Every girl needs that one place to go to relax, gather her thoughts and come up with all her plans…. where’s your place?

Inspirational room decor tips from famous writers

Every girl needs that one place to go to relax, gather her thoughts and come up with all her plans, whatever they may be. More often than not that’s the cosy bedroom where privacy and comfort create a homely paradise. If said girl is also looking to embrace a vintage lifestyle then naturally the bedroom is the first place that they should start.

How you decorate your personal space is majorly important for any girl’s happiness and a few small elements of class can bring an immediate smile to anyone’s face or recall a happy memory. Whether you are looking for inspiration or just to be surrounded by elegance, your bedroom is the place that will frame a lot of your thoughts, so why not make it perfect?

To help you along with any budding makeover project, the team at homeadvisor.com have put together a lovely illustration of classic design elements from some of the world’s favourite authors. Get mental stimulation from the most creative minds of the literary world and watch your room transform into a haven of bliss.

Where better to start with than one of the greatest modernist authors of all time, Virginia Woolf. She herself said that “a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction” so it’s clear that she took great interest in how her bedroom was laid out. She kept a huge collection of books close at hand, along with tasteful ornaments for decoration. Importantly there was also a wash-basin in her room so she could freshen up without ever having to leave!

For those who like things a lot simpler the answer is to look to Ernest Hemingway, the master of saying a lot by saying very little. Go for dark-stained wooden fittings and furniture with uncluttered surfaces. Add dashes of personality where you wish but keep things minimal and meaningful.

Flannery O’Connor’s room typifies the charm of the American South. With its genteel patterns and floods of natural light, it fits the idea of warm, welcoming neighbours coming around with fresh apple pie and a basket of muffins.

Any girl that likes to live on the extravagant side, however, should definitely check out French writer, Victor Hugo’s room. Though he might have written Les Misérables there’s certainly nothing miserable about how he kept his living quarters. Ornate carved fittings, textured wallpaper and an ahead-of-its-time standing writing desk make this quite a luxurious place to chill out away from the world.

During her life, Emily Dickinson rarely left her room, never mind her house. It stands to reason then that she kept it in exactly the style she wanted. Soft colours everywhere, lots of natural light and a warm, comfortable carpet for your bare feet are essential for those who like to make their room a home.

Unfortunately, we don’t all have the space we might like to create our dream room, but Marcel Proust showed what can be achieved with what’s available. Pick furniture with lots of storage and use classic screens to remove clutter and create the illusion of a larger area.

There are so many ways to add a touch of vintage class to your life. Any girl looking for some stylish ideas can definitely draw inspiration from how some of the brightest creative geniuses ever kept their bedrooms!


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