Create coupleness. Hang artwork and pictures of the two of you to remind yourselves of your relationship and commitment. Place objects purchased on a honeymoon or travels together that are meaningful to you both.
When it comes to decorating a master bedroom, the design should reflect the taste of the couple. Unfortunately, many master bedrooms only reflect one taste: the woman’s. Mostly that’s because style is typically left up to the woman in the relationship. But, style can also be a by-product of a “left-over” situation. For instance, if a woman moves into a man’s home, the bedroom might reflect his love of sports or heavy furnishings. Then again, when the kids come first, master bedroom decorating often falls last on the design to-do list. Regardless of whether your master bedroom reflects her taste and love of antique roses or his taste with its chrome and dark colors, or no taste, meaning that the kids’ rooms got all the attention, a comfortable, appealing master bedroom is within reach.
Where to start? Look at interior decorating magazines together. If your husband would rather have a root canal than flip through design magazines, then zero in on specifics, such as colors that are most appealing to both of you. Focus on whether you each prefer dark colors, light colors or neutrals. If he likes dark colors, think about painting a dark color on the wall behind the bed as an accent color. Next, look at the styles of furniture you each prefer. Lastly, work together to come up with the feeling you want the room to have, such as cozy, light-filled, peaceful, romantic or even passionate.
If this doesn’t work, search on your own for designs that appeal to you but that are neither decidedly feminine nor masculine. The room should be gender-neutral, reflecting the fact that two people occupy the space. Then, look at pictures together that you have pulled out from the magazines and use those as your starting point. If you’re still stumped, then copy a design. With all the great bedroom designs available on the Internet and on decorating shows, you’re sure to find a design that will help you put together a bedroom that takes his and hers and makes it yours together.
The master bedroom is a symbol of togetherness, so taking time to create a relaxing, inviting, and pleasing environment for both of you is worth the effort. Make your master bedroom a refuge from the rest of the house. That means putting the focus on the two of you – not the television, a computer, or the kids. Make your bedroom the KFZ, or “kid-free zone,” with no toys or pictures of the kids allowed. Great master bedrooms are designed with a couple in mind. Use these tips as starting point.
Matching nightstands and lamps. It’s trendy to use different night tables and lamps, but using the same on both sides looks grounded and coordinated, rather than mismatched or disjointed.
Make some drama in the room. Try a fabric panel behind the bed. This is easy to do and creates great visual impact fairly inexpensively. Or, use a bold stripe of paint instead of fabric for even greater cost-effectiveness.
Invite togetherness. Instead of a standard bench — or nothing — at the foot of the bed, try placing a love seat and small table for enjoying morning coffee together.
Create comfort. Iron beds can be uncomfortable to lean against, making late night reading or talking uncomfortable. Find ways to soften and create more luxury in the room with textured fabrics, new pillows or soft throws.