Looking for master bedroom ideas? Of all the rooms in the home, the master bedroom is the showstopper. Plan it well and it will be a pleasure to step into it every evening for many years to come. When you start looking for master bedroom design ideas, always consider what is going to work in the room you have – make a virtue of the size and shape of your space (whether it’s small or large, uniform or quirky).
Design a master bedroom layout that will make a feature of your bed. Place it centrally in your space for maximum impact – up against a chimney breast, between two windows or midway between architectural features, such as beams or the apex of a roof space. Think carefully about the design of your bed before you buy. What will work best in your space? Look at bateau styles and four posters that can take canopies. Check out caned models, upholstered and buttoned headboards and high head and foot rails.
In a small bedroom or master suite, it may pay to have a bed that incorporates storage, such as built-in or pull-out drawers. Otherwise, look for bedroom storage ideas that include wardrobes, chests of drawers and bedside tables. Built-in designs will make the most of every inch and when streamlined and fuss-free are a natural fit for modern bedrooms. Freestanding furniture is more suited to classic and vintage-style bedrooms. Place the pieces symmetrically wherever possible so that they create a cohesive, well-ordered scheme that will not distract from the main attraction – the bed.
If you are lucky enough to have a substantial space for your dream master bedroom, make the most of it. In this wonderful loft room with its oak and painted beams, a living area has been incorporated into the main design. A sofa, armchair and occasional chair create a chill-out zone between the dressing and sleeping areas. The oak bateau lit, wardrobe and storage all reference the magnificent A-frame that turns this bedroom into a very special place indeed.
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Pick a statement bed, then bring in pattern in a two-tone palette. A successful decorating scheme like this one will turn an ordinary bedroom into something quite extraordinary. Look for a four-poster bed that is designed to take curtains and a canopy. Here the soft satin grey and yellow drapes are the basis for the whole look. A modern toile de Jouy wallpaper brings the colours to the walls, with the same shades continuing on to bed linen and cushions too.
This Art Deco-inspired master bedroom scheme is built on four very simple elements: the bed frame, chair, wallpaper and artwork. The stunning black and white creates a cartoon-like simplicity. The strong verticals of the striped wallpaper are the perfect accompaniment to the geometric shapes of the beadhead and foot rail. Flooring treated to a wonderfully rich woodstain foregrounds the white chair and rug and draws the eye to the central floorstanding mirror, tucked neatly into the alcove between the stripes. A dash of duck-egg blue on the bedding is the perfect finishing touch.
Colour up for a master bedroom with a difference. The secret to this smart room lies in its strictly controlled colour scheme. Walls and flooring are kept free of pattern and matched in pale grey. The low-profile bed is a simple affair made special by the wall panel behind it. This organic design in grey and coral offers strong vertical borders in lieu of a headboard. The panel rises up to the ceiling creating a visual framing element for the bed. Tray tables make streamlined bedside cabinets; a bench-cum-coffee-table takes up the spot of a blanket box or end-of-the-bed ottoman.
A period property with high ceilings and expansive windows is the perfect setting for a master bedroom. Here the impact of moulded plasterwork and shuttered sashes is matched by the choice of lighting and furniture. A showpiece cut-glass chandelier is suggestive of Venetian interiors, while the ebony barleytwist bed and plush velvet Chesterfield sofa are luxurious additions, co-ordinated in rich regal purple. A pink rug brings warmth to the solid herringbone floor.
Make the bed the star. A master bedroom doesn't have to be huge to be glorious. Look for reclaimed beds that retain the magic of an original design while being upgraded for today's needs. The iron bedstead, stripped floorboards and simple furniture featured here evoke a classic vintage interior, while an on-trend green wallpaper and bedspread bring the look up to date. Restricting the paper to a specific area makes it extra special and its subtle sheen is emphasised by mirrored butterflies and and the glint of a mini chandelier.
Bedspread and similar wallpaper
Pick a wall colour that will bring bags of personality to your bedroom without taking attention away from the bed. This effortlessly cheerful yellow acts as a spotlight on the white bed, emphasising its central importance in the decorating scheme. Even the smallest of bedrooms can cope with a feature bed if it's chosen wisely. This pretty caned design with its high head and footboards and stylish turned legs works because it is essentially compact in design. Choose bed linen and curtains to channel pattern and your key room colours - in this case sumptuous shades of yellow, green and white.
Use an all-white decorating scheme as a stage for a standout designer bed and wall hanging. This upholstered design with its wraparound head and footboards is resplendent in bright red and white stripes. Plain white and neutral bedding help to set them off, while a floorstanding lamp and log table provide new takes on bedside lighting and storage.
Make a statement in elegant grey. This mid tone is sophisticated against white woodwork, intricate plasterwork and coving and is warming too. A tactile throw in a slightly deeper shade and an upholstered headboard in a lighter silver, both bring in texture that warms the scheme further. Wall art adds interest, while pretty patterned scatter cushions introduce a lovely blue/green tone. The bed's central role is emphasised by its position against the chimney breast, providing easy access to neat alcove shelving from both sides of the bed.
Blend whites and neutrals for a light and luxurious master bedroom. The network of painted beams in this opened-up roof space is as stunning as the French-style upholstered bed below. Bedside tables with elegantly curving cabriole legs and a mirrored finish echo the chrome lamps on top, while the ingenious wall-hung mirrors behind have the look of windows. The bed has been positioned under one of the main load-bearing roof beams, leaving lots of space for accessing a balcony via the French windows.
Muted tones, linens and esoteric touches lend a restful mood to the master bedroom. A quirky birdcage has been turned into a feature light fitting.
Graham & Green
Original Georgian features and modern furniture sit side-by-side in this elegant bedroom decorated in white, cream, and rich chocolate brown. A contemporary four-poster bed from Orchid Furniture provides modern twist on a traditional style and, combined with an ornate sofa from Toile de Jouy, looks sophisticated and stylish without being overwhelming.