Simply Perfect Peace
Home Ideas Magazine - January 2018
By Penny Klinedinst
Throughout fall and winter we've been immersed in festivity, family, and friends. After the hustle and bustle of the holidays it’s time to focus on relaxing and taking care of ourselves.
We all need a private place in our home to retreat. And while that may be your behind-the-scenes sanctuary-off-limits to guest- it doesn’t mean it should be any less beautiful than other spaces. After all, our interiors are as much for our own pleasure as others’.
And, let’s face it. In this part of the country, we’re going to be indoors a lot for several months. Let’s make it a positive, rejuvenating experience.
Simplicity Starts with Black and White
More and more, we’re getting requests for master suites that are like a couples’ private retreat space, with a bedroom, bath and seating area brought together by design.
And the key to uniting the design in these suites is creating a feeling of calm and serenity.
A stately, traditional black panel bed anchors the room. It’s positively majestic and when covered with soft bedding and pillows in shades of cream and grey, it seems to beckon the beholder.
Against the footboard sits a phenomenal grey, tufted-velvet bench made of reclaimed, grey, whitewashed wood. It’s versatile enough to use in an entry, near a window, in a study or any other area of the home.
The grey cable-sweater style throw and embellished pillow heighten the luxuriousness of the velvet through contrasting textures. The rug, featuring a neutrals-based, tone-on-tone raised pattern, reflects the design on both the bench pillow and the patterned throw pillow on the bed.
The pattern is echoed again in the drawers of the nightstands on either side of the bed. Technically, they’re dressers, but the softness of the weathered, taupe wood finish helps bring the bed into balance.
An antique brass-rimmed lamp by the bedside features a lampshade with grey linen on the outside and copper on the inside. Metals typically function as neutrals that we can mix and match, as wel do with shades of grey, taupe, cream and black.
Across from the bed sit two chairs, ideal for morning coffee. The same weathered wood we’ve seen on the nightstands is repeated here, with grey wool upholstery.
In this part of the room, the black lampshade and picture frame pick up the black of the bed, helping balance the darker and lighter neutrals. The nickel drum table has a look that’s a little different form the traditional chairs and bed, creating interest through contrast.
Because it’s a large master bedroom, there’s space for a beautiful and unexpected bookcase, as well. It features black wood framing with honey-colored pine back and shelving. A metal slider with a ladder is attached for a true vintage vibe. There’s plenty of room for books, mirrors, plants and more.
Our scheme of black and white as neutrals continues in the master bath. Contemporary fixtures are blended with unique pieces. The lattice pattern on the brass drum table echoes the patterns in the rug, pillows and dresser of the master bedroom. A hammered nickel tray keeps toiletries together in one place. These metals contrast with the brushed nickel of the faucet, again, mixing metals and neutrals works if they’re well balanced.