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Your master bedroom design stands apart from the others because it’s a chance to create your personal sanctuary. That said, you shouldn’t feel undue pressure, either. Designing your master bedroom should be a fun foray into texture, color, pattern, and most of all, self-expression. So browse through our list of inspirational master bedroom design ideas and take note on how your gut, not your head, responds.
A low-set bed frame, or no bed frame at all, can communicate a sophisticated minimalism in your bedroom. A DIY pallet bed frame, like the one in this image, is a simple way to embody this style. Also, ensure you’re using smaller furniture and placing light fixtures at the appropriate height so it appears purposeful and unified.
Painting your ceiling is a straightforward yet unconventional move that will separate your master bedroom design from the others. If you have high ceilings, a dark color or a matte paint adds a certain majesty, whereas if you have a cozier room, it may be wiser to use brighter, lighter colors and paints with sheen. When you follow these guidelines, you’re also following the basic principles of lighting, which takes you a long way in interior design.
Hammocks don’t have to be for the outdoors. In fact, they’re a super stylish way to fit extra seating without investing in a lounge chair or sofa. A macrame swing hammock, like the one pictured, has a Scandinavian sensibility, but you could also hook up a Brazilian-style hammock, known for its durability and wide-ranging use of colors and pattern.
Sure, installing hanging lights is a practical choice that helps you maximize the space in your bedroom, but it also imparts a touch of flair. Of course, the look of your hanging lights depends on both the form of your lamp and the cord you attach it with. Choose a delicate or simple lamp and a near-invisible cord for a whimsical feel, or a more sturdy lamp and thick cord for a bold look.
Have a real fascination or appreciation for the style of a particular culture? Well, carry it over into the design of your master bedroom. For example, the Japanese are known for using light, minimalism, and their expert combination of form and function. To prevent your space from feeling like a mere mimicry, be sure to incorporate a few design elements that are unique to your style.
Black and white often get a bad rap in interior design, but if you use them right, they can create sophisticated drama in your room. For example, instead of using the pure versions of colors, choose more muted, washed, or distressed ones. For example, you can combine a buttermilk yellow and deep navy, or a pastel pink and dark green.
Creating a seating area — no matter how small — is a great way to make your master bedroom feel that much more livable. Apart from its utility, a seating area can round out the design of your room so it feels complete. In fact, if you live in a studio apartment or in a home without many walls, it’s the perfect way to divide your room.
Plants are a universally loved concept, but when thinking about your master bedroom design, it’s important to ask yourself if you’ll realistically maintain them. If not, you don’t have to nix the idea altogether. Instead, opt for natural accents that don’t require maintenance, like twigs, agate, terrariums filled with faux or low-care plants, and even feathers.
Concrete imbues a space with an industrial, rugged feel that’s perfect for mixing with plush throws and soft lighting. Though the best part about concrete is that you don’t actually have to use the real stuff to achieve the look. There are options available for a faux concrete finish, which you can apply and even take off if you’re moving apartments or ready to change styles.
Antiquing certainly requires more effort than ordering from a catalogue, but the juice is worth the squeeze. You’ll save money and acquire original, less trend-based pieces, not to mention have a few adventures along the way. Of course, there are both expensive and bargain antiques, but the general approach to antiquing is the same, nonetheless.
Although light is one of the key components of good design, light fixtures are often an afterthought. So why not invest in a light that actually makes a statement? You can go for the mobile-like light in this image, or something lantern-like, like an origami lampshade. After you choose your unique light fixture, learn about how to control the color temperature of your room with light.
Rugs are a classic way to both infuse more personal style and insulate a space so your toes don’t go cold. Layering rugs is a simple and modern twist on the conventional approach. Contrast ornately patterned rugs with real or faux fur ones, or place a geometric style with a fiber rug, like jute.
It’s especially important when considering your master bedroom design that you think about contrast, whether that be through texture, color, or pattern. After all, it’s meant to be your haven so it shouldn’t feel stale. Enter metallic accents, which can range from tarnished and subtle, to polished and sleek, depending on your style.
Exposed ceiling beams are one of the hallmark components of industrial chic design, and if this style fits your fancy, there are many ways to achieve it. Design elements that blend well with exposed beams include natural finishes, reclaimed materials, and neutral colors. Though, to avoid your space from feeling like a genuine warehouse, use warm lighting, live plants, vintage photos, or other touches of décor that feel handmade.
Monochrome projects an air of confidence — think about it, would someone decorate their bedroom in the same color if they weren’t positively sure about what they like? The trick to monochrome, though, is not to be too literal about it. Instead, toggle the hue, saturation, and brightness of your chosen color to create both depth and breadth in your space, without budging from the original concept.
There are virtually endless time periods of interior design, including art deco, contemporary, minimalist, and colonial. If you’re looking for something that will bind your style together, following time periods is a useful glue. What’s more, learning about time periods in interior design is a good way to up your expertise so you can more adeptly pull styles together that, in theory, clash but, in practice, are both novel and chic.
There are crimped, decorative canopies and long, billowing ones, but they’re both great to incorporate into your master bedroom design. Using a canopy to frame your bed evokes a sense of allure and highlights it as a place for rest, privacy, and comfort. Apart from the usual pickings of fabric and frame, you can also drape lights or even plants to create the canopy of your dreams.
Texture isn’t just for upholstery — you can also use it on your walls. With texture, you can easily transform a wall from a simple blank canvas into a style element in your space. Consider wood panels, a crackle paint finish, or even stone.
Jewel tones impart a sense of luxury and irreplaceable style in a bedroom. In general, jewel tones include emerald green, sapphire blue, ruby red, amethyst purple, and citrine yellow and they look best with muted or neutral colors. Perhaps the best part about jewel tones is that they wear even better on fabrics like velvet, fur, or satin.
A hanging bed might look risky but when well-secured, it’s just as sturdy as one placed on the floor. You can even DIY it, so you can elevate your style (get it) without stretching your wallet. Further, a hanging bed will give your ceilings a lifted effect, so your bedroom will look more spacious.