Before: Bland and BeigeSam and Ladis Bonin are passionate people with an appetite for adventure – so why is it their bedroom is starved for color? They’ve been married for just over a year and have just settled into the home of their dreams. But, the couple hasn’t had any spare time to decorate their bedroom. They’ve been concentrating on launching the business of their dreams – a vacation tour company to Brazil – Ladis’s native country. The couple would love a bedroom filled with warm colors and that is reflective of the vibrant culture of Brazil.
After: Breezy, Tropical, and ExoticWith the help of host Joan Steffend, carpenter Jeff Meyer, and less than $500, designer Richard Anderson transforms a boring bedroom into an exotic retreat that combines sunny-yellow style with plush comfort.
Anderson starts the makeover by painting the walls dark blue – the color of water at midnight in Brazil. The deep blue is not too bright, not too nautical; it is sophisticated and contrasts beautifully with the white molding.
paint: Ralph Lauren - Sulivan Blue UL35
HeadboardThe room’s new focal point is the custom-made, statuesque headboard. To make the headboard, four separate panels are painted white and trimmed in sunny yellow. Brackets are used to attach the panels together and secure them to the wall. A new, platform bed frame is built to accompany the headboard. Light strips are hung on each side of the headboard to add a bit of Hollywood glamour to the space.
Headboard $16, bed frame $47 and light strips $53
paint: Behr - Sunny Summer Yellow SG380 and Snowfall White WF600
DresserAn ornate, secondhand dresser is transformed into a classy, functional piece of furniture that works perfectly with the sophisticated tropical theme. The dresser was dark brown with red velvet inserts. The inserts were removed then the dresser was painted white and topped off with a custom-cut piece of glass. The dresser is adorned with photos, beach-themed accessories and a pineapple-shaped lamp that was found at a garage sale. The lamp was in great shape, it just needed a fresh coat of paint and a new shade.
Dresser $57, lamp $21 and accessories $39
BeddingDesigner Richard Anderson crafted a delicate, canary-yellow bedspread with big piping to give it a little extra texture. Accent pillows in shades of citrus add to the summery, South American feel. The homeowner’s side tables are given a facelift when Anderson paints them bright yellow and attaches metal drapery finials to the bottom to serve as turned legs. Wicker baskets are slid into the bottom shelf to provide some bedside storage.
Bedspread $30, side tables $66 and wicker baskets $24
Light BoxA little mood lighting is added to the room with this custom-made light box hung on the wall. A simple box is made from wood then a place mat and vellum paper are draped over the top and held in place with molding. A florescent tube light is attached to the inside of the box to illuminate the rose-patterned place mat.
Light box $27
Window TreatmentsThe big windows are dressed with dummy curtain panels – so named because there is only enough fabric to frame the windows, not cover them. This is a clever way to get a high-end look for less because only a small amount of fabric is used. A golden sunburst mirror hung over the dresser balances the windows and adds more sparkle and shine to the room. The homeowner’s rattan chair gets a new look thanks to a fresh coat of white paint.
Window treatments $86 and chair $2