While the master bedroom has never been described as the heart of the home, it is an area that homeowners love and invest in. Local designers say recent trends include statement beds, simple window treatments, and rethinking the traditional bedroom set.
“A lot of people want more of a hotel feel to their bedrooms, and they want a bedroom space that’s relaxing,” said designer Peter Balistreri of Ethan Allen in Amherst. Over the years, he’s decorated dozens of master bedrooms.
“Poster beds are very in and very big right now,” said Balistreri. “More people are leaning toward doing poster beds because the space softens, and it feels more eclectic.”
Nicole Gavigan and Danielle Gruppo of Gavigan & Gruppo Interior Design agree. They cite a variation of the four-poster bed that’s been popular: A canopy bed with square modern posts — but without the fabric. Higher-end furniture companies make the bed posts adjustable.
“Versatility is important, because when you invest in quality furniture you should plan to have it for a long time,” Gruppo said, adding the look can be updated over the years with new bedding and pillows.
The habit of having separate bedding for the warmer and colder months is no longer customary. Instead, people add or subtract layers to existing bedding, depending on the season.
“Today, people add a duvet cover with a down filler in the colder months to their year-round bedding,” said Judy Murchison of Murchison Interiors in Orchard Park, who’s been designing for 35 years. “Window treatments have also gotten simpler. I’m seeing lots of pinch pleated panels, and shades are used for privacy and blocking sunlight.”
Also affecting the way master bedrooms are decorated are modern closets in new homes, which are often so large that purchasing a set of bedroom furniture is no longer necessary.
“The need for bedroom sets is being eliminated because of organized closet spaces in new builds,” Murchison said. “The closets have built-in storage, including drawers, that take the place of a typical dresser.”
Without dressers taking up floor space, Murchison said reading chairs with ottomans complete the furnishings of a master bedroom, along with adding eclectic night stands on either side of the bed.
All the designers agree that wallpaper is back in a big way, and this is especially true in the master bedroom.
“People no longer want blocks of color all over their home,” Gavigan said. “They are looking for ways to change the texture of their wall, and this look can be accomplished by bringing wallpaper or grasscloth into the bedroom.”
“If you combine it with luxurious bedding in different textures, it makes for a very comforting environment,” Murchison said.