The bedroom. Ah, the bedroom. Such a misunderstood and often feared (for so many reasons!) room. However, it is an important one. A very important one. I mean really, don’t we all need our beauty sleep? I think we do and because of this, it is important we feel comfortable and at ease in our bedroom. Our clients were not really either of those things in the previous iteration of their master bedroom.
The room itself is a nice size with ample space for furniture, lots of closet space, and natural light. However, something wasn’t quite right in this room and the clients knew it. The red on the walls was a second attempt at getting the wall colour right and a significant departure from the previous icy blue. However, they loved it… or at least thought they did. The comforter was a wedding present hand-made by a parent; a heart warming labourious gift. Naturally, the couple wanted to make us of it but as you can see from the photos, the true blue in the comforter was fighting with the red on the walls in effect making it a disquieting and un-enjoyable room. Further to this, the furniture they loved so much all but disappeared into the walls.
The bones of the room, and the furniture in it, provided an excellent foundation to start this project and bring the room together. We opted for a blue/grey on the walls. Thankfully this colour is more grey than blue offering more calm than colour. The windows did not have any curtains previously, only blinds/shades, so to “complete” the room and for consistency we brought in beautiful navy curtains. In addition to this we modernized the blinds adding another bit of consistency and upgrade. To soften the comforter we turned it over to find, voila!, a beautiful toile fabric that works perfectly in the room.
Another favourite in the room is the rug. Consisting of mostly bright red, we wanted to bring that colour into other areas of the room so we had custom pillows made. The red is now in three different places in the room offering the perfect “hits” throughout. The kidney pillow on the bed was made from fabric left over from when we hemmed the curtains. How much do we love our seamstress?
The over-sized wing back chair helped complete the room. The taupe/linen colour is picked-up from the rug however, is versatile enough that it could be moved to other rooms in the house and used no problem. A chair, or sitting area, in a bedroom is so important to comfort. It is nice to have a place to sit and put your socks on in the morning. Don’t you agree?
A second ceiling fan, to match the first one, was purchased to provide symmetry to the room. Picking up on the brushed nickel finishes, new hardware was added to the closets. The room is now looking more cohesive and from what the clients tell us, much more calming and comfortable. The furniture they love so much is now beautifully showcased against soft grey walls and the rug they enjoy provides the perfect hit of colour. Also, the versatile comforter on the bed has found a new life as the beautiful and comforting bed cover. You may have also noticed that regardless of which way the comforter is turned, Jenna-The-Cat loves it.
This room is a perfect example of how successful “working with what you have” can be. Enjoy!