I recently worked with a client, a mother of four, who broke the mold for the way most busy families approach their homes. She wanted to design the master bedroom FIRST!
Not the family room. Not the kitchen or a bathroom—the rooms most commonly at the top of the list—but the master bedroom, the place where, at least in theory, she and her husband can escape, connect, and recharge for the next day. I loved it!
Whether you are ready for a full makeover or want to enhance your bedroom over time, here are some considerations and ideas to get you started.
Set the Tone
Think about how you want the room to feel and how you use it. Do you want it to feel warm and cozy, elegant, sensual, streamlined and simple? Is this space all about sound sleep, quiet music and reading time, or do you want it serve as a private lounge space to catch up on your favorite shows? Maybe it’s a little of each.
Whatever the case, considering the desired tone and function before you buy, paint, or re-arrange a single piece will save time, money, and produce better results in the end.
Start With the Bed
The best starting point for setting the tone is the bed and surrounding wall since this is usually the focal point of the room.
Maybe you need a new headboard? Or if you don’t have one, maybe it’s time. Headboards create structure for the bed space and can change up the feeling of your room in a snap.
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Don’t forget about the ceiling! Whether it’s to add a burst of color in an otherwise neutral room or to set the mood for dreamy sleep, the bedroom ceiling deserves a second look.
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Go for Form and Function in Furniture
Because bedrooms are more private than other rooms in the house, bedroom furniture is often over-looked. But I think just because this is where you start and end every day, bedroom furniture should provide optimal function as well as delight.
Before you buy or replace anything, consider both form and function. How much and what kind of storage do you need? What about placement in the room for optimal flow? What kind of style works for the feeling you want to create?
I’m a big fan of not having dressers in the bedroom as they tend to be clutter collectors, instead install a closet organization system which utilizes the closet space to it’s maximum and helps keep clothes better organized.
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Nightstands are mandatory in my book. They are the natural place for reading material and a light, they help balance the bed, and are also a good spot to infuse personality.
These 3-drawer Malm dressers from IKEA look great, are inexpensive, and hold a ton of stuff! It looks great on it’s own, but a great option is to add embellishments from O’verlays to dress them up.
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Pro Tip: For a balanced bedroom set-up that isn’t too matchy-matchy, I like to mix-up either the nightstands or lamps like this bedroom below. Matching lamps with different but complementary nightstands make this room really dynamic and reflect the personality of the couple.
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Be Smart About Seating
If you’re short on space, a pair of ottomans or a small bench work nicely at the foot of the bed. Choose one with hidden storage to stash shoes, linens, or off-season items.
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If you are lucky to have space for chairs or a chaise, by all means go for it. It can be nice to have a space to read or catch up on the laptop without getting into bed. Just be warned that chairs and chaises can just as easily become a dumping ground for clothes and clutter.
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To TV or not to TV?
Not sold on having a TV in the bedroom but your husband won’t budge? Try one of these tricks to minimize the impact so it doesn’t become the focal point.
Create a gallery wall around it.
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Add a large piece of art behind it to steal the show.
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Light the Way
Like everything else in your bedroom, lighting should be a happy marriage of form and function. You need enough light as well as the right kind of light to cast the desired tone and mood.
The main, overhead light can be a focal point and a powerful way to amplify the tone of your room. Going for tranquility? A soft chandelier can be lovely. Want something with a little more wow factor or edge? Consider wrought iron or something a little more sculptural.
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I was thinking. This thing about starting with your master bedroom instead of, say, the playroom is kind of like the notion of putting the oxygen mask on yourself before helping others. By creating a bedroom space you love first, you may find that the rest of the house, and even your attitude about it, starts to feel different with half the effort.