by Angela Rowe of Decorating Den Interiors

Much more than just a place to sleep, today’s master bedroom should function as a truly personal retreat from home. Your bedroom is, or should be, a refuge from the daily grind and a quiet place to relax.

Before diving into a new design, it’s important to come up with a decorating plan. Besides sleeping, do you want a comfortable chair to relax and read or maybe a desk for your daily journal entries? If you like to watch TV in the bedroom, do you want to see it from a chair or just from the bed? Without a major addition to the home, do you have space to accommodate all the activities you would like to do in the bedroom? All of these questions are essential to developing a plan.

The focal point of any bedroom is, of course, the bed.

The bed options are varied and can appeal to almost any taste under the sun. A big goal in choosing a bed is style. From sleek and simple contemporary to traditional stained wood and everything in between, selecting your personal favorite is the starting point of any bedroom design. Upholstered headboards are very popular because they offer texture, color and comfort to lean on for reading or watching your favorite Netflix and can adapt to any style depending on fabric and shape. .

This leads to questioning the color. Do you prefer quiet neutrals or a more dramatic theme? Keeping the colors light or pale will help reflect the light rays instead of absorbing them, which is good if the space is not as big as you would like. Conversely, using strong colors will add drama and if the space is extremely large, help warm it up and humanize it.

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So the next million dollar question is bedding.

“Bed-in-a-bag” almost never fits a “standard” bed because there is no standard size bed. Once mattress makers started making super deep mattress toppers and mattresses, the standards left us all. Start by measuring the top of the bed and the drop to the sides plus a few inches to see exactly the size you need. Not all king beds are the same size.

Now let’s talk about windows.

In more than any other room in the house, bedroom window treatments need to be both beautiful and functional. Many of my clients insist on having room darkening treatments, while others just want privacy. These questions are part of the decorating plan and should be thought through before designing the bedroom. If your bedroom has a great view, you’ll want an easy-to-use treatment that will open up to clearly show the view.

Bedside tables can range from large storage cabinets to small decorative side tables. Don’t feel like side tables have to match. Gone are the days of matching 5-piece bedroom sets.

Have fun mixing textures, sizes, stained and painted wood, and mirrored pieces around the newly designed bedroom.

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