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Using sophisticated fabrics, space-defining finishes and a few high-tech touches, this massive bedroom was brought down to size and is now intimate, interactive and incredible.  SHNS photo courtesy HGTV

Space Invader
Oversized master bedroom gets space-defining makeover

Cathy and David had just relocated from a minuscule apartment in Japan to a gigantic 3,800-square-foot house in the United States. While they love all of the breathing space in their new home, the place is a bit of a decorating challenge ó particularly the master bedroom. The room was so huge the couple had no idea what to do with it.

They wanted a warmer, more intimate space where they could kick back and relax, so I set out with my crew to bring this 23-feet-per-wall-sized bedroom down to size.

My main challenge here was to try to diminish the look of the gargantuan room via space reorganization and design fundamentals. I kicked things off by taking the vast expanse of wall space and breaking it up with a series of vertical panel moldings with inset strips of shimmery gold textured wallpaper. The panels brought order and interest, while the gold color added a cocoon-like glow to the space. I painted the rest of the walls in a dreamy, soft cream color.

To further this theme of intimacy, I chose colors and fabrics that can only be described as lush and plush. I selected a dramatic color palette of crisp bronzes, chocolate browns and buttery creams ó and then added a little bit of red for spice. These colors I used in the most luxurious fabrics and textures: dark bronze and brown silk for the drapes, chocolate velvet for the headboard, cream-colored chenille for the lounge chairs, and silk and velvet bed linens with red damask accents.

Next, I divided the room into two distinct areas that would help minimize the space: a sleeping area and a lounging area. In the sleeping area, I put in a new king-sized upholstered bed and two gorgeous bedside tables. Davidís one request for this redesign was to keep a TV in the bedroom, but Cathy didnít want to have to look at it. So, to keep marital strife at bay, I installed a state-of-the-art mechanical LCD television that is integrated into the bedís cabinet- like footboard and can pop up when required for viewing. It also swivels so it can be seen in the seating area.

In the lounge area, I put in a beautiful cast-stone gas fireplace, which serves as the focal point of the room and helps anchor everything around it. In this area, I also placed two new comfy, upholstered chairs strategically placed for perfect viewing of the new fireplace, as well as a lovely deep-brown ottoman and a sumptuous area rug.

To warm things up more, I ripped out the roomís light fixture and replaced it with a more traditional crystal fixture that adds a welcoming glow to the space. I also installed recessed lights around the roomís perimeter to wash down the face of the wall panels, put up two new scones by the fireplace and brought in two spectacular chrome lamps with matching chrome shades for bedside reading.

After a few additional touches, including family photos, vases and mirrors, the room redesign was complete. By using sophisticated fabrics, space-defining finishes and a few high-tech touches, this massive bedroom was brought down to size and is now intimate, interactive and incredible. How divine.

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