Photo Gallery: Serene Bedroom Makeover
Cameron’s bedroom makeover tips.
A knotty-wood bed frame overwhelmed this pastel space.
According to designer Cameron MacNeil, it was a matter of redecorating, pure and simple. The room’s layout was functioning well; his-and-hers closets and an adjoining outdoor space meant it never felt too small. But the bulky wood furniture, tired recliner and builder-basic carpet made the room seem dated and unfinished.
Cool lavender accents create a soothing colour palette.
The weighty wood sleigh bed was replaced with an open-ended frame that makes the room feel spacious. Layered with a quilted coverlet, neutral bedding and cable-knit throw pillows, the new bed exudes comfort. Opulence introduced by the mirrored furniture and chandelier keeps it from feeling too casual. Using a three-drawer dresser in place of traditional bedside tables reduces the number of pieces needed and opens up the room.
Find creative ways to inject colour.
The fabric-turned-artwork provides much-needed colour and drama. Linen fabric with an intricate nature-inspired pattern was stretched in a gallery-style floating frame to create instant custom art that feels like a historical piece.
Add a small electric fireplace for an instant upgrade.
To warm up the chillier third floor, Cameron installed an electric fireplace as an extra heat source. The large floor mirror was relocated from another room to visually expand the space and help reflect natural light.
A deep traditional-style mantel offers ample space for layered displays.
Nature-inspired accents, like the vase of fiery forsythia and small landscapes, inject unmistakable warmth into an otherwise-naked corner of the room. The arrangement of gilt frames seems to float atop the white mantel and against the creamy wall.
Set up a hotel-chic space to relax by the window.
A small seating area for reading and other pastimes transforms the principal bedroom into a full-fledged grown-up retreat. Elegant wall-to-wall blue cotton-linen drapes can be closed to eliminate natural light in the room and provide total privacy.
Mix and match different patterns for graphic appeal.
The geometric trellis print on the vintage bergere chairs is understated but strong enough to pleasantly play off the striped tabletop. An eclectic mix of objects, including a sculptural wood-branch lamp, gives the seating area storied appeal.
Luxe linens, leather and sparkling crystal droplets add layers of decadence.
Designer Cameron MacNeil chose a soft palette of creams, greys and lavender for a serene look. Dark brown recycled-leather floor tiles replaced wall-to-wall carpeting, adding deep richness underfoot. The formerly light blue walls were painted white, which helps reflect light and works with any accent colour.
Fabric, from left: Dynasty, Vienna Flower, Designer Fabrics; Nathan 2 in Natural, Maxwell Fabrics. Paint, from right: Cloud White (CC-40), Edgecomb Gray (HC-173), Benjamin Moore. Tile, Leather in Milano Brown, Torlys.