Inviting Master Bedroom Design in Arlington, Virginia
Mood, texture, charming, warmth, contrast, softness, layering, attractive - all words encompassing the early stages of design for this beautiful Master Bedroom in Arlington, Virginia. A room tucked away in the back of a newly renovated bungalow home, with a vaulted ceiling detail on the second floor, giving this room a welcoming opportunity for "warmth, comfort, and retreat". I have been so excited about this space for quite some time, first meeting these clients when I first moved to Old Town almost two years ago. We automatically enjoyed each others common understanding of Southern food, a love for the outdoors, and an appreciation for tradition and family.
In the early states of floor planning and color concept, I came across the above image on Summerhouse's Blog. I was immediately drawn to the warm wood textures featured on the exterior doors and interior door frame, immediately drawing my eye down to the walnut colored duvet. The warm and cool balance of materials such as the large scale mercury glass lamp on the white washed bedside commode, and the cool wrought iron bed with a warm linen head board - bringing a sense of comfort and relaxation that I wanted both of my clients to feel in their unique space.
The style and mood is viewed easily with the main items for the space portrayed right next to each other as shown above on the client concept board. This helps the whole team gain a better sense of understanding with the balance of light and dark elements, as well as the shapes and lines of multiple items with exposed legs, hardware, etc. The mixture of fabrics for the bed linens will give this space a beautiful layering of textures, tones, and contrast, with an absolutely beautiful linen embroidery featuring light feather ferns in a mixture of natural colors. - It is always an interesting conversation and dialogue when we get to the pillows. Women always seem to get it, but men, they just don't understand as easily how it helps bring a room to its full potential (in a designer's eye anyways). I commend all the husbands and men out there that are believers and throw up their hands when we get to the pillows, because in the end, we are all happier - trust me!
Our most important objective for this Master Bedroom was to make good use of our available wall space and an ample amount of storage for both individuals. While I love the look of rustic, I knew we needed the right finish - a little more refined- and the right texture to play well with the dresser and tall chest as well. The below antique ivory and cream three drawer chest with a thin marble top felt like the perfect selection to balance our 4-poster bed. At 40" W x 22" D, there would be plenty of opportunity for storage and the right bedside lamp for evening reads.
Tara Shaw, much like, Lauren Liess, always get it right. Whether it is a take on casual elegance - or high end luxury - the warm wood tones keep the balance and welcoming aspect into play. The bench, at the end of this four poster bed, upholstered in a beautiful, lush gray velvet is just enough to make me do cartwheels, but then again, velvet anywhere tends to have that effect on me.
We have just a couple of weeks before our first stage of items arrive for installation - and in a few short months, a beautifully completed Master Bedroom to photograph and share! Thank you for taking the time to visit and well wishes to everyone for a happy and prosperous start to the New Year!