Room #33 – Dark and Lovely Master Bedroom
HOLY BABA GHANOUSH…it’s been a hot minute (ok 131,040 minutes, give or take a few) since last I posted! Summer provided me with some life altering experiences, but I’m bouncing back and looking forward to giving my adoring Roomatoids a taste of something new and improved. Well maybe not so new or improved..but definitely more amazing spaces to drool over. Now although we are seeing dark purples dominate the scene d’interieur as of late, yours truly had this room worked up earlier in the summer. Someone must have hacked my design notebook and leaked this info (EQUIFAX, I’m looking at you!)…so now it looks like I’m just following the herd. Well rest assured…your ever-talented Roomologist is the lead lemming…NEVER the last over the cliff!!!
Now that I got that off my chest, let’s look at this masterpiece and assess the glories it contains. Let’s start with the walls because the jungle-esque motif of ebony birds and emerald foliage, really sets the mood. This wallpaper would be slathered on every surface…even the ceiling. I’ve papered ceilings before in other spaces…but in a master bedroom, the feeling is even more luxurious and cocooning. To push my vision, I’m mounting an INSANELY beautiful, flora inspired chandelier that adds a 3D punch, and has me speaking in TONGUES! The whole scene is PERFECT for ANY activity that Tarzan and Jane, or Tarzan and Tarzan, or Jane and Jane or any combo in between (being inclusive is ALWAYS en vogue) can imagine. AAAAhhhheeeeYYYYAAAA, AAAAhhhheeeeYYYYAAAA !
Ok…so the Tarzan yell doesn’t work so well in print…but you feel my excitement, don’t you? On the floors, I’ve decided to keep that tropical feeling going by laying down a deep green/black marble that mimics the underbrush of a forest. Random shapes and veining look like shadows on the ground, through a canopy right? If you don’t see it…squint. I find that squinting can make anything look like you want it to. I practically walk around squinting all day…who cares if I’m covered with bruises…the world looks amazing!
Now for the “almost” exotic furnishings. I say “almost” because though they may not be made by some artisan of a foreign land who started creating furniture at 6 years old…each piece has something that plays to this idea (not child labor…but something in its texture, graining, pattern or shape that evokes craftsmanship or a handmade quality). They also act as a counterpoint (ooo…smart word) to the almost purbony (ok…not a smart word…Purbony = Purple + Ebony…hehe) enclosure, serving as our points of light in the space. I specifically chose tones in rich golden honey because what’s the complementary color to purple on the color wheel? That’s right…YELLOW!!! I also incorporated a smidge (which equals about half of an accent) of color in the form of yellow based greens, to add a bit of crispness. It helps to keep the space a bit more lively…something for your eyes to chew on (eeewww…that’s kinda gross).
The only exceptions are the dramatic lavender, shagreen covered armoire I purposely chose to counterbalance the statuesque four poster bed…and the scrumptious little jade side table I chose as my stand alone piece. Yes…I wanted the most diminutive piece of furniture to have a bit of the spotlight. Remember…a stand alone piece doesn’t always have to be the biggest, brightest, or boldest object in the room. It can be the adorable odd monkey of the bunch. Cheetah would agree.
Another sneaky little Roomologist trick I used to help balance out the room is typically something most folks don’t realize until it’s pointed out. In this space, there is a ton of visual flow and fluidity in the wallpaper and flooring, which lends to a mucho yin vibe. To yang it up, I’ve purposefully selected furniture, except for that vixenish chaise, that have a very strong geometric feel about them. Sharp corners, clean lines…even the patterning on the trunk bench, speak in a very masculine tone (ooo…that’s kinda sexy)…which nicely balances out the space.
As you may have surmised, visual balance is crucial to me in interior design. Without it, you risk distorting the integrity of the whole. It’s like Tarzan’s yell…take that away and he’s just a weirdo, swinging on vines in a tattered speedo (that part’s not so bad), in the jungle. Don’t be that guy.