Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Room for Improvement: Master Bedroom Makeover
Making a master bedroom a masterpiece - that's the challenge facing our makeover maestro this week. He's showing one couple how to transform their bedroom from blah to beautiful. Here's Martin Amado with room for improvement.
There's a big difference between a space looking minimalistic as a design choice and just plain bare! If people think you just moved in, it's not a good thing. That's exactly the decorating dilemma we're faced with today on Room for Improvement as we transform a master bedroom from stark to stylish!
Martin: "Hi Maria, Nice to meet you! Let's see your master bedroom."
Martin: "Tell me about your master bedroom. What's up with it? Why does it look so bare?"
Maria: "I don't know, I'm just stuck with it. I'm having a hard time decorating so I was hoping someone could come in and transform it for me.
Martin: "And that shall be -- Me!!!"
Martin: "Since the furniture in the room is already very dark, I'm introducing lighter tones in creams and beiges through the paint and accessories to give the space an elegant monochromatic look."
Martin: "White as a color might work in a very modern space, but here it makes the room feel unfinished. So, it's time to warm up the walls with some paint."
I like these wood blinds. They're nice and functional. But by adding these sheer curtains in the front it's going to give us a nice romantic touch.
Martin: "A lamp like this belongs on a desk -- not on a master suite. Ok?"
Martin: "Although the bed has a headboard. It doesn't have enough presence for me. The trick is to add a curtain panel behind the bed. That way it becomes much more of a focal point."
Martin: "What I like about it most is it has nature sounds, summer nights, thunder, the ocean."
If you have a comforter that is in good condition, but the pattern just doesn't work in your decor. Just try a duvet cover to update the look. Just think of it as a Giant Pillowcase for your comforter.
Martin: "I got this frame on clearance and it had a couple of skiff marks. Nothing a permanent marker won't fix. And with this final touch -- some chocolates and some towels to welcome Marina back to her bedroom. We are officially done."
Martin: "In one day on a budget of less than $1,100 dollars, a stark master bedroom has been transformed into a peaceful Zen like retreat. By sticking to a monochromatic color scheme that's soothing to the eye. Let's hope Maria likes it."
Martin: "When I count to three you can open your eyes ok?"
Maria: "Oh my Gosh. It's beautiful."
Martin: "You like it?"
Maria: "I'm stunned. It's perfect. Thank you.
Martin: "You're welcome. It's wonderful."
A monochromatic color scheme can be created with any color. What you want to do is use dark and light tones of the same color to give the room more depth and interest. Even a safe color such as beige can be stylish. Until next week.
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