The owner of this 14-year-old Raleigh townhome wanted a new look for this small master bedroom. With a limited budget and tight deadline, we had to work with the existing furniture and layout, changing up only the wall color, bedding and decor. See how the finished space came together on page 4D.
The owner is fun, vibrant and fluent in Spanish. As she marked her 30th birthday, she was looking to make her first home a place where she could settle down. We set out to create a master bedroom that would be a comforting and romantic refuge.
We were working with a queen-size bed that had to be positioned off-center in the space due to the placement of doors and flow from the hallway to the en suite bath. We began with a foundation of dark navy and grays, then added pops of citrine yellow to draw the eye around the room.
We gave the walls a coat of Sherwin Williams Denim, which provides a calm backdrop for the contemporary-style furniture and elegant accessories. We introduced our slate gray with a pintuck duvet cover, pillow shams, throw pillows in ikat and felted wool and faceted candles that give off a warm, romantic glow. Above the bed, a vibrant canvas of flowers brings in the yellow, a lighter blue and a dash of red and orange a perfect complement to the navy walls. The white cotton, grommet-topped draperies are backed in black-out fabric that create a restful refuge.
Yellow accents include the small, glass Perch lamp from West Elm on her dresser, a labyrinth throw pillow, a knitted throw and the shower curtain and accessories in the en suite bath. Yellow also figures in the custom artwork, which was inspired by a quote from Pedro Calderon de la Barca, written in the 1600s: Cuando amor no es locura, no es amor, which translates to When love is not madness, it is not love.
We printed out a favorite poem in a distinctive font with serifs called Elephant, and placed the prints inside white frames with white mats. Used as a small grouping, this original artwork adds weight to the left side of the bed and draws attention away from the off-center placement of the bed on the wall.
(Not) by the book
Not all colors have to be repeated. The navy color on the walls was not used anywhere else in the room, but it works because the navy and gray have the same weight and saturation of color. They dont match, but they go together well.
8232 Belneath Court, Raleigh