How to design a master bedroom in 5 easy steps

By Lorena Fulgini
19 December 2018

Styles, Interior Design Items


Designing a master bedroom is a process that often requires (and achieves) the same care and attention as the living room and family room, the flagships in the overall interior design of a home environment. There are many reasons for this, firstly because it is your room for rest and relaxation (not that of children or guests), and secondly because it is an intimate and deeply personal refuge. 

And then, a key element in how to design a master bedroom, is the bed: one of the most important and often exciting furnishing elements to be chosen, the real structural, functional and aesthetic core of every room that deserves that name.

In any case, the essential function of the bedroom requires, or rather demands, that the furniture (and therefore first the design project) is designed to meet the need for a comfortable and relaxing environment, ideal for sleeping, reading and even "loving" your partner. In addition, the intimacy that should characterize it requires a choice of furniture, light and color that can reflect in part or in full your personality, to maximize the feeling of well-being.

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Comfort and functionality are the keywords in how to design a master bedroom and during its design they must be considered of equal importance, without forgetting, of course, the aesthetic element. But how should the design work be set up?

There are several aspects to be considered in how to design a master bedroom.The basic elements that make it up have more or less standard sizes, but excellent results can be achieved by acting on their arrangement, openings of the room, materials of the finishes, color palettes and lighting.

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The first step in how to design a master bedroom is choosing the bed

In the master bedroom the king can only be the main furniture piece, otherwise called in a more aulic way the "nuptial thalamus". In any case it is quite obvious that it is also the core of the room on which considerations of style (although in reality its choice should go hand in hand), space and colors must be made. It is the connecting element, the aesthetic and functional protagonist

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Inevitably, for this inherent value, the bed should be the first step to be considered when answering the question of how to design a master bedroom.

However, this is not an a priori choice: despite its aesthetic and functional preponderance inside the room, it must be chosen according to the space (not in the literal sense but from a purely positional point of view) and all its furnishings. Not to mention the type of bed itself and its structure: with or without headboard, upholstered, in wood or wrought iron, there are many versions capable of giving a strong and decisive impact to the style of the master bedroom.

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Knowing your needs is a priority

Start asking yourself if, in addition to the bed and the wardrobe (if you do not have a walk in closet or a room next to the bedroom for this), and then the furniture needed to sleep and change your clothes, you have other needs (or preferences) when you are in your bedroom. For some people it is not unusual to have a dressing table to take care of their person, or even a TV stand (who does not love watching their favorite TV series while under the blankets?) And then there is the wardrobe, which the walk in closet version represents the more or less hidden dream of all women: but it is not always possible to place it in the room, even if your needs demand it. 

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The basis of design is the style

That is how the bedroom must look aesthetically. There are evergreen styles, such as the classic one, fashionable styles, contaminated styles, but first of all there are your taste and your preferences. Start from there to find what you like best and that represents your vision of beauty. Finding inspiration on how to design a master bedroom is easy with the tools available, especially online. The important thing is not to forget that it is a your choice. The choice of the type of furniture (and related materials) depends on the choice of style: if you opt for classic furniture, fine wood and marble effects will almost certainly be a must, as well as the inclusion of precious details.

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The search for spatial balance

Answering the question "how to design a master bedroom" also means analyzing and arranging in the space available the right amount and quantity of furniture (think carefully before choosing the largest wardrobe you find), making sure that the room remains livable and airy. This means analyzing the environment and finding the best solution with the arrangement of the furniture so as not to "be buried" in the same furniture.

How to design a master bedroom also means to assess aspects (apparently secondary) such as the opening of doors, windows and wardrobes (if they are not of sliding type), thus prevent them from hindering movements and other operations. In short, a functional and necessary balance must be sought.

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Between light and color, a synergy for the bedroom

We could have considered separately the lighting and the color, but the close relationship that exists between these two factors in interior design led us to combine them: for various reasons, in fact, it is good practice to design them together so that one enhances the other in the best way and vice versa.

Room lighting is generally versatile, it does not necessarily require diffused light sources. Localized and soft lights are more useful since they are capable of highlighting areas such as the inside of the wardrobe and the bedside table, in short they are very functional. The rest can be illuminated by the sun.

Color is another primary aspect when thinking about "how to design a master bedroom", as it is considered a separated macro-structure. It is necessary to start from the palette to combine the chosen shades. In an environment dedicated to rest and relaxation, we suggest soft and matt colors, such as neutral colors, as well as combinations without too much contrast.

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Lorena Fulgini

Co-founder, Marketing Manager and Sales manager, Lorena loves the elegant design of furniture and precious details.
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