One of my many projects in the past year involved working with an Online Design client who lives in Brooklyn, NY. Asha contacted me because she needed help turning a small bedroom into a vintage-glam dressing room filled with her favorite colors — fuchsia and red. The initial color she selected (shown below) just wasn’t right so she halted everything in hopes that I could get her back on track.
Aside from choosing paint colors, one of the biggest challenges for Asha was editing down the furniture she wanted in the space. She already had a few beautiful pieces with dark wood finishes, including a vanity she found at an antiques store. Asha also wanted shelves, and she was considering a sleeper-chair for the space. But with the room being only about 7 feet wide (the longest wall is 11 feet), something just wouldn’t make the cut.
I began with the color scheme, I selected Razzle Dazzle by Benjamin Moore for the main wall color. It’s a happy, bold shade of fuchsia. I also suggested painting the closet a lighter, coordinating hue — Pure Pink.
Then, because of the room’s small size, my concept included small, open shelves (which provided a pop of red) and a slipper chair–instead of a bulky sleeper-chair. I also included a few fun, girly things such as the crystal beaded curtain and the damask stencil design. This is a boudoir, after all.
When I last heard from Asha, she was very happy with the design and appreciated the editing process. It can be hard to ‘leave out’ special items that you want to see in your space, but in small room, less is more.
NOTE: Using bold hues in a small space can be tricky! The color will get amped up because the walls are closer together and they will reflect the color more intensely. But with the right color tones, the results can be strikingly beautiful.
desigin and computer renderings by Kelly Porter