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5 Tips for Creating a Luxurious Master Bedroom Retreat

Sarah Bradburn

This year I've been working with my clients on quite a few of their master bedrooms. When I ask them to tell me what their ideal bedroom looks and feels like, they tend to use a lot of the same words. Words like "luxury", "retreat" or "hotel-like". So I thought I'd share with you some great tips on how to bring a little luxury into your master bedrooms to help you achieve that "retreat" feeling so many of us want.

1.       Quality Bedding – When it comes to creating a luxurious “retreat like” feeling in your master bedroom, nothing says “Luxury” like super soft sheets and sumptuous bedding. I have these 100% organic cotton sheets (love them!) and can attest that they’ve only gotten softer and more cozy with every wash. Quality bedding can be a little bit of an investment upfront but well-made sheets will last long after the cheaper options have worn thin.

Now the ultimate in luxury has got to be completely custom bedding (duvets, blankets, pillows, etc..) and as a designer, it's really satisfying to be able to create something truly one-of-a-kind for my clients but I know that's not feasible for every client. So even if custom isn’t an option, there are really great retail sources for beautiful, well-made bedding at an affordable price. For client projects I’ve used blankets and duvets from stores like Restoration Hardware, William Sonoma and Serena & Lily and they’ve all worked out great.

Photo via William Sonoma Home

Photo via William Sonoma Home

2.       Soft Floor Coverings – Now that you’ve created an oasis of serious comfort with luxurious bedding, imagine getting out of bed only to put your foot down on a cold, hard floor or scratchy carpet. Definitely not luxurious. Add a plush area rug under your bed so that first step of the day is a cushy one. Even if your bedroom has wall-to-wall carpet, it is completely acceptable to add an area rug on top.  Not only does this add an addition level of comfort, area rugs are great opportunities for bringing color and pattern to any room. I love to use rugs made with silk or viscose in master bedrooms because it adds an extra soft feel underfoot.

3.       Address the Windows – Even if you have plantation shutters or woven natural shades for light control, adding drapery is still a necessity in my mind. In addition to properly dressing the windows, drapery adds an extra layer of color, pattern and texture to the room. I always say to new clients that skipping drapery is like putting on a full face of makeup and forgetting to add mascara. Without it, your face and your rooms will always feel unfinished.

4.       Ambient Light – Can lights are great (especially if they’re on a dimmer) but for creating relaxing ambiance, lamps are essential. They’re great to read by, the light cast by lamps is softer and less harsh than standard ceiling cans and decoratively they add a sculptural quality to your nightstands. I also recommend putting all of your ceiling lights, fixtures and lamps on dimmers so that you can have better control over the level of lighting.

5.       Seating Areas – If space allows, I love to create an inviting seating area in all the master bedrooms I design. They’re a great place to relax and read a book, watch tv, have your morning coffee or nightcap or curl up for a nap on a lazy Sunday afternoon. A beautifully designed seating area will also help your master bedroom have more of a hotel suite feel, giving you a bit of luxury each day. Here's a sneak peek of a seating area I'm currently working on for one of my design clients.

There you have it! My Top 5 Tips for Creating a Luxurious Master Bedroom Retreat. I hope these tips have you brainstorming ways that you can bring a little luxury to your master bedroom. Come back later this week for a "How To" on making your bed look picture perfect.


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