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|Tips for Planning a Relaxing Bedroom|
Advice on planning the perfect master suite.
Architects and designers create
spaces following a basic design rule: Take advantage of your room's
good points. Use these ideas to help make the most of your
- Plan for the bed. Provide a blank wall suitable for a bed and
oriented toward the best view the room provides. Allow a wall 14
to 15 feet wide if you'll have a king-size bed flanked by side
tables. Placing the headboard against an interior wall frees up
exterior walls for ample windows.
- Make the most of rooflines. Placing a master bedroom on a new
upper level creates a private getaway, but it can create
challenges when designing rooflines and integrating the space to
maximize the impact. One alternative is to expose angular ceilings
for added design interest. In this house, for example, careful
planning gave the master suite four dramatic bisecting gables.
- Control sunlight. Give adequate thought to managing daylight
at different times of day and year. Movable daylight controls,
such as draperies and shutters, provide flexibility, but you can
also take advantage of awnings and deep eaves that shade windows.
- Build it in. The architect regularly looks for opportunities
to design custom built-ins. It's efficient storage space and
eliminates the need to bump out into the room with furniture. Many
people prefer built-ins to furniture as it gives a room an
- Define spaces with storage. Use storage to separate spaces
within a master suite. Try a configuration composed of a bedroom
and a bath separated by a short hall fitted with two closets.
lighting a bedroom, you want to create an atmosphere of quiet
relaxation, while providing bright spots for reading and other
activities. Develop a combination of general and task lighting based
on these examples, and remember that dimmer controls let you vary
the light to suit different moods and tasks.
other bedside fixtures cast a peaceful light and illuminate bedtime
tasks. If you want to add mood lighting without making the room too
bright, supplement your bedside light with soft sources such as a
fireplace or candles. A dimmer switch can also give you more control
over the room's brightness.
When your bed is the focal point
in the room, create drama with recessed downlights near the head of
the bed. Separate controls allow snoozing and reading simultaneously
on opposite sides of the bed. Table lamps elsewhere in the room will
help make the space usefully bright.
Active people love a
room awash in a bright, warm glow. This design combines an overhead
fixture, which casts a wide beam of downward light, and uplight
fixtures that illuminate shady corners. By wiring the overhead light
and the uplights separately, you can have some or all of them on at