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Publication Date: 2016-11-21


12 Distinctive Master Bedrooms to Inspire Your Designs

Every client is different, but most share at least one design belief in common—that the master bedroom is the most personal, intimate space in the home, and needs to reflect that. See how 12 top designers created spaces that range from serene retreats to dazzling, glossy showstoppers, all created to reflect their clients’ unique points of view.


Find Inspiration All Around

For this Bay Area home, designer Kendall Wilkinson and architect Ken Linsteadt found inspiration in the open, airy landscape and expansive views. Quiet hues in the Samarkand Khoton carpet set the tone for this serene and elegant master bedroom. The Ironies canopy bed in silver leaf finish features an upholstered headboard in Bergamo Teodora. The Ironies custom daybed has silver leaf legs, wood arms and Bergamo Devon fabric. A pair of signed vintage Karl Springer table lamps, circa 1960, sit atop custom Jean de Merry Scala credenzas in antiqued gray parchment with silver leaf hardware. The brightly colored side chair and poufs from Paola Lenti add a touch of whimsy. See more of the home here >

Let the Environment Shine

For the interiors of this new home in Wailea on Hawaii's Maui island, designer April Powers took inspiration from the idyllic oceanfront setting, combining a color palette of blue and its varying shades with organic elements and textures. Working closely with architecture firm Walker-Warner Architects, the end result is an indoor/outdoor home that has a casual, comfortable look. In the master bedroom, the bed is a custom piece by Custom Furniture Design. The bench at the foot of the bed is by Kroll Furniture and is