Behind the scenes with Suzanne Barnes
by Suzanne Barnes Design Partnership
The brief was simple - ‘Boutique chic hotel with a feminine slant.’ The client wanted a unique master suite which was contemporary and modern, yet warm and sumptuous.
Our client had the two mirrors and the two table lamps as shown in the main picture. Everything else was specially designed and made to order. The whole room was stripped out and before decoration started we changed radiator styles and positions and updated the lighting scheme. Firstly the high padded headboard was made to align with the clients existing mirrors; the panelled effect was created by using different textured fabrics from Andrew Martin and Elitis. The overall colour scheme was based on deep and light neutral shades from bitter chocolate to soft taupe, with highlights of pink and damson. The combination of these colours we used in the stunning curtain fabric by Lorca. And on the upholstered bench, in the window, and large ceiling pendent we used the Damson colour. The pink striped bolsters add strength to the overall scheme. The large chic drum pendent shade was made to order in Damson silk from Heathfield Lighting. Large faux fur cushions added texture and depth to the bed which was covered in quilted bedspread in a fabric from Sahco. The walls were painted a delicate shade of pink/mauve, (Zoffany Paints - Chateaux) this gave the room a soft glow, and provided a back drop for the deep colours and the long run of contemporary wardrobes. The mushroom coloured carpet was called ‘Cocoa’ from Westex. The beautiful streamlined wardrobes were designed by us and manufactured by CW Architectural, we used a specially stained oak veneer and all the doors and drawers had the latest push catches and soft closers, creating a perfect finish. The small dressing room and the bedside tables were also made in the same finish.
Included in the scheme was the refurbishment of the ensuite, we carried the colour scheme through with the tile selection. The room was relatively small so we used the same tile, but different size format, on the floors and walls. The expanse of tile was broken up by using a metal trim at picture rail height. The wall hung wc and vanity unit kept the floor area free and created an illusion of space. The vanity unit is from Keuco and was purchased along with all the sanitary ware from Designer Bathrooms by Michael.
Using colours from the pink/mauve palette made the scheme more feminine than if we had just used a neutral base and more shades of brown! As always, we produced colour boards and plans before we started the project, so that our client could see what we were proposing.
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