Boutique Bedroom Makeover

Designer Lindsey Hayes turns a too-contemporary bedroom into a warm boutique-like master suite, blending soft colors, a mix of plush fabrics and calm, colorful accessories.
Ivory Transitional Bedroom With Upholstered Headboard

Ivory Transitional Bedroom With Upholstered Headboard

Photo courtesy of Ashley Delapp

Photo by: Lindsey Hayes

Lindsey Hayes

From: Evaru

With chic furniture choices and a small battle over paint color, designer Lindsey Hayes was able to turn a cold, contemporary bedroom into a warm transitional retreat where the homeowners can feel comfortable and relaxed.

Describe the homeowner's wish list.

The couple really wanted the space to feel warm and inviting. They also wanted it to feel swanky and special, almost like a boutique hotel room. And lastly, they wanted a seating area in the room.

What was the biggest issue the design addressed?

The biggest issue in their bedroom before I got my hands on it was the warmth factor. The space just felt too cold. Their previous furniture was circa 1990 and was too matchy-matchy and way too contemporary for the rest of the home. The walls were covered in a goldenrod paint color that matched the hardwood floors, and they really needed a large area rug.

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Warm, Soft Bedroom Style

Warm "greige" walls set the stage for an inviting mix of soft fabrics and colorful accessories. Contemporary furnishings blend beautifully with more traditional touches like the upholstered headboard and tufted bench at the foot of the bed.

Versatile Furnishings

Seating by the window offers the perfect place to read or just sit and relax after a long day. Neutral furnishings allow the homeowners to make quick and easy accessory updates based on their mood and the changing seasons.

Hardworking Bedroom Furniture

The gorgeous tufted bench at the foot of the bed not only offers an extra seat, it also brings in vibrant color to the otherwise neutral space. A large area rug adds warmth underfoot and gives the bedroom an overall cozier feel.

Boutique-Style Seating

The homeowners, who had been living with "matchy-matchy" furniture, wanted something a bit more stylish featured in their bedroom redesign. A posh seating area with coordinating (but not matching) furniture created the chic, updated look they were hoping for.

Stylish Bedroom Trimmings

An interesting mix of patterns looks surprisingly harmonious against the neutral bedding. The different patterns and shapes of the pillows create further interest in this stylish master suite.

Custom Night Stands

"The hidden gems in this design are the custom night stands that I had made by my carpenter,” says designer Lindsey Hayes. “The couple loved the dresser for this space and wanted a similar but different look for the night stands. So we kept the same shape, added appliqués to the drawer fronts, and painted the pair with black lacquer. After that, we popped on fancy mother of pearl knobs!”

A Job Well Done

"Everything in the space turned out like my original vision and original design boards that I presented to the couple," explains Lindsey. "The only differences in the end were the accessories I added to really push the look over the top." The gold mirror, floral pillows and elegant chandelier were the perfect finishing touches for the delicate space. "

All in the Accessories

The dazzling gold chandelier really adds to the boutique style the homeowners were going for. Stylish accessories take them out of the '90s and into the upscale bedroom of their dreams.

One Major Adjustment

To replace the red-tinted trim of the outdated bedroom before, Lindsey chose a light cream color to give the bedroom a softer feel. From there, the rest of the redesign was a piece of cake, resulting in the warm, stylish bedroom the homeowners had hoped for.

Describe an obstacle in the space.

My biggest obstacle in this space was the paint! The entire house had the same trim color, which had a slight tint of red in it, and the couple really did not want to change that. I tried to work around it by picking a “greige” color that also had a red tint to it, but the trim still stood out like a sore thumb. I finally convinced the couple that we had to change the trim in the bedroom and bathroom, so I had my paint guy mix up a series of colors for the trim, walls and ceiling. The end result is a calming neutral palette. (Think Restoration Hardware.) We got away with only changing the trim and doors in this space by painting the inside face of the entry door. That way the outside of the door still matches the hall and the rest of the house when it is closed.

How did the end result match your original vision?

Everything in the space turned out like my original vision and original design boards that I presented to the couple. The only differences in the end were the accessories I added to really push the look over the top.

What surprised you the most about this project?

I really learned a lot about paint selections during this project. It really helps if you have a good paint guy who can mix up some different colors and do sample boards before a lot of time is spent on painting the space.

What are the hidden gems that make a big difference?

The hidden gems in this design are the custom night stands that I had made by my carpenter. The couple loved the dresser for this space and wanted a similar but different look for the night stands. So we kept the same shape, added appliqués to the drawer fronts, and painted the pair with black lacquer. After that, we popped on fancy mother of pearl knobs!

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