My very favorite part about re-designing and decorating a client’s home, is the transformation of space from drab or inefficient to beautiful and comfortable. When it’s done, I’m never sure who is more excited, me or my clients! This Master Suite went through a dramatic transformation.
It’s so gratifying to know that not only is the home or room within it transformed, but the lives of the occupants are transformed, as well.
Because whatever anyone may say or think, I know for a fact, that living in a home that has an ugly vibe takes its toll on your general sense of well-being.
And although the kitchen is command central in most homes, the bedroom is often literally where life begins. We spend a third of our lives in bed and many of us spend a lot of that time awake, worrying. At least if we’re awake in a room that is calm and soothing (which is different for everyone), it gives our brains room to breathe.
So I was particularly excited to work on the master suite in a house in the Beach area of Toronto.
In a relatively new development smack in the middle of older more established homes, these homes were intended to blend with the surrounding community, but lacked individuality that comes with long-term ownership. With bland color, no architectural detail beyond vaulted ceilings and poor storage space, the space needed to be completely re-planned.
I had done the kitchen a year before, and at that time, discovered that the clients were particularly fond of blue, loved beach-themed decor and enjoyed the yellow accents I had added, so I repeated the feel in the bedroom for consistency.
Painting the ceiling a paler shade of blue than the walls, actually makes it feel less cavernous and boosts the room’s visual warmth, and carrying the cabinet’s crown moulding around the room defines where the walls end and the sloped ceiling begins and gives the room the appearance of a more human scale.
The walk in closet was actually a walk-through on the way to the ensuite bathroom. Since the original closets were built too shallow to allow the sliding doors free movement, the clients had taken them off and the closet was a wild jumble with poorly planned storage space.
Since the walk-through closet was visible from the bedroom, it made sense to make it attractive and hide as much as possible to extend the sense of calm. A pretty sparkly surface-mounted chandelier lends the space further elegance.
The original bathroom was a basic builder grade and only had one sink. An aesthetic and functional upgrade was needed to blend with the new elegance of the suite.
Small details make a big difference and the addition of cornice moulding at the ceiling line gives the room a finishing touch along with decorative wall sconces which also give vital fill light for grooming and custom-made, matching framed mirrors.
The imported tiles in sea foam green and white marble extend the restful quality from the bedroom into the master bath.
A makeover of any room in the home starts with an analysis of what isn’t working and why, what is working and can remain and a plan for modifications to turn the room into what you always dreamed it should be.
For help with your room makeover planning, check out my Online Design Program. There’s something for everyone and every room in the home, to turn the ugly duckling into a swan!