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Mark D. Sikes Talks Canopy Beds and Boudoir Hues

Mark D. Sikes Talks Canopy Beds and Boudoir Hues

Designer Mark D. Sikes gives us the scoop on his bedroom collection for Henredon. Currently on display at the One Kings Lane Southampton shop, its blue-and-white scheme reflects Sikes’s signature style (see how it’s represented in his own home) and is well suited to any transitional abode. Read what he has to say about the pieces along with his favorite bedroom hues below.

On the bed:
“All the pieces in the collection are named after places in California, so right now we’re sitting on the Palisades canopy bed. I love the height of it, because it feels dramatic, and then it’s also designed with a bar that goes around, so you can have bed hangings, or you can have a valance, or you can have nothing at all. It really has a versatility to it, and it’s super-comfortable. There’s a timeless quality to it. The whole collection, I think, feels very relevant, but it’s also very timeless.”

On the nightstands:
“They’re called the Santa Monica nightstand, and they’re made out of fumed oak with a beautiful leather inlay and antique nickel hardware. I didn’t want the pieces in the collection to perfectly match… I liked the idea of something that felt more collected.”

On designing bedrooms:
“I always start with asking the client lots of questions about how they want their bedroom to feel and function. That’s always the starting point. And then we start working on colors, patterns, and fabrics, and then we start layering in furniture. We always have a floor plan too.”

On his favorite paint colors for bedrooms:
“Farrow & Ball Skylight is probably my ultimate color for any room, and that’s a pale blue. I also love their White Tie, which is the prettiest creamy ivory. It’s not too bright or vivid, but it has enough yellow in it that it just feels really soft. So those are two of my favorites. I just did a bedroom in Farrow & Ball’s Pink Ground, which was a little girl’s room, and it was absolutely the sweetest thing ever. [Farrow & Ball] just has the most beautiful paint colors because there’s gray in them. It feels very English. It feels like the windows have been open for 20 years, you know?”

I didn’t want the pieces in the collection to perfectly match... I liked the idea of something that felt more collected.

— Mark D. Sikes

Related: Mark D. Sikes’s Gorgreous, Graceful L.A. Hideaway 

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