Master Bedroom: Making A Focal Point

Jan 13, 2010 + , ,

And so it begins. We've started, ever so slowly, on the renovation of our bedroom. Given our post-baby track record, we'll probably finish this project up, oh, when Chloe graduates from high school :o\


So here is the bedroom in its current state. *Shudder* I know, I know, shocking isn't it? Sad to say that we've lived in this sorry state of a room since we bought the house. While we have finished many other renovations in the house, we've neglected one of the most used rooms. Don't ask me why. That's just how we roll. Amazing how we don't even noticed the floral wallpaper border or fugly blue curtains anymore! But, no worries, because this room will soon be transformed. (And anyway, a really bad Before photo makes the After even better ;) ).

I thought you all might like to see how we HandyLuster's put a room together, so I'll be doing a series of posts on things like layout, lighting, fabric and paint selection for the room. First up, focal point.

The pic above is from the door when you enter the room. I wanted the room to have instant impact, which meant the wall facing the door should be the focal point. However, that bump-out in the wall limited where we could place furniture. So, we've gotten rid of it by framing out a wall around it, leaving us with a nice flat wall and clean slate to work with.

If you notice, we always try to add a bit of architectural interest in each of our rooms, like the window seat and built-in storage in the nursery, or the wainscotting in the dining room. In this vein, for the master bedroom, we decided on panelling for the wall. Chris at Just Beachy wrote a great post on this and I was inspired to do a few mock ups in photoshop. Here are a few options I came up with:



We'll be putting sconces on either side of the headboard and hanging a chandelier, so that had some impact on the placement of the panels. As with all of our designs, we were going for something not too traditional and not too contemporary. We're working with our existing modern espresso headboard and the new sidetables. As well, we have to design the room for without the crib (don't ask me when Chloe is moving out though because I don't know, lol).
I mixed and matched some of the elements to come up with a final design. I liked how the sconces sat on the vertical panels. I also liked the different sized panels... I just felt a regular grid would feel too modern. So once we decided on the look, HandyMan did up a plan to scale in Autocad and we came up with this:

We needed this plan because we had our electrician (hi Mike!) come in last weekend and put in potlights and plugs and boxes and switches. Had I been a bit more on the ball, I would have picked out the actual sconces and ensured they were the appropriate distance from the headboard and the side tables. But we didn't (I guess finishing the panel design at 2am the day before Mike arrived at 8:30am didn't help!) so cross your fingers we can actually reach the lights while lying in bed.

So those are a few of the things we thought about before we even lifted a hammer. More posts to come.

26 comments:

  1. I love the rooms you posted. They are so beautiful. That blue/grey is so pretty - very much like the color in our bedroom. I think that color is so calming. Great post.

    Deirdre G

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  2. Ooooh! You said 'sconces'! Sconces are cool and so your you guys!

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  3. Can't wait to see the finished room! :)

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  4. I love the idea of sconces by the bed. I'm hoping to do the same thing with our upstairs bedroom.

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  5. I can't wait to see your transformation. Everything you do turns to gold! I'm getting giddy waiting for this makeover project!! Yippee!

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  6. Anonymous11:27 AM

    I love it! What a gorgeous plan. And don't worry. If the sconces are out of reach, you can always get The Clapper, ha ha.

    jbhat

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  7. We had the same situation in our bedroom with a "bump-out." Great minds must think alike as we went for the paneling/architectural interest as well.
    Check it out!
    http://www.bootsandtotty.com/2009/11/so-much-to-say/
    Looking forward to seeing your finished product!
    Totty

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  8. You are brilliant, that's what you are! I'm excited to see it finished now, so hurry up! I kid, I kid :)

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  9. Those mock-ups look fantastic! Has me excited to see what is to come :)

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  10. I love the idea of using paneling to make an accent wall. Can't wait to see how it turns out.

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  11. I'm impressed that you have an actual plan. Look forward to seeing the results.

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  12. Great plan! I can't wait to see how it all comes together!

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  13. can't wait to see how you transform the room! i'm currently trying to figure out my bedroom. it's tiny and the furniture layout is kicking my butt

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  14. So exciting. Too often we ignore the rooms that are not seen by other people and yet we put so much effort into our children's rooms! I'm happy for you and can't wait to see the progress. Always inspired...
    ~Tara

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  15. jbhat - The Clapper! Great backup plan ;)

    Totty - LOVE the panelling you did in your room. I like the trim you used in the recess, nice and curvy. Now I'm inspired to do something similar. Thanks!

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  16. Anonymous1:24 PM

    Would you be willing to share contact information for Mike, the electrician? We're looking for someone to install pot-lights etc.
    Thanks!
    Michelle.

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  17. I love the nursery, the colours and the animals, very cute!

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  18. Michelle - happy to! Mike can be reached at 647-393-7416. You can tell him Jennifer referred you.

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  19. It is alright if you are late with it...but at least you are thinking about the project right now.I am sure it will be done in no time.

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  20. Anonymous12:02 AM

    Thanks!!!! I will call him as soon as we're ready to work on pot-light installation.
    Michelle.

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  23. These are great laundry room designs! I actually told my husband the other day that we are lucky to have a nice laundry area. The towels and clothes are neatly placed in the cabinets. (Thanks, kids for helping mom!) The tile (Sarasota) flooring are smooth and sleek. And I am just thankful that whenever I do the laundry I am not stressed out because the area is well-maintained. Thanks, for sharing these excellent laundry designs!

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  24. Nice effort, very informative, this will help me to complete my task.

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  25. We LOVE your panelling detail in your master bedroom and would like to incorporate something similar in our guest bedroom. I saw your AutoCAD dwg of the elevation, however I am curious of what you used for the 'detail' material inside the 4" stiles? If you can email me your detail of materials, I would REALLY appreciate it!!
    THNAKS!! Beautiful work!

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  26. We are looking at adding can lights (potlights) and I am curious if you would be interested in sharing the cost you paid to add them? Ijust don't know how much to expect. Thank you!

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