Bedroom makeover

This makeover addresses some of the challenges we have as homeowners when attempting to refresh and give a new look to a room in our homes.

In the master bedroom, our client was not afraid to create a feature wall. She painted the wall facing her bed a rich cranberry colour (cranberry zing from Harris Paints), and mounted a flat-screen television for late night viewing. Our client chose that hue because it was not only her favourite colour, but she wanted her bedroom to feel warm and cozy. However, continuing the cozy feel throughout the rest of the room posed some challenges for her.

The project had a few constraints which would affect the overall design; a small budget, a small room with two windows and two existing functional walls that could not be changed — one being the feature wall and the other, a wall lined with cupboards.

The existing furniture pieces included a queen-sized divan, an existing headboard with mounted night stands and an occasional chair. Also, the bed was positioned away from the wall towards the middle of the room.

The entertainment wall already established, and limited floor space, meant that the position of the bed could not be changed dramatically. The queen-sized headboard was positioned back and centre of the wall and partly in front of the existing window. The occasional chair being in good condition remained in one corner of the room.

Furniture in place, the next step in creating the warmth, coziness and romance that our client required was achieved by repeating the feature colour to other layers of the room. Layered floor length curtains in a small room will keep it cozy and provide much needed privacy.

All the curtain fabrics were chosen from Abeds & Co. Ltd. White coloured sheers provide daytime privacy and still let in sunlight. The jacquard fabric chosen for total privacy not only included splashes of the featured hue but reflected the eclectic d?cor throughout the home.

The pattern is a traditional paisley print with contemporary hues. Window dressing drama was achieved by draping a cranberry coloured sheer to form a valance.

Bedding chosen from DaCosta Mannings and bed skirt from Abeds & Co. Ltd. were kept in cream hues to highlight the dark wooden headboard. Throw pillows covered in the curtain fabric were added to the bedding and occasional chair to continue the cohesive theme.

Lighting is extremely important. Multiple types of lighting are needed.

A small overhead light fixture does not create the ambience and task lighting needed in a bedroom. This was replaced by a Hunter fan with a light fixture from Carters & Co. Ltd. The existing lamps got a new look by recovering the cream shades in red burlap to project warmth and coziness. Quality Lamps Ltd. recovered the shades. The burlap was sourced from Abeds & Co. Ltd. Candlelight is synonymous with romance, and what a better room to have some candlelight! Two candelabras from DaCosta Mannings Ltd. with cranberry candles flank one of the bedroom windows.

Remember, by introducing colour to bedding, cushions, curtains, lamps, carpets and furniture pieces into any room you can determine the colour scheme. The fabric stores especially at this time of the year have a variety of coordinating patterns and colors.

Take a paint chip or an inspiration sample to the store to help in your fabric selection. Refurbish existing furniture and accessories with paint and colour coordinating fabric and your room will have a new look.

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