Creating a Master Bedroom Sanctuary

Master bedroom with chandelier.

The master bedroom should be a sanctuary; a place where you can leave all your troubles at the door and where rest is ensured.  Designing the master bedroom should revolve around comfort and luxury.

A master bedroom adorned with purple walls and a chandelier.  A purple master bedroom with a chandelier and a bed.

Bedroom above designed by Rhonda Vandiver-White

A good mattress, plenty of storage space and conveniences are the foundation of a well-designed master bedroom.  The finishing touches are what make it the welcoming, restful sanctuary of which dreams are made.

A bed in a master bedroom with blue walls.          A master bedroom with a canopy bed and a bench.

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Indulge in luxurious bed linens and a plush area rug.  Either of these can be a starting point for the overall design of the room.  Take color cues from the rug or bed linens to coordinate the window coverings, upholstery and other accessories.  Soft blues, greens, grays and neutrals are calming and exude understated elegance in the master bedroom.

A chrome chandelier with crystals hanging from it, perfect for a master bedroom.          A four poster bed in a master bedroom.

Raine chandelier, Joss and Main.  Bedroom photo courtesy of

To add glamour to the bedroom, choose dynamic chandeliers that make a statement.  Mirrored dressers or nightstands will perk up the room and invite a touch of luxury.  To augment the chandelier, task lighting is a must.  Place lamps on bedside tables for late-night reading, as well as on the dresser for additional light.

A blue and green upholstered chaise for the master bedroom.          A master bedroom with green walls and a chandelier.

Fortu bench, Joss and Main.  Bedroom photo courtesy of

At least one chair, settee or bench should be placed in the bedroom for a place to sit other than the bed.  A cozy chair or settee can also be used for a quaint reading nook.  Placed at the foot of the bed, a bench with built-in storage can provide a place to store extra blankets or simply a place to toss a robe.

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A green curtain in the master bedroom.          A master bedroom with gray walls and a fireplace.

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Comforting accessories such as accent pillows and luxurious throws can warm and soften the master bedroom.  Cherished objects, art and decorative containers for jewelry or bedside items add the personal touch.  Now fluff the pillows, grab a good book or a cuddly blanket and settle into your sanctuary.


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