The clients had tackled their lounge and the children’s rooms but had run out of steam when it came to their master bedroom makeover. It was desperately in need of an update and there were also some issues with damp and the electrics that needed to be looked at.
Essentially, every trade came in to this master bedroom makeover. My plumber replaced the old radiator by the window and removed one from the side of the room out into the landing area. My electrician installed more electrical sockets and wiring for lights – there weren’t enough sockets in the room and I wanted to hide the TV away in the wardrobe and have pendant lights at the bedside. Damp had been an issue and the clients had previously had a builder round to install some ventilation. When the old wardrobes were removed, there were some mould spots. The plasterer and decorator worked together to eradicate this before the new wardrobes were installed.
The joiner worked with off the shelf wardrobe carcasses and bespoke doors and end panels that I designed and had manufactured. He did a really good job fitting the shelves around an awkward alcove shape. Now the wardrobes either side of the fireplace give the room much needed symmetry and form.
The run of wardrobes on the opposite wall was increased in size as much as possible, giving the clients more wardrobe space. I advised the clients to purchase a divan bed with drawers, always a very practical option for storage, and more comfortable than a bed with a footrest given the husband is over 6.5 feet tall!
The neutral colours were chosen for their calming effect and I persuaded the clients to paint out the picture rail and the beams, which gives the room a feeling of much more space as the eye doesn’t stop ¾ of the way up the wall. The pops of red are inspired by the fireplace tiles and help to warm the room and give emphasis to furniture such as the chaise and the headboard. Roman blinds were chosen for two reasons – budget and warmth. The clients talked about full length curtains originally, however they require much more fabric, hence extra cost and would have seriously impacted on the heat coming from the radiator. I think the blinds look chic and leave the option to have a dresser in the window space in the future.
A luxurious carpet adds the finishing touch to this master bedroom. The clients are thrilled that they now have a well designed, grown up space to relax in.