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A Small Bedroom Is Transformed into a Peaceful Retreat with Plenty of Storage
Placing a bed in front of a window presents a challenge to any designer. But Jane Lockhart, principal designer and owner of Jane Lockhart Interior Design, Toronto, Canada, took on the challenge and designed a creative and timeless master bedroom with plenty of storage for the owners. “This lovely, solid home was built in the 1940s in an area of Toronto called North Toronto, which is kind of like a lovely village within the main city,” explains Lockhart. “It was built in a time when bedrooms did not have an enormous amount of storage space. The room measures 12 feet by 15 feet with windows on one wall. The owners wanted a relaxing, timeless environment with a touch of creativity. And, they needed easily accessible storage, and lots of it.”
When Lockhart asked the couple about the colors they were attracted to, they described peaceful ocean tones. “Blue is particularly relaxing in a bedroom,” says the designer. “And, it worked well in the space with the white woodwork. It also tends to change color in daylight and at night giving it additional interest.” Storage spaces had been built into walls on either side of the window wall, but needed to be redone to be practical. Lockhart created three generous closets in those areas; however, once redone, the much-needed storage eliminated any wall space for a bed. So Lockhart placed the bed in front of a pair of leaded-glass windows and created a niche for it with custom-made window treatments. With the coordinated draperies and bedding, the bed now occupies the space very comfortably and looks like it belongs.
The draperies added a richness to the room and the Robert Allen fabric added texture and color. The fabric is a sandy tone accented by dark-brown trim and shades. The comforter and bed linens repeat the palette. But, according to Lockhart, it was after those additions that creativity truly came into play. “We wanted a bright pop of color and lined the custom comforter with orange,” she explains. “The orange is like a burst of sunshine against the room’s mellow blue and brown tones.” She admits it’s often hard to use a strong color without making the design look like a child’s room, but in this case it worked beautifully. And, she says, it added a touch of whimsy.
Lockhart feels that reflective surfaces tend to make a room seem bigger. “People like ‘shine’. Mirrors and metals offer reflections of the room making the space appear larger,” she explains. “The mirrored nightstands pick up the colors of the room and, in so doing, disappear into the background. They are not visible to the eye and don’t clutter the space.” The engaging mirror positioned in the middle of the window area was a local resale find.
Some of the accent pillows were handmade; others purchased. They provide a nice mix of pattern and color on the bed. A Union Lighting and Furnishings chandelier hangs above the bed and picks up the lacy pattern on the orange pillows without becoming too matchy. Even though the chandelier is a bit elaborate in design, it doesn’t take over the room. Two table lamps on the nightstands offer a mixed vintage look. The sheer, dark-brown shades are translucent and change colors in daylight or at night and when turned on or off.
A tray on the bed holds some additional “shine” accents including candle holders and a vase for fresh flowers, along with a couple of dark-brown ceramics. In this case, the tray is predominantly a decor item, but Lockhart likes to use trays in her designs as catchalls. “People always have loose change, receipts, or other odds and ends when they come into the bedroom in the evening,” she explains. “A tray corrals stuff until the owner can organize it. I like to place a tray on the bed, night table, or dresser to help keep the room neat and uncluttered.”
Lockhart made this small bedroom in an older home function well for a modern family. The new room offers its owners a relaxing space with a timeless design and color palette, but adds a punch of cheerful color that makes it pleasantly refreshing. Written by Carolyn M. Runyon. Photography by Brandon Barré.
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