Master suites have changed dramatically over the last decade or so. Gone are the jewel tones and dark furnishings, and as for matched sets of furniture? Forget about it. Interior designer Amy Ferrer helped guide this Atlanta house to a more soothing state of mind using better space planning, lighter furniture and neutral tones—but with layers of color and texture to keep things interesting.
“Several years ago, we saw such large master suites with coffee bars and all these extras,” says Amy. “Now, master suites are a bit smaller and cozier, but somewhere homeowners can really go to relax.” For this bedroom, the designer first addressed architectural issues by removing unnecessary elements. She took out a built-in desk and closed up the bedside wall, which created space for a bench at the end of the bed. To further declutter the room, built-in bookcases were removed. As a small, but significant, touch, Amy eliminated the chair-rail molding all around the room. “By not having a chair rail, we gave the room instant height,” she says.
Next came the aesthetics: Amy transformed the room’s color palette by refinishing the floors to a gray-beige tone, instead of the previous more yellow finish. She also covered the former forest green wall color with a more soothing pale blue. “The blue we chose gives you an instant calming feeling when you walk in,” says the designer. A soft, upholstered headboard and symmetrical bedside chests bring a continuity to the design scheme, complemented by new bed linens from both custom and retail sources.
The master bathroom needed even more dramatic changes. Amy relocated the shower, bathtub and water closet to make the room flow better. She also completely redid the vanity area. “The vanity was too low at a height of 31 inches,” says the designer. “We’re seeing the new vanities taller than they used to be, and in this case, used 35 inches for the height.” To bring a unique look to the mirror, Amy designed a custom, arched frame with an enclosed mirror. Last, but not least, old wallpaper came down, replaced with Sherwin-Williams Creamy paint all over. New flooring, shower walls, fixtures and a whimsical light fixture complete the look.
The master closet benefits from changes both structural and aesthetic, as well. When Amy removed the built-in desk from the master bedroom, that also squared up the closet area and allowed her to install a better closet system. She maximized space by adding cabinets and doors under the window, but maybe best of all, the designer contributed all sorts of glamour extras, so that it didn’t feel like a closet. “The gray shag rug feels great on the homeowners’ feet,” she says, “And the glam chandelier—that’s a ‘must have’ for any luxurious closet.”
Special thanks to Marc Mauldin Photography for the photos.