The new bedroom is painted a soft warm gray. The ceilings are tall, and the windows face south, getting a lot of bright sunlight. Accents colors of butter yellow and ebony create contrast. Just can’t have enough pillows for variety of color and texture.
As in most Italian homes, the room lacks built-in closet space, completely. This is why everyone here owns at least one wardrobe, or an armadio. I chose sliding doors so that the walk space would not be blocked. The mirror reflects the window light and makes the space appear larger. The frosted glass door adds a subtle color and can even be lit-up from inside creating ambient light. Depending on the angle, I can catch a view through the kitchen to the garden door.
A small black table works as an art display. The vintage photo and the painting/collage on an old door includes images of my Italian-American grandfather playing the accordion with lyrics from a classic Sicilian folk song, “Ciuri, ciuri, ciuri…” To read some history about the musicians and entertainers in my family, see Cammarata Dossier: Music, Myth and Melodrama.
The window and shutters are classic for this age of palazzo (c.1930). On the exterior, I can close the sliding green shutters for more privacy and indirect light. The antique mirror above the dresser mimics the frame of the fresco discovered on the ceiling which I chose to leave exposed in its found state. I love the imperfection, the subtle images and added color. The ceiling was a pleasant surprise that happened when the painter noticed the ceiling paint flaking off. We had no idea this fresco was hidden behind the previously painted coat of white.
The chandelier was found at a used shop and re-furbished. See more about the lighting details in the apartment.