Design Behind the Scenes | Palmilla Desert Home: Part 4


I saved the best for last! This master bedroom is massive. In fact, the bedroom alone is larger than my entire condo, and that doesn’t include the equally large washroom or the his and hers walk-in closets. With lots of square footage, high ceilings, and a wall of windows that slides open to the backyard and a view of the mountains, this bedroom is what master bedroom dreams are made of. At least it certainly had the potential to be.

The master bedroom is another space that received a very dramatic transformation. Considering the size of this massive master bedroom, the previous design of this space made the bedroom feel much smaller than it really was. With a large wood four-poster bed, and a matching bedroom suite to go with it made the bedroom feel closed in. A lack-luster paint colour made the room feel very blah, since it matched a little too closely to the wood finish of the bedroom suite. With an exercise machine in the corner, and no artwork to be seen, the bedroom left a lot to be desired for a master retreat. But with the help of Kaleidoscope Design Studio, we were able to look beyond the not so ideal furnishings of the space, and create a statement master bedroom fit for the masters of the home.

Because this master bedroom was so large, we were able to provide lots of functions for the space by creating different zones. The newly redesigned bedroom now has a sitting area, work area, TV watching area, and of course the standard sleeping area. We tried to keep many of the finishes simple and neutral to make sure that the view of the backyard and the view of the mountains beyond were a main focal point. But to ensure that the space didn’t become boring or lack personality, we painted the room two tones of blue, which happens to be one of the clients’ favourite colours. Adding two large-scale pieces of artwork brought lots of drama to the room, and by placing one over the king-sized bed and the other over the sitting area, we were able to tie the room together.

The large wrap-around floor-to-ceiling windows were a key feature in the bedroom, so we wanted to take full advantage of them. We started by creating a cozy sitting area nestled in the corner, and a workstation facing the view of the mountains. We kept this area simple so it wouldn’t distract from the beautiful view beyond, but made sure to punch it up with some colour. A couple of comfy chairs upholstered in a neutral beige, with a black metal drum table create the perfect little sitting area to sit and sip your morning coffee. A large-scale piece of artwork in soft yellows and deep green help tie this nook into the rest of the master bedroom. Adding a glass-top desk opposite creates an ideal workstation, for when you have to get stuff done but still want to enjoy the view. Using glass is a great way to create negative space when working in a limited area, but in this case, it’s the perfect way to add a desk without deterring from the spacious and open feel of the room. It was important for the homeowners to still be able to enjoy the view of the mountains while lying in bed. Having a glass tabletop with a minimal base is the perfect combination for the space.

The main event of the space is of course, the large king-sized bed. We chose a dark wood bedroom suite, to help anchor the space and to infuse some of that traditional style that the client typically likes. We repeated the geometric pattern in the headboard throughout the space, which can be found in the crystal lamps on the nightstands, the “X” details on the bench at the foot of the bed, which is again repeated in the base of the desk. The bedding completed the look, with a simple neutral pallet, large smoky blue-grey border to tie the colour pallet of the room in, and accent pillows that mimic the geometric detail with a chevron pattern. For maximum relaxation and comfort, we placed a small entertainment unit with a nice large TV on top. Now the homeowner can relax in bed while watching a little television. Although there is more furniture in the newly transformed master bedroom, the space still feels much larger than it did with the original design.