A Bedroom Lets Go to Gain Elegance and Serenity
Who sleeps here: An empty nester who's also a working professional
Location: Ontario, Canada
Size: 176 square feet
Design challenge: Helping the client downsize her furniture and decor
As with any bedroom, the most important piece of furniture in this client's room is the bed. Lockhart replaced the springy 10-year-old mattress with a firm pillow-top model with hypoallergenic and ergonomic features.
Lockhart made a custom platform bed frame and reupholstered the headboard in charcoal gray faux suede fabric by Robert Allen Design; the custom touches add a sophisticated and tailored touch to the bedroom. The gray hue sets the cool and neutral color palette for the space.
Tip: Lockhart highly recommends adding molding to interiors. Molding is a simple architectural detail but adds so much style and elegance to a room. Here, Canamould's lightweight foam molding made for a simple cut-and-caulk installation.
Wall paint: Pure White, Martha Stewart Living; molding paint: Winter Snow, Benjamin Moore; window shades: Hunter Douglas; draperies: Drapes & More; lamps: Ikea
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"We kept pieces that had lots of sentimental value and design purpose," Lockhart says. "Eventually we got to a place that was empty enough for me to begin sourcing new pieces and to integrate existing favorite antiques and personal stuff."
Tip: Small cabinets and antique or vintage occasional tables make pretty and practical night tables. Lockhart spruced up this antique find with a new drawer pull and a darker stain.
Tip: The designer layered the lighting in the room by mixing natural light with LED bulbs in floor and table lamps. "I used a few bulbs on dimmers, which adds a romantic glow to the space," she says.
Chair: Jane by Jane Lockhart in Robert Allen Design fabric; framed prints: Windergarden
Tip: "Mirrors are generally inexpensive and come in all sorts of different styles," says Lockhart. "You can use them beyond their practical purpose as ever-changing works of art — and they'll reflect light and all the gorgeous things you've added to your room."
Clock radio: Tivoli
Tray: FHE Group