How to Decorate a Master Bedroom

by Jane K on May 1, 2020

Canopy Bed With Bedroom Bench & Rug

Most people spend roughly one-third of their life sleeping, which means they’re often spending at least that long in their bedroom. In today’s blog, we’ll answer all of your questions about how to decorate a master bedroom, including how to decorate a bedroom on a budget, how to arrange a bedroom of various shapes and sizes, and much, much more!

Step 1: Determine Your Decorating Budget

Wondering how to decorate a bedroom on a budget? The first thing you’ll need to do is decide how much money you’re willing to spend furnishing and decorating the room. You may find it easier to choose a spending range, but if you go that route, make sure you do choose a figure you won’t surpass no matter what. That way, you won’t be tempted to go over if you find something you love that’s outside your price range.

Create a Master Bedroom Shopping List

Once you know your spending limit, you can start considering which furniture items you’d like to purchase for your master bedroom. Once you have a list of everything you need, notate your list with a general price range for each item. You might, for example, find a general price range for items like beds, dressers, nightstands, bedroom rugs, etc. This will help you start to create a budget for each individual piece of furniture and bedroom décor you need.

Determine Priority Furniture

After you’ve created your master bedroom shopping list, it’s time to determine which items are the most important to you. If, for example, buying a new bed is your top priority, then you’ll want to buy the bed before you start purchasing other items. That way, if you go a little over your budget on the bed, you can adjust the rest of your master bedroom budget accordingly, spending less on décor and furniture pieces that are less important to you.

Keep an Eye Out for Furniture Sales

Not only does Star Furniture offer high-quality, budget-friendly furniture throughout the year, but we also offer frequent furniture sales where we take extra money off so you can decorate every room in your house!

Step 2: Find Your Distinct Interior Design Style

After you’ve decided on a bedroom budget, it’s time to determine which interior design style you’d like to guide your decoration. While different décor styles tend to overlap, you’ll have an easier time choosing specific items once you know which furniture style you generally prefer.

Modern & Contemporary Bedroom Furniture

You might decide to decorate your bedroom in the modern contemporary furniture style if you find yourself drawn to platform beds with low backboards, upholstered headboards, minimalist wood dressers and nightstands, bold accent chairs, and abstract art groupings. Other modern bedroom furniture characteristics include mixed metals, clean lines, and geometric patterns.

Traditional Bedroom Furniture

If you love intricate detailing, rich wood tones, and lustrous accents, you may want to decorate your bedroom in the traditional furniture style. At Star Furniture & Mattress, we have a huge selection of traditional bedroom furniture sets, which include large scale sleigh beds, ornate chests and dressers, and sophisticated nightstands. For an extra touch of style, choose an exotic bedroom rug.

Transitional Bedroom Furniture

If you like a combination of modern and traditional furniture design, then you may want to decorate your bedroom in the transitional furniture style. In general, transitional bedrooms prioritize relaxation and comfort, so you’ll want to consider items like upholstered headboards, large beds, decorative pillows, comfortable quilts, neutral colors, soft pastels, and flowing window treatments.

Step 3: Consider Popular Home Décor Trends

Another great way to start narrowing down potential furniture is to consider popular home décor trends. While not all interior design trends directly translate to the bedroom, there are plenty of general trends you can look through to find furniture inspiration. Here are some of our favorite home décor and bedroom trends you might like to try!

Cozy Beds

Looking for bedroom trends that will look AND feel great? You may want to take advantage of the cozy bed trend that’s sweeping the country. To achieve maximum coziness, you can take a few different approaches. Upholstered headboards soften the room, add cushioned support, and create an air of luxury to your bedroom while canopy beds make the room feel private, warm, and enveloping. Your bedroom’s coziness can also come from a combination of lavish bedsheets, decadent quilts, accent pillows, weighted blankets, and other textured accessories. Want to take your coziness to the next level? Here’s how to choose the perfect mattress.

Modern Farmhouse Furniture

One of our favorite bedroom trends is incorporating modern farmhouse furniture. In general, modern farmhouse bedrooms tend to be bright, airy, and serene with items like upholstered headboards, bedroom benches, mix and match bedroom sets, and bedroom furniture made out of natural materials. When it comes to finishes, you’ll want to be on the lookout for distressed wood, white furniture, and mixed metal accents. Remember, modern farmhouse style is all about practicality, so focus on the functional when choosing your bedroom furniture.

Accent Walls

One of our favorite bedroom trends involves setting up an accent wall in your bedroom. A bedroom accent wall often highlights the focal point of your room, which tends to be the wall the bed is pushed up against. To decorate your accent wall, you can paint the wall a fun color, create a gallery wall with lots of fun art groupings, cover the wall in a bold wallpaper, hang mirrors, or use floating shelves to showcase all of your favorite plants.

Step 4: Consider the Size & Shape of Your Master Bedroom

In addition to considering your distinct interior design style and popular home décor trends, you’ll also want to consider the size and shape of your master bedroom. In fact, this might be one of the most important factors when you’re looking for master bedroom decorating ideas.

How to Decorate a Small Master Bedroom

Wondering how to make the most of a small bedroom? Just because your master bedroom is small doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. These small bedroom ideas can help you create the master bedroom of your dreams. First, make sure you’re choosing the right furniture. When you’re decorating a smaller bedroom, it may help to choose furniture with multiple functions. Storage beds, for example, serve both as a comfortable space to lay your head and as storage for clothes, shoes, books, and other items. Choosing a low profile bed and short nightstands can also make the room look larger. If you want your room to feel brighter and more open, try decorating with mirrors, which reflect light and give the illusion of depth.

How to Decorate a Large Master Bedroom

Wondering how to fill a large bedroom? The first thing you’ll want to do is consider your furniture options. Because you want the room to feel full and cozy, you’ll want to choose furniture with a large scale. An oversized sleigh bed or an oversized headboard paired with large dressers, chests, and nightstands will go a long way in making the room feel full. Another large bedroom idea you should consider is dividing the room visually. Create a reading nook, a sitting area, or even a small home office using the extra space in the bedroom can make the room feel more manageable and create practical spaces you’ll use every day. When decorating a large master bedroom, make sure to take advantage of natural quirks in the floor plan when deciding where to place what furniture. You should also try to keep the color scheme simple and consistent to prevent the room from looking mismatched and chaotic.

How to Arrange Bedroom Furniture in a Rectangular Room

Looking for bedroom layout ideas for rectangular rooms? The first thing you’ll want to do is decide where the bed will go. In rectangular bedrooms, you should try to place the bed along the longest wall. This will prevent your bedroom from looking like a tunnel. You’ll also want to maximize your floor space by choosing tall chests rather than wide dressers. You can even try hanging high, floating shelves for decorations and book storage. In terms of the rest of your bedroom furniture, you’ll want to consider dividing the room visually. You might, for example, create an area of the room that is designated as a reading nook, work area, or a place to put on your makeup and get ready. Try sectioning off different areas with rugs or other visual separators like paneled room dividers. You should also try to choose some furniture items that fit at an angle, which will help break up the long lines of the bedroom.

How to Arrange Bedroom Furniture in a Square Room

Many bedrooms are designed to be square, so decorating a square bedroom can be more intuitive then other room shapes. Because square bedrooms have walls with roughly the same measurements, you can usually place the bed along any of the walls. While having so many options can be overwhelming, you still have plenty to consider. Not only should you consider where the windows fall, but you’ll also want to consider where the door is in relation to the bed and the natural traffic flow of the room. Because square rooms are so uniform, it sometimes makes sense to add an asymmetrical item in the room to give it some character and visual interest.

Step 5: Consider Your Overall Master Bedroom Furniture Arrangement

Finding the perfect bedroom furniture arrangement often requires some trial and error, but that doesn’t mean you have to keep pushing heavy furniture around into different configurations. The Star Furniture free room planner tool  lets you try out different furniture arrangements without the heavy lifting. In the meantime, these bedroom furniture arrangement ideas can help you get started, whether you’re buying all new bedroom furniture or simply re-arranging what you already have.

Choose a Focal Point

In home design, a focal point is a specific area or piece of furniture that immediately draws your eye when you walk into the room. In many bedrooms, the bed is the natural focal point of the room. You can play up the bed as the focal point by choosing a large, visually interesting headboard or by making the wall behind your bed an accent wall featuring bright, bold colors, carefully curated art groupings, or fun mirror arrangements.

Consider Traffic Flow

When arranging bedroom furniture, you’ll want to make sure to consider traffic flow and the practical use of each piece of bedroom furniture. Your bed, for example, will need to have a wide enough perimeter that people can get in and out from each side. In general, you’ll want to make sure that you can easily move from object to object without running into anything. From there, you’ll want to consider the practical use of each piece of furniture. Dresser drawers, for example, need to have a wide enough berth to open all the way so you can retrieve your clothes.

Pay Attention to Proportion & Scale

Furniture scale has to with the relative size of a piece of furniture. A bed, for example, can have a large, medium, or small scale based on its height, width, and length. While sleigh beds tend to have a larger scale and platform beds tend to have a smaller scale, there is some variation between the different types of bed.

Generally speaking, if you have a large scale bed, you’ll want the dressers and other bedroom furniture to be proportional. Not only does this create a more uniform style, but it also has practical uses. If you chose a large scale bed with a small scale nightstand, for example, they would not be the right height. This would make it hard for you to comfortably reach items on the nightstand from the bed and can also end up making the large furniture look too big and the small furniture look dwarfed.

Celebrate Symmetry

While you’re not searching for perfect symmetry when decorating a bedroom, it is important to find ways to balance the weight of the room. To do this, you’ll need to first find the focal point of the bedroom. In most bedrooms, the focal point tends to be the bed or the accent wall behind the bed. You’ll often want to put identical or matching nightstands on both sides of the bed. This is both in service of the symmetry of the room and makes sense on a practical level. From there, you’ll want to balance the weight of the rest of the furniture in the room. You might, for example, have a long dresser on one side of the bed and a tall chest on the other. Try to keep them a similar distance away from the bed so that the room stays balanced.

Thinking about redecorating your bedroom? Star Furniture & Mattress has a huge selection of beds, headboards, nightstands, dressers, armoires, bedroom benches, vanities, and mattresses. Plus, you can take advantage of our complimentary interior design services. Let us help you design the bedroom room of your dreams!

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