South Park Magazine

February 19, 2014

The Master Bedroom

Barrie Benson, Interior Designer, Barrie Benson Interiors

As soon as Barrie Benson saw her client’s outdated 1950s ranch, she knew it needed one thing: color. While the rest of the home received a colorful makeover via renovations and the installation of an entirely new aesthetic, the homeowner wanted her bedroom to be a place for rest and relaxing, a space that bold colors might not work so well. “I always design a room or home with the personality of the client in mind,” says Benson. “The homeowner is very chic, well-travelled, and busy. Women with all of these attributes need a place to rest and restore.” The answer was a greyish purple color palette complemented by layers of varying textures that give a somewhat neutral base some interest. “It’s a very peaceful and serene color,” says Benson. “It is a neutral bedroom without being colorless.”

Why do you think this color palette works well in this particular space?
“The room is small but we wanted airy and serene. I borrowed a trick from [interior designer] Jeffrey Bilhuber: Benjamin Moore Edgecombe Gray in flat on the ceiling creates a shadow and makes the ceiling feel higher. This house is a 1950's ranch and the ceilings are just under 9 foot.”

Are there any specific pieces in this room that really set the tone?
“The layers and textures are what set the tone. The quilted satin duvet is overly glamorous but the Moroccan shag rug brings it back down to earth. he homeowner dresses this way. Glamorous but down to earth.”

Were there any obstacles to overcome when designing this room?
“Not too many, it just came together very quickly. I think the biggest obstacle was a little puppy named Roscoe that house trained on the Moroccan rug.”

What is your favorite part about the room?
“The happy client that sleeps in it.”

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