When I think of the words “master bedroom” I think sanctuary. When staging homes, one of the most important rooms in the house is the master bedroom – if buyers can imagine relaxing in a beautiful and serene setting, it helps them fall in love with the house.
But you don’t have to buy or sell a house to create your own sanctuary – here are some tips on transforming your bedroom into a place that will help the stresses of the day melt away and rival magazine photos.
A fresh coat of paint can really transform the space. If you decide to paint, choose a color that relaxes you. You probably know that blues and greens are said to be relaxing, but muted shades of almost any favorite color can help to personalize your space. I would recommend, however, staying away from any bright / vibrant colors in an adult bedroom.
Be sure to clear all the clutter and extra items that have accumulated over time. Now is the time to simplify and start with just the basics: a bed, nightstands, dresser, lamps, a chair or two if you have room and a bench or ottoman at the foot of the bed. You can add a few (emphasis on few!) finishing touches later.
My number one master bedroom rule is NO electronics in sight. No television. No cell phones. No computers. Not only is it bad Feng Shui, but they actually interfere with your sleep.
Now here are some designer tricks for you – white, layers and pillows. Lots and lots of pillows.
No matter the color of your walls, nothing looks fresher than a fluffy white comforter. If you think white will be too hard to keep clean, (kids! pets!) stick with solid neutral colors that can be versatile. Remember, you can always use accessories to bring in color and personality.
Pick an accent color as well as a secondary accent color, and use them throughout the room – this is where your artwork, linens and decorative accessories will tie it all together. One mistake that people often make is to use just two colors – which can end up feeling bland and too matchy-matchy. Sparse use of a third color will really make it look finished. Just remember that too many colors in one space is too stimulating for our brains – which is the opposite of the desired effect!
The trend in bed linens right now is to have multiple layers of bedding and pillows. So go ahead and put a contrasting comforter on top of another one – just roll it down halfway to make room for all of your pillows.
Now about those pillows – don’t be afraid to pile them on. The trick, though, is to use multiple sizes (and symmetry). Think of it like building blocks – start with two or three European squares as a base, then a couple of layers of bed pillows in shams. Next add a couple of smaller pillows and perhaps even one even smaller pillow as the finishing touch.
Add some fresh flowers or an orchid, light some candles, then sit back and relax!