Peaceful and soothing

Colors, textures and finishes flow between this bedroom, bathroom and dressing room to unify the spaces
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A view of the master bedroom

Amaster bedroom suite is often used as a retreat from the noise and bustle of the family in the rest of the house. Soothing colors and clean, simple detailing can help to create a peaceful atmosphere.

Interior designer Anthony Catalfano was asked to renovate a 2200 square foot master suite in the colonial-style home shown here. Although the available area was spacious, it lacked interesting architectural details, and the bedroom had a disproportionately high cathedral-style ceiling.

Catalfano decided to give the space character and individuality by adding features such as built-in cabinetry with panelled door and drawer fronts, wainscotting, decorative moldings and architraves.

The master suite consists of a bedroom and bathroom separated by a dressing room. To unify the suite, the spaces are symmetrical, with the bedroom and bathroom mirroring each other across the dressing room.


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View of the cabinetry in this bathroom

"We have used the same colors, textures, materials and finishes in all three spaces to create a sense of flow," he says.

In the bedroom, wainscotting creates a strong horizontal line, visually countering the weight of the walls. Both the walls and ceiling are painted in the same green color and sheen to help draw attention away from the very high ceiling and towards the architectural details. A window seat and cabinetry concealing a plasma screen and storage have been built into a wall that already contained a fireplace. This also helps to counter the height of the ceiling and weigh down the room.

To make it easy to keep the dressing room tidy and elegant in appearance, full-height cabinets built by Woodmeister Corporation line both sides of the space. These provide hanging storage as well as drawers for clothing.

A freestanding cabinet in the center of the space provides further drawers for storage of clothes and shoes. The top is an ideal surface for laying out clothing or packing travel bags. This cabinet is topped with limestone, the same stone used for the bathroom floor, vanity tops, shower floor and bath surround.

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Overall view of the bathroom

The bathroom incorporates the same materials and colors as the bedroom and dressing room, with green walls, cream cabinetry and white trim. The walls are covered with a paper that's printed with the same pattern and color as the drapes in the bedroom, and small green tiles are inset between the limestone flags on the floor.

"These tones are all soothing and when combined with the simple detailing, give the entire suite a classic appearance," says Catalfano.

The bathroom contains both his and hers vanities, situated symmetrically on either side of the spa tub. Above the tub is a painting especially chosen for its perspective, which has the effect of drawing the eye into the room. A vanity designed for applying make-up is situated under the window where it overlooks the garden.

For privacy, the shower, in an octagonal enclosure lined with limestone, and a separate toilet, open off the bathroom.

Apr 13, 2004

Credit list

Interior designer
Judith Kanner with Kanner Architects
Siding
Ceramic tiles with stainless steel protrusions
Windows/doors
Arcadia Windows, Fleetwood Doors
Flooring
Cherry wood, concrete pavers and tiles from Stepstone
Lighting
Halo
Furniture
Eames chaise lounge and Reitodd Zig-Zag chair supplied by Modern Living; Barcelona chair and ottoman set and Giulietta counter stool from Design Within Reach; Eddy sofa by Nube and Less table by Unifor from Thema; Domiere bed by Flou
Countertops
Stainless steel and granite top on island
Sink
Stainless steel from Elkay
Oven
Miele
Dishwasher
Bosch
Structural engineer
Gordon Polon
Roof
Standard built-up
Joinery
Anodized aluminum
Paints
Frazee
Heating
Trane
Kitchen cabinetry
Backsplash
Stainless steel
Faucets
Polished chrome from Dornbracht
Refrigerator
Sub-Zero
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