Master bedrooms are important to me. They are supposed to be a sanctuary. Yet, I find that many people put the master bedroom as low priority, a storage room, and last to decorate. So sad. If that’s you…change it right now! If your bedroom is pulling dual duty, and also an office, that’s okay, it can still be relaxing and beautiful.
One of the first things I would purchase is a bed/headboard. It grounds the space (usually a rug does this, but a bed does this for me in a bedroom) and sets the stage for the rest. A bed also looks official, like your staying awhile and you’re an adult. I recommend an upholstered headboard. They are comfortable to lean on and have become quite affordable these days. Here is my favorite upholstered bed.I know that in my room I have a wooden bed. It’s the Pottery Barn Farmhouse bed and I absolutely love the look of it. I eyed it in the catalog for years then saw it at an outlet and didn’t even think twice and bought it. As far as comfort level, its terrible. I have a huge stack of pillows to lean against every night and that can be annoying. So this is why I recommend an upholstered headboard. If you are worried about it getting dirty, then get one with a slipcover or one made out of a more durable fabric like leather, tweed or grasscloth.
Bedding. Bedding can be expensive. I say go affordable on your duvet cover. IKEA, West Elm, and Target have great choices that are under $100. I bought my cloud duvet over 8 years ago from Anthropologie (similar) and I still love it, but I am ready for a new one. That was when it only came in the off-white color, but since then so many other companies have copied the look for less. I love a solid color or something simple for the duvet to serve as the backdrop for the pillows. This quilt from West Elm has especially caught my attention lately.
Pillows. I love pillows. I want you all to realize that this is where I think you should spend some money or even better, learn to sew, because pillows are the centerpiece and make the biggest statement in the room. Twin=one Euro, Queen= two Euros, King=three Euros. Euros are those giant square pillows near the back of your headboard. Group a few pillows in front, or my favorite, one long lumbar. Here are a few looks I love lately as I redesign my room. Blue Batik Pillows and Mongolian Lumbar.
From My Room: I bought the blue and cream Ikat fabric at Home Fabrics discount store and sewed the two Euros in the back. I bought one Euro from Anthro to match the duvet. The floral lumbar I made from IKEA fabric. I took the stuffing from two cheap standard pillows and made the lumbar insert.
Art. Keep it simple above the bed or don’t do anything at all. I also love art flanking the bed behind lamps. If you do this, skip the art above the bed, negative space is okay. I am so done with these boring lamps I have. I have my eye on some sweet swing arm lamps right now.
Window Treatments. Again, IKEA, Target, and West Elm are affordable places for these. If you have the means, splurge for my favorite curtain rod…the oversized polished nickel rod from WE. It seriously makes a difference in a room and is so much better looking than the cheap $20 ones.
Other. Keep it simple and classy. Edit your chochsky’s. Only have 1-3 displayed. Nightstands should be different…don’t get sucked into sets. Keep them clean and clutter free. Add a live or fake plant. Dust often. Vacuum frequently. Have enough lighting/lamps that you never have to use the ceiling light (unless it’s amazing). If you have your computer in your room, buy an attractive desk, one with storage. Keep it clean and organized. Nate Berkus for Target has wonderful desk accessories to keep it good looking yet functional. If you have a TV in the room, it’s not a big deal, I have one so no judgement here. Just keep the electronics dusted often and try not to have the TV be a focal point in the room. Paint. Keep it light, do not go dark.
Any questions? I know that was quick. I love designing rooms and helping people get their sanctuary in order. Hopefully you are inspired to update yours.
This post is not sponsored. All opinions are my own.