the master suite
layer 1: materials
A As in other areas of the home, wood floors are not only durable, they provide a wonderful neutral backdrop while adding visual warmth.
B Give the bedroom a focal point by painting two of the walls a dark shade and the other two a neutral or soft white. If you have niches or alcoves, punch up the color in those areas, too. It will add dimension at a minimal cost.
C Jazz up a small space like a bathroom with tile or stone flooring. To make the space appear larger, choose large tiles and lay them on the diagonal to increase depth perception.
D Because the master bath is such a private space, don’t be afraid to experiment with fun wall treatments. Paint, tile, stone and even wallpaper can infuse this room with personality.
E An area rug beneath the bed should tie together the other colors in the room. It should be large enough so that it extends at least 24 inches at the bottom and on the sides for walking.
layer 2: furnishings
F The bed should be strategically placed to see all the other areas of the room and the best view. The scale is determined by the size of the room and height of the ceiling. Keep in mind that smaller rooms call for more delicate design, whereas large rooms can pull off big, bold pieces.
G A bench centered along the footboard should be about 30 inches deep and 18 inches high. It’s a convenient place to put on shoes, hold magazines or drop shopping bags.
H Bedside tables should be even with the height of the bed (typically 25 to 29 inches). You should have two for balance. They don’t have to be identical, but they should relate to each other in terms of height and scale. Here, a rectangular table is paired with a round one.
I The TV stand should be placed so the TV is visible from all seating areas in the room, including the bed.
J A lounge area should consist of one or two chairs, an ottoman, a table and a lamp. Place it diagonally in a corner to soften hard edges in the room.
K Every room should have a touch of greenery, but the master bedroom, in particular, can benefit from the calming effects of plants.