Design Tips for Improving Your Master Bedroom

Your bedroom should be more than just a place to lay your head. It should serve as a refuge, a comfort, and a respite from the rest of the world. If your bedroom is lacking the calm you need, the design inspiration you want, or the amenities to make it a place you want to spend time in, consider the following tips to update your space.

Pick cozy or calming hues

Bold, brightly colored walls may not offer the calm you seek when you retreat to your bedroom. Instead, opt for colors that are light, subtle, and reside in the same color family.

“Remember color theory: gentle hues of blue, lavender, or green are considered calm and serene. Rich jewel-toned hues help set the mood for coziness and comfort. These might include toasty browns, deep pomegranate, or topaz,” according to Coral Nafie, writer for The Spruce.

When you’re choosing a paint color for your walls, don’t forget to incorporate the ceiling into the design. “Paint the ceiling a slightly lighter version of the wall color. This will help to visually lower the ceiling and give the space a feeling of comfort and intimacy,” Nafie adds.

Other ways to make the ceiling more pleasing to the eye include stencils, wallpaper, beams, moldings, a crystal chandelier, or molded medallion.

Rearrange the layout

Refreshing the look and feel of your bedroom can start with rearranging its layout. Mimic the feel of your favorite hotel by keeping the circulation of your bedroom to one side of the room, advises Dylan Chappell, California Architect and contributor at If the placement of your bed is obstructing an advantageous view, move it.

“If you’re designing a new bedroom or reworking an old one, try to come up with a layout that focuses on the vista — whether it’s something as stunning as a lake or as simple as your backyard,” he advises.

Surround yourself in luxury

High quality and beautiful linens will increase the style and feel of your bedroom and help improve your slumber. A quilted comforter, faux fur throw, or a duvet that allows you to easily change the color scheme of your bed, will dress your bed in sophisticated style.

“Don’t buy sheets that are less than 100 percent cotton or linen with high thread counts of 350 or more. For sheets that feel like they came from a 5-star hotel, send them to the dry cleaner for professional washing and pressing, which doesn’t cost much, but creates a crisp smoothness worthy of the Ritz,” according to Nafie.

Clear the clutter

Clutter can be an untamable beast, creeping into every nook and cranny of your house. Unfortunately, your bedroom is not immune to the clutter monster, especially if it serves multiple purposes like a home office or workout space in addition to the room you sleep in. To help keep your bedroom as beautiful, functional, and inviting as possible, invest in storage solutions that can hide and organize your essentials, whether they include books, magazines, extra pillows, or your yoga mat. A storage bench at the foot of the bed, under bed organizers, or a bedside table with storage space can help you keep your bedroom a serene space, according to Nafie.

These tips will help you build the sanctuary you need and craft the inviting design you want to make your bedroom the best room in the house.

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