwing in an accent color gives it extra style. You can use any color (perhaps your favorite color) as an accent. We went with a sunny pop of yellow. Use just a few pieces. For instance, we placed a yellow jewelry box on the dresser and some colored pillows on the bed. You could also integrate the accent color with a picture frame, poster/print, alarm clock, or other item.
Every student deserves a calm, organized space to sit down and do homework, Skype, or just play around on the internet. Let's move on to the study space, shall we?
Furniture: Sleek and modern are the key styles in the model unit's study space. We chose a clean-lined desk featuring a wood top and metal frame and legs. Be it made of all metal, all wood, glass topped, a combination... the material isn't a big concern here. The silhouette is. Choose something sleek, lean, rectangular, and modern that features black, dark wood tones, or metal. All four of the desks above are great examples. A white and chrome desk chair pairs perfectly with the desk and carries on the black-and-white color scheme. One or two black floating shelves above the desk add vertical storage, saving you on floor place without overwhelming the wall.
Accessories: Think clean and functional when picking out desk area accessories. Crisp white bins, file holders, and boxes are ideal for stowing away notebooks, magazines, textbooks, reference books, extra paper, and additional school supplies. Keep handy items close at hand: writing utensils in a simple white cup, paper and binder clips in glass jars with metal lids, and a stapler on your desk or nearby shelf. Tuck an industrial metal or modern white waste basket under your desk. (And empty it often!) Choose a stylish, brushed metal or white desk lamp for task lighting. Hang typography and black-and-white photography as art. And pick out accessories that echo your chic, modern theme: black bookends, books wrapped in white covers, a plant in a shiny white pot, and a cool clock. The little details make a big difference.
Less really is more when creating a clean, modern, stylish space that you can relax in, do homework in, and hang out in.
Questions about this decorating style? Leave a comment!
And stay tuned for the next Prairie Pointe Decorating Guide!