As one of the most private parts of your house, the master bedroom is often not given priority when making design plans. But it’s still a key room in your home, and modern interior design is capable of transforming it into an exclusive sanctuary that you’ll enjoy spending time in. Here are some design tips to help you turn your bedroom into a rejuvenating retreat.
Be creative with the headboard
While you don’t have to have a headboard on your bed, including it in your master bedroom design makes a noticeable difference. You can either buy a ready-made one, or make your own. The latter option is a great way to put a personal stamp on your bedroom; Pinterest is a great source of inspiration for this type of project.
Adding some greenery in the form of plants to your master bedroom can be a real game-changer. Plants add visual variety, texture and a refreshing hint of the outdoors. Healthy plants improve the air quality in a room, as well as complementing the master bedroom’s texture, colour, and patterns. They also inject calmness into your decor, which can improve your sleeping patterns.
When choosing your plants, consider the conditions in your bedroom – direct sunlight or cool shade, for example – and go for a variety of plant that will be happy there.
Mirrors are an essential aspect of modern interior design. In addition to distributing light around the master bedroom, they will help to increase the sense of space. You can play around with the position of your mirrors to maximise their impact or practical use.
For purely practical mirrors, you could go for the back of a wardrobe door, above a dressing table, or a free-standing mirror which can also incorporate storage. If it’s a style statement you’re trying to make, there’s a huge selection of designs to choose from, ranging from antique to ultra-modern.
Make your bed the centrepiece
The bed naturally takes pride of place in all bedrooms. Make yours as nice to look at and as comfortable as you possibly can. Adding some luxurious cushions or throws will give your bed an inviting look, as well as being a great way to bring colour and texture to the room.
Choosing a high-quality mattress will be the decisive factor in guaranteeing you a good night’s sleep. Because mattresses last for several years, it’s advisable to buy the most superior type you can afford.
Use numerous light sources
Choosing your bedroom’s colour scheme and furniture is great fun, but don’t forget just how important lighting is too. Incorporating different light sources allows you to change the mood easily, and also provide task lighting for things like reading and applying makeup.
Consider ceiling fixtures, pendant lights and wall lights for your ambient lighting. Floor lamps, bedside lamps and wall lights are all good for task lighting. Accent lighting provides the finishing touches; use candles, wall lights and picture lights to give your room extra ambience.
Mix antique and modern decor styles
A key element of contemporary interior design is how to achieve balance and proportion. Mixing antique and modern elements is a clever way to create contrast and interest, while still creating a balanced overall look. For example, you could use both new and antique items in your accessories, or mix up your furniture by adding a statement antique piece.
Another clever trick is to choose an antique or modern item, then group other pieces around it. On a larger scale, you could choose a theme – for example a colour or a design style – then select both modern and antique items and accessories that complement it. Remember to stick to the 80:20 rule: if 80% of the items or accessories are contemporary, make 20% antique and vice versa.
Think about a bedroom rug
Other than protecting your feet from the cold morning floor, rugs are also a mainstay of modern interior design. You could focus on the area around the bed, or go for a larger rug for a real statement. Just as mirrors give the illusion of a bigger space, a large rug can also make your master bedroom look more roomy.
If your bedroom has a neutral colour scheme, rugs are a brilliant way to introduce a pop of colour. You can also use them to complement any accent colours you already have in the room. Finally, consider using pattern to make a statement, particularly if your bedroom is on the larger side.
Spruce up the walls
Your bedroom’s walls account for the majority of the surface area of the room, so think carefully about how you’d like to use them. If you’re going for a soothing atmosphere, consider tones of white, blue, green and grey. If you’d prefer to liven things up a little, bolder colours and patterned wallpaper are both great options.
Think about the other elements of wall decoration too. A dado rail, wall art, display shelves, mirrors, hanging textiles and built-in bookcases can all be used to reinforce your bedroom’s style and stamp your own personality on the space.
Hopefully these tips have inspired you to transform your master bedroom into a room you love to spend time in. Do you have any top tips for giving a bedroom wow factor?