Updated January 23, 2024
The master bedroom is one of the most fun rooms to decorate. After all, you don’t need to pay any attention to what guests might think; the room needs to appeal to you and you only. It’s well worth putting in the effort to create a beautiful room. After all, you’ll spend at least one-third of your life in your bedroom (even though you’re asleep for most of that time). Read on for some of the best master bedroom ideas you can incorporate into your home.
The first step when embarking on your master bedroom design is to create your overall plan for the room. Think of what kind of style you’d like. Modern? Rustic? Minimalist? The bedroom is always a fun room to decorate because it’s the most personal space in the house; you don’t have to give any consideration to what guests might think of it. It’s usually a good idea to keep bedroom design simple. If the room is very busy visually, you may find it distracting or overstimulating when what you probably want it to be is relaxing. Of course, this comes down to personal tastes.
If you’re buying new furniture, you can buy each piece individually or purchase a bedroom set. Either approach is fine, and depends on if your planned style involves matching furniture or incorporating different styles. When choosing your furniture, make sure it’s appropriately-sized for your bedroom. You might not want a California king bed in a tiny condo bedroom. If your bedroom has high ceilings, an elegant canopy or four-poster bed is a great idea.
Remember the practical side of your furniture as well as the aesthetic side. If you know you’ll spend a lot of time reading in bed, look for a cushioned or ergonomically-shaped headboard on your bed. If your bedroom is on the smaller side, consider a headboard with built-in storage space. A trunk for the foot of the bed is a classic decorating idea, and provides great storage space for extra bedding.
Choosing the right colours will be a big part of your décor scheme. In addition to choosing colours for your walls, floors and ceiling, remember to coordinate the colours of your furniture, your bedding, and your decorations.
When it comes to bedrooms, muted colours are often the best choice. Overly-bright shades can be too stimulating, which is exactly what you don’t want in a room that’s supposed to be relaxing. It’s never wrong to utilize your favourite colour in your bedroom. It can be daunting to choose a colour for your room; after all, there are limitless options and no right or wrong answers.
Blue is always a nice colour for bedrooms. Blue promotes positivity and relaxation, calling to mind clear skies and calm waters. Green is also very calming, invoking feelings of nature and freshness. Purple is a bold choice, but different shades of purple can also be relaxing (like lavender) or elegant (royal purple). Avoid mid-shades of purple with lots of red in them, as these can be overstimulating. Silver and other metallic colours aren’t ideal as primary colours, but they work great as accents. One of the best choices for a master bedroom is brown, or other earthy tones. They’re warm, neutral, and easy to design around.
If your master bedroom has an ensuite, it’s usually best if it doesn’t match your bedroom. Choose a different (but harmonious) colour scheme for the bathroom.
With an overall theme and a colour scheme chosen, you can start choosing more specific items, like curtains. The right curtains are more than just a way to keep light out; they’re an integral part of the bedroom’s design. The style of your curtains should match your overall theme. For example, go with pleated curtains for a traditional style. Curtains hung with tabs or eyelets lend a more modern look to your window dressings.
If you want to take your bedroom curtains to the next level, you can add pelmets or valences to hide the curtain rod from view. These types of window treatments are particularly good if your room doesn’t have any fancy architectural features.
Bedding is a unique part of bedroom design, since comfort and warmth are probably much more important considerations than visual appeal. That being said, bedding is a huge part of the visual style of the room, so don’t neglect appearance when you’re choosing the coverings for your bed.
When it comes to bedding, don’t cheap out. Nicer coverings will cost more, but they’ll also be more comfortable and more durable than cheap fabrics. Look for 100% cotton bedding, with a thread count in the neighbourhood of 350 (or higher). Of course, thread count isn’t the only thing that matters; the fabric weave is a factor as well. Combed cotton is always a great choice. Even at thread counts of 300-400, combed cotton is a brilliantly strong and soft fabric.
When you find sheets that you like, buy multiple sets. In a perfect world, you’ll have three sets of bedding: one for the bed, one for the closet, and one in the laundry (though two sets is probably just fine).
Of course, there’s more to bedding than just sheets; your bedspread is going to be the part that actually shows. It can be difficult to decide on what topping to buy for your bed. Duvets, bedspreads, coverlets, quilts… which is the right choice? It depends on the climate you live in, as well as the current season. You’re probably going to need both a summer and a winter bed covering. Duvets with covers are a versatile choice since you can find a cover matching any room décor and change up the insert seasonally.
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It’s important to choose the right floor for your master bedroom. Not just to make the room look good, but to give yourself something nice to step onto first thing in the morning; No one wants to crawl out of bed onto a cold concrete floor. Most flooring types are available in multiple patterns and colours, so you should be able to find something that matches your chosen décor regardless of which material you choose. Hardwood flooring may work better for a more traditional style, while vinyl or tile may lend a more contemporary look.
The flooring types that work in other rooms throughout the house will also work in the bedroom, but there are slightly different considerations.
The bedroom is the place in the house where you’re most likely to find yourself staring at the ceiling, so it makes sense to give the ceiling design plenty of consideration. Adding a pattern or colour to the ceiling helps make the room feel more comfortable and intimate. A lighter version of the wall colour is a good choice, though you may also choose one that provides a stronger contrast.
If your master bedroom’s ceiling features prominent architectural elements, such as beams or trays, make sure to take advantage of them. Beams of exposed wood impart a rustic look to the room, while painted beams look contemporary. A tray ceiling helps make a small room feel larger, or adds a touch of visual detail to large rooms.
For bedrooms with high ceilings, a hanging bed canopy can be a great way to use some of that real estate while adding a touch of elegance to the room. Hanging light fixtures are another way to add some visual interest to the ceiling area of the bedroom.
Once you’ve got your furniture and accessories together, the next step is to decide where everything goes. Unless your master bedroom is enormous, it’s a good idea to limit your furnishings to only the essentials: one bed, two bedside tables, a dresser, and perhaps a chair. Depending on your closet size and design, you may wish to have a chest of drawers inside it. If you have a very large room, you can consider extra additions like a desk, a reading chair, or extra shelving for storage.
When arranging your furniture, start by deciding where your bed will go. After all, the bed is kind of the most important thing in the bedroom. The bed is normally placed on the wall opposite the door, or on the room’s longest windowless wall. You are more than welcome to place your bed near a window, but be aware that it may get drafty during cold winter weather.
With the bed situated, continue placing furniture in order of size from largest to smallest. Bedside tables are easy, since their location is also their name. The dresser can sit along whichever wall has room for it, but remember to leave room for walking; there should be at least 1 metre of walking space between the bed and adjacent walls or furniture. If you have a large master bedroom, try to subdivide it into different functional areas like a bed area, a dressing area, and a desk area, for example.
A rug is a good addition to any bedroom, as it really ties the room together. If the rug is large enough, center it underneath the bed. There should be enough rug sticking out on both sides of the bed to stand on. Otherwise, place the rug just off to the side of the bed, overlapping its edges with the edges of the bed and other furniture.
Your approach to closet planning is going to depend on how much room you have. If your master bedroom already has a walk-in closet, you might as well use it. Otherwise, those with very large bedrooms can consider adding a walk-in closet. A reach-in closet is better for smaller rooms. At the smallest end of the room size scale, you may be stuck with an armoire instead of a closet.
Regardless of how big your closet ends up being, you can use some of the same ideas to most efficiently utilize the space. You’re going to need to set up some shelving and hanging rods. Wire shelving is a great option, since it’s fairly modular and gives you the freedom to build it to your specifications, and it’s easy to integrate bars for hanging clothes.
When it comes to hanging, you can make two levels of hanging bars to most effectively use the whole vertical space. Just make sure that you leave enough room for your longest garments to hang down, and make sure that the bars each have at least 30 cm of width to accommodate the clothes hangers.
Consider the ergonomics of your closet as well. If you have a combination of shelves and hanging bars, it makes sense to have the hanging bars along the bottom and the shelves along the top. This arrangement means you’ll spend less time hunched over as you dig through your closet.
Focus on using your closet to store clothing and bedroom-related stuff. It can quickly become a disorganized mess if you start cramming all manner of possessions in there. Try to distribute your storage needs throughout your whole home.
Even though it’s mostly used for sleeping, it’s definitely worth designing a master bedroom that you feel good about. Spending time in a comfortable room that you genuinely like can boost your mood and hopefully help you sleep better. Take these tips and ideas, and personalize your bedroom to your heart’s content. If you do any significant renovating in the process, make sure to let your home insurance provider know. Same thing if you buy tons of new furniture; make sure your home insurance’s Personal Property limits are high enough to cover your new stuff.
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