“Because this couple is very outdoorsy, we wanted to bring in elements of nature to make their newlywed bedroom a calming space.” — by Elizabeth Marcus
It’s only natural that the most intimate room of the house [the newlywed bedroom] should reflect a couple’s personal taste. Of course, when that room once housed only half that couple, it’s also natural that some adjustments must be made. Here’s how we transformed a bachelor’s room into a romantic retreat for newlyweds.
Out with the old. The biggest challenge was the furniture, which was mismatched and didn’t fit the space. “The height and scale of the bed and nightstands were visually too big for that room,” explains Barbara Chandler, store design/visual merchandise manager for Furniture Row.
A color-palette update also was in order. The walls were pinky-beige, the comforter and pillows were salmon and the carpet was beige. “The room was very drab,” Chandler recalls. “It was just a place to sleep.”
A new look for a new life. “Our mission was to make it an ‘ours’ room, neither too masculine nor too feminine,” Chandler says. “Because this couple is very outdoorsy, we wanted to bring in elements of nature to make it a calming space.”
The colors. We established a palette of blue and orange to incorporate the spicy, orangey colors they love, without everything having to be one color or tone. Benjamin Moore’s Hint of Mint — a pale bluish-green — on the walls sets off the golden tones of the wood shutters, wood ceiling trim and a new floor. Shades of blue, green, orange, cream and brown repeat throughout the room.
The furniture. The couple wanted to stick with a king-size bed and, the new one, with its open-slat ironwork and lower-set mattress fit the bill perfectly. It’s in synch with the room’s scale and coordinates beautifully with the new nightstands. A tufted, armless chair from Sofa Mart adds style and comfort to the room. The upholstered bench further softens the look.
The floor. We replaced the carpeting with a pre-finished hardwood floor. “This was done in a matter of days with very little mess,” Chandler says. “If you’re handy, you could do it yourself.” A large sisal area rug, topped with a smaller wool panel rug — both available from Oak Express and Bedroom Expressions — beneath the bed, anchored the room. “Using two rugs is a layering technique that gives added dimension to the space,” she explains.
The room accents. The contemporary bedside lamp’s subtly patterned shade from Bedroom Expressions adds texture. Faux-ceramic vases with a birch-bark finish hold candles and silk aspen leaves for splashes of color. Dried flowers and fresh greenery bring in the outdoors. Photos from the couple’s wedding give the walls a personal touch. The result? A beautiful new room for a happy new life.
Before. The big and bulky oak built-in had to go — it didn’t work with the room’s new look and it didn’t provide the drawer space the couple needed.
After. The new media credenza offered much-needed drawer storage, provided a better spot for the couple’s television and complemented the new design scheme.
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