HGTV Dream Home 2013: Bunk Niche Pictures

A happy kids' sleeping area at the top of the staircase features both nautical decor and a bright, happy beach-inspired color palette.

Poplar wood bunkbeds, crafted by carpenter David Brown, are tucked in a corner niche at the top of the staircase. The back wall and ceiling, painted a vibrant shade of royal blue, stand in contrast to surrounding cool, coastal-blue walls.

A country-style dresser, fashioned from maple and other American hardwoods, turns focal point when presented in a vivid shade of apple green. An open cage lamp and chalkboard art add a whimsical touch on the dresser top.

As if handed down from one generation to another — and painted and repainted over time — a slightly distressed dresser gives the space a lived-in and much-loved look.

Quilted bedding in a jaunty nautical stripe complements the wall color and bunkbed style. A microsuede bolster pillow provides an ideal resting spot for small ones.

"The bunkbeds evolved from lots of pictures from different sources, conversations with David and making sure the beds followed federal guidelines for safety," says interior designer Linda Woodrum. "The great rope handles were used on a project David did for another designer; he showed me a picture and I thought they were perfect."

HGTV Dream Home carpenter David Brown fashioned sleek, streamlined handrails from teak wood.

The bunk niche naturally progresses to guest bedroom suites and the open loft area, which enjoys views of the great room and marshland beyond HGTV Dream Home's walls.

"Because we were dealing with a wide-open space, we needed a lot of mass," says interior designer Linda Woodrum. "The armillary chandelier felt like it had weight."

Acrylic paintings in artist Charles Walker's "Clarksdale Place" series make a bold graphic statement at the staircase landing. "We needed something that was a little bit fun, a little bit colorful and a little bit warm to bring some life to that area, and they worked perfectly," says interior designer Linda Woodrum.

The bunk niche enjoys an enviable view of the loft space and the dramatic trussing system that defines the vaulted ceiling.