Splurge & steal: asiana bedroom

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Splurge & steal: asiana bedroom
The floral wallpaper was the inspiration for this room, but it was very bold. To give a little more colour and softness, I accented the room with aqua, which can be seen on the Tommi Parzinger bench at the foot of the bed. (Erinn Valencich)

Creating a boudoir feel is all about the fabrics; you want to choose soft, touchable materials.

Asexy, Asian-inspired boudoir makes for a welcome retreat at the end of a long day. Merging a touch of the orient with modern glamour creates a unique room that is both restful and romantic.

Project background

This craftsman style home was a bit outdated and didn't suit the new owners. They wanted something more exotic and unique. My clients shared a passion for Asian art and wanted that influence in their home. They instantly zeroed in on this wallpaper, which has a flocked pattern evoking a feeling of vintage Asian hand painted silk fabrics. With this as our inspiration, I worked to create a boudoir feel with lots of texture and a little shimmer.

How we did it: inspiration

Splurge & steal: asiana bedroom
When designing a room, pull together samples of all the materials you are considering in a storyboard. Right, the fireplace got a complete facelift. The 14-foot high facade and both sides were clad in aqua glass. (Erinn Valencich)

With the wallpaper as our base and inspiration, it was time to choose our colour palette. The background of the paper was a muted metallic colour with a hint of green in it. For an accent we chose my client's favourite colour, light aqua, which I found paired in a Berwick fabric we used for the bedding. Creating a boudoir feel is all about the fabrics; you want to choose soft, touchable materials. For the bench at the foot of the bed, I chose aqua velvet to help continue our aqua theme. We created a storyboard for the room, which consisted of gathering the material we planned to use in advance to help create for us the overall feel of the room.

How we did it: changes

Splurge & steal: asiana bedroom
The custom silk drapery mirror the background colour of the wallpaper and have a subtle embroidered circular design on them. The colours and patterns mix well with the jute rug from West Elm. (Erinn Valencich)

Like most redesigns, this bedroom had some elements we had to work around and a few items which required a big change. Minor remodelling of the fireplace was an absolute must. With our colour palette in mind, I set out to find tile for the fireplace. The vaulted ceilings in the room gave the fireplace form tremendous height, and I wanted to highlight that to create a nice architectural element. During my search, I stumbled upon long glass aqua tiles in a staggered pattern. It was absolutely perfect to use on the 14-foot fireplace form. Not only did it make it feel a bit more contemporary, but the glass had some shimmer and caught the light well.

We completely removed the sconces by the old fireplace, as they were small and sat much too close together. With the new glass tile, we no longer needed them. I had the hearthstone changed from a dated green marble to a light brown natural marble called Light Emperador. The more subtle, earthy tones harmonised with the flooring and aqua glass. Though patterns or subtle variation in colours would have been lovely with the new tile, they were too busy when paired with the wallpaper. Given our bold wall pattern, it was best to keep most large elements in the room solid.

How we did it: furniture

Splurge & steal: asiana bedroom
The windows in this room are too close together to fit a regular size king headboard without covering the window moulding, which looks tacky. This headboard was made a few inches narrower than the mattress to fit against the wall. (Erinn Valencich)

For the bed, I wanted something with an upholstered headboard to add softness to the design. The hardwood floor and vaulted ceiling already offered enough wood in the room. I designed this Asian-influenced bed with this in mind and had the headboard done in a khaki linen. I loved the heavy texture of the linen against the fine shimmer of the wallpaper. Adjusting the positioning of textures is what makes a room interesting. For the bedding, I used the Berwick fabric to make the shams and border on the duvet. It was very expensive, so we used it sparingly. For the backs of the shams, I used a very inexpensive faux silk, which matched beautifully and allowed me to keep the cost down for these shams!

The room already had natural woven shades, which we chose to keep. I liked the colour and texture with the wood ceiling. To continue that mix of rough and fine, I chose a diamond pattern Jute rug from West Elm. It was a steal for the size and the geometric pattern balanced well against the floral wallpaper. When you need a large rug, first consider options like jute, grass-cloth and sisal. Most home décor shops will carry a variety of options in neutral colours that have great texture at a good price. Trick of the trade - if you can't see the rugs in the store, order the smallest size possible of your two favourites. You can then compare them in your home, return them and buy the larger size of the one you like best.

How we did it: accent pieces

Splurge & steal: asiana bedroom
Pops of pink by way of fresh flowers on the nightstand add a touch of boudoir-chic to this room. Don't underestimate the power or pink or fuchsia flowers to liven up a space and add a subtle feminine quality. (Erinn Valencich)

Since the windows in this room are set very close together, I wanted the bedside tables to be extra wide to give a bit more breadth to the main focal wall. I stumbled upon these at a sale at Harvey's furniture and was so pleased I bought them on the spot. H has gorgeous furniture, but it's a bit pricey, so this Splurge item became a Steal item due to my good timing! The bedside tables have a slight Asian flare to them, and the brass ring hardware certainly helps with that feeling. The table lamps play up the geometric Asian flare without going overboard. I didn't want dark lamps in this room, since many of the larger pieces were dark. We needed a different, brighter finish to add some light to the space. The gold was the perfect fit. In years past, silver reigned as the finish of choice for contemporary homes. Thankfully, gold is coming back in brighter, more matte finish options, making it a great accent to most rooms.

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