So often, my clients are either couples or single females; very rarely do I get single male clients. That can be poor marketing on my part or simply that men prefer to hire in person designers. In any case, any time that I get to work on a "bachelor pad" it's always a treat.
This client just moved into a luxury apartment building and we were starting from scratch in the master bedroom. He was clear in wanting a space that featured "dark neutrals" -- black, gray, gold, silver -- so this design is dramatic & modern, while still possessing the soothing vibe you'd want in your master bedroom.
It's all about the contrasts -- a dark upholstered bed grounded in a lighter textured rug; and a flanking seating area that mimics this design blueprint. A dramatic accent wall frames the space, and solar shades provide privacy while still allowing in tons of natural light to really soften up the space.
Armed with our mood board and a space plan mock up, I began shopping. But I've said this before -- I love when a design project is a collaboration, versus one of us dictating direction to the other. So you can imagine my delight when I got this message from my client:
To save some money, I bought off Craigslist used 2 night stands and a dresser (Leda Avant Garde collection). Dresser is 78W x 20D and nightstands are 30W x 18D.
To be clear, I typically ask my clients to refrain from making purchases whilst we're in the middle of a design, but in this case we were saving money without sacrificing the design. #winning! He really took to heart the revisions we'd made thus far and successfully applied our inspiration photos.
And by the way, let's also quickly shout out Craigslist for this win!
Even though the case goods for the room had been purchased, they weren't "complete". The dresser didn't come with a mirror, so he chose a great mirror that would break up all the sharp angles with some round elements & was able to purchase it while on sale. SCORE! The subtle gold in the rim was something I really wanted to pull out and thread throughout the space and the client was totally open to switching the hardware on the dresser & nightstands.
Admittedly, I don't typically work with darker palettes, however, the overall vision the client had was one I really enjoyed pulling together. A lot of times, it's believed that dark palettes are difficult because you never want the space to feel too dark or too masculine. Also, there's the concern of how many shades of black/grey/etc. can you really pull together before the whole thing just implodes. Fact is, you can successfully create a design that features darker neutrals, so long assure able to balance your textures and contrast where necessary.
Tip: Metallic tones are a great way to break up an otherwise monochromatic palette.
After a few more revisions, we completed the design:
Now let's shop the look...
Paint: Sherwin Williams "Misty"