6 Steps to a Master (Sleep) Retreat

A home is an ever-evolving project. As our styles change and the years go by, it’s easy to get the itch to update your home and bring it up to speed. Buyers and sellers alike often pay more attention to kitchens, master bathrooms, closets, and yards than they do to the vital space where they will usually spend more than a third of their 24 hours each day. If you’re looking for a change-up or a way to fall back in love with your master bedroom, take a look at the tips below.


1. Choice Spot

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The bed should be set away from the room’s entrance to keep it out of the main circulation path. Place it in a spot so occupants can enjoy the best view — whether that’s inside (maybe toward a fireplace or favorite piece of art) or outdoors (with views of trees or water where possible). Also, pairing a bed with an upholstered headboard and dressing it up with decorative pillows, a duvet and a throw to personalize it make it more welcoming to tuck in for sleep.


2. Window Treatments

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Minimal is the design mantra when it comes to much of the standard room décor today. But while no coverings in some rooms, such as kitchens and living rooms, allows in more light and views, some amount of treatment in a bedroom is needed to block outside light and provide privacy – think shutters, electric shades or curtains.


3. Right Lighting

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Installing recessed cans is discouraged. They tend to chop up a ceiling and aren’t too attractive to look at while in bed. Task lighting from lamps on night tables or wall-mounted sconces are preferred.


4. Conceal or Banish Electronics

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For years, scientists and health professionals have known about the danger of the blue light that comes from certain electronic equipment and how it adversely affects melatonin production. Homeowners might consider making the master bedroom a no-electronics zone, without TVs and other technology to help train the brain that the bedroom is primarily a place to sleep rather than stay awake.


5. Soothing Palette

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Colors that aren’t extreme are more restful. A palette of pale blues, greens, beiges, grays, and whites create a calming environment. In addition, bedding in white and light creams make for a soothing sight to the eye.


6. Creature Comforts

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If the room’s size allows, consider adding a chaise, chair and ottoman, and night tables. Also, a large area rug or wall-to-wall carpeting can help deaden noise and provide warmth underfoot. If the room is located so it opens directly to the outdoors, play this up. Real access to bucolic scenery can contribute to a sense of tranquility.