Things to Consider When Choosing Furniture for Your Master Bedroom

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Though it goes unseen by most guests, your master bedroom is one of the most significant rooms in your home. It’s where you and your spouse or partner will wake up together, where you will make important family and personal decisions, and where you’ll prepare for the day’s activities each morning.

Whether you are part of a new couple furnishing your first home or an established family looking to personalize this private space, the right furniture can infuse your master bedroom with warmth, comfort, and style. Here are 2 things to consider while you make decisions about furniture.

1. Size

To achieve your desired design effect and an air of ease, the furniture you choose should complement the amount of space you have, not fight against it. Furnish your master bedroom with accoutrements that speak to the size of the room. Here are some ideas.

Small Bedrooms

If your master bedroom is on the small side, you may feel tempted to scale all your furniture down too. But too-small furnishings, even in a small space, can look disjointed and adrift. Too-large furnishings, on the other hand, can make the room appear even smaller, creating a cramped, cluttered feeling.

To get the size right in a tight space, start with the right size bed. In a master bedroom, the bed will dominate the space. And its size will dictate the scale for the other furnishings.

Large Bedrooms

Expansive spaces can feel luxurious and grand, but if the furnishings aren’t big enough, they can leave the room feeling empty, cold, and impersonal. Too-large furnishings may fit in these bigger bedrooms, but they can leave little room for functionality and may be unwieldy or unsuitable for everyday use.

Before you buy pieces of furniture for a large master bedroom, picture how you want to fill the space. Many homeowners divide the room into more than one section, using furnishings like entertainment centers, small couches, or a vanity.

2. Completeness

Only you (and the person you’ll share this bedroom with) can make the final decision about how much furniture you need to complete the room. This feeling of completeness will depend on the size of the room and your personal style.

However, decorating gurus often suggest including these pieces in your master bedroom set:

  • Bed: In a master bedroom, you obviously need a bed. But your bed will also serve as the room’s centerpiece. In fact, some designers recommend changing bed sets seasonally as doing so will change the entire atmosphere of the room to match the time of year. The bed sets the style tone for the other furnishings, including artwork.
  • Chest of Drawers: Storage is vitally important, especially when two adults share a room. The chest of drawers, dresser, or vanity (or combination thereof) in your master bedroom should fit the space and provide adequate storage. Don’t forget these drawers will hold more than clothes: they provide space for everything from electronics to hidden Christmas presents.
  • Nightstands: Place a nightstand on either side of the bed to create symmetry. Nightstands give you an ideal space for lighting fixtures or small groups of decorations. They also give you and your spouse or partner a needed private area in your shared space.
  • Sitting Area: Many homeowners include a set of small couches or armchairs in their master bedroom. This sitting area will provide space for relaxing (that isn’t the bed).
  • Entertainment Centre: More and more bedrooms are furnished with TVs and movie players. Opt for a mid-sized television so it doesn’t take away from the rest of your décor. You may also want to choose a cupboard-style entertainment centre so you can hide any unsightly cords when the need arises.

You can find a bed, chest of drawers, and nightstands as a matched set. To match the additional furnishings, buy from the same supplier or bring a colour sample, measurements, and a picture with you when you shop.

The type of materials and accessories, such as hardware, you choose for these furnishings will also help you unify the room. The right combination of furniture in complementary finishes will give your master bedroom a distinct air of completeness.

Remember to consider these guidelines not only in terms of what will look good, but what will be practical for you specifically. For example, you may love the look of a tall king-size. But if you or spouse or partner are below average height, a too-tall bed may be uncomfortable.

You may want to work with a custom furniture supplier. Custom builders can take your considerations into account and guide you through the process of choosing furniture that reflects your style and needs. In the case above, a custom builder could replicate the look you love with a shorter frame so your bed truly meets your needs.

Bring up these concerns, and any others you may have, with your partner and supplier to ensure that the furniture you choose completes your home.

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