Congratulations. You’re starting your new life together as a married couple. Now is a great time to make your master bedroom your special sanctuary.
Here are some key details to make your room look more luxurious, even if you’re just starting out.
1. Create nice-looking easy-to-use storage. Your goal is to hide items that tend to make a mess. Do you tend to empty your pockets on the dresser? Find an attractive box or basket you love, use this to hold your wallet, keys, loose change for the evening.
Banish clutter. It’s tempting to use your bedroom space to store gifts, odds and ends, things that don’t yet have a home. Try not to do this. Pick a closet for things you’d like to use, but aren’t ready for just yet. If you don’t have a closet, seek a basement, attic space, or commercial storage for new items, your wedding dress, or out of season items. Now is the time to re-home duplicate pieces or furniture that just doesn’t fit in your bedroom.
2. Help your combined furniture to cooperate
Your bedroom furniture doesn’t have to match to work together. Perfectly matched sets can look a bit impersonal or out of touch with your vibe as a couple. In the short term, if you must choose between dressers, choose the one that best fits your things or your space, and go from there. Using similar color or texture can help match pieces coming from different places.
You may find your tastes run in opposite directions, as in, she loves modern, he loves antiques. Blending these styles together can make a room look like it truly belongs to both of you. To combine your different preferences together, first decide which style predominates among the pieces you are keeping. Treat this as the main style, with accents coming from the other look. Let each unique piece have its own voice. Similarities like color and line can allow different items to work together.
3. Warm up the color scheme
Choose a favorite item, like a photo, a soft throw, a bedspread, and make this the basis of your color scheme. Colors that add a sense of luxury and excitement include gold, or burgundy, or a rich violet. Just the right dash of bold, warm color can go a long way to spark excitement and sex appeal.
4. Highlight the bed.
It is a bedroom, after all. Don’t be afraid to make the bed the focus and make the message romantic. If you don’t have a headboard, call on a little creativity to help make the bed attractive and inviting. Paint can be useful here. Use a warm accent color on the wall behind the bed. Paint the rest of the room a softer color.
If your situation doesn’t allow for painting, you can hang a group of pictures above the bed, or images from from your honeymoon or a special trip together. Look for a special item like a quilt, a series of photos, or even a well-crafted gate borrowed from the garden for a unique, expressive headboard.
Use luxurious linens on the bed. Take advantage of the cozy feel and inviting texture of fabric. Place a soft throw, a folded plush blanket or a few accent pillows on your bed to dial up the romance factor.
5. Take inspiration from something you both love
For inspiration, here are a few images that are high in romance, from our design professionals at iMatchDesigners. See what you both like, and enjoy the process of exploring how to mix and match your different tastes.
If you find you just can’t get things to work together the way you want, stop and take a breath. You’re not alone. You can always get some professional advice to keep the process easy and fun. Call us at iMatchDesigners for a free consultation and no-cost references to a designer who can help you create a special romantic retreat you both enjoy for years to come.
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