JUST BECAUSE IT’S A BEDROOM doesn’t mean it has to be a snoozer when it comes to style. Homeowner and interior designer Lisa Franco woke up the monotone neutrals of her and husband Luis’ master bedroom without disturbing the sense of quiet appropriate in a room meant for dreaming.
“We wanted to select colors that were neither too masculine nor too feminine,” says Lisa.
Crisp whites offset cozy browns that take center stage. Elegant bedding in a soft grey-blue is calm and serene and works well with the rich chocolate-colored grass-cloth wall covering.
“Some of the bedding is a raw silk that adds a masculine feel due to its rougher texture,” says Lisa, “and some is a soft, smooth silk balancing the masculinity with a feminine feel.”
As part of the La Jolla Palisades whole-house remodel, archi-tect Mark Morris of Oasis Architecture fine-tuned the room with window and base molding to match the rest of the home’s coastal, Hamptons feel. Hickory flooring complements the wall’s chocolate hue, and installation of an extra window next to the bed gives the room more light.
Photo caption: A sleigh bed from Ethan Allen was one of the first “quality” pieces of furniture homeowners Lisa and Luis Franco ever purchased. Refinishing the honey-hued hardwood to a deep nut brown was in keeping with the richer tones of the new hickory flooring and grass-cloth wall covering.
Before & After: By Eva Ditler Photography by Owen McGoldrick