Can This Master Bedroom Be Saved?

May 13, 2016 - table lamp

Left: Canopy Bed, from $14,200, Uhuru Design, 212-882-1581; Right: Louis XV 18th Century Chinoiserie Lacquer Commode, $9,500,

The Challenge:

In a couple’s initial common apartment, she bestows on their middle sanctum an 18th-century gilded-appliqué Chinoiserie bombe bureau, and he contributes an industrial, Brooklyn-made black-walnut bed with a blackened steel base. Here, suggestions for a pleasing coexistence.

Find an updated antique

French Four-Fold Screen from Windsor House Antiques, $9,405,

Because a padded infill of this French 19th-century shade has been left bare, it reads utterly modern, pronounced New York engineer Vicente Wolf, author of “The Four Elements of Design” (Rizzoli). As such, it echoes a rectilinearity of a bed, while a oxidized gilt-bronze support references a gilding and antiquity of a chinoiserie commode. At a same time, a screen’s estimable volume sits on a floor, in antithesis to a honesty of a canopy bed and a space underneath a bureau, that sits atop roughly spindly supports. French Four-Fold Screen from Windsor House Antiques, $9,405,

Fill a gender gap

Pilu Chinoiserie 1 Wallpaper, $500 per 52-inch-wide panel, Voutsa, 646-892-7797

The ornate, lacquered commode has clever tension behind it, pronounced New York engineer Patrick Mele. Set on cabriole legs, a square also reads feminine. The elementary industrial-style bed telegraphs masculinity. Mr. Mele suggested a Voutsa Pilu wallpaper not usually for a Asian-themed bamboo though since a wall covering comes opposite as genderless. “It has a complicated sensibility—it doesn’t feel like a antiquated chinoiserie paper—but also a painterly, romantic palm to it,” he said. Besides, he added, “The colors are outrageous!” Pilu Chinoiserie 1 Wallpaper, $500 per 52-inch-wide panel, Voutsa, 646-892-7797

Go for a (warm) gold

Tinsley Table Lamp, $450,

The pared-down bed clearly needs some bit of oppulance circuitously for a Louis XV chest to make sense, pronounced Charlotte, N.C., engineer Barrie Benson. A made flare of bullion or coronet competence be too frail or dressy, though a turn edges of this Serena and Lily ceramic flare exhibit a handmade peculiarity that knocks behind a turn of excellence a touch. Yes, a glow glitter of lead bullion carries over a chest’s gilt ormolu, though a healthy materials of a pottery (and a linen shade) curtsy to a organic peculiarity that a bed’s abounding walnut timber lends. Tinsley Table Lamp, $450,

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