Bedroom at a Glance
Who lives here: A couple
Location: San Carlos, California
Size: 187 square feet (17.4 square meters)
Designer: Sabrina Alfin
This high-powered couple will soon have their home to themselves: Their oldest child is away at college and the other is a high school senior. The home is in the suburbs, but they recently purchased a condo in a modern building in San Francisco with plans to live there full time in a few years.
“They wanted the furnishings to be more clean and contemporary, knowing that in the not-too-distant future they would be moving to the city full time,” interior designer Sabrina Alfin says. “If they were going to invest in design, they wanted it to move with them.” They also knew a fresh design would be a good investment to make the master bedroom more appealing when they sell the house.
Architecture: The house is a hillside split-level California ranch. The main living space is at ground level, and the family room and guest rooms are downstairs.
Goal. The clients wanted their bedroom to be open, airy and calming. “The goal here was to make the master bedroom a light- filled sanctuary, a relief from this couple’s very hectic life,” Alfin says.
Style. “The clients really wanted a look that was subdued but not monotone and boring,” Alfin says. Her design is sophisticated and tailored, in soft and muted colors. She knew this look would work well for the couple now in the suburbs and transition with ease to their modern city home in a few years.
Pattern. Alfin used geometric shapes and patterns to bring in the tailored feel. However, while she wanted clean lines, she didn’t want everything to be hard-edged, nor was she looking to go midcentury modern. The octagonal mirrors, pyramidal lamps, diamond-patterned rug and rectangular hardware on the dressers keep the room crisp but don’t overwhelm it with sharpness.
Color scheme. “The pops of watery gray-blues and bronzes with brass and mirrored accents really help make the design come to life, and the dark walnut finishes of the furnishings give the space a lot of warm elegance,” Alfin says. She brought in subtle pattern and textures without making things feel busy.
Wall paint: Feather Gray 2127-60, Benjamin Moore; trim and ceiling paint: Cloud Cover 885, Benjamin Moore; octagonal mirrors: Bungalow 5; sheepskin stools: CB2; area rug: Surya; artwork: Target
Bedding: The bedding choices play a big role in the room’s style. The watercolor-like pattern on the bolsters and duvet cover create a relaxing bedscape. Alfin added a bronze accent pillow textured with a hexagonal beehive weave for added interest.
Tip for a relaxing bedscape: “I’d advise staying in a tone-on-tone color zone with some deeper accents for punch,” Alfin says.
Upholstered bed and bed fabric: Kravet; bolster fabric: Pollack; lumbar pillow fabric: Casamance; duvet cover and sham fabric: Robert Allen, with satin trim by Larsen; Roman shade fabric: Kravet; blackout roller shades: The Shade Store
Nightstands: The nightstands, along with the dressers and headboard frame, bring in deep walnut wood tones, providing contrast to the room’s lighter colors. The ring pull on the nightstand drawers is a jewelry-like accent. Having a drawer and an extra shelf makes it easy to keep a book, water, phone and clock nearby while also providing space to hide any clutter.
Nightstands: Vanguard Furniture; bedside lamps: Arteriors
Sconce: Currey & Co.
Now her clients have a luxe, calm space where they can relax after their busy days, and they can take it all with them when they move.
Dressers: Jet Set Collection, Bernhardt