BEDROOM NEW CONSTRUCTION
It’s not often that I get to design freely with a decent budget and the complete trust of the client. A client who not only embraces the design, but whose space comes with great foundation pieces to start the design process. These types of projects are a dream, and the particular bedroom in this post is one of those dreams come true.
The project was a master bedroom new construction, with lots of windows, a sitting area, and stone fireplace. Prior to coming onto the project as the designer a handful of selections had been made by the owners, but they needed help with the major players…mainly furniture and wallpaper. Instead of inspiration images, which is customary, I was provided with their existing purchases, finishes, and a sentence regarding their style, “we guess we like an industrial/contemporary feel with a touch of sparkle.” A sentence that I hope I captured with the final design.
EXISTING and UNDER CONSTRUCTION
Since the home was under construction at the time, most of the hard finishes had already been selected.The walls were freshly painted a cement gray color, floors were wide plank gray-washed white French Oak (so many descriptive words for one finish), and they wanted wallpaper for the wall behind their future bed. Their existing furniture consisted of a vintage Eames lounge (score!), two leather x-frame stools, and the bedside and sitting area lighting. They also provided blue as their preferred accent color, which I fully supported and embraced. Using this information I put together a draft design board where I interpreted their needs, but where I also went off on a tangent all my own. I can remember thinking, “they will never like this, but I’m loving the way this looks”, so I pushed forward. Obviously I was wrong, because we ended up sticking very closely to the original plan.
The first decision that needed to be made was the wallpaper selection. I immediately knew that it needed to encompass the three walls surrounding the bed for maximum effect. Only papering one wall would have looked like the owners either couldn’t commit to the pattern or that the budget was tight. Both of those are valid reasons to nix wallpaper altogether, but that wasn’t the case here. I wanted to make sure that the wallpaper was the feature of the room, and outfitting the whole area with an amazing paper was the solution.
I also wanted the pattern to be free flowing instead of the geometric prints I typically favor. That way, the paper could play off of the more structured furniture pieces I would introduce into the room. Lastly, the overall tone of the paper needed to blend easily with the existing wall color. I didn’t want a big contrast with the wall color, just a subtle transition to pattern. After having my parameters set, I immediately went to my two favorite wallpaper sources, Anthropologie and Hygge & West. There I easily found more than a few beautiful papers to fit my needs.
I ultimately decided on the Edith paper because of its color palette and contemporary pattern. It wouldn’t overpower the room, but it was still funky and unexpected. The soft neutral colors made it easy to tie in other furniture and natural materials into the room. Lucky for me, the client agreed.
Next up was the bed. I was leaning towards upholstered and navy, but had to try on a few options before I could be sure. The other finishes in the room left the possibilities for the bed very limited. I didn’t want it to disappear into the wallpaper, so any kind of gray was ruled out. On the other hand, it needed to be simple enough that it wouldn't compete with the paper. Stained wood was a possibility, but medium or light wood options were too similar to the flooring and the leather on the end-of-bed stools. After exhausting the options, the streamlined navy bed above felt like the right choice.
The rest of the design came together easily after making these two major selections. I pulled the navy from the bed into the sitting area by way of a rug. The brass hardware, side table, and mirror give the room the sparkle the owner requested, along with some shine in the wallpaper finish. The dresser, stools, and lounge add warmth through wood grain and leather. The bedside pendants, under-bed rug, daybed, and shades soften the palette with ivory. This whole room was a fine balance of complimentary and contrasting textures and neutrals, and I’m so happy with the result.