Can you place your bed in front of a window?

Answering a very popular reader question today.
 
Whether it’s OK to put the head of your bed in front of a window.
 
head of bed placed in front of a window
A beautiful example of a bed placed in front of a window via Alice Lane Home.
 
 

Can you place your bed in front of a window?

 

Over the past weekend, I had a lovely email exchange with the talented and gorgeous interior designer, Jamie Herzlinger. 

 

You may remember my past posts about her interiors ( here and here). 

Jamie was kind enough to share some “before” and “after” images of a project she is currently working on.

before photo of bedroom
Caron Street: Master Bedroom “Before”    
 

 

after photo of bedroom
Caron Street: Master Bedroom “After”
 
 
There is so much I love about this “after” photo!
 
The soothing color palette, the amazing chandelier, the abundance of nail head trim – just to name a few!
 
However, I think the best thing for me is the improved placement of the bed here. 
 
I love that the bed now faces the entrance of the room…a real pet peeve for me. 
 
Many people shy away from placing their beds in front of a window, just like the home owners in the before photo here.
 
But, you have to admit – the new placement looks SO much better.
 
Sometimes, putting your bed in front of a window is the best option of all.
 
The side tables really help to balance out and fill this space.
 
I also love the way Jamie handled the window treatments here as well.
 
Incorporating the drapery and shades into the crown molding was brilliant, since it really draws the eyes up.
 
The new drapery also really works so well with the window frames here.

 

 
     
I also love the way Jamie handled the window treatments here.
 
Incorporating the drapery and shades into the crown molding was brilliant, since it really draws the eyes up.
 
This provides another great focal point in this room.
 
 
Here’s another great example of a bed placed in front of the window.
 
 
 
 
I love how the minimal bed frame allows the natural light to still pore into this room!
 
If the windows were a bit taller here, you could opt for a more solid headboard as well.
 
Beds place this way not only look better, but it’s also considered to be better feng shui – to have your bed face the entrance or the middle of the room.
 
Many people swear by good feng shui for a good nights sleep.
 

bed placed under a window

So, don’t be afraid to put your bed under the window.

Thanks so much for sharing these images Jamie!

Let me know if this answers all of your bed placement questions.
Top Image via:  MarkPeterman.com
 
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59 Comments

  1. Love this before and afters. Love the unstuffy study. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Wow! both transformations looks amazing. I love the colours in the second one. Hope you had a relaxing weekend,sweetie
    Kisses

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  3. shopgirl wrote:

    Totally cool transformations. I love how she turned stuffy and boring into something fun and stylish!

    Hope you had a great weekend sweetie!

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  4. Amazing work. Will go and scheck out her site. Thank you for sharing!

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  5. OH I love that study! So fun! Wall paper is fabulous. That bedroom looks like a cloud to sink into. Beautiful!

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  6. LOVE that master bedroom!!

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  7. Really thoughtful design work. She takes problems and finds interesting solutions…a mark of a great designer. I enjoyed seeing the befores and afters!

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  8. Julie wrote:

    Love this post. Jamie did a great job in both of these spaces.

    More posts like this please.

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  9. Wow. That bedroom is amazing! Thanks for sharing. I love learning about new designers and checking their portfolio. Happy Monday! abby

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  10. People often argue if things are black and white, when there is so much gray area for just about everything. I just love B & E's because there is no denying that it's black and white. It's there, it's decided, it's done and seeing is believing! THESE-R-FANTASTIC, thanks for highlighting! I can't wait to head over and see more of her brilliance 🙂

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  11. Wow, what a transformation! I love how the drapes and chandelier add a more airy feel to the room and the study looks much more cheerful! I can imagine getting more work done that way!

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  12. Stephanie wrote:

    the bedroom is my favorite – what a beautiful transformation!

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  13. Amazing transformation! Such a beautiful room. I agree that a bed should face the entrance!
    Have a nice day.
    Teresa

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  14. Wow! These are two huge transformations! I think the office is my favourite because of that fantastic wallpaper on the wall!

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  15. David Toms wrote:

    They really are such amazing before and afters! You would not think that they were the same rooms! Love the bedroom!

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  16. I love the neutrals she used in the bedroom! But that study is certainly the wow transformation… that wall is just simply… wow!

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  17. That bedroom transformation is just stunning! I love how the window treatments change the entire function of that space.

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  18. Deb wrote:

    Oh my gosh, I LOVE before and after shots! I watch those DIY shows and could just go for the last 5 minutes where they show the before and afters! xo

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  19. Nikki wrote:

    Wow, looks amazing. The bedroom is so bright and spacious now. Love it!

    xx
    Nikki

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  20. Staley Mc wrote:

    What an amazing transformation! These rooms look great!

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  21. So fun to see transformations! Have a great day.

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  22. Geez! I wouldn't be able to choose between the calm or the vibrant spaces!!!

