Time after time when clients call me to design their master bedroom it’s the last room in the house they are getting to. Finally, after they’ve furnished the living spaces and upgraded the kitchen or outside spaces, they are getting to their master bedroom. If you have also put off decorating your master bedroom, here are five ways to improve your master bedroom decor without creating a whole new room.
You work so hard every day, don’t you deserve a space that feels like a retreat at the end and start of each day?
1. Add drapes. If you have blinds or shutters to block the light, but never got around to adding drapes to your master bedroom, you should consider adding them. Drapes add softness, pattern and color to a room. They can also be closed to block out light if needed, or stay open to frame a window.
2. Upgrade your lighting. Most bedrooms have one light fixture or fan in the center of ceiling that is intended to light the entire room. It’s crazy and doesn’t work. Lighting is so important for function and mood. Consider upgrading your current light fixture to a wonderful chandelier. To add more light consider adding recessed lights to better illuminate the room. Finally, take a look at your bedside lights. They are likely too small (see #3). Adding new, larger bedside lamps will go a long way to upgrading your master bedroom decor.
3. Go big with bedside tables. Like your lights (see #2), your bedside tables are likely too small for the scale of your bed and room. (If your room is small this may not apply to you). Consider a chest of drawers for a bedside table to maximize your storage and create a nice tabletop space for your bigger lamp (see #2), a vase of flowers and a few pretty picture frames. Create an elegant space beside your bed — you’ll see it first thing in the morning and last thing at night so it should be pretty!
4. Lower and increase the size of your art. This tip applies throughout your home, but especially in your bedroom. You are most often viewing your art and wall photos while seated or laying in bed. They should be at eye level. Lower your art to meet your eyes and your room will come alive. Also make sure your art fits the wall it’s on. Too often I see three 8×10 inch frames hung together on one LARGE wall. The wall is eating them up. Large walls need large art or a cluster of smaller frames that together appear as one large piece of art. If you have art over your headboard it should be about 2/3 the width of your bed.
5. Layer your bedding. This may be the most important thing you can do to upgrade your bedroom. After all, your bedding is the largest visual in this room and it should reflect the feeling you want in the room. If you have a comforter or duvet that you like you can improve your room by adding a few more layers to the bed. A soft blanket at the foot of the bed, a few toss pillows or new sheets and bed skirt to complete the experience. Select a palette you love and build your bed based on that palette.
Below is a video I made about creating a luxurious and layered bed. And speaking of luxurious bedding, I invite you to attend a color and bedding event at Phina’s for the Home in Federal Hill on the evening of Oct. 9. I’ll be speaking about color for the home and Carla Wing, owner of Phina’s, will show you how to dress a bed with color! Contact me for details and to register.
What idea(s) are you going to implement to improve your master bedroom decor? I’d love to hear your thoughts below.