I was asked to help redesign a homeowner’s master bedroom for The Washington Post, and I had a great time! I wanted to provide a classic backdrop for the couple but also interject a little bit of color and contemporary pattern.
Here is the “before” picture, courtesy of The Post:
And here is the rendering of the proposed “after” that I sent to The Post with my design suggestions:
But Julius Goyanko’s rendering for The Post turned out much, much better!
Here were my suggestions for the room:
- Cream drapery panels frame the windows while letting in sunlight
- Mixing stained and painted furniture creates an eclectic feeling
- A bench serves as a spot to put on shoes and as additional storage
- Pops of color and pattern add a fresh touch to a timeless, neutral backdrop
- Reinvent an existing piece of furniture (headboard) with a fresh coat of paint
- A textured duvet cover and shams add softness
- Add unexpected touches in the small details, like the crystal curtain tie backs
- A mirror serves a functional purpose and also reflects natural light back into the room
- Relocating the bed allows for easier movement around the bed and a better location for the dresser
I actually did not include a TV in my design, though it was included in The Post’s published rendering. The paper wanted to include a TV because the home owners wanted to keep one in the room. I felt that a round wall-hung mirror would better enhance the romantic sophistication of the space.
Refer to The Post’s online article for the product details. Here it is in print!