Dreamy Zen Bedroom Retreat

A couple likes styles on opposite ends of the design spectrum. Designer Kahi Lee creates a design they can both enjoy and turns their large bedroom into a peaceful Asian-inspired retreat for two.

After: Dreamy Retreat

The couple now has the sanctuary of their dreams. A soothing color palette of taupe and robin's egg blue on the wall sets a tranquil energy in this bedroom retreat. Contemporary Asian furniture and natural materials bring in Zen elements and clean lines. Designer Kahi Lee designed the bed to act as a room within a room. The bed has floating end tables, a headboard and footboard, a canopy and light fixtures that frame it as a focal point and its own space within the larger room. The large-scale footboard actually houses the TV for cozy viewing. Kahi also hangs lined curtains that help absorb the noise from the street, creating a quiet space to curl up and relax.

The Cost

Paint — $48

  • paint, wall (Behr #720D-5, Mocha Accent; Behr 470E-3, Aqua Smoke) — The Home Depot
  • dark brown paint, bed, Behr #1A24-5, Bittersweet Chocolate, semigloss finish
    — The Home Depot

Lights — $130
  • pendant lights/chandeliers, small white, SKU #7870439 — West Elm

Bed — $160

Bedding — $102

  • pillows, chocolate brown quilted, SKU #102365 — HomeGoods
  • pillows, blue silk with branch pattern, SKU #014104 — HomeGoods
  • bedspread, dark brown quilted — Marshalls

Canopy — $30
  • large birch branches — Floral Supply Syndicate

Vanity — $82
  • stain, dark brown, Dark Ebony — Minwax

Bench — $45
  • unbleached muslin for bench (used as buffer between silk fabric overlay and the foam insert), SKU#3558715 — JoAnn Stores
  • stain, dark brown, Dark Ebony — Minwax

Closet doors — $125
  • burlap fabric for refacing closet doors, Model #B051 — Michael Levine, Inc.
  • spray paint, dark brown, Painter's Touch, Espresso — The Home Depot

Sconces — $80
  • dark brown shelves used as sconces (clearance items) — Target
  • design paper, Harvest Wheat, to line the shelves, SKU #12017449031 — Michaels

Drapes and blinds — $120
  • drapes, Ritva-dark brown, SKU #00111989 — Ikea
  • roman window shade, SKU #048037120223 — The Home Depot
  • bamboo rods, large dark brown, SKU#33701520 — Floral Supply Syndicate

Rug — $50

Dried florals — $28

  • clear glass vases on floating nightstands, SKU #2101257 — Pier 1 Imports
  • bundle of birch twigs — Moskatel's
  • dried eucalyptus leaves — Moskatel's

Total — $1,000

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