A master bedroom is often a retreat from the world and the decor should reflect the owner's personalty and style. The first step in decorating a master bedroom is determining the desired atmosphere and functionality. The next steps involve deciding on colors, textures and furniture to create that atmosphere. Finishing touches, such as lighting, photographs and artwork, can be used to personalize the space.
Color can be used to set the tone of a master bedroom. Dark, rich colors can create an elegant and formal feel, while sheer and wispy pastels can create a more romantic and casual atmosphere. Color can be brought into a room in large strokes, such as carpets or walls, or in smaller accents, such as pillows, throws and curtains. The colors in a room can be drawn together by covering a headboard in a fabric that matches the color of the master bedroom carpet. While complementary colors are commonly used in interior decorating, using color combinations which are not typically paired together is a way to make a master bedroom stand out from the rest.
The bedspread or comforter is typically one of the largest design and color elements in a master bedroom and can be a room's main focal point or simply offer a hint color. The colors in a bedspread can be duplicated in accent pieces throughout the room, such as pillows and throw rugs. For some people, decorating a master bedroom is easier by choosing a bedspread as a starting point, then selecting other room elements that complement the bedspread.
Walls are typically a blank canvas when decorating a master bedroom and can be plain, textured or enhanced with a faux finish. Designs, single words or phrases, such as "Always kiss me goodnight," can be stenciled onto the bedroom wall. Other options include painting or wallpapering a single wall to set it off from the rest.
Whether thick and chunky or sleek and modern pieces, the room's furniture style and finish should reflect the desired tone of the room. Bed styles can also add impact to the room, from modern platform beds to more regal four-poster or sleigh beds. Furniture should be placed in the room to make the most of space and light, while at the same time serving a practical purpose.
For bedrooms which also double as office space, decorators may opt for furniture which can conceal computers and work stations when not in use. This enables the room to still be a place of relaxation and escape because the work elements are out of sight. Lighting is another key decorating feature as well as a necessity for a bedroom. For dramatic impact, smaller accent lights can be used to highlight architectural features or artwork.
Photographs, artwork and mirrors can be functional as well as decorative in a bedroom. For small spaces, mirrors can provide the illusion of space. Photographs and artwork are a way of personalizing a bedroom and can be used sparingly or in great numbers.