master bedroom should be a place to escape the haste of everyday life,
but for many homeowners the retreat often resembles a bad hotel room: a
bed, a picture above the headboard, double nightstands with lamps, maybe
a chair. Shielded from guests, it’s usually the last room in the house
to get the design treatment — if the space gets designed at all. That
is until now.
Bedroom design is
going bold in 2016. Over the years, people have begun to realize that
their bedchambers deserve the same high style once relished by kings and
queens. The result is a bedroom that not only reflects homeowners’
personal flair, but also serves a purpose beyond a place to lay one’s
head down at night.
accessories are just as important in the bedroom as they are in other
areas of the house," says Betsy Hoke, owner and designer at
Sturgeon Interiors in Whitefish Bay. "It’s still popular to have
a serene retreat, but more people are adding a pop of color — in
shams, the comforter or an area rug. Bedrooms are becoming as individual
as the client."
biggest trends surround the bed. While people still prefer neutral
bedding options, or "hotel bedding," says Hoke, the bed itself
is being transformed into an area for artistic expression.
clean, contemporary European styles, platform beds — sometimes with
dramatic floor-to-ceiling or upholstered headboards — are all the
rage. Even homeowners who lean toward traditional styles are getting in
on the trend, turning their design focus to the accompanying bed wall.
Covering the wall
in repurposed wood, brick, graphic art or a painted pattern (such as
chevron) are all ways to update the space.
who isn’t ready to commit to that, wallpaper is an easier
solution," Hoke says. "You can frame the panels over the bed
with molding. Even molding strips on the wall can create a
also getting more creative with bedroom furniture. Previously, people
invested in a matching bedroom suite, says Vicki Beaudoin, a senior
interior designer at Haven Interiors Ltd. in Milwaukee. Now they are
more likely to experiment with mix-and-match pieces.
"I think the
furniture is really making a statement," says Beaudoin. "It’s
kind of edgy."
The rooms may be
edgy, but they are also highly functional. Both designers indicated
projects that incorporate additional storage were in high demand.
Homeowners are looking for cabinet built-ins, and "hidden
storage" elements, Beaudoin says.
becoming really big," she continues. "We’re getting very
creative with multipurposing, say a desk with storage or a bed with
storage underneath. It can be very clean and sleek."
elements Beaudoin has seen in master bedrooms include updated lighting
treatments, such as hanging pendants and chandeliers, and designated
lounge areas with chairs and chaises.
trying to make their master bedroom a retreat, where they can sit back
and relax," says Beaudoin. M