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  23. Totally loving that bedroom action….I admire when layered neutrals feel super-luxe. Hm, that throw on the bed is calling my name.
    It's also great fun to see spaces that haven't been splashed across every national pub — great job, Zhush!

    Cheers, Alcira

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  24. Me again…Incidentally…just noticed, it took some major balls to convince the homeowners to rip out all those built-ins in the study. It also appears they removed the ceiling beams.
    That's an incredible feat of mindf*&$%ery for a designer, seeing as so many people are convinced that these details add value. Moreover, the men of the house tend to go for those heavy, dark paneled spaces.
    She must've given him a voucher to go play golf at some secluded Scottish resort, while she and the wifey worked their magic!

    thenerochronicles.blogspot.com

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  25. What great before and afters!

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  26. Talent……………….in spades. Brillant solutions in the bedroom and great style in the study. Thanks for sharing and that is a great cover pic too. XO

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  27. Katie wrote:

    You are so funny … Believe it or not, my friend Maya did actually decide to try one — Her face was priceless! There are lots of good things in peanut butter dog treats, but they're missing some crucial elements that would make them tasty to humans (sugar, for instance). Still, they look pretty yummy!

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  28. style'n wrote:

    I LOVE her work…she is super talented and I want to re create that bedroom!!!

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  29. This is incredible! She is a genius for sure!

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  30. Amy R. wrote:

    Amazing! Really gorgeous work! Thanks for sharing.
    Amy R.

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  31. The before and afters are amazing. Love that bedroom – I could curl up in that bed right now!

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  32. Jen wrote:

    Oh my gosh, these transformations are amazing! I had to go back and forth and really see how she did these!! What a talent.

    Happy Monday Dear! xo

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  33. yes, that room is so soothing! and i love the wallpaper in the office.

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  34. Wow! What a fabulous job on both rooms but i am lovin the bedroom…….Plush…..Maryanne xo

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  35. I adore Jamie!!!

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  36. Small world. Jamie is my neighbor!! She lives about a 1/2 block down the street from me. We do not know each other but I drive or walk by her house almost every day, it's beautiful – the details are perfect (I am only speaking about the outside of course).

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  37. THese are some great makeovers, Jamie is a real talent 🙂
    *kisses* HH

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  38. Dobbygirl wrote:

    Just beautiful, that study is a dream come true!

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  39. Ohhhh yummyyummyyummy inspiration!! Thanks for sharing!

    xo

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  40. Sue this is just gorgeous. Her before and afters are so dramatic I love it. The bedroom is really a remarkable transformation and the wallpaper (is that wallpaper?) in the study is beautiful – I would never think to put it with the rug on the floor, but it is amazing.

    xoxo,
    Carrie

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  41. Oh my she is a very talented lady. That master bedroom after photo is dreamy

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  42. Sarah wrote:

    I am a sucker for a good before/after.. These are beautiful rooms. It's obvious that Jamie Herzlinger is a seriously talented designer!

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  43. CDS wrote:

    What great transformations!!!!

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  44. Those Before & Afters are nuts! The lighting alone makes these rooms look like completely different spaces.

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  45. that bedroom is beyond good…

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  46. Wow! unbelievable! Such a difference!
    Thanks for sharing these beautiful rooms!

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  47. Oh wow, I wish I had her talent!

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  48. Oh my, the "afters" are stunning!! Adore the master bedroom…fresh and fabulous –

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  49. She has got the right stuff, a real winner.
    Being so beautiful is also a plus. Great taste.

    yvonne

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  50. Oooh, both makeovers are gorgeous!! The bedroom is so elegant and feminine. I love how the window treatments make it look as though the windows go right along both walls. Genius!!

    And the wall treatment in the study is fresh and fun. It really gives the room a lighthearted & whimsical feel 🙂

    Kelly

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  51. This is so cool! I love the study too, so cheerful and upbeat, very creative! XX!

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  52. Stacey wrote:

    I'm with you on the placement of the bed pet peeve, and i think it's bad feng shui too. Great transformations! XX

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  53. I love these rooms! That bedroom is incredible, I also just love how the rooms have been styled for photographs {the books lying on the floor etc). Quite stunning.
    Nancy

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  54. What a beautiful transformation. I adore that bedroom.

    xo

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  55. That bedroom is swoon worthy.

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  56. Kristin wrote:

    I can't get over what a difference those window treatments make. Gorgeous!

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  57. Oh my! That bedroom is now a serious and stunning retreat. Hard to believe it is even the same room. Talented she is, Ms.Jamie. And not predictable, which I love!

    Thank you for sharing.

    ox, Mon

    P.S. Sue, hope all is well with you. I recently applied for a fantastic job in the corporate world. I did not get it — but I was so close! I am still licking my wounds…. My energy is slowly coming back.

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  58. The bedroom transformation is lovely but the study photo took my breath away, it's gorgeous!! I can't even fathom having that kind of talent for decor. She is amazing!

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  59. Signe wrote:

    Love love love the bedroom 🙂

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