12 Relaxing Master Bedroom Ideas for Any Space

Updated 08/12/19

Settling into a plush hotel room with no other plans but to completely unwind sounds pretty nice, but what's even better (as well as budget-friendly) is a staycation at home. No need to fly anywhere, put on makeup, or even get dressed—all you need are your pj's and a good book. Of course, it can be hard to achieve a truly blissful master bedroom décor setup. Often, nightstand clutter, mismatched sheets, and underwhelming furniture can get in the way of complete relaxation.

Think it's time to give your bedroom the makeover it deserves? We've outlined a few master bedroom ideas that will help your space feel more layered and comfortable—it may even make it feel larger. No, you don't need a giant room or perfectly pressed linens to achieve pure bliss at home. Whether you're in the market for a new bed frame or just looking to upgrade your wall color, we have the solutions for you. Don't spend another weekend stressing about the state of your bedroom—give it a well-deserved makeover.

Start with a Large Rug

Master Bedroom Ideas — Rugs
Alyssa Rosenheck

Nothing makes a space look smaller than a rug too small for it. In the bedroom, it's especially important to have a rug large enough to cover the area around the bed—not to mention it's more comfortable to step on when you wake up.

Small-space tip: If you can't fit a large rug in your space, opt for two runners flanking the bed instead.

Lucent Rug
West Elm Lucent Rug $649 $454
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Go All White

Master Bedroom Ideas
Genevieve Garruppo Nicole; DESIGN: Homepolish

Want to get that plush hotel look? Try going all white: walls, ceiling, floors, furniture, and, most importantly, bedding. Play with textures instead of colors by adding cashmere, sheepskin, and linens.

Small-space tip: White walls can look dingy in a small room with very little natural light. If that's the case for you, paint the walls and ceiling a soft muted color, and keep everything else white.

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Add a Statement Chair

Master Bedroom Décor
Nicole Franzen

Fill an awkward corner with a statement chair. Not only does it look great on its own, but it comes in handy when you want to throw clothes or a bag over it at the end of a long day. After all, laziness happens to the best of us.

Small-space tip: If there is no space for a chair, try a smaller accent like a stool or even a woven basket to handle extra clutter.

Make a Chandelier Statement

Master Bedroom Ideas — Lighting
Josh Franer; DESIGN: Leanne Ford

Fill the height of your space with a large statement chandelier, which will also enhance the mood lighting in your space. Just don't forget to put it on a dimmer in case you want to set a romantic tone. If you have low ceilings, opt for a chandelier that branches out horizontally instead of vertically.

Small-space tip: To know exactly how big your chandelier should be for the space, add the dimensions of the room together in feet, and then convert the result to inches. For instance, a room that's eight by 10 feet should have a chandelier with a diameter of 18 inches.

Try a Canopy Bed

Master Bedroom Ideas — Canopy Beds
Courtesy of Sasha Bikoff

One of the most frequent questions people have for their interior designers is how to fill a large, blank wall space. This problem is especially common in the bedroom, where you often have a large wall behind the bed. A canopy bed visually fills vertical space in your room so that it looks more structured and layered.

Small-space tip: Yes, you can have a canopy bed in a small room. Just opt for one with a thin frame.

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Go Bold with Wallpaper

Master Bedroom Ideas — Wallpaper
Tessa Neustadt ; DESIGN: Amber Interiors

Another way to fill large blank space, especially in a room with tall ceilings, is to use a patterned or textured wallpaper, like in the bedroom above. It gives the space a moody feel and keeps the eye interested.

Small-space tip: Don't be afraid to use dark colors in small spaces. Especially if you have little natural light, it can help the space feel cozier.

Supersize Your Sconces

Master Bedroom Tips
Tessa Neustadt

In a large bedroom, don't be afraid to supersize your bedside tables and sconces. There's nothing worse than leaving large blank spaces on each side of the nightstands.

Small-space tip: Sconces work wonders in small rooms because they free up nightstand space. Just make sure you opt for lights that have an appropriate scale for the room.

End with a Bench

Master Bedroom Ideas — Benches
Rikki Snyder ; DESIGN: Tamara Magel

In large bedrooms, empty space can feel awkward. Try adding a small living area in your room, if you can, or even just add a bench at the foot of your bed to fill the room. Not only will it make the space feel more layered, but it's also practical.

Small-space tip: Pay careful attention to the traffic clearance in your space—which should be around two to three feet wide to walk around comfortably. Don't try to cram too much furniture in or your space will end up looking cluttered.

Katy Stelton Safari Bench $2245-2450
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Create a Seating Area

Master Bedroom Ideas — Seating
Courtesy of Jeremiah Brent

No matter how big or small, a seating area in your bedroom will make it feel a lot bigger. Try a pair of chairs or even a window seat to make your space multipurpose. A double-duty space will always get more use and feel a whole lot bigger.

Small-space tip: Pay attention to the scale of the seating you chose. If your space is small, opt for more petite lounge chairs or build-in a seating space that doubles as storage like a window bench.

Give the Impression of Space

Master Bedroom Ideas — Mirrors
Courtesy of Alexander DB

A large floor mirror will trick the eye into feeling like the room is much bigger and brighter than it actually is. By leaning a mirror against an empty wall, you'll instantly add a feeling of expansiveness into your space. Just make sure to reflect something you love to look at.

Small-space tip: If leaning a mirror against a wall feels too cramped, you can also hang it directly on the wall for similar effect. Just make sure to use the proper wall anchors, as floor mirrors can get heavy.

West Elm Metal Frame Oversized Floor Mirror $699
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Frame Your Bed with Curtains

Master Bedroom Ideas — Curtains
Courtesy of Alexander DB

We love the idea of a canopy bed, but if you don't want to update your bedframe, try faking the look by hanging floor-grazing curtains from the ceiling like in the California bedroom above. This will actually make your bed feel like its own little sanctuary, leaving the rest of the space for other uses.

Small-space tips: While a statement canopy bed might feel counter-intuitive in a small space, it can actually help mentally divide your bedroom's areas and help you sleep more soundly. Just pull the curtain and the clutter is gone.

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Create Continuity With Fabric

Master Bedroom Ideas — Color
Courtesy of Liljencrantz Design

Using the power of repetition is a great way to make your space feel larger and more coherent. In the bedroom above, the walls, floors, and even curtains are all in the same shade of gray, giving the space a feeling of expansiveness. By contrast, a few repetitive black velvet accents create continuity.

Small-space tip: To make a small dark room appear larger, lay the largest and lightest rug you can find—a light gray is ideal. Then paint the walls—and maybe even the ceiling—in the same hue to disguise the lines that define the room.

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This story was originally published on September 18, 2017, and has since been updated.

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