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An adventurous approach to interior design is all very well, but when you are designing an interior for a house that will be sold, it can pay to be a little more circumspect. That was the idea behind this master suite designed by interior designer Jennie Dunlop, who says the interior needed to be in keeping with the scale of the home and its prestigious location. “The house is at the top end of the market,” she says. “It has a contemporary architectural style, and we wanted to echo that inside, without making it too slick or minimal. The house needed to appeal to a wide range of buyers.” In planning the palette of colors and materials, Dunlop says she prefers to start at the floor and layer up from there. “For the bedrooms in this house, I chose a charcoal-gray carpet, which adds a comfort factor and helps with sound insulation. And while the carpet is quite dark, it is still a neutral element that works well with many different colors. Here, it is teamed with warm white walls, which are a nice foil for the carpet.” Warm neutrals continue in the ensuite bathroom, which features expansive tiling. Above left: A dark charcoal-gray carpet established the color palette for this master suite designed by Jennie Dunlop. Because the suite is in a house that will be sold, the palette was kept neutral, yet contemporary. Above: Furniture provided by DMI HomeStagers, which includes a mirrored chest, adds to the sense of glamour. Similarly, the organic shape of the freestanding tub ensures the look is not too slick or sterile. search | save | share at 17