Bernadette Schaeffler Offers Tips For a Stylish, Budget-Friendly Bedroom

A little luxury on a budget can be achieved with careful design, says Bernadette Schaeffler.

A little luxury on a budget can be achieved with careful design, says Bernadette Schaeffler.

We’re all looking for ways to maximize our style on a budget, but for those who want high-fashion interiors on a dime, it takes some thought and care to do it right.

Interior designer Bernadette Schaeffler says that beautiful rooms don’t have to pull on your purse strings. She offered several great tips to achieving a stylish bedroom on a budget.

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Modern Couch with Antiques

We’ve seen a renaissance of sorts when it comes to modern decor, but more homeowners and designers are moving away from cold and overly linear motifs to warmer versions. Bernadette Schaeffler, owner of her eponymous design showroom near downtown, thinks the minimalist Bauhaus style is here to stay, but adding antiques and texture can bring in warmth to otherwise monochrome furnishings.

“I personally believe that the minimalistic Bauhaus style will still be trendy in 2014,” Schaeffler said. “I think that this design style will be mixed with more decorative features. Imagine such modern design with one antique piece — it can make the interior very luxurious and more inviting. Neoclassical accessories look fabulous in this design.

Mixing minimalist furniture with more feminine decor is a lot like how Transitional style melds traditional-style furniture with modern palettes and accessories. But with many people moving to urban environments and smaller dwellings, a lot of furnishings will have to do double duty.

Bauhaus Table Color

“Given the fact that I see more and more people moving into apartments, I see a trend in different shelf systems. It can be used as room dividers or bookshelves that gives character and personality to a home,” Schaeffler said. This goes hand in hand with the slow-growing but important move to more eco-friendly manufacture and design.

“I truly believe that in future people will choose materials that are more eco-friendly,” Schaeffler added. “Being German, for me, this was always an important concept. I remember the members of the Green party in early 1980s Germany sitting in our government in sweaters, knitting for the family while making politics. As we have to protect Earth I believe that manufacturers will use more eco-friendly environmental friendly materials.”

But eco-friendly doesn’t necessarily mean drab. Schaeffler thinks color is going to play a bigger role in decor, with pops of turquoise and lighter wood working in harmony to create a more Zen-like environment. The goal, of course, is to make homes more relaxed and “livable,” Schaeffler said.

“I think it is over to just design house or apartment to look good,” Schaeffler added. “I believe that in 2014, people will want to make their homes livable yet stylish!”

Find out more about Bernadette Schaeffler’s style and personality at her Design District showroom.

Modern Couch with Antiques

We’ve seen a renaissance of sorts when it comes to modern decor, but more homeowners and designers are moving away from cold and overly linear motifs to warmer versions. Bernadette Schaeffler, owner of her eponymous design showroom near downtown, thinks the minimalist Bauhaus style is here to stay, but adding antiques and texture can bring in warmth to otherwise monochrome furnishings.

“I personally believe that the minimalistic Bauhaus style will still be trendy in 2014,” Schaeffler said. “I think that this design style will be mixed with more decorative features. Imagine such modern design with one antique piece — it can make the interior very luxurious and more inviting. Neoclassical accessories look fabulous in this design.

Mixing minimalist furniture with more feminine decor is a lot like how Transitional style melds traditional-style furniture with modern palettes and accessories. But with many people moving to urban environments and smaller dwellings, a lot of furnishings will have to do double duty.

Bauhaus Table Color

“Given the fact that I see more and more people moving into apartments, I see a trend in different shelf systems. It can be used as room dividers or bookshelves that gives character and personality to a home,” Schaeffler said. This goes hand in hand with the slow-growing but important move to more eco-friendly manufacture and design.

“I truly believe that in future people will choose materials that are more eco-friendly,” Schaeffler added. “Being German, for me, this was always an important concept. I remember the members of the Green party in early 1980s Germany sitting in our government in sweaters, knitting for the family while making politics. As we have to protect Earth I believe that manufacturers will use more eco-friendly environmental friendly materials.”

But eco-friendly doesn’t necessarily mean drab. Schaeffler thinks color is going to play a bigger role in decor, with pops of turquoise and lighter wood working in harmony to create a more Zen-like environment. The goal, of course, is to make homes more relaxed and “livable,” Schaeffler said.

“I think it is over to just design house or apartment to look good,” Schaeffler added. “I believe that in 2014, people will want to make their homes livable yet stylish!”

Find out more about Bernadette Schaeffler’s style and personality at her Design District showroom.

Bernadette LampsLighting is so important in a home. Too little and an otherwise spacious house feels like a dungeon. Too much of the wrong kind and you feel like you’re getting mobbed by the paparazzi every time you enter a room.

To make sure rooms have just the right amount and right kinds of light, Dallas designer Bernadette Schaeffler prefers lamps to ceiling fixtures. Why?

“I personally like table lamps more than ceiling fixtures,” Schaeffler said. “I love to add the soft, warm light to my rooms. Even though table lamps were found next to a sofa, bed or chairs, there is no rule how to place them.”

Bernadette Lamp 2

Still, all light sources should fit a room’s decor. With several great options in her collection, Schaeffler likes to pair lamps with furniture to give a more complete look.

“For me it is important to match height and size to include it into a space. They should be proportional to a room’s decor and the style should flow with the design,” Schaeffler said.

And of course, you should only let in as much light as you want!

“It is personal taste! To make the light more dramatic just choose a lamp with a dimmer that can go from bright to very soft light. You than can control the light it spends depending of the use.”