As a Winnipeg interior decorator, I enjoy the challenge of a difficult space. The bedroom in this older home was a very difficult space to work with. First it was small, 11′ x 10′ which would have been an acceptable size in the 1950’s when everyone had a double bed and smaller furniture in the master suite. Today, the majority of people want a queen bed as a minimum size, and most would prefer a king.
Because of the small size of this bedroom , I chose to furnish it with a queen bed that had drawers below for storage capability, along with two night stands, and a small dresser. For the furniture I selected quality solid maple pieces to ensure durability and longevity. The furniture was also classic in style and stain color to ensure I could simply and easily change out the drapery and bedding to create an entirely new look and color scheme. I also used an inexpensive floor mirror from Home Outfitters to make the room appear larger than it really was. Mirrors, because of their reflective nature, can give the affect of a larger space.
To give the illusion of a larger space, I selected a light wall color to give the affect of making the walls receed. Had this space been larger, I would have selected a much deeper version of the beige to make the bedding stand out more.
I introduced a feature wall of luxurious purple drapery, which allowed the bedding to stand out more than the light wall color would allow. The drapery consists of faux silk panels from Home Outfitters, whose total cost come to around $300. In my opinion, the purple color would make a terrible wall color if it were painted, but as silk drapery it provided a rich intimate back ground.
Using the drapery as a feature back drop to this room also helped solve another problem. The problem being a corner window. In design it is always important to provide balance to a room. To simply drape the window on the left side of the bed, and then have nothing on the right side would have left an unbalanced appearance to the feature wall . This is why the purple drapery wraps around onto the side wall on both sides of the feature wall. Other ways to balance the room could have been used as well, such as a large vase with twigs placed on the opposite side of the window wall to create visual balance.
The corner window in the room has a north and east exposure. The warm purple color of the drapery in the room adds a lot of warmth to this space. The texture of the drapery also gives the affect of casualness to the room, and the chandelier emphasizes glamor. Giving the overall affect to the room of casual elegance.
The before shot of the room shows the corner window with a north/east exposure, and cool blue walls. In design it is always important to use a color temperature that is opposite to the light exposure of the room. Because light from north/east window exposure has a tendency to cast a cooler almost bluish light it is important to add warm colors, with perhaps small pops of a cooler color. The opposite for south and west exposures.Â Notice how unwelcoming and cold the room looks prior to the new color scheme and furnishings.
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