Before: A Blank SlateBefore: A Blank Slate
Homeowners Sam and Helen have a blank slate of a bedroom, and host/designer David Bromstad knows exactly what to do with it, starting with color. They tell Bromstad that they want a contemporary style for their bedroom — clean lines, warm and cozy, with some Asian elements.
Bromstad walks through their house and sees that they have dark wood furniture in other rooms and dark steps leading to the upstairs master bedroom. He points out that maintaining one wood tone throughout a house makes the whole house feel like one space. After choosing shades of purple and plum for the focal wall, he plans a style for the room — clean and contemporary with some Asian elements. He goes shopping with color/design assistant Danielle Hirsch to find color and structural inspiration, and they find a couch in the perfect shade of chocolate brown and then curtain panels in purple with chocolate undertones.
After: Stunning Asian ContemporaryAfter: Stunning Asian Contemporary
A great way to give a room an Asian feel is to create a low-lying platform bed and paint it dark. Painting the furniture black makes a small room look larger.
There are a couple ways to chose secondary accent colors to use with purple: reds and blues, which are very close to purple on the color palette and create a calming effect, or yellows and oranges, which really pop against purple. Bromstad chooses yellows and oranges: the other walls are painted a neutral yellowish tone, which is light and airy against the purple feature wall, and pillows and accessories in orange. he then tapes off large blocks and paints them three similar shades of purple and plum. A top coat of glaze brings the shades even closer together for a more subtle effect.
Before: Even More PlainBefore: Even More Plain
Bromstad looks around the homeowners' other rooms and finds some vibrant colors in their hall bath, including warm orange accents paired with cool tones.
After: Accenting the NeutralAfter: Accenting the Neutral
Orange accent pillows tie in with the orange pictures and throw pillows on the bed nearby. The black armoire replaces the dresser, conceals the TV and provides additional storage. A soothing water feature adds an Asian touch.
paint: main walls (HC-28 Shellburn Buff), accent wall (2072-30 Purple Lotus, 2073-20 Autumn Purple, 2073-20 Black Raspberry Glaze), furniture (133-10 Onyx) – Benjamin Moore
sliding panel curtains (item #60078147), Andrea pillows (item #90107412), Freja Lamm cushions (item #90093938), Regolit floor lamp (item #60103854) – Ikea
bamboo, low platform side table (item #7821853), Acacia Plinth (item #7409006), upholstered cube sectional (item #6891048) – West Elm
white craft Buddhas – Planetweavers Treasure
fountain slate sphere (item #16060975), lacquer artichoke (item #160643912), sequoia frame (item #522122819), New Hudson armoire (item #014704221) – Z Gallerie
Bedside Buddhas and BambooBedside Buddhas and Bamboo
Hirsch builds a box with vertical bamboo and uplighting beside the bed. Over it are three shelves with tall backs that are painted with purple stripes. Serene Buddhas painted white sit on the shelves overlooking the colorful, yet peaceful setting.
Asian Water FeatureAsian Water Feature
To contrast all the crisp, clean lines in the room and to bring in the soothing sound of water, a globe-shaped water fountain sits near the chaise for a relaxing spot to unwind before bed.