FURNISHING A BEDROOM
It’s nice to work and collaborate with new and different clients, but there is something to be said for repeat business. The trust and relationship is already built, and expectations are usually on point with reality. Renovations are never easy, but it’s nice to work with clients who have already been through the experience and know some of the pitfalls.
Prior to this master bedroom renovation I completed a kitchen renovation in their previous home, and developed designs for the homeowners master bath. We are moving through the new home, and completing rooms as we go. They wanted to stick to a mix of transitional and mid-century furnishings for their ranch style home. I was excited to move from their bathroom to the adjoining bedroom and come up with a plan.
Looking at the furnishings in this design, I’ve realized I have a formula for selecting furniture. I pick one thing in each of these colors…gray, black, white, wood, and metal. Then I select a base color, which can sometimes be gray and top it off with an accent color. This logic may be confusing if you are not in my head, but if you understand the concept...you’re welcome. You now know my not so secret design trick.
Initially we started with the bed, and went through quite a few options. West Elm is my go to for affordable contemporary furnishings, and they are on a mid-century kick right now. So after searching all of the interwebs, we always ended back up at West Elm. Below are a few selections that are similar in feel to the design board above.
Since the bed was against a large window, I layered curtain panels to soften up the wall. The heavier taupe velvet panels on the outside with the more sheer white starbursts on the interior will create a backdrop for the bed. The owners are installing a remote operated shade to control the light further. I often use these curtain panels with rivets along the edge. It gives just the right amount of interest to an otherwise simple panel.
Flanking the bed are two campaign style nightstands with a globe pendant centered above each for nighttime reading. It’s a cool alternative to a basic table lamp, or at last least I think so. Since they aren’t shaded, hanging will be a little tricky. They need to be in the perfect place to avoid the harshness of an exposed bulb. I’m pretty sure we discussed putting them on a dimmer as well.
They went with a light wide plank wood floor throughout the house, and it looks so good. I’ve seen the install photos and it’s probably my favorite finish in the house. Kicks the other finishes up a notch, and makes the home feel young and fresh.
Everything is still under construction, but I hope to see some completed photos soon. It’s a long process from concept to completion, and even more so for the family living in the construction zone. Meanwhile, we’ve moved on to the kitchen.