Before: Boring NeutralsMark and Christine Gabbard designed their whole house together. For the most part, it was smooth sailing, but when it came to the bedroom, the couple found themselves in choppy water. The biggest bedroom they've ever had is now their biggest nightmare.
Mark and Christine Gabbard are a happily married couple, but they can't come to an agreement on the design of their bedroom. Mark wants a downtown city look that incorporates solid colors, while Christine wants a relaxing country feel with lots of prints. It's time for interior designer Chayse Dacoda to create a design plan that unites both of their styles.
After: Brilliant BurgundysTwo tones of brown are used to paint the walls, creating a foundation for the relaxing countryside that Christine wants. To incorporate Mark's urban needs, they paint a bold burgundy line through the center of the wall. The bed is placed at an angle in the corner, but they build a wall behind it to act as the headboard. For the bed, designer Chayse Dacoda sews a warm throw with a solid red for Mark on one side and a paisley fabric for Christine on the other side. Dual identical lamps hang above the bed and matching bedside tables create a symmetrical look.
Chayse's Design Tips:
1. Use a medium tone stain for an updated country look.
2. Give a collage the look of modern art with a uniform coat of paint.
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Before: Uninspiring WindowsNow that the Gabbards are in the biggest bedroom they've ever had, they can't seem to agree on what to do with it. Mark likes clean lines and a symmetrical space, while Christine wants a more ornate look that's asymmetrical.
After: Unique Window SeatThey make the window seat more inviting by adding extra padding and new fabric, and the ottoman with a striped pattern fabric is the perfect compromise for Christine's need for patterns and Mark's need for solids. They turn wood grates into a TV surround that is stained to match the rest of the room, and to complete the new look, they add simple bronze knobs to their existing furniture.
Unique Wooden HeadboardTo act as a headboard, the Get It Together team builds a wall and paints it burgundy to match the new color scheme of the room.
Note: This will take more handyman skills than a simple craft project; the last step is imperative for safety purposes.
Materials and Tools:
1/4" sheet of MDF
2 sheets of birch plywood
2 sconces or wall-mounted reading lamps
1. Measure 2x4s and MDF to desired height and width of wall.
2. Build a partial wall by nailing together the 2x4s for the frame and a few horizontal pieces for support in the middle. Face the frame with the 1/4-inch sheet of MDF.
3. Paint the face and sides desired color. Note: A good choice is an accent color in your room.
4. Cut two rectangular sheets of birch plywood, measured so that when placed side by side they are slightly smaller than the wall and give the appearance of vertical panels.
5. Stain the panels the desired wood tone.
6. Attach the panels to the face of the painted wall with carpenter's glue and nails. Lleave enough room on each side of each panel so that you still see the wall color.
7. Drill two holes near the top of each panel, drilling through the wall.
8. Run the electrical cord from the sconces (or wall-mounted reading lamps) through the hole to fall behind the wall.
9. Attach the sconces to the panels. Use an extension cord to plug the sconces into a nearby outlet.
10. Find a stud in the wall of your bedroom and using L-brackets, attach the top of the new headboard/partial wall to your bedroom wall. Note: Make sure you have installed the headboard into a stud in the wall for safety purposes.