Master Bedroom Design Ideas
Key Consideration when Designing a Master
By: Mark J. Donovan
At a minimum a master bedroom design
should be large in size, and include a bathroom and walk-in closet. The location
of the master bedroom can vary widely depending upon the home style and design.
In some cases the master bedroom is located above a 2 or 3 bay garage or family
room extension. In other 2 story home designs, it is located on the first floor
with all of the other bedrooms residing on the second floor. In ranch style
homes, the master bedroom design is typically located off towards one wing of
the home. When developing your master bedroom plans there are a plethora of
master bedroom design ideas to consider. The only limit is your imagination.
When coming up with a master bedroom
design it is important to first understand how you want to use the space. For
example, are you going to use the master bedroom solely as a room to sleep in,
or do you also envision using it as a work area or sanctuary that you will
retreat to throughout the day and evening? Based upon how you answer this
question you can begin to decide upon the best master bedroom design ideas for
your home. For example, if you plan for it to include a work space, then you may
need to increase the size of the bedroom. You may also want to make sure that
you include overhead workspace lighting, and sufficient electrical outlets and WIFI
Alternatively, if you plan to create
your own little sanctuary that you can creep off to in the day or evening to
read a book or work on a hobby, then you may want to include a work surface area
and electrical outlets for supporting a small refrigerator, microwave and sink.
Tray ceilings, nooks, out coves,
built-in cabinets, and window seats are all common features in master bedrooms,
so make sure you talk to your architect about these types of features in your
master bedroom design plans.
If your master bedroom design plans
include dormers, built in cabinets and window seats are perfect features to
integrate into them. Also, donít forget about the closet design. A master
bedroom closet should be large and spacious, and include plenty of hanger and
Lighting is another important master bedroom design idea. Plan to have as much
natural lighting as financially possible, however make sure that it is
aesthetically attractive. If natural lighting will be limited, then make sure to
include sufficient electrical overhead lighting and spot lighting.
If you plan to have a reading nook
area then include spot overhead lighting in that area. Also ceiling fans are
another great master bedroom design idea as they can create a gentle breeze and
are much less expensive to operate than an air conditioning system.
The master bedroom bathroom is
another key feature in every master bedroom design. The master bedroom bathroom
should be large, and preferably include a separate shower and a Jacuzzi style
tub. Steam showers are also very popular today in higher end homes.
The bathroom countertop should also
include double sinks and if at all possible the toilet should be located in its
own private space with a separate door on it. Ceramic tile is a must in a master
bedroom bath. A custom ceramic tile shower can make a master bath look luxurious
at a fairly reasonable price. It also holds up extremely well compared to
fiberglass shower units.
Paint, wall coverings, and window
treatments are other key master bedroom design ideas to consider carefully. The
colors and fabrics used can really help to set the type of atmosphere you want
to achieve in the master bedroom.
Dark and bold colors, as well as
textured fabrics, can create a romantic feel. Light colors, on the other hand,
create a more open and airy feeling.
Furniture is another major master
bedroom design consideration. Pick furniture and bedding fabrics that meet the
color schemes and ambiance that youíre looking to achieve in your master
bedroom. In addition, consider the size of the furniture in relationship to the
master bedroom area. Do not buy bedroom furniture that will overwhelm the room,
however donít skimp to the point that the master bedroom looks stark.
Photo by Mark Donovan
So before kicking off your master
bedroom addition or new home construction, consider these master bedroom design
ideas carefully so that you achieve the personal sanctuary that youíve always
dreamed of having.
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