Before: Uninspiring SpaceProfessional chefs Sara and Ian Flores may know their way around a kitchen, but they need some help creating a style for their bedroom. They both work long, exhausting hours and want a bedroom where they can completely relax.
Their bedroom is really spacious and has lots of closet space. Unfortunately, the furniture that worked in the couple's previous apartment doesn't fit into the scale or style of this room. The small bed is dwarfed by the large space and sits too far from the television across the room to watch comfortably. Also, the window faces a busy street, so the noise level in the room is not exactly relaxing. The Floreses both want to come home to a serene, spa-like bedroom where they can relax. It's up to the Design on a Dime team to cook up some magic and turn this bright, large bedroom into an Asian-inspired Zen retreat.
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After: Dreamy RetreatThe 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.
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
High-Style HeadboardA padded headboard is easy to make, and with a few simple tricks, it can look like high-end design. Design coordinator Spencer Anderson starts with a sheet of medium-density fiberboard (MDF) and paints it a deep chocolate brown. He cuts 10 rectangles out of MDF and then cuts one-inch thick foam just slightly smaller than the wood rectangles. When the silk is upholstered to the wood rectangle, it creates a beveled edge. Placing those next to each other creates a contrasting rectangle in the center of the dark-brown panel and gives the entire headboard more dimension.
Temporary DetailsEveryone loves ample closet space, but a wall of closet doors tends to dominate a room. Since the couple rents their home, Kahi designs a decorative panel that can easily be removed. Kahi affixes burlap to a 1/8-inch-thick piece of MDF for a natural-textured backdrop. Inspired by the sconces Anderson is making, Kahi echoes the design on the closet door panels. She lays out her pattern with painter's tape and spray paints the entire surface. Once it's dry, she removes the tape to reveal the reverse pattern on the panel.
Romancing the SconceSpencer found these shelves on clearance and realized he could create inexpensive ambient lighting for the bedroom. By framing the wood boxes with decorative paper and placing them over inexpensive sconces on either side of the windows, he brings in a little decorative mood lighting.
Natural CanopyKahi uses burlap lined with extra fabric from the curtain panels and bamboo rods to create a natural, breezy canopy. Visually defining the space draws attention to the bed as a focal point in the room. A canopy can be used to hide things, too. Unsightly ceiling textures or lighting can be temporarily covered, which is especially important to renters who want to add some flair to their homes.