Master Bedroom Decor
If you're in search of bedroom makeover ideas, whether they be fabulous or frugal, you've come to the right place.
It's an amazing feeling when your master bedroom decor reflects your spirit, making you wonder how you went all these years with plain white walls.
On this page you'll find ideas for: bedroom window treatments, how to make a romantic seating area, get privacy without a door, find bargain furniture, plus a cheap and easy fireplace makeover using Venetian plaster techniques, and don't miss my fireplace remodel video at the end of this page!
The master bedroom makeover continues on page two where you'll learn how to tie contrasting colors together with faux paint techniques.
These bedroom decorating ideas can also be used in other areas of your home. For example, the niche seating ideas could be duplicated for a kitchen banquette, family room, or window seat, and the Venetian plaster techniques can be used on walls, niches, or fireplaces in any room.
Master Bedroom Decorating and Design Fixes
In our neighborhood the master bedroom designs have no door into the bathroom, plus the openings are arched. That means you had to close the bedroom blinds every time you wanted privacy in the bathroom, plus you couldn't sleep once the sun came in through the bathroom windows or if someone needed to turn the bathroom light on during the night.
Having a custom door installed can be quite expensive so my frugal fix was to sew a cuffed drapery panel. Using a tapestry fabric that matches my bathroom window valances, I lined it with the same silk shantung purchased to make the bedroom drapes. In order to enhance the master bedroom decor on the other side of the doorway, I'll make another silk drape. Double draped doorways were quite popular when homes were heated by fireplaces and it works with this decorating theme which leans towards an old world style.
How To Balance Visual Weight In Master Bedroom DecorDon't you just love it when you find a bargain? This Eddie Bauer eastern king was the inspiration for my master bedroom decor and I found it sitting in a consignment shop with the tags still on, marked down from $1,800. to $599. How did I get so lucky? Most folks around here have California kings and they probably passed over it because their mattresses wouldn't fit.
Finding the best mattress for your needs will depend on the height of persons sleeping there and the room dimensions. Eastern kings are 76" wide x 80" long, California kings 72" x 84"
In the first photo, you can barely see the white wood blinds, which is exactly my point. They did nothing to balance the visual weight of this massive bed. Can you see the difference adding dark woven wood shades made?
Doing my "homework" and shopping online saved over 50%. I was able to cover 2 tall windows, 1 picture window, plus 2 french doors for $430, which is fantastic considering they're privacy lined. They'll be paired with the antique gold, floor to ceiling, silk drapes, tied back in the corners to frame the bed. Ok, it's confession time, I still have to sew them. The fabric has been in my closet a couple years already, so you're not the only procrastinator!
If your windows are an inside mount, installing can be a breeze. Just screw the wood rail directly into the top of your window box with 2 or more 2.5" drywall screws. Outside mounts are trickier and worth paying someone to do.
Speaking Of Balancing Visual Weight, What About Nightstands?
They don't have to match your bed or each other, but need to work well with the overall master bedroom decor. Decide if you like a closed design, as in a chest of drawers, or the more open feeling of a small table.
Serpentine chests make great nightstands because who needs pointy corners near your eyeballs, but all the ones I saw were way too high for this bed.
For nightstands with lamps on them, you don't want them much taller than your mattress, or you could wrench your back reaching for things. My bed is a great example of this. I drove all over town trying to find complementary bedside tables that were the right scale AND fit the space.
Finally, I got smart and Googled "dark oak nightstand with bunn feet" plus the dimensions. It took hours instead of weeks and I found the ones you see above which cost $397. each, delivered to my door.
Use Soft Lighting For Romantic Master Bedroom Decor
Two wall sconces were also added to the new seating area and put on a dimmer switch. They're mounted above standing eye level, and at least one foot below the ceiling.
Wall scones can also take the place of bedside lamps. Mount them above or off to the side of your headboard, and locate switches within easy reach.
The ceiling fan that came with the house had bare bulbs pointing down, which is a no-no, for romantic bedroom decor. Hanging two feet below the ceiling, it visually cut up the space, so it was re-purposed to a kids room, and a low profile fan with no lights was installed. Now, kids who don't want to get out of bed for school in the morning get the piercing bright lights shining down through their closed eyelids. (you can call me a meanie, but it works!)
Light kits and chains on ceiling fans can be visually obstructive and sometimes you may find the need to remove one or both.
If you want lights on your master bedroom fan, choose models where the bulbs are diffused by opaque glass or an alabaster bowl. It only costs about $20. for a combo fan/light wall switch, eliminating the need for chain pulls.
Seating Options For Master Bedroom Decor
When I first put my master bedroom designs on paper, I knew the room needed a cozy seating area and something had to go in this niche.
Sofa's proved too big and bulky, settees got lost, and in a house filled with built in book cases, who needs another dust collector?
That's when the idea of a ten foot long banquette was born.
First, heat vent and electrical outlets were moved and wall sconces were added, then cabinets and wood top.
"After" photo of master bedroom built-in seating area, with Venetian plaster walls, romantic wall sconces, velvet cushions, and storage drawers.
Using base cabinets designed for window seating from Kraft Maid, in all plywood construction, four (30" wide x 24" deep x 18" high) cabinets with drawers are mounted just like kitchen cabinets with matching wood top and trim.
To save money, use over the refrigerator cabinets instead, and mount on top of a 2" x 4" base. Or, build a sturdy box (without storage) and trim it out with wood veneers and decorative moldings. Save hundreds of dollars by making your own wood top out of 3/4" plywood and 1/4" wood veneers.
A Fireplace Makeover Transforms This Master Bedroom Decor
No matter what your decorating style is, you can tweak these fireplace remodel ideas to suit your master bedroom designs and favorite color schemes. See my how to video at the end of this page.
Venetian plaster techniques will be used on the fireplace surround and wall above, greatly enhancing the master bedroom decor and costing under $100.
In this photo, the wall above fireplace has been smoothed with joint compound to remove an orange peel texture.
After applying primer to the concrete facade of the fireplace, a base coat of dry wall mud went on, and then two coats of blue Venetian plaster.
This photo shows remodeled fireplace and doors, after being spray painted with Stove Bright high heat stove paint in Bark Brown.
This reddish brown plaster was a "leftover" I wanted to use up and not the finished product. Several coats of a darker, chocolate brown plaster still needs to be applied.
Note: The Venetian plaster colors you see in this photo were changed (as reflected in the "finished" bedroom decor photo below) because these were base coats and I was using up old plaster.
"After" fireplace remodel photo shows the wall above the fireplace and back of the niche finished in Modern Masters Venetian plaster. Mixed to a Dunn Edwards color called "Tree Tops", this color is more green than the first two coats applied in the above photo.
Unfortunately, I don't know the plaster colors used on the fireplace surround since they were originally mixed in 2009.
Raw Umber colorant was applied on top of the brown plaster for an antiquing effect, and the final step was sealing with BriWax. Above the fireplace I used 3 parts clear to 1 part Golden Oak, and over the brown I used straight golden oak.
Master Bedroom Decor Page 2 , the makeover continues with an additional accent wall and faux paint techniques to add rich color, depth and movement.
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