Interior Design: Turning a bland Mission Hill bedroom into a hideaway

Before designer Christina Wikman transformed it, the master bedroom in this historic Mission Hill brownstone had too much brown furniture and too little ambiance. As a result, the couple spent none of their waking hours there. “There’s only one living space and they often have guests at the house, so it made sense to make it an escape,” says the designer. “It’s on the third floor and has a bay window, so I knew we could make it brighter, peaceful and pretty.” The only wooden element she left in place? The original wooden door, matching the others in the house.

1 Delicate nightstands have functional gallery tops and drawers, but don’t block the bottom of the mural. “The silhouette is clean and the creamy color fades,” says Wikman.

2 Pleated silk shades in a small floral design by Penny Morrison complement the wandering branch motif of the mural. “I love the pattern play,” says Wikman.

3 On each side of the bed, Wikman trimmed panels of Daisy Bennett grass fabric with moldings, then added another section of molding between them. “We wanted to use the wallcovering on the entire back wall, but the panels are not high enough to reach the ceiling,” she explains.

4 A gold faux bamboo mirror highlights the antique brass sconces and chinoiserie wall design. “It’s Italian vintage and the perfect finishing touch,” says Wikman.

5 The olive headboard upholstery is a performance velvet with a lush pile and subtle streaking. “We needed a grounding element with all the pale colors,” says Wikman. “It’s nice to lean against while watching TV.”

6 A cool, printed damask lumbar pillow rests on a quilted blanket by Annie Selke. “I kept the bedding simple,” says Wikman. “They’re a down to earth couple and it’s a compact space.”

Marni Elyse Katz is a regular contributor to Globe Magazine. Send your comments to [email protected]

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