Before: Bland BedroomArlene and Milt Capsimalis live in a 1998 Mediterranean-style home with hand-plastered walls and hardwood floors. They have established a warm "hacienda" theme in the rest of their house, but they haven't been able to agree on one for their bedroom. Arlene would like to infuse the room with that same hacienda style, and Milt agrees, but acknowledges that he can easily revert back to his college days and settle for simple, bland decor. The challenge for host and designer Karen McAloon is to find a way to develop their style together and branch out to create a master bedroom suite that will lift them from their bland rut and give both them and their space a new beginning.
The couple's bland bedroom holds a very simple bed frame, curtains that hide beautiful arched windows, a couch they rarely sit on, clusters of knickknacks and plain white walls. While the couple feels that their style may be obvious, color and definitive elements are what trips-up these two. Karentakes a look around the room, noting things like the Spanish-style cabinet and the contemporary photo display of black-and-white family shots (not shown). She declares their style to be contemporary hacienda — "an updated take on the Mexican style of the Mission houses ... deep jewel tones, rough-hewn woods and organic, earthy elements," she explains.
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After: Contemporary Hacienda StyleBefore the room's best features were hidden by bland colors, outmoded window treatments and loads of knickknacks. Now the room really pops. The vibrant yellow tone on the walls complements the terra cotta-colored curtains and accessories. "You want your wall color to support your design, not to overpower your design," Karen advises.
The stately new bed in a rich, dark brown brings some much-needed drama to the space. The color works well with the rustic sliding doors that cover the middle shelves between the windows. Karen had carpenter Pete Burke build them to hide some of the Capsimalis' tchotchkes. The new throw rug in front of the bed continues the theme and helps provide a balance between the large, heavy furniture and the lighter-colored elements and carpeting. "When using an area rug over wall-to-wall carpeting to anchor a room, just make sure that each of your large pieces of furniture sits a little bit on the rug to create a unifying look," says Karen.
Paint colors: Aura by Benjamin Moore
Walls: Stewart Gold
Ceiling: Stewart Gold
Before: Stale Seating AreaThis corner of the room is set up as a seating area, but it's not very inviting. The homeowners rarely sit on the stuffy white couch.
After: Lavish LoungeNow it's a stunning seating lounge that really reflects the room's newly established contemporary hacienda style. "When it comes to making a corner interesting, you want graduating heights. In this case, your eye will go to the low chair, the higher table and the tall lamp," Karen explains. The lush terra-cotta curtains hung slightly above the top of the windows add to that effect. "If you want to give store-bought curtains a full, voluptuous look, just put two panels on either side of the window. This will give your curtains a custom look."