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A personalized retreat
Take your bedroom from boring to bold


August 2016

The 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.

"Artwork and 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."

Naturally, the 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.

Influenced by 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.

"For someone 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 focal point."

Homeowners are 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.

"Storage is 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."

Other design 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.

"People are trying to make their master bedroom a retreat, where they can sit back and relax," says Beaudoin. M



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