Planning a Brand New Bedroom?

Planning a Brand New Bedroom?

Colleen Quinn
Aug 13, 2009

Q: Hello! Our zero personality closet-less 14x14 master bedroom needs help from the ground up! Starting from scratch here, our first plan is to build paneled closet wall-to-wall and floor to ceiling flanking one of the windows with a window seat in the middle. We could then remove the wardrobe and the dressers, or keep them. The trim is original and can not be painted, but I do want to change the wall color and I will also paint the new built-in closet/window seat. I am also happy to paint the furniture and I will definitely paint the fireplace(which is movable since it's electric)...

Sent by JJ

How do you coordinate painted furniture with dark trim? I really don't like the dark trim but I can't paint it. I am at a loss as to where to start with color. I know I need a rug (two?) but what size and shape? Does it have to go under the bed or could it be a smaller rug at the food of the bed? On which wall should the closet/window seat be built? Once the closet is in, where should I put the bed? What about window treatments? Hopefully I will also have room for a sitting area so we need to add a chair to the mix. I love all the advice I find on here so fire away! I am open to anything...just have to talk traditional husband into it!

Editor: JJ- We would definitely do the built-in wardrobes on the wall opposite the the current location of the bed (and then leave the bed on that wall). You may have to give up the idea of a chair (though the window seat can be cushioned to create a seating area) if you want to keep the room looking clean and uncluttered, though there may be space by the fireplace for a small chair once the reno is done. Your dark furniture and trim would look beautiful up against walls painted in BM's Palladian Blue and a nice cream or white rug would help anchor the space. We wouldn't paint the furniture, but definitely recommend painting or restaining that light wood fireplace if it is staying in the room.

Readers, what would you advise for JJ and her tranditional husband?

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