We love when one project turns into a group of projects, and that is exactly what happened with Windmill + Elmview. What started as a quick master bedroom refresh turned into a full master suite project. This post is packed with solid before and after images as well as all of our sources. Enjoy!
Prior to us stepping into the space the bedroom lacked any character and dimension. Every element seemed to blend together and it was all builder grade. Our goal was to create a relaxing retreat that would remind our client of being on the West Coast while still living in the Midwest, a feeling especially desired on snowy days.
Before the bedroom felt over-crowded with furniture filling every wall. The drapery created a heavy effect on the windows due to the type of fabric being used, and made the room feel smaller than it actually is.
To provide more space in the bedroom we removed one of the dressers. From there we created a meditation corner, keeping it simple with a meditation chair and plant. On the opposite side of the door we added a piece of art with texture. The white butterflies pulled out the blue hues in the wall paint which added more dimension to this wall.
Having a neutral space really allowed for our team to play with the texture of the room. We used a metallic suede and hemp rug to do just that. From there we layered in softer hues of blue, light wood tones and leather. The chandelier is made from cut sea glass and hemp bringing the entire space together.
Since we removed a dresser we wanted to provide some additional storage in the nightstands. At the same time we were looking for pieces that would not feel too heavy on the light textured wall we created. We selected nightstands with storage and an opening below to meet both needs. Additionally, we added wall sconces for extra lighting!
Before the vanity felt very heavy and too big for the small space. It also had a lot of dead storage space which left our client needing another shelving unit to store things. The lighting fixtures also provided minimal light directing upwards vs. outwards which isn’t ideal in a bathroom where you want to see clearly.
This shelving unit housed a ton of bathroom items but didn’t fit properly and took up a lot of space.
The design we came up with still allowed for a larger vanity and was complimented with new tile and monochromatic paint. We then added color using a subtle wallpaper as an accent wall.
To solve for storage and remove the bulkiness we selected a vanity that is actually bigger and offers more storage than the old vanity. We were able to keep this vanity from feeling heavy because of the empty space the legs created making it a free standing piece. Additionally, when selecting the vanity we also picked one with a white durable quartz countertop and plumbing to help offset costs to stay within budget.
Using the main wall as our focal point we were able to create a beautiful accent wall that our client can view from her master bedroom. We also took her master bedroom design into account when selecting wallpaper to ensure designs flowed from space to space.
Pro Tip: Something important to keep in mind when selecting wallpaper for a bathroom is making sure the product specs approve moist areas.
To solve the lighting issue we made sure to pay close attention to what type of light bulb was selected. The old lighting fixtures have the same amount of bulbs, but when using the correct kelvins and lumens the space feels bright but not sterile. We created this helpful graphic for picking the perfect light bulb to make life a little easier!
Since we were keeping the existing neutral grey shower tile we used the grout to pull the two tiles together. The white hex porcelain tile complimented the grey shade and also brought in an additional shape. This was tricky since the current grout has been lived in for a few years but I think we nailed it! We also made sure to update the hardware with the primary metal selected (matte black) for a cohesive look.
Next it was on to the hardware and plumbing fixtures. Here at Clark + Aldine we absolutely love mixing metals so naturally we played around with different combinations in this design. We decided to add some masculinity to the femanine wallpaper by adding matte black as the primary metal then incorporating some brushed nickel as secondary. The matte black metal is bold and really popped with the wallpaper creating a beautiful accent wall.
We are absolutely thrilled with how this project turned out and I appreciate you so much for tuning in. If you want to learn more about our design process check out the recent ORC we participated in.
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Ceiling + Feature Paint | Sherwin Williams Pure White
Wall Paint | Sherwin Williams Rhinestone
Rug | Serena & Lily
Bed | Similar
Bedding | Similar
Nightstand | RH
Sconces | Lamps Plus
Chandelier | Serena & Lily
Dresser | Similar
Wall Art | Similar
Mirror | Similar
Ceiling + Wall Paint | Sherwin Williams Pure White
Wallpaper | Lanai, Silver Mist
Vanity | 72” Langford Double Vanity Set
Mirror | 38” x 26” Calter Octagon Wall Mirror
Lighting | Laney Vanity Sconce
Faucet | Moen Double Handle
Tissue Holder | Rejuvenation Tissue Holder
Towel Bar | Rejuvenation 24’ Towel Bar
Hook | Colliers Double Hook
Shower Head | Moen Shower Head
Shower Door Handle | 8” Center to Center Pull