Sanctuaries With Style

Rustic, old world, contemporary — no matter which look you love best, these 19 gorgeous master suites are designed to delight.
By: Amanda Lecky

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Natural and Romantic

In this sunlit master suite, the designers created a look of eclectic elegance by finishing the woodsy space with a pair of delicate chandeliers. “The reclaimed wood on the ceiling brings the height down, visually, and adds warmth,” says builder Brian Thompson. “The fabric on the walls softens the room and provides texture.”

Feminine Mystique

“Our client is a young, single, successful businesswoman who wanted a feminine bedroom, without being overly girly,” says designer Jennifer Leonard. To create this look, Leonard used a custom headboard upholstered in luxurious white wool and accented with a ruched border and deep button tufting, silk shams in soft blue and white, and bedside lamps with a botanical relief pattern.

Symmetrical Sophistication

In this masculine master suite, the rich wood sleigh bed creates a strong focal point that is balanced by matching lamps and window treatments. The look is architectural, and elegant. “We paired traditional elements with bold fabrics and modern upholstery to create a space that was classic and sophisticated,” says designer Robert Brown.

Fun and Flirtatious

It’s important for any bedroom to reflect the personality of its owner, so don’t be afraid to break the rules and inject a little humor. “I had so much fun decorating this space,” says designer Kristin Peake. “It’s an eclectic room, and so was our thought process. We even found a clear, hollow lamp and filled it with gumballs!”

Now and Zen

A simple design and Asian-influenced accents give this bedroom a meditative ambiance. Says designer Jacqueline Glass: “In this eco-friendly home, the all-in-one bed, end tables, and lighting panel are a clever way to have it all in a room short on space. LED lighting under the bed frame gives the illusion that it’s floating. The natural wood walls and flooring provide a nature-inspired backdrop for this soothing bedroom escape.”

Loft Like

When designing this cool, contemporary bedroom, designer Jay Britto was inspired by his clients’ love of loft-style architecture. “We wanted to give the space a New York feel,” he says. “We achieved this by opening up the living area to expand the space, and by incorporating industrial-style materials like the polished concrete panels that form the headboard.”

Modern Rustic

In any space with a strong decorative style, you can avoid creating a “theme” room by incorporating unexpected, contrasting elements, as designer Michael Habachy did in this striking retreat. “One of the best ways to create warmth in a modern room is by adding texture,” he says. “For this bedroom design, I added the unexpected by contrasting rustic reclaimed wood as a backdrop for this sleek contemporary furniture.”

Tropical Paradise

If your bedroom is graced with a spectacular location, consider incorporating some local beauty into its design. For example, for this master bedroom on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, designer Jennifer Leonard brought in the hues of the Pacific Ocean, as well as natural motifs like palm fronds and materials like clamrose shells and woven rattan.

Timeless and Traditional

Elegant accents like a crystal chandelier and a tufted headboard reinforce the clean, traditional style of this master suite. “Soft blue bedding accents the neutral palette,” says designer Jacqueline Glass. “The homeowner chose broadloom carpeting for the floor, for a soft landing in the mornings.”

Hotel Hospitality

For a luxurious pied a terre, designer Michael Abrams created a master retreat with all the amenities of a five star hotel. Of the design he says: “The spring board for this room was the drapery fabric; it has a luxurious transitional feel. I then incorporated fabrics with less pattern and more texture, so that the drapery’s impact would not be upstaged. The overall goal was to create a unique yet calming retreat.”

A Man's World

“I designed this space to be a refined and masculine master retreat with blue leather walls, a black herringbone black floor, and mocha wood shutters and millwork to wrap the room,” says designer Anita Lang. “The custom-designed and custom-fabricated bedding is the tool we used to unite all the decorative aspects of the space in a simple, functional and luxurious manner.”

Light and Lovely

In this romantic baby blue and white bedroom, designer Sandra Oster paired glamorous design elements—mirrored bedside chests, a four-poster bed draped with diaphanous sheers, plush carpet—with unexpected touches. “There’s a strip of low-voltage pin spots on a wire over the desk,” Oster points out. “And out of sight—but not to be missed—is the seed pearl edging on the waffle-weave fabric of the drapes.”

Cabin Class

Perched at 8,000 feet in Big Sky, Montana, this western-style master suite is a vision of eco-friendly luxury. Architect Dan Joseph incorporated reclaimed materials in its design and made every effort to limit construction waste, resulting in LEED platinum certification for the home.

Oceanfront Aerie

Designer Donna Elle paired a mix of whites with the palest of blues to create the effect of a space that floats on air. The chocolate espresso floors add just enough warmth to ground the look, without drawing attention from the spectacular views outside the French doors.

Resort Attitude

To give this cottage-style bedroom the energetic appeal of a coastal inn, designer Donna Elle paired furnishings painted in a soft sunshiny yellow with blue and green sea-motif bedding. The result is a fresh, inviting space that practically creates its own sea breezes.

Eclectic Mix

In this youthful master bedroom, designers Darsi Floersch and Jayme Meyer used a mix of design elements—from elegant gilt mirrors to cottage-style painted nightstands—to create a beachy take on a classic aesthetic. “We particularly loved framing the room’s seating area with two bright aqua window panels,” they say.

View Finder

For a bedroom dominated by oversized windows offering beautiful lake views, designers Rebecca Van’t Hull and Tani Nielsen took care to keep the style of the room itself quiet. “Our aim was to create a restful master suite,” they say. “The leather chairs give the bedroom’s seating area a bit of weight, and they emphasize the room’s incredible views.”

Inner Sanctum

In a busy household, it can be sanity-saving to have a peaceful spot where you can rest and recharge. “The goal in this room was to create a quiet sanctuary within the rest of the home,” says designer Carrie Rodman. To create an atmosphere of tranquility, she used a pale, spa-inspired color palette and plenty of soft fabrics. And, she adds, “the seating area was an important element of this retreat. It’s a place for the homeowners to lounge on a weekend morning with a cup of coffee and a good book.”

Spa Inspiration

“I love soothing colors for a serene space like a bedroom,” says designer Tobi Fairley, who chose Silvermist by Sherwin-Williams for the walls in this room. “Think of colors that seem soft and spa-like,” she advises.

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