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The Layering Process – A Bedroom Takes Shape – Interior Design in MD, DC and VA

The design process can be likened to the layering of a cake or a lasagna. In Interior Design, layers usually begin at the bottom and work their way up until the final product is achieved.

In a recent Falls Church, VA bedroom project, we began with a navy and cream area rug from C.G. Coe & Son, Inc. as the room’s first and stabilizing layer upon which all other pieces would be added.

Area Rug

Next came the bed, or more specifically, the custom headboard we designed and had fabricated by Oliver’s Furniture and Delivery. We selected a neutral gray tweed fabric for the headboard. The shape and button trim adds to the personality of the headboard.

Headboard fabric

Upholstered Headboard

In order to keep decorating costs lower, the client purchased ready made bedding. We gave the bed a custom look by having a pillow fabricated in a stylized floral patterned fabric. And although not seen in any of our photos, the window treatments have been fabricated in the same fabric.

Stylized floral fabric

Side tables were selected from the American Eye Showroom in the Washington Design Center for each side of the bed, and to keep things interesting THEY DO NOT MATCH, but are both made with metal and painted wood to make them congruous.

Night table with drawer

Night table

Next, we again enlisted the skills of Oliver’s Furniture and Delivery to fabricate the bench at the end of the bed according to our specifications. It is upholstered in a sturdy vinyl and adorned with polished chrome nail heads.

upholstered bench with nail heads

And a closeup of the nail head detail…upholstered bench with nail heads

But the layering does not end here. The room still needs accessories which can be likened to the chocolate shavings on top of a cake or the asiago cheese sprinkled on lasagna. Lamps, artwork, a throw blanket and other accessories will give this room a finished look.