GLAMOROUS MASTER BEDROOM
It’s not often that I get to design a moody and dramatic bedroom with a decent budget, but when I get that chance…I grab it and run! I mean, this room is freakin’ fabulous, and I don’t use those words lightly. In all honesty, I tried to be more conservative in the beginning until the client let the reins loose, and I understood exactly what they wanted for their room. A glamorous bedroom was in order, and I tried my best to deliver. I know they love the end result (because they told me so more than once), and hopefully it translates beautifully into the real world. Installation is currently under way, and I’m going to try my hardest to keep in touch for a future photo shoot.
The first inspiration image was the only one submitted by the client, and it describes everything they wanted for to achieve in their bedroom…black, gold, high impact, glamour, but still cozy and not too feminine. I added a few other images that I used as a reference to come up with the overall look for the space. They had already purchased the tufted headboard, large bedside desks to be used as nightstands, and the chandelier. A good start and base to begin my design.
As you can see in the first draft, I exercised some restraint and went lighter and softer with the design. Usually with e-design projects, since I really don’t know the client well, the first try is always a bit off but it does help to set the bar. We use it as a tool to either build upon or take away items and ideas that do and don’t work for the client. She definitely wanted to go darker, and I learned that she didn’t like patterns of any kind. No stripes, dots, florals, paisleys, or geometrics. So we used solid colors with varying textures throughout.
This stage did hellp to establish the wall and ceiling molding and color scheme. I call it the tuxedo treatment. The white ceiling has subtle offset steps around the perimeter. A updated interpretation of traditional ceiling molding. The dark Urbane Bronze (such a great color) walls were enclosed by black crown and base molding, and the doors and window frames will match.
There were quite a few options for the wall treatment so I did a little image for comparison. I mocked up inset mirrors, chair rails, and smaller panels for review, but I had already come to the conclusion that No. 5 was the winner. I think it’s good practice to let the clients see how I came to that conclusion, and rule out other options. I can’t even count how many times I select a piece of furniture, the client requests revisions, I submit alternates, and they go back to the initial selection. Going through the process is nice because it is sort of like a trust building exercise. This happens once or twice, and then I get a little more flexibility in the project.
Once the bed wall was decided, the other main pieces to narrow down were the dresser, end of bed storage, and seating. The black dresser fits the room perfectly, and was an instant approval. The artwork, their existing simplified chairs, and the trunk help to balance the more feminine pieces in the room. We also kept the bedding simple, but the fabrics are all very luxe with subtle textures and details.
To say I’m pleased with how this room came out is a major understatement. It was so much fun to go out of my normal sphere of design styles, and produce a beautiful room. Now if anyone else is in need of high drama in their home, you know who to call...Kelly Wearstler.