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Beyond an afterthought

Master bedrooms deserve their own design, experts

By: By Lucy Haines

  |  Posted: Saturday, Dec 28, 2013 06:00 am

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  • TRENDY LOOK – Jewel tones and beds without boxsprings (just on platform) are hot trends in adult bedroom décor.
    TRENDY LOOK – Jewel tones and beds without boxsprings (just on platform) are hot trends in adult bedroom décor.
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  • ADULTS ONLY – The grown-up bedroom is meant to be a serene oasis and designers are using warm, neutral greys with pops of trendy colours and a mix of textures in bedding, pillows and window coverings.
    ADULTS ONLY – The grown-up bedroom is meant to be a serene oasis and designers are using warm, neutral greys with pops of trendy colours and a mix of textures in bedding, pillows and window coverings.

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We spend a lot of time and money decorating the kitchen, bathroom and living room in our homes, but pay little attention to the bedrooms – specifically the master bedroom. Sure, parents go crazy on baby and kids’ bedrooms, with boy or girl and teen-themed furnishings and wall colours, but leave the parents’ room with little or no thought.

Does your bedroom sound like mine? A never-used exercise bike that acts as a clothes rack, and mis-matched bedding – it’s a sort of dumping ground for all the decorating leftovers in the home. Not surprisingly, designers aren’t fans of the bedroom-as-afterthought concept.

“Your bedroom should be a sanctuary, a restful place to get rejuvenated. It’s the first thing you see in the morning and the last at night, so that’s an important space,” said Trevor Compton, sales manager at Christopher Clayton Furniture & Design House.

The west-Edmonton retailer said that while there are some who don’t pay much attention to where they rest their head at night, many have grasped the idea of making a statement in the bedroom – one that shows the homeowner’s personality and style.

“There’s a big trend toward brass and mid-century styling,” Compton said. “And the bedscape is more layered, with rich jewel tones, sequins, and faux silks – really luxurious touches and textures.”

In colours, exotic jewel tones reign – think amethyst, burnt tangerines, chocolate browns and purples. Headboards range from masculine buttoned leather models to opulent, curved Victorian styles to clean, low, Zen-feel structures. But the footboard? Nope. Designers like storage-friendly ottomans, if anything, at the foot of the bed.

“We’ve moved away from matching suites of furnishings, to a more eclectic collection of night tables and dressers – but still keeping a unified look with similar-toned woods or matching nightlights,” Compton said. “You can mix masculine and feminine touches, and freshen the feel by changing pillows and bedding with the seasons.”

Compton points to the popular platform-style beds (no box springs) and organic, mid-tone walnut woods as big sellers among 25- to 35-year-olds, often those just decorating their first homes.

St. Albert designer Lori Drinkwater of Fresh Look Design uses a lot of grey – the hottest go-to neutral – when designing adult bedrooms. She recently combined shades of grey with yellows that were inspired by bedding. Add in an inherited chest of drawers and Drinkwater designed a fresh, serene bedroom that worked with the space and window placement.

“I look at how people use the room – blackout blinds if they work shifts, etc.,” Drinkwater said.

After establishing wall colour and furniture placement, Drinkwater adds the jewels of the bedroom – artwork, vases, mirrors and chandeliers.

“The space is more functional, elegant and cozy,” she said.

Jody Boras of i.d.ah interiors, said she uses a lot of grey in her décor too, combining it with blues, greens and lavenders for a calming, relaxing feel. While she said a dazzling blue is set to be the colour for 2014, she likes using the trendy colours as accents in a neutral room, making it easier to change colour schemes when trends change.

“Lighting is important too. It needs to be functional, esthetic and stay in scale with the other furniture,” said the St. Albert designer.

“When in doubt, go big.”


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