When it comes to designing a master bedroom, you want a restful retreat that reflects your unique style. Some items can be changed up with the seasons, such as your bedding or wall décor. However, some selections form the basis of your bedroom design, so it's often best to choose things you won't grow tired of. Here are six classic home design ideas that never go out of style:
Add Classic Built-Ins
Begin planning your master bedroom retreat while your new home is still in the blueprint stage. Before your builder can “rough-in” plumbing, electrical, or HVAC ductwork, add some classic architectural features like window seats, built-in shelving, or coffered ceilings.
Your builder can incorporate your ideas on paper and give you the best options to fit building plans and stick to your budget. Pre-planning gives you and your builder the latitude to explore building options and modify plans to suit your personal taste.
Pick the Perfect Colour Palette
After working with your builder to incorporate specific features into your new master bedroom, your builder will begin framing and finishing interior walls. Now is the time to think, “colour!”
Your walls are the largest element in the space. Your wall colour (or colours) will set the tone for every other design element like furnishings, accent pieces, and accessories. Choose a soothing palette to create a welcoming and relaxing sanctuary. Colours can range from pastels to primary, jewel tones, or naturals.
Natural palettes include muted earth tones like beige, eggshell, or Haitian cotton. Jewel tones are “warm” colours that come in deeper, richer hues like sapphire, maroon, emerald, harvest gold, or chocolate. Used sparingly, primary colours are best for accent walls, since they tend to awaken and stir the senses. “Cool” or warm pastels add just a hint of colour to pure white paint: peach, mauve, Robin’s egg blue, or seafoam green are great choices for a master bedroom.
Accent with Classic Mouldings
Classic crown moulding, chair railing, or wainscoting not only enhance a master bedroom’s overall appearance but also increase resale value. Potential buyers appreciate the craftsmanship and aesthetic appeal of special architectural features.
Combine crown moulding with six-panel interior doors and eight-inch baseboard mouldings for a luxurious and stately bedroom. A corner fireplace clad in marble, granite, or stacked stone not only adds warmth on those cold Canadian winter nights, but a special ambience for intimate evenings.
Choose First-Rate Finishes for Lasting Style
Whether you prefer rustic, traditional, contemporary, or modern décor, your builder can add custom finishes to take your bedroom from frumpy to fabulous. Traditional designs crave architectural features like dental moulding, judges panelling, and window boxes; while contemporary designs shine in natural finishes of hardwoods, stone, and metal.
If you love modern interiors, insist on surfaces that are sleek, sexy, and reflective. Want a "wow" factor? Your new home builder can clad an accent wall in floor-to-ceiling mirrors, cork, or stacked stone. Choose high-quality hardware and fixtures in stainless steel, lustrous brass, or Lucite for added appeal and long-range luxury.
Make It Modern
Transform traditional into modern by actually cutting down on some architectural features. Instead of six-panel interior doors, choose smooth and seamless Luaun with high gloss finishes in black, white, or grey. Nix the crown moulding and eight-inch baseboards for a no-frills, floor-to-ceiling, streamline style. Add a touch of warmth and comfort to modern interiors with heated flooring in natural stone, slate, polished concrete, porcelain, or ceramic tile.
Let There Be Light
Blueprints for your new master bedroom may include ambient or general lighting that can be turned off and on with a wall switch. In your new sanctuary, a ceiling light fixture with a dimmer switch can help soften a room and create a relaxing environment. Along with ambient light fixtures, your builder can incorporate accent lighting at the ceiling, walls, soffits, and coves. Recessed lights can provide illumination from the ceiling, while wall sconces and cove lighting softens walls and architectural elements in your new space.
Add Fashionable Accessories
Lamps, paintings, wall art, bedding, and area rugs help pull together your personal space and make it warm and inviting. Coordinate accessories to complement interior walls and add textural interest. Place a fur throw over the bed for those cold Calgary nights, or move a comfortable lounge chair near the window to catch a warm ray of sunshine. Layering colour, texture, and pattern from floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall transforms your new master bedroom into a private sanctuary you won't want to leave.
Before you plan your dream master suite, be sure to consult with a qualified builder. A well-designed master bedroom can not only provide boundless aesthetic appeal for decades to come but will allow you to change up your décor whenever you feel like, without having to do a full re-design.
If you're looking to bring more classic design into the rest of your home, our previous posts in this series can help. Check out design ideas that never go out of style for your kitchen, living room, and entryway.