Although well maintained, the client felt the room looked 'tired' and was in need of an update. She wanted to create a sense of luxury, and a space where she could really relax. The colour scheme was a little too 'country cottage' for her liking, and her tastes had changed since the room had been decorated. She wanted to add some drama and glamour, and also needed more storage space by the bed. The room is has two lovely windows but they are different heights, drawing the eye to the imbalance, which needed to be addressed. The old curtains had been damaged by a leak, and the client was unsure whether to have new curtains made as well as blinds. The varnished pine of the doors, skirtings and mouldings had taken on an orange tone, which again dated the scheme. The client also wanted more space in the en suite for washing and for extra storage.
As the client never used the shower in the en suite it was relocated to the main bathroom, which created space for a lovely washstand. The radiator was moved so that two larger bedside tables with drawers could replace the smaller ones, again adding storage. Two new mirrors and lamps on either side of the bed bring symmetry and a sense of balance, which is calming and creates a feeling of harmony. A new bed with a soft upholstered headboard was chosen, which is great for reading at night, and together with a softer, deep pile carpet, a sense of luxury was achieved. The old Roman blinds were set inside the window recess, emphasising the different heights of the two windows, and the damaged curtains were too 'heavy', making the room feel smaller. I suggested not replacing the curtains and having new blinds made to sit outside the recess, and placed at the same height, cheating the eye so the windows look level. The final touches were to change the light fitting for one which reflected light from the many crystal droplets, and to have cushions made for the bed in the same fabric as the blinds to complete the look.