MAKEOVER: JUST DREAMY
This bedroom got the luxe treatment with new cupboards, a soft colour palette and touches of velvet
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.”
THIS SPREAD, FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
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.