Ideas & Inspiration
Master Bedroom Ideas
Your master bedroom is your personal retreat. Make it a comfortable place to unwind or energize it with a bright color palette. Go glam with a faux-fur throw and upholstered headboard, rustic with a chest and nightstands in a distressed finish or modern with brushed nickel lamps and a dresser with clean, contemporary lines.
There’s no right or wrong way to design a master bedroom. If you’re on a budget, you can decorate or redecorate with small changes. For a big makeover, consider new bedroom furniture.
Need some master bedroom design ideas? Master bedrooms sometimes double as living spaces, especially when space in your home is tight, so if you’ve got an exercise bike or desk in a corner, banish it to another room. Aim for master bedroom decor that feels restful and makes you happy.
Before you go shopping, decide what to keep and what should go. Check your window treatments, carpet or area rugs, blankets and pillow cases and sheets. If they’re worn out or stained, it’s time to replace them.
Measure your room and make a sketch of doors and windows. Show the position of furniture you're keeping. Take the sketch and a tape measure when you shop, so you’ll know if new items will fit. Skim through magazines and visit The Home Depot for bedroom inspiration. These are also good resources for furniture placement and a new color scheme.
When you're ready to arrange or rearrange your furniture, pay attention to symmetry. Using a bedside or accent table and lamp on each side of the bed, or matching artwork, makes your master bedroom look balanced. Include your master bath when you're ready to decorate or redecorate your master bedroom. Many attractive bed and bath coordinates are available.
If you're redecorating your master bedroom and watching your budget, start by changing just one or two pieces of furniture, such as a nightstand or armoire. Matching bedroom suites are popular, but mixing styles, colors and textures is trendy, so combine what you already have with new items. Replace old hardware with stylish, new knobs and drawer pulls.
Also, "shop" other rooms in your home for items to use as master bedroom decor. A woven throw from the living room can dress up an accent chair. A vintage trunk can be a nightstand. Coordinate your new interior design with less expensive items that have similar finishes or details, such as an accent chair and bedside table with the same leg shape.
Don’t let size limit your imagination just because you have a small master bedroom. Furniture placement is important when space is tight. Keep your pieces in scale, so a massive headboard doesn’t overwhelm everything else. Start by putting your bed where you want it. It’s usually the largest piece of furniture, so work other pieces around it. Use a bed frame without a footboard.
To make your room feel bigger and draw the eye upward, hang drapes higher than your window frames. If possible, keep window treatments open or pulled back. A beautiful view draws your attention outside.
Let furniture do double-duty. A nightstand can hold more than a lamp if it’s actually a small chest with shelves. Choose a bed with built-in drawers for storage, or tuck extra clothes and accessories into an under-the-bed storage box.
Install a sliding closet door or sliding interior door instead of one that opens into the master bedroom. If you’re designing or remodeling a small master bedroom, add a walk-in closet system so you won’t need a big dresser or chest.
Let in more light and make a room feel spacious with skylights. Use space-saving wall sconces instead of lamps on bedside tables or nightstands. You can also make a small bedroom feel bigger by limiting your color scheme to two or three colors or a monochromatic look.
Think outside the box for attractive, useful master bedroom decor. Electronic devices in the bedroom may keep you up, but watching TV can lull you to sleep. Mount a flat screen TV on a wall, hide it in a cabinet or put it on a dresser. Choose a model with a remote control and timer so it goes off when you drift off.
Install an electric fireplace for ambience. Some models let you turn the heat on or off and adjust the brightness of the flames.
If you have room, use an elegant canopy bed or luxurious, oversized headboard. Go romantic with battery-powered candles and dark, ornate furniture with an opulent Old World look. Hang a sparkling crystal chandelier or go minimalistic with contemporary pendant lights.
Change boring closet doors to mirrored doors, which add a dramatic look and help reflect light. Add beautiful overhead lighting for getting dressed and doing tasks in your master bedroom.
Not ready for a complete makeover? Redecorate your master bedroom with fresh, new accessories. For an easy upgrade, add wall decor, such as art prints, wallpaper or wall decals to your master bedroom. Accent a ceiling with crown molding or a decorative medallion.
Bring in different textures with items like bamboo shades, a sheepskin rug or faux silk curtains. Add textures with bedding, too. Refreshing sheets is an easy upgrade, so layer blankets and a cozy comforter, bedspread duvet or quilt. Toss a throw onto the bed and pile on pillows in different sizes and shapes. Look for fabrics that range from cottons to linens.
Remove clutter. Too many accessories and decorations can be distracting and make the bedroom look crowded.
You'll find nightstands, headboards and sets of master bedroom furniture in styles that range from classic to cottage to modern, industrial, traditional and more. There's something for every taste.
For a beachy, coastal style, paint your walls in a color scheme of blues, greens and whites and dress your bed with bedding and throw pillows in complementary colors. Hang sheer curtains to let breezes blow through and bring in natural materials with a wicker ottoman or sisal rug.
Go Southwestern with oak, cherry or walnut nightstands with clean lines, a metal bedframe and a leather bench you can sit on to pull off your boots. Use a color palette and area rugs in shades of blue, yellow, red, orange and gold. Add a Western art print as a focal point.
Traditional master bedroom furnishings are always in style. For pieces that match, opt for a master bedroom set or suite. All the pieces will have the same style, color or finish, which takes the guesswork out of shopping.
If your style preferences or design ideas overlap, go eclectic. Bohemian style is an unexpected mix of bright colors with different patterns, textures and fabrics. Bohemian master bedrooms add visual interest with woven baskets, exotic-looking cushions and art prints that looks as if they've been collected from all over the world.
Paint is an inexpensive way to decorate or revitalize your master bedroom. Freshen up your room with a new coat of paint or a different color scheme. If you like to update other bedroom colors from time to time, use a neutral color scheme and make quick changes with new bedding or throw pillows. Paint the bedroom ceiling in an accent color to add interest and a sense of depth.
Use fabrics with different patterns when you choose bedding, floor coverings, pillows and drapes, but stick to a few colors rather than a broad color palette. Soften bold, bright colors with a white or ivory-colored headboard, dresser or table. Warm up pale, cool colors with master bedroom furniture in a dark pecan, dark walnut or cherry finish.
Who says you need carpet? Paint a wood floor in a pattern or a geometric design. Toss an area rug by the bed so your feet won’t be cold when you get up every morning.
Dress your bed in layers for luxury and comfort.
- For a crisp, fresh look, switch to a white duvet cover and white sheets, blankets and pillow cases or pillow shams. Use satin or sateen sheets for an elegant master bedroom decor.
- Layer coordinated sheets and blankets to add color, patterns and visual interest. Use pillow shams instead of cases for a finished look. Avoid large fabric patterns that compete with each other.
Change your walls to update and revitalize your master bedroom.
- For a quick change, apply peel-and-stick wallpaper or decals to just one wall.
- Use a mirror or group several mirrors on a wall to give the illusion of more space. Make sure you like what they reflect before you put them up.
- Turn a wall with a television, fireplace or other focal point into an accent wall by with a different paint color or wallpaper pattern.
- Use decorative tape to make a lattice design or other pattern on the wall behind your bed or hang a rug with an eye-catching pattern above the bed.
- Center a mirror or painting horizontally over your bed. For best results, use one that is two to twelve inches shorter than the width of the bed.