Monday, May 23, 2005
Room for Improvement: Tuscan Bedroom Makeover
Everybody knows the feeling, you move into a new house and you just don't know where to start. But in tonight's "Room for Improvement," our makeover maestro Martin Amado is coming to one couple's aid. He's turning their bedroom into a little slice of Italy.
WSVN -- On today's Room for Improvement, we're meeting a couple who recently purchased their new home and like many, feel a bit overwhelmed when it comes to decorating a bigger space with their previous furniture. The mission is to take their eclectic style and use it to turn their bedroom into a haven with Old World charm
Martin: "Room for Improvement. Hey Robert, nice to meet you. Let's go see your room."
Martin: "What do you want to see in the space."
Robert: "My wife and I travel to Italy a lot and we really like European influences. So we want this place to look old-world Europe."
Martin: "Both Juliana and Robert love the color red, so I'm going for that Tuscan feel in their bedroom. I'm using bold colors rich textures and of course awesome patterns to give it that European feel."
Martin: "Ok, lets prep the room before painting."
Martin: "I'm painting the entire room this rust color to make this dark furniture really pop. But I'm taking it a step further. Because I want the walls to look more aged I'm going to go ahead and add a texturizing medium to the paint to get a sandstone effect with a bit more character."
Here's a visual trick to make the windows appear taller. Instead install curtain rods at the very edge of the window, take them all the way up to the ceiling.
Martin: "I wanted to make the bed fell more like a romantic enclosure, so what I did is, I got cafe rods. I drilled the brackets right on the frame and I'm hanging the curtains right on it."
A Euro shame is a bit more square than a regular sham and it helps to give the bed more elegance. It can be quite pricey. A better solution, use an oversize floor cushion. Sometimes available for about $20 dollars. It gives you the same sort of look.
Martin: "A throw at the end of the bed is a nice finishing touch. And, now the room if officially complete."
Martin: "Juliana and Robert had great furniture pieces with an old world look to them already, but it clashed with the stark white walls. Painting the room gave the space immediate warmth, accessories and curtains gave it a cozy feeling, and a budget of less than $1,200 made it all happen. With a little help from me, of course."
Martin: "One two three -- open your eyes."
Robert: "Whoa. Oh My God -- wow.
Martin: "So what do you think?"
Robert: "It's beautiful. Oh Thank you."
Julianna: "What a transformation. Oh my Gosh, amazing."
If you want your home to have an eclectic style as opposed to looking like a hodgepodge of furnishings, what you want to do is define the space by one main style. Throw in other pieces whether antiques or modern as accents only. That way it enhances the space without taking it in too many directions. Take Care guys.
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