Turning bedroom clutter into calm | Drapery Connection

Your master bedroom most likely is last on your rooms-to-renovate priority list. There always seem to be more pressing areas of the house that need attention - kitchen, family room, new roof, furnace.

Then one day you open the bedroom door and it hits you: You've just walked into a time capsule.

Such was the case with my clients who had created a beautiful home for their family but had neglected their own bedroom.

The bedroom was on the top floor in what had been the attic. The space was one long room divided into a sleeping area and a TV/media area. It had some beautiful features - dramatic sloped ceilings, old, wide-plank wood floors, a glass block wall leading to an en-suite bath and a French door opening onto a rooftop deck.

The room had already been painted a pleasing watery green that picked up on the colors in the glass block. It had a very restful effect, so I kept it. Using that green as a base, I chose silks, chenille and washable velvets in a palette of tranquil greens and Mediterranean blues with camel accents.

To create a focal point, I took advantage of the angled ceilings and suspended a dramatic, two-toned silk canopy and headboard from decorative drapery rods. It's a simple trick that gave the space that "wow" factor. These colors and fabrics were also picked up in blue silk window treatments accented with tassel trim, in the linens and in the modern area carpet that anchors the bed.

In the TV/media area, a cozy, honey-colored sofa was backed by a stunning backlit glass display shelf that cast soft light onto the angled ceiling. Cube ottomans in brilliant aquamarine leather did double duty as footrests and as a casual coffee table. Long, full-length drapery in the same luxurious fabrics as the bed canopy and headboard framed the view to the deck, visually uniting the long space.

The final result balanced clean and contemporary with comfort and luxury.

Interior decorator Candice Olson is host of Home & Garden Television's "Divine Design." For more ideas, information and show times visit www.HGTV.com or www.divinedesign.tv.

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