Monday, February 27, 2012

Upholstered Bed Frames

New Upholstered Bed frame for a King

The sample given was a nubby cotton linen look in light gray.  Possibly a blend.  Gray seems to be one of the hardest colors to find and even harder to find the light gray. Gunmetal is more popular.  Most grays have no life to them or tend to look 'putty'.  For every 6 books I looked - I might find a gray - but not always pretty in tone or true to color.   So this is the best of the lot. 

customer's sample

Gray Linen Looks

' A'  has a small black thread at times. 

This is the lightest gray I can find. 

compared B color compared to A

A nubby linen - but more expensive. Dry Clean only type of material - Gunmetal 
Please realize the print out is not true to color of your sample. 

Still darker than you want - but all I could find.

A client is replacing this entire bed and purchasing a new USA size King mattress.  They run 76" wide and 80" long.

She would like a low upholstered headboard of 90cm (35.5")  The side tables are only 64cm (25" ) tall.  That leaves only 10" of the headboard showing.  If the pillows are propped up like they are now - the headboard will be invisible. 

My suggestion is to go to the max and anchor the wall with a taller headboard of  54 - 60"as seen below.  Note where the headboard hits the lamp shades. The bed height is probably 30" + lamps of 24" = 54" top of lamp and another 6" above that is the headboard (60").  Your old headboard is probably 50" high. 

Also a white duvet.  But this is a very monochromatic room - everything is the same brown tone - even the walls. 

The color palette : A soft gray with a sheen.

Gray fabric I've found - and would recommend 'B'. I think the light gray 'A' will fade into the white walls.  $198/yd.  There is ALOT of sheen to these!


Height of bed fame base is : 13"
Height of mattress is : 11"
total together = 24"
Bedside tables are 25"

I have this gray velvet - dark on the left and lighter on the right. It's actually a true charcoal gray.  $290/yd

Gray Headboards
 most of these are velvet from the descriptions - there is also a silk. Notice they are all tufted. 

The red side tables have a casual feel to them, but I know you like modern.  I'm suggesting a fabric pattern for the trunk to house in front of the bed to break up all the solid.

Your current lamps will look too small against a king bed and frame. 
How about something larger in the color scheme.
$1340 each

Friday, February 24, 2012


The master bedroom should be a calming and romantic place. 


The client requested a very tall - 72-80" fabric headboard.
Simple enough would be a soft velvet type fabric - and enhance it with tufting and piping. 

This is a HK fabric at HK$350 yd but made in USA!
#305168#2  Romanza 'SPRING"

This I can see with lots of blue and white pottery - sisal rug and a light or dark blue linen curtain. 


Richloom : Suri Pattern   $20.98

Waverly Olana Oxf Bay Leaf - not sure this color matches - looks more teal.  But look at the inspiration below. 
$19.99  Jo Ann

 Buffalo Check Blueberry, Calico Corners $19.99

This headboard has to lean between the wall and the bed. There are no supports to screw to the bedframe.  I also have to check your elevator.  It's a heavy linen with nailheads in a medium charcoal gray. 
The gray jumps it to today's look. 

Add more blue in white in pots around the chaise

Gray sisal carpet with navy trim

The bedskirt could be redone in a blue check to repeat the blue in the flowers and the chaise.  The bed is very light in color being all white - light weight cotton - making it difficult to back into a color scheme and select a fabric.   About 5-6 yards.
Buffalo Check Blueberry, Calico Corners $19.99

Change out the curtains to a more sophisticated light gray linen we can line and drop and puddle on the floor. 

Linen keeps it flowing and soft with the gray headboard and sisal. 

Take the same fabric from the chaise and make a headboard.  Repeating is sometimes easier than trying to match. 

French powder blue mirror and add powder blue light linen curtains

Palis Lapis Calico Corners $19.99 Pillows

Powder blue bedskirt would need 5-6 yards.  Maybe we can find a linen...... in the market place. 

Use a white Matelesse fabric on the headboard. Since all your bed linen is white - it's very hard to back into it without getting too heavy.  
We use the white matelesse and paint the wall behind it so it stands out. Maybe make a winged style - if there is room on both sides of the bed.  Tuft it for more interest to the design. 
A light wool sisal rug - to keep the look soft. 

matelasse fabric


How many times have we been told you cannot put a bed in front of a window?  It’s one of those old school rules that are made to be broken.  Sometime you have no choice, especially in tight city living, than to place a bed in front of a window- but sometimes even in large spaces it’s just the ideal spot and as you can see from the pictures below- it can be a dramatic and fabulous!

First rule:  Make the draperies wider that than the window - to make a dramatic backdrop behind the bed - and tie the area together. 

Second rule:  Bedside tables should be only 2" taller or lower than the top of your mattress.  You need to be able to reach over and turn out the light comfortably. 

Sometimes that rule is broken if you have a really cool side table. 

What if you had a terrible view  - you only need to diffuse the light in the morning. A screen can do the trick.

Side tables do not have to match - but they should be about the same height.  Then balance the look with a pair of lamps.