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Red Master Bedroom

A striking and stylish bedroom is created using a dramatic color scheme.

Host Susan Blake introduces designer Kathleen Navarra, who created a striking and stylish bedroom using a dramatic color scheme of red walls and chocolate brown furniture and wood trim. Custom bedding in white contrasts with red walls, giving a contemporary feel to the room. Imported Italian textiles hung behind the bed and at the windows, and custom furniture add to the room’s elegant look and high cost.

Transforming the Makeover Room

Below are the steps used to transform a sparsely furnished bedroom with a wonderful bay window but no design direction into a racy red bedroom with style:

  • Painted the walls a deep rhubarb red with orange undertones (Benjamin Moore: #2007-30 - Rhubarb) that give the room depth and an expansive feel.
  • Hung white brushed-cotton panel curtains at the bay window, leaving the arch exposed.
  • Used an espresso wood-framed headboard with leather inset for the bed.
  • Installed chrome sconces with white shades on either side of the bed.
  • Dressed the bed with a black bed skirt, a white duvet set striped with colorful bias tape and silk poppy accents sewn on. Jewel tone shams, white pillow covers with burgundy and paprika felt flowers sewn on were layered on the bed.
  • Installed cable and rods on the ceiling from which were hung cut velvet panels with a floral pattern in gold and red. The same panels were grouped around the bay window, contrasting with the white panels.
  • Placed a mahogany, single drawer side table with bamboo inset and brushed silver hardware on one side of the bed and accessorized it with a tall glass vase, books, glass case, wood box and round brushed-aluminum clock.
  • Painted a used hotel TV stand with two shelves brown on the other side of the bed and accessorized it with books, a candle and some natural objects, an amber vase and flowers.
  • Tucked a green plant in the corner.
  • Added a brown corduroy loveseat in the bay window area and dressed it with orange and eggplant taffeta squares with a stamped Indian motif, and a brown pillow with colorful felt squares sewn on for a geometric look.
  • Beside the loveseat, placed a chrome floor lamp with a white basket weave barrel shade .
  • Positioned a mahogany tripod table with vase, orchid and book beside the loveseat.

The Bottom Line

To see where the savings are, take a look at this direct cost comparison of some Inspiration Room items and the creatively comparable ones used in the Makeover Room:

Cut velvet bed panels and curtains, $9,000 / Red and gold cut velvet, $5.50/yard

Custom bedding, $4,000 / Homemade bedding, $200

Stone top book case and accessories, $4,350 / TV stand and accessories,$115

Custom mahogany side table and accessories, $2,400 / Single drawer table and accessories, $225

Custom contemporary sofa and pillows, $8,000 / Recycled loveseat and pillows, $60

Antique nickel floor lamp, $3,200 / Chrome lamp with drum shade, $35

The $500 Challenge

If you want to create a similar look but have only $500 to spend, makeover designer Robert Fountain recommends starting with the most important element: the wall color. The next most important addition are the fabric panels behind the bed and at the windows, finishing with the high-contrast bedding and throw pillows. The greatest savings in the Makeover Room came from using the homeowner’s loveseat and smaller scaled furniture.

glass vase, water glass and jar set - Marshalls
brushed aluminum clock, chrome sconces, Alang lamp with woven paper shade - IKEA
mosaic coaster, amber-frosted glass vase, ceramic vase - Z Gallerie
tamarind clay bowl - Cost Plus World Market
white cotton panels - Linens 'n Things
ceramic candle coaster - Pier 1 Imports

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