Sim­ple de­signer tricks for cre­at­ing a stun­ning master bed­room

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place where you wake each day, rest your head each night, and go to when you need to es­cape the stress of daily life. If there’s one room in the house that should be a per­son­al­ized re­treat for home­own­ers, it’s the master bed­room.

And, with a few sim­ple tips from de­sign ex­perts, you can eas­ily take your master bed­room from bor­ing to beau­ti­ful and add to your home’s over­all value.

“When de­sign­ing a space in your home, it’s al­ways a good idea to go through the process in a me­thod­i­cal way to achieve the re­sults you want,” says Jill Win­ninger, Al­lied ASID, CID, and se­nior in­te­rior de­signer with Sea­side Home in La Jolla, Calif. “Foun­da­tion, func­tion and fin­ish­ing de­tails make the process fun and ef­fec­tive.”

Start by choos­ing the floor­ing that matches your per­sonal style and the func­tion­al­ity of the space. Noth­ing beats the com­fort of car­pet in a master bed­room. Car­pet and a high-qual­ity pad keep floors warmer and en­hance pri­vacy by ab­sorb­ing noises. To­day’s top trend in car­pet is su­per soft and silky fibers that feel lux­u­ri­ous when you step, lie or lounge on them.

Think car­pet is out be­cause you have al­ler­gies? It’s time to think again, Nu­mer­ous med­i­cal and other stud­ies show that peo­ple who suf­fer from al­ler­gies and even asthma do not have to live with­out the com­fort and soft­ness of car­pet. That’s be­cause the dust that falls to a car­peted floor has a much stronger ten­dency to stay on the car­pet un­til it is vac­u­umed away. Dust on hard floors, how­ever, is stirred with ev­ery pass­ing move­ment or foot­step right back up into a room’s breath­ing space.

Of course, reg­u­lar main­te­nance is im­por­tant. Fre­quent vac­u­um­ing with a high-ef­fi­ciency vac­uum like the ones on the Car­pet and Rug In­sti­tute’s Seal of Ap­proval vac­uum list, as well as pe­ri­odic deep-clean­ings are musts.

And, no mat­ter what kind of floor you have, high-traf­fic ar­eas should be vac­u­umed daily, with less fre­quently-used ar­eas vac­u­umed once or twice a week.

Another im­por­tant foun­da­tion el­e­ment is the walls. When se­lect­ing col­ors, se­lect hues that work with the rest of your home’s decor so the spa­ces flow smoothly. You can’t go wrong with ba­sic neu­trals. Foun­da­tion de­tails like crown mold­ing, wain­scot­ing or wall­pa­per can add a splash of per­son­al­ity.

When de­cid­ing on foun­da­tion el­e­ments, keep in mind the fo­cal points of the room. Is there a fire­place? Or, a gor­geous wall of win­dows high­light­ing an ex­quis­ite view? Do you have a bed with a state­ment head­board that will be prom­i­nent? High­light th­ese fo­cal points within your de­sign de­ci­sions.

Beauty is just one part of the equa­tion when de­sign­ing a grand master bed­room. The space needs to func­tion and suit your life­style.

Func­tion is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant when se­lect­ing fur­ni­ture. Do you need stor­age for clothes and ac­ces­sories? Do you want to hide elec­tron­ics? Do you have a spe­cific bed size? After con­sid­er­ing your op­tions, choose wisely and al­low enough room be­tween fur­ni­ture pieces so that you can move freely.

Pri­vacy is also an im- por­tant con­sid­er­a­tion. Like car­pet, win­dow treat­ments also help to con­trol noise, plus they of­fer the added ben­e­fit of mask­ing win­dows in the evenings and when high lev­els of pri­vacy are needed. From a dec­o­ra­tive per­spec­tive, win­dow treat­ments add soft­ness and style, crit­i­cal to de­sign­ing a stun­ning room.

Some of the most im­por­tant el­e­ments of master bed­room de­sign are the de­tails. This is where you can add a few per­sonal touches to the space to cre­ate a truly in­di­vid­u­al­ized sanc­tu­ary.

Start by choos­ing com­fort­able, invit­ing bed­ding, pillows and throws. Cre­ate clus­tered vignettes of pho­tos or per­sonal col­lec­tions to give the space your unique stamp. Ap­pro­pri­ately scaled art and ac­ces­sories add visual in­ter­est.

Beauty is just one part of the equa­tion when de­sign­ing a grand master bed­room.

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