floating bedroom :: process

This room was selected as the master bedroom because it is one of the best naturally-lit rooms in the house. However, it posed many challenges and space constraints: a niche with awkward corners, which was initially meant to be a balcony, had been turned into a window as an afterthought, the only wall where the bed could be placed had a low window, and the space wasn’t enough for a bed, side tables and cupboards.

These challenges gave way to more creative design solutions. The niche was converted into a window seat with storage underneath, flanked by cupboards on either end, giving it more depth and creating a reading nook. The cupboards have floor-to-ceiling mirrored doors, which visually expand the space. An old drum was repainted and installed over the ceiling fixture, and a dimmer switch adjusts the mood through different lighting conditions.

A pedestal bed was designed with an LED strip underneath, to give it a floating look. This can be used as mood lighting or to navigate in the dark without waking the other person up. The headboard of the bed spans the entire wall: the window behind the bed was half-covered and the headboard bends to form a ledge for it. The window grille was resized accordingly. Due to lack of space, the cupboard door did not allow for two side tables. This was resolve by creating side tables within the continuous surface of the headboard, which have hairpin legs that can fold down (and stay in place behind the table with the help of a magnet) so that the headboard seems to continue to the floor, allowing the cupboard door to open as required. Reading lights hang on wall brackets instead of lamps that clutter the side tables.

The color palette is bright pinks and yellows with a backdrop of browns and grays. Geometric prints offset and balance the femininity of florals.