A well-designed master bedroom should be an oasis of romantic calm. But its also where you store clothing and get a good nights sleep, and it may be where you watch television, pay bills and set up a home office, too.
By MELISSA RAYWORTH
The Associated Press
Thats a lot to ask of a single room.
On the bright side, says interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn, founder of Flynnside Out Productions, you have plenty of decorating freedom. Since bedrooms are all about self-expression and comforts, he says, you can break the rules as much as you want.
Flynn and two other Los Angeles designers offer tips on breaking those rules with style to create the ultimate master bedroom.
Use calm colors
Betsy Burnham, of Burnham Design, advises sticking to a soothing palette of ivory and white, evoking a luxury hotel room. You can layer color into that if you want to, she says.
If your idea of peace and quiet involves deeper colors, Flynn suggests navy blues or black-brown tones.
And if you really want bolder color or patterns, Molly Luetkemeyer, of M. Design Interiors, recommends using a single pattern throughout your bedroom.
Even a busy pattern wont feel too chaotic if youre consistent in using it throughout the room, she says.
Go for the big bed
Think your medium-size or small bedroom cant handle a gorgeous four-poster bed? Burnham says it can serve as a statement piece and free up space, because you wont need extra, decorative pieces of furniture for pizzazz.
Consider upholstered beds, headboards and even walls.
Its this idea that youre being completely cocooned and buffered from the world, Luetkemeyer says.
Flynn suggests using layers of window treatments: I usually layer black-out shades with custom, pleated drapery panels, he says. This softens the hard edges of the room, helps with noise control and also allows the homeowner to sleep in as late as they want.
Luetkemeyer now hears from clients that theyre ready to remove the TV and all gadgets from their bedrooms.
People are saying, Im in such overload all day long, and Im reachable within an inch of myself, she says, and I want to have one place where its really mine.
If you have a desk in your bedroom, consider relocating it. Plug your phone and other gadgets somewhere else in your home at night so you wont be tempted to check them.
Flynn suggests using 30-inch-tall dressers or chests instead of traditional nightstands: Ill hit up flea markets and find two different chests with very similar proportions, he says. Use them to flank a more expensive headboard or platform bed.
Luetkemeyer agrees that closed storage at bedside is a wise move for most people. It keeps necessities handy but hides clutter.
Lose the lamps
Install pendant lights over nightstands instead, especially if the headboard is tall and dramatic. Whenever possible, Flynn says, I try to use sculptural pendants, which introduce interesting shapes to the room, and I always install them on dimmers.