There is a big difference between the master bedroom and the other bedrooms in your home. For one, you’ve worked hard to be able to sleep in that room so it should feel extra special. Here are some tips to achieving the the look and feel, fit just for you:
- It’s called the BED room! The most important element of this room is the mattress. This is where you are going to spend the entire night, every night! A great mattress ensures you are able to get up every morning and be the master that deserves that room. If you have the space, a king sized bed is the only way to go. Be sure to take your time and take the mattress for a test nap. Those mattress folks are use to it, so don’t be shy.
- The focus of this room is going to be the bed. This is more than just the mattress; it’s the headboard and bed-surround that frame the bed. Taller headboards can contribute to that masterly feeling you are going for. You want to flank the bed with two night side tables. We have sometimes used small dressers to maximize the storage in the room as well. Don’t be afraid of using large lamps on the bed side tables. The lamps need to be in proportion to the headboard and the headboard wall. We also like to wall paper the headboard wall to give it added focus.
- With all this focus on the headboard and mattress the next thing to address is the bedding. You may be surprised to know that good quality bedding should last you seven to ten years. Cotton sateen with a thread count of approx 300 – 400 threads per square inch is all you need. This is next to your skin every night so budget the same as you spend on a suit. Also, get a great sleeping pillow as it can make all the difference to your neck and spine in the morning. Check with the folks at the mattress store to know what is best for you and how you sleep.
- Pillows and pillows! The top of the bed (which includes the duvet cover, euro shams and shams, sleeping pillows along with a few toss cushions) is what make a bed look inviting. Remember how good you feel when you walk into a good hotel room with a beautifully made bed complete with all of those pillows? Go for it.
- Double doors. If you are in the middle of renovation or building your home, double doors into the master suite are nothing but luxury and grandeur. Opening double doors into the master suite has that sense of “arrival” that let’s you know you have come to the right place. We love to use double French doors into the closets, too. Nothing beats the look and feel of double doors.
- Sumptuous window coverings are both elegant and practical. Being able to coordinate window coverings with bedding gives you a custom made designer look that suits the master bedroom. Practically, they allow you to have a very dark room, so should the master wish to sleep in on the weekends, there’s nothing stopping them.
About the author: Jamie Alexander a principal of Peloso Alexander Interiors and co-designer of Glen & Jamie Designer Furniture