(ARA) - The master bedroom has evolved. If you're looking to renovate, expand or build a new master bedroom, think "master suite" instead. Don't just create a cozy room meant for sleeping, because in recent years it really has turned into so much more.
"The master bedroom has increasingly become a restful retreat within your larger home - a place where you can spend the day, if you wish, with all the comforts of a traditional family room," says Donna Schroeder, color marketing and design manager for Dutch Boy Paints. "The trend is to combine comfort with convenient amenities in an atmosphere that is peaceful and relaxing."
One of the easiest ways to accomplish this is to look to sumptuous hotel suites for your design inspiration. Plush, comfortable and full of luxuries, hotel suites offer plenty of ideas you can mimic. You say you like coffee first thing in the morning? Install a coffee bar, complete with an espresso maker, coffee grinder and a mini refrigerator to store milk for those extra-foam lattes.
Don't expect to lounge on the bed with your cappuccino in hand. Reserve space in your design for an ample sitting area where you can put a sofa, comfortable reading chairs and even a state-of-the-art entertainment system for movie nights and lazy Sundays.
Add a built-in customized entertainment center to house the latest and greatest gadgets for everyone in the house. You'll want to have room not only for the flat screen HDTV and Blu-Ray player but also the kids' gaming system, DVR receiver and a nook for Dad's sound system. You might also want to include shelves for Mom's prized collection of romantic old movies so she can watch them in the comfort of her bedroom haven.
First, however, you must set the stage for this oasis, using a serene palette of color and textures to accent the space and create a true sense of retreat. The first consideration? Paint and the color it provides. Your choice of paint will create the canvas that complements and highlights all of the room's other design features.
Nothing ties a room together better than luxurious design elements like custom-made fabric headboards and coordinating bedding in silks, Egyptian cottons and other natural fibers. Think mix-and-match when it comes to furniture -- eclecticism rules in 2011. The pervasive influence of steampunk -- a quirky mix of old and new -- makes it perfectly fine to blend a contemporary platform bed with an ornate, Victorian dresser. The style is flea market meets high-end, and it looks great.
"Life moves at a rapid-fire pace these days, and a master suite is one place where you can get away from the hustling pace and just take a deep breath," Schroeder says. "When creating your sanctuary within your home, take time to consider all the design options so you can have a space where you can escape from responsibilities, deadlines and outside noise and simply just relax."
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