Steal ideas for your master from the most stylish bedrooms of the West
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Thomas J. Story
Enjoy the finer things
The master bedroom should be two things: luxurious and serene. Our 2014 L.A. Idea House fulfills both with its spare color palette and bold furnishings. A large bedside plant adds an earthy element, while the faceted light fixture and velvet wingback contribute a finer elegance.
Notice how there’s no wall art or framed photos. The master suite should be a clutter-free zone. “I think of these spaces as a neutral escape from the rest of the house,” homeowner Heather Taylor says. “A kind of respite from it all.” Pull in creative elements with fresh botanicals, printed pillows, and geometric lamps. Let the bedroom basics serve as art.
This modern cabin leaves the bedroom open to nature with floor-to-ceiling windows. A fur blanket warms up the room, balancing the hard floors with plush comfort. “Mornings we can sit here and stare out for hours,” says homeowner Harry Bray. “The other day, we saw some Western tanagers,” wife Claudia Bray adds. “I said, ‘You make the coffee,’ and Harry said, ‘No, you make it.’”
Architect Eric Olsen kept this master suite open to a bright bathroom for natural light. Rolling out of bed and getting ready in the morning couldn’t be easier. Vaulted ceilings provide height in the room, while a thick comforter brings you back down.
Our 2015 Idea House features an upstairs master bedroom. Keeping the sleeping area away from gathering spots adds a nice sense of privacy. Wall-to-wall drapes also help, allowing the homeowners to decide when they need to shut themselves off for slumber.
Black industrial elements harmonize with white linen in this master. Overhead, the metal lamp adds mood lighting with a vintage bulb. Black-trimmed curtains and an oversize mirror speak luxury. With the gorgeous tub open to the bedroom, the suite feels like a boutique spa.
Interior designer Jessica Helgerson made space on a small bedside table by installing wall-mounted sconces. This modern Portland loft exhibits gorgeous textures on a natural color palette with its textile headboard, gray bedding, and wooden table.
No headboard’s needed when the wall’s made of reclaimed redwood panels. Classic bedding and clean lines make the Midcentury Waterfront Cabin at Oyster Beach outside of Eureka, CA inviting for the night.
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Swap out bedside tables
Take your bedside tables and replace them with open bookshelves like these. You can display a couple of knick-knacks, but also have a place to set your water glass. Bring in greenery to a whitewashed space with a string of plants above the bed or on open shelves.