Designing Your Master Bedroom

When it comes to redecorating you main bedroom, you should plan it carefully and not just throw a lick of paint at it. Consider this: It is the most private and intimate part of your home (you and your partner’s home possibly). You spend about a third of your time in your bedroom (work a third play a third, sleep a third) and it’s where you rest from the rigours (or the fun) of the day, and wake up to greet a new day. Closing your eyes to it- the last thing you’ll see before sleep, and the first thing you’ll see as you wake up, makes the bedroom unique. And it should be decorated in a unique and personal way. Comfort coherence functionality and even opulence should be the order of the day.

There are some key questions you should ask yourself (and your partner if you share your bedroom) that will help inform you master bedroom’s makeover:

Do you want your bedroom to be a private restful sanctuary?

Do you want it to be your fun ‘n games parlour?

If you’re sharing this space is there enough room for both of you to enjoy your own private moments? You may each want to have furniture that is different and yet matches. Perhaps armchairs in the same wood and material, but in different styles? Or the same style armchairs but in differing materials/colours?

Practically, as well as any ambient restful lighting, do you need strong directed lighting? How will you apply your make-up? Read a book? Dust and clean?

Are you planning to watch TV or DVDs in your bedroom? You’ll need to plan for where the screen goes, the set-top box/dvd player, the surround-sound speakers.

How much storage space do you need for your clothes, books, CDs, whatever?

Do you want to have an armchair/seating for relaxing and reading?

As for curtains, do you get much light in your master bedroom? If so, when? Morning, noon or evening? This will help you decide the heaviness of the drapes. Noon light is not an issue as you’ll rarely be in your bedroom at that time. But direct bright sunlight in the morning or evening may interrupt your sleep patterns and so will require heavy curtains to cut out the sunlight.

Because your bedroom is likely to have a number of different functions at different times (sleeping, reading, dressing, watching TV, listening to music, playing around…) you will have to make compromises. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you should have items, colours, or styles clashing with one another. It just means that you have to have things such as lighting that can be switched on and off as required.

One of the main things you will need to decide is the size and shape of the bed itself. You can have circular beds, semi-circular beds, king-size, queen-size, two single beds, and even an antique four poster bed. What you want will tell you how much room you have spare. There is no point having an over-large bed in a small room, as any extra furniture will make the room look cluttered and you’ll have an obstacle course each time you want to get in and out of bed!

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