Modern Master Bedroom

Designer Andreas Charalambous shares how he used stunning sycamore paneling to transform an awkward layout into a neutral bedroom retreat.
Contemporary Bedroom With Platform Bed

Contemporary Bedroom With Platform Bed

The base of the platform bed gives the illusion of a bed suspended in space. Other elements, like the floating nightstand and glass shelving, add an airy and streamlined quality to the room, which also makes the space seem larger.

Photo by: Geoffrey Hodgdon

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By: Chelsey Bowen

For this Washington, D.C., room project, designer Andreas Charalambous of FORMA Design Inc. tackled an irregular room layout to create a functional, relaxing master bedroom and dressing area.

We asked Charalambous how he conquered design challenges and achieved his goals in this modern bedroom remodel.

Describe the homeowners' wish list.

They had a very dysfunctional master bedroom and a dressing area that needed a complete overhaul. They approached FORMA Design, whose work in warm modernism appealed to them, to see if there was a way to renovate the space and make it functional, beautiful and address all the issues they had on their wish list.

Modern, Comfortable Master Bedroom

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Before: Bedroom Without Balance

The master bedroom was a victim of the irregular layout and multiple ceiling angles.

Before: Outdated Furnishings

Dark, clunky furniture weigh down the room, making the space seem smaller and cluttered.

After: Sleek, Contemporary Style

The base of the platform bed gives the illusion of a bed suspended in space. Other elements, like the floating nightstand and glass shelving, add an airy and streamlined quality to the room, which also makes the space seem larger.

Photo By: Geoffrey Hodgdon

Before: Lack of Storage

Dark, outdated dressers don't provide enough storage and leave the space feeling cluttered.

After: Streamlined Storage Solution

Built-in cabinetry allows for plenty of storage space, giving the room a clean, modernized style. Accents of fiery orange add warmth to the sleek, neutral bedroom.

Before: Lifeless Entry

The entry into the master bedroom was uninspiring and outdated.

After: Welcoming and Stylish Entry

Dark hardwood floors ground the space without competing with the light sycamore paneling that fills the room. A contemporary chair makes use of the window nook and adds fun and interest to the space.

Before: Too Small Dressing Room

The dressing area was a tiny hallway on the way to the master bathroom.

After: Stunning Dressing Room

For the dressing area of the bedroom, Charalambous decided that the master bedroom could lose two feet in order to add an additional row of closets, which now allows for a mirrored niche with a seat for getting dressed. The existing closets are lined with floor-to-ceiling mirrors to make the space seem twice as big.

What were the homeowners' design problems?

Other than making the master bedroom functional with an office area, ample bookcases and storage area as well as additional clothing storage, the main issue was the irregular layout of the room and the multiple ceiling angles that made the space feel unresolved.

What was your biggest obstacle in this space?

The major issue was the uneven ceiling and irregular layout of the room. We introduced perimeter cabinetry, including bookcases and a built-in desk, all in sycamore, to bring a consistent look throughout the room. We then inserted a canopy bed in the center in the same sycamore paneling that helped disguise the irregularity of the ceiling and bring order to the space.

What lessons did you learn?

In the end, consistency in the finishes, lighting and the way issues are resolved pays off, because you end up with a project that looks good, works well and feels seamless.

How does the end result match up with your original vision?

We decided the size of the master bedroom was actually too big at the expense of the dressing area so we made the bedroom two feet smaller. We added a row of additional closets in the dressing area, which now allows for a niche with a mirror and a seat for getting dressed. The area is lined with floor-to-ceiling mirrors to make the space feel twice as big.

What are the "hidden gems"?

Multiple light sources, such as LED lighting, overhead halogen lighting, sconces for reading by the bed and appropriate dressing area lighting coupled with ample daylight make the spaces feel unified and also allow for the creation of different moods based on the time of day.

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