Mastering the Master
It can be a passionate boudoir (ooh-la-la), an escape from the stresses of daily life or just a place to lay your head. But the master suite should always be a refuge in the home, the most comfortable place to start and end the day.
Some ideas for enhancing the master suite experience include:
— Adding passionate colors: Rouge red, ripe purple, royal blue, dusted rose, or gilt gold can add drama and the feel of indulgence.
— Luscious fabrics are worth their weight. Use silky, velvet and chenille textures in combination with nubby fabrics. Gattles in downtown Petoskey has one of the region’s most luxurious lines of linens, blankets, pillows, custom color selections for duvets and even cashmere robes.
— Wall sconces can add subtle light and distinct style. Hang them along side of a mirror on the wall at the head of the bed for drama.
— Locating mirrors in unusual places creates visual interest. Place them in a way to reflect dancing candlelight. A hot trend is placing enormous ceiling-to-floor mirrors that are more like pieces of art, with leather borders and eccentrically painted frames.
— An intimate bistro table, set with two chairs, can turn an open corner into an inviting conversation spot.
— Create a comfortable reading room with colors like old-world ivory, antique amber, sage green and slate blue. These soft colors reflect light without glare and also support feelings of peacefulness.
— Also for a reading space, use squishy pillows, luxurious throws and landscape paintings with distant horizons to add feelings of indulgence. A stylish lounge chair, floor lamp and nearby tea table complete the additions.
— Consider a small refrigerator or wet bar so you can enjoy personal time without interruption.
— Ronn Serba, of Kimberly Interiors in Harbor Springs, advises homeowners to hang paintings and other pieces of art lower on the wall, so the center of the piece is at eye-level. Many people, he said, hang art items too high.
— The master suite encompasses the master bath, so use candles around the bathtub to set the mood for relaxation and romance. Fragrance plays a big part in setting the mood; choose soft scents such as vanilla, lavender, musk, rose or classic linen.
Sources: www.thesideroad.com, www.all-homedecor.com, and www.ivillage.com
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