This bed­room got the luxe treat­ment with new cup­boards, a soft colour palette and touches of vel­vet

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A drab mas­ter bed­room be­comes a luxe sanc­tu­ary

“IT HAD AN AWK­WARD LAY­OUT AND A CRAMPED EN SUITE,” re­calls in­te­rior de­signer Michelle Mur­ray of In­te­ri­ors Etc (pic­tured) of the main bed­room in her clients’ vin­tage house in Pinelands, Cape Town. “The wife is very or­gan­ised and wanted lots of cup­board space,” says Michelle, who ac­cepted the chal­lenge of transformi­ng the room, which also fea­tured dusty car­pets, green walls and dated cup­boards.

HOW IT WENT FROM DRAB TO FAB New cup­boards that don’t skimp on hang­ing and stor­age space were in­stalled to sec­tion off the old dress­ing area in or­der to ex­pand the ex­ist­ing bath­room.

The car­pets were ripped out and the walls painted a soft grey with an indigo fea­ture wall be­hind the bed, which boasts a new over­sized deep­but­toned headboard.

Be­cause two walls have large

win­dows, Michelle de­signed a dress­ing ta­ble to sit be­neath the win­dow op­po­site the bed. A clever re­mote-con­trolled mir­ror with LED strip lights low­ers be­hind the dress­ing ta­ble when not in use so it doesn’t block light from the win­dow.

Mir­rors were hung above new bed­side ta­bles to ref lect the light and sheer cur­tains with ver­ti­cal stripes en­hance the sense of height and en­sure max­i­mum nat­u­ral light in the day.

A chair cov­ered in a rich, jewel-toned vel­vet, a stool in grey vel­vet and a pure silk rug the own­ers brought back from Turkey add the luxe fac­tor while pen­dant lights with fil­a­ment bulbs above the side ta­bles lend glam­our.

NOW THE BED­ROOM IS a haven for the own­ers. The bed­room is still spa­cious and open and the bath­room is less cramped. “We feel com­pletely spoiled in this new bed­room that’s just for us.”


A light colour scheme, floor-to-ceil­ing cur­tains and wooden floor cre­ate a spa­cious feel. A jewel-toned vel­vet chair adds colour and glam­our to the sub­tle palette. The dress­ing ta­ble has a re­mote­con­trolled mir­ror that can be low­ered to let in light. A gap in the new wall of cup­boards leads to the en­larged bath­room.

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