It’s been a while, so today I’m putting my endless to-do list aside to share this super useful project in case anyone’s about to remodel!
If you own a home, especially in Southern California, chances are you want to make the most of every square foot. This client came to me a while back, and asked me to transform their dark guest room into an office with, wait for it, a MURPHY BED! The reason I so dramatically use my caps lock is because Murphy Beds are sort of a challenge for designers. If you’re not careful, they can look outdated. Well I’m here to tell you that this designer is now a full-fledged believer in them!
Here are some tips on how to get this look:
1. Custom Cabinetry:
*Be cautious of the detailing on your custom cabinetry. Opt to go all the way up to the ceiling if possible! It’s so much more finished and dramatic this way. Beefy crown moulding doesn’t hurt either!
*Plan for the placement of every last thing. For example, this printer/copier was designed to sit in that exact spot. A hole was made to allow for electrical access right behind it (no ugly cords, yay!) and the top opens up with exactly the right clearance so it doesn’t hit the shelf above it.
2. Layers of Light:
*In any space I design, I always try and create different layers of light (a lesson I learned way back in design school by the most amazing lighting design instructor ever, Kathy Pryzgoda). In multipurpose rooms, this becomes especially important because of the different ways the room will be used. As an office, you may just want the sconces and your desk lamp on while you work. As a guest, you may want the drum pendant (note that it has a diffuser for soft light) and reading light (located inside the Murphy Bed niche -see pictures below). Both fixtures are on dimmers.
*I’m going to include windows treatments here because they most definitely affect the amount of light the room gets! In this case, we wanted the option to have the room almost always bright, but for privacy we opted for inside mount grass shades. When the space is being used as a guest room, the outside mount flat roman shade can be pulled down. It’s lined and will darken the room quite well.
3. Lighter Finishes/Cohesive Color Scheme:
*The fabric on the roman shade was really our jumping off point here. We loved the soft sophisticated blue/grey color and decided to use it on the walls (2130-50 Benjamin Moore’s New Hope Gray). We carried the fabric’s creme and brown onto the cabinetry and upholstered desk chair respectively, and finished off the look with bronze light fixtures and cabinetry hardware.
This pull-out tray acts as an extended surface/nightstand when the Murphy Bed is down.
Closed bins and containers are a great way to hide/store smaller objects to keep the space from looking cluttered. The shelves are also styled with some of the clients personal items.
This table on casters was made to tuck away in the client’s closet as an extra work surface for days that both husband and wife are using the space. We used the same durable laminate countertop (Wilsonart’s Twilight Zephyr) and wood finish to make it flow with the rest of the cabinetry.
I was brief on my last post, so I hope that I’ve provided some useful tips for all of you on this one. Thanks for reading!
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