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The Modern Master Bedroom

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

A modern design for a bedroom will create the perfect environment for a calming and tranquil sanctuary that you can call your own. The three most distinguishable sub styles are minimalist, ultra modern and sophisticated modern. Modern style doesn’t have to be all the things modern has been accused of; cold, bare or stark. The ultimate appeal of this particular style is its uncluttered feel, and the atmosphere of serenity it initiates. This is exactly the mood you want for a master bedroom.

There’s no denying that color plays a major role in setting the overall atmosphere for a master bedroom. Modern palettes should be cool, neutral or earth toned. If you would like to add color to the room, choose a cool, neutral or earth tone color that is rich (saturated) or deep. Another way to bring color into the room is to select an accent color that will complement the main color you have chosen. But for a more classic modern styled master bedroom, go with cool colors like blue, green or violet and of course, neutral beiges, whites and tans. 

Modern Master Bedroom #1

This room is definitely sophisticated modern. The walls, bedding and area carpet are neutral colors that work together for a soothing effect. In true modern form, the furniture pieces of the Global Furniture USA Soho Modern Wood Platform Bed 5 Piece Bedroom Set have no decorative detailing. Rather, visual interest comes from veneer panels of the headboard and the dresser’s interesting use of geometric shape.

Modern Master Bedroom #2

The room has been painted a deep shade of a cool color. Since the color has been added to the walls, neutrals have been chosen for the bedding, lamp and area rug. The picture frame with a black and white photo matches the frame of the Fashion Bed Group Chatham Contemporary Metal Bed while the hanging cylindrical lamp makes both the bed and the corner of the room focal points. This minimalist modern master bedroom is still restful while being interesting.

Modern Master Bedroom #3

The Modloft Ludlow Platform Bed in White Leather with Wenge Frame is ideal for an ultra modern master bedroom. White and (almost) black are contrast colors and paired as they are here, create an uncluttered and “breathable” space. Using contrast brings each one of the individual elements of the room together, while emphasizing the clean lines of the bedroom furniture pieces.

From the Design Files of Heather B – From Bachelor Pad to 3-Bedroom House

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Design Question

I just recently bought a home in [this city] and have moved from my one bedroom apartment into a 3 bed/2 bath/pool home, with hardwood floors and 1960s style bathrooms (all ceramic tile at weird angles). I have some cheap furniture which I brought in from my apartment but there is not much — literally, just have a small couch, chair, coffee table, bed, dresser — and I am not interested in keeping it.

I want to begin to furnish my home but I do not want to just start purchasing furniture without some sort of plan. I want to develop a theme for my home and furnish it accordingly. Interior design and decorating is not my forte, to say the least. I am a young sales professional and want to furnish my home to reflect this. Basically, I am looking for help with a theme or style. I tend to be minimalistic but also want my home to be comfortable. Thanks so much for your help.

Design Answer

I don’t know why, but when I read your question the words “1960s bathrooms” and “minimalistic” brought to mind jazz. Jazz music is all about improvisation, slick riffs and saxophones that have their own special language. But you don’t have to like jazz to create the look for your home that I have in mind. Minimalist is typically associated with modern style – it doesn’t have to “cold” or “bare.” Transitional style, a combination of traditional and contemporary styles sounds like it also might be a viable option for your living space.

Make a Plan

Make a plan for each room in your home. It sounds like there might be bathroom renos in your future. Don’t forget to incorporate any renos into the long-term vision for your interior design plan. It should include the following for each room you wish to redecorate and/or furnish:

Select a style or theme. An interior design style refers to the overall appearance of the furniture, while a theme is more the look and feel of the room based on a particular personal interest like a favorite sports team, sport you like to participate in or other hobby or interest. For that chill improv vibe whenever someone walks into your home

I would select transitional furniture or modern furniture in warm wood colors.

What needs to be done? If you’re not happy with the room’s wall color, while the space is relatively empty, now would be a good time to paint or wallpaper. In keeping with either modern or transitional styles, choose soothing neutrals such as beige, white or taupe or earth tones such as sand, light browns or sage. These color palettes will also apply when choosing window treatments, furniture and fabrics.

Measure each room so that you will know exactly how much space you have to work with.

Make a List

List the furniture pieces you would like to buy. For the bedroom, your list might include a platform bed, two nightstands, a double dresser, floor mirror, new area rug and new blinds.

Set a budget. Knowing how much you are willing to spend on each item you need to purchase will be easier on your wallet. It might also be useful to setup a timeline that corresponds to your budget so that you’re not purchasing everything at once. It sounds like you want to project a certain image – you will probably be looking for furniture items in the mid-price range. Consider buying what you need in sets, such as a bedroom set, sofa set or a dining set. It’s more economical than purchasing each piece separately.

Make it Happen

Once you know roughly what kinds of things you want for each room, it will be easier to comparison shop. Don’t forget about e-tailers – the internet furniture market has become very competitive, which is great for the consumer because you can find some really good deals online.

You mentioned a pool – if you can see the pool from, let’s say your living room or dining room window, and definitely plan on making it a focal point of the room.

When you are ready to place the furniture in each room, start with the largest items first. Don’t forget to take into account traffic flow and space for opening doors, drawers, etc.

Hope this is helpful in giving you a starting point. Thanks for writing in. Come back next Monday when we tackle another interior design question. Keep sending me those emails and don’t forget to include pictures if you can.

The Buffet as Modern Art

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Buffets and sideboards make serving meals and entertaining easier and more enjoyable. While they both essentially serve the same purpose – storing meal-related items such as china, utensils and table linens – there are some subtle differences between the two. Typically, a sideboard resembles a table and includes a center drawer especially designed for either linens or silverware and an open or enclosed area for storing or displaying larger items. Buffets first emerged in the Middle Ages, but today they largely resemble a long, waist-high cabinet with one or a number of doors and/or drawers.

A focal point is generally the place or a specific item that the eye is naturally drawn to when first entering a room. It gives a particular room definition, creating visual interest by adding texture and “weight” to the space. But consider this: when planning a dining room, augmenting your existing dining furniture or improving the area by making it more functional, take a buffet of sideboard that is more similar to a piece of modern art than it is to dining furniture and make it the focal point of the room.

For that Contemporary Look

If your dining room has a contemporary décor, look for a buffet or sideboard that will match or complement the furniture currently in the dining room. If there are other furniture pieces with hardware, you might want to choose a buffet that has a similar kind of drawer pull or door handle. The veneer insets of the doors of the Coaster Buffet Server definitely qualify as artwork. It is also a great example of how the buffet’s design adds texture to the room.

 For that Transitional Look

Transitional is a happy combination of traditional and contemporary styles. Choose a buffet or sideboard that has restrained decoration – not too much and not too little. The hand-painted door and drawers fronts make of the transitional Ultimate Accents 58″ Sideboard an enchanting work of art. 

For that Modern Look

The Modloft Greenwich Sideboard is ultra-modern. Its lines are clean and angular; there are no decorative elements and stainless legs and hardware paired with grained woods are all hallmarks of modern style. The use of veneers and the “floating” appearance of the body of this sideboard gives it its modern art appeal.

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