A Large Primary Bedroom Creates a Roomy Challenge — DESIGNED

rather tight parameters for this bedroom design

  • We will keep most of the existing furnishings (rug, bed, dresser, vanity + chair, lamps (including task lamps on nightstands) not sure about nightstands?, not sure about cedar chest?).

  • Keep existing furniture arrangement; it works well.

  • Paint walls a pale blue and do White Dove trim (to match rest of house).

  • Install single hanging ceiling fixture in center of room.

Her Questions:

  1. What architectural upgrades would help this space? It’s fairly large (16′ x 21′ with 8’ ceilings) and I feel like it could benefit from moulding on the bed wall.

  2. What would you recommend for window treatments? I would want light filtering, as our house is in the woods and often very dark.

  3. What furniture arrangement would you recommend for the TV corner? I could envision an upholstered chair with a floor lamp for reading.

  4. I really like the vintage vanity found at a resale shop, and the chair and mirror I bought at auction. I would mount the mirror on the wall, but need advice on how to refinish the chair.

My Recommendations:

I think you do need some vertical elements and structure to the walls, but getting the math right with applied mouldings with an asymmetrical layout like this one, is a challenge.

The window and then the bed location, that is more centered in the room, is making that difficult. I do think we can get a good result though, another way. 

  1. First of all, full height drapery treatments on the two windows, will create some much needed softness and verticality in the room. Yes to those.

  2. Secondly, adding in an upholstered chair and ottoman and then an upholstered bench at the end of the bed, will also get some more softness in the room and help to fill up this big space.

The Layout

I do think you need to move the dresser to the tv wall, for two reasons.

One, so the tv won’t be floating up there so high by itself like a hospital room, and two, so we can push the bed and nightstand more to other side of the room. I think the bed is just floating too much in the middle of the wide open bedroom and needs to feel more anchored to one side.

Then you can put the cedar chest along that wall where the dresser is and tuck one of your little chairs in the corner there for some height. You can do a little gallery wall there above the chest. 

I do like that now you don’t see the matching bed and dresser when you walk in the room. I always prefer going with a mix of furnishings rather than a set.

This arrangement is best figured out by looking at the plan.

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