Bedroom blends sultry, traditional | Drapery Connection

Dated '80s decor redesigned into sexy, modern oasis

By Candice Olson, Hgtv December 9, 2006

Milena and Bill are recently married 30-somethings who have just bought a house, but that is where their similarities end. Milena is an energetic South American who loves to salsa dance and shake things up, while Bill is a conservative North American who likes things just a bit quieter.

The couple have been slowly renovating their new house but ran out of ideas when they got to their 1980s-style bedroom. The room was filled with Milena's brass and lacquered furniture from her teens, in addition to other dated accents such as pink walls and dusty rose blinds.

The room just didn't jibe with their urban sensibilities, but they were having a hard time compromising on a design. Milena wanted spicy and sexy, while Bill wanted neutral and traditional. So, in an attempt to appease them both, I gathered my crew and got set to construct a bedroom that would suit both personalities.


For the room's theme I decided on "sultry meets cool," a sexy, modern oasis that was sure to please Milena, with calming accents that would accommodate Bill.

For my color scheme, I chose smoky blue, warm gray and jet black, then balanced these darker tones with some lighter accent colors. I painted the walls a moody shade of blue and, once dry, painted a prominent, lighter blue stripe around the entire room. On the floors I put down pre-finished, dark, luxurious wood.

For the room's fabrics, I chose a mix of contemporary and traditional. On the windows I put up traditional gray damask sheers anchored with dramatic black velvet draperies. On the bed, I used tactile, puckered fabrics in rich browns and blues, with stylized creamy damask for the throw pillows.

I then got down to the business of installing and organizing. I banished all the room's existing furniture to the guest room.

I repositioned the bed in the room for greater functionality and added a three-part headboard made of dark wood and cream fabric. I also added a new funky, white leather recliner, a large television, a chic area rug and a few accent tables and other accessories.

Next, I installed a myriad of dark wood cabinetry in the room. I put in mirror-backed, open shelves to display personal items; added baskets below the cabinetry to organize clutter; installed a narrow-depth cabinet that cleverly conceals the room's ugly duct; and set up one big cabinet to hold clothes and dancing shoes - and maybe even some of Bill's things.

To lighten and brighten the place, I put in modern halogen lighting and two bedside sconces. The piece de resistance was a fixture I found for over the bed - a shimmering explosion of crystals that reminded me of a Fourth of July night sky. Then, for some added flicker - and romance - I installed an innovative, portable, ethanol- burning fireplace in the wall beside the bed.

After a few final accents, this room was complete. Using sultry colors, sexy lighting, modern furniture and traditional touches, I transformed the old '80s-style bedroom into a hip, urban getaway for Milena and Bill. It is now a blend of their two styles and the perfect place in which to relax, or rest weary feet after a steamy night of salsa dancing. Now that's divine!

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