The master bedroom is one of your home’s most personal spaces. It’s the room in which you rewind and recharge, the room in which you start and end your day. With so much of an impact on your daily life, it’s essential that the master bedroom provide you with an atmosphere that is warm, inviting, and comforting. That means something different to everyone, so it’s also important that the decor be personalized in a way that inspires those feelings in you.
Today, I have some master bedroom ideas that will help you create the relaxing retreat you want and need, and that will make it feel like your own personal haven.
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1 The walls are the largest space in the room, so it’s important to choose the right color for them. Since this is a room in which relaxation is paramount, select a color that will help to create a relaxing atmosphere, whatever that means to you. You may feel most relaxed around soft colors, like a neutral or blue, or maybe you love something deep and rich, like charcoal or dark green. If you’re not sure what color to go with, you’ll find some helpful tips in my post Choosing Colors for Your Home That Inspire You.
2 The type of flooring you choose is a matter of personal taste. Carpet can be soft and luxurious under your feet and is especially nice in cooler weather. However, if you’re not a fan of carpet, hardwood floors can look beautiful in a master bedroom. You could always have the best of both worlds by layering an area rug over wood or tile flooring, even if it’s just a small rug by either side of the bed so you have someplace soft and warm to place your feet when you get in and out of it.
3 You spend a third of your life sleeping, so it’s important to choose a mattress, pillows and bedding that are the most comfortable for you. If you want to know how to make a bed that’s magazine-worthy, check out my post How to Make a Bed with a Designer’s Touch.
5 If you have to sleep during daylight hours, room-darkening curtains may help you get a more restful sleep. Room-darkening curtains are available in a wide variety of styles and colors, and they also make room-darkening liners to use with existing curtains.
6 Chandelier or ceiling fan? This is probably one of the most common dilemmas in decorating a master bedroom. The designer in me wants a fabulous light fixture, but my husband can’t sleep without a ceiling fan. I love my husband; he works hard and I want him to get plenty of rest, so this was an easy one to solve in our house. We have a pretty ceiling fan that looks nice and gets the job done. This is a matter of personal comfort, though, so if you can sleep without the fan, choose a wonderful light fixture that makes a statement.
7 A nice addition to the master bedroom is a sitting area. All you need is a comfy chair, small side table, and lamp to create a cozy spot where you can relax, read a book or enjoy your morning coffee. If space allows, add a bench or a couple of ottomans at the foot of the bed. I love the color and style of this upholstered bench.
8 Another question I’m often asked concerns televisions and electronics. Again, it’s a matter of personal taste. It’s easier to create a restful retreat if you eliminate electronic devices like TVs and computers, but if you love watching TV before bed, then by all means – keep it in there. Just don’t let it become the focal point. A great way to accomplish this is to keep it in a cabinet with doors so that you can hide it away when you’re not using it.
9 You don’t have to fill every wall and surface. Give your eyes a chance to rest by keeping the accessories simple and to a minimum. This is your master bedroom, though, so be sure to choose items that are important and meaningful to you.
10 If outside noises are an annoyance, consider a sound machine. They offer simulations of rain, ocean waves, the forest and other calming sounds that help block out external noises. This is the one I use and I swear by it. The “rain” setting blocks out both the Hubs’ snoring and our little Chihuahua’s – who by the way, at 6 pounds snores louder than the Hubs.
Creating a space where you can rejuvenate is important. I hope you’ve found inspiration in these master bedroom ideas and tips. Which one was your favorite?
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