Spring has finally arrived. Two weeks ago it was snowing here in Northern Virginia, but now the cherry blossoms are blooming and everything’s in bud. (Never mind that the temperature was in the nineties yesterday.)
In honor of spring, I thought I’d create a spring inspired room. I’ve always wanted to design a room around the painting Primavera by Sandro Botticelli. Painted in 1482, it is bursting with beautiful fabrics, great textures, and rich colors that would translate to a gorgeous bedroom.
The background of the painting is a grove of citrus trees with a pale blue sky behind. For the walls of my Primavera bedroom, I’d use this beautiful de Gournay hand-painted wallpaper.
The figures in the painting are standing on a lush field of an amazing variety of flowers. I’d use this area rug from Stark Carpet to create a similar look.
The central figure, Venus, is draped in rich silks of blue and rust, both of which appear to have a diamond pattern. I would design a window treatment for this bedroom based on these fabrics and with an unstructured draping design in the fabrics below.
The Three Graces in the painting are draped in a light diaphanous fabric.
I’d do a similar draping of lightweight linen sheers on Niermann Weeks’ Loire canopy bed, like in this room by Gary McBournie.
For the bedding, I’d use the figures to the right in the painting for inspiration. I’d use the silk fabric with floral bouquets for the coverlet and add pillows in the Fortuny fabric. (Fortuny was a must for this space!)
In Botticelli’s painting, the scene is watched over by Cupid.
I would install this chandelier with its own putti to complete my Primavera bedroom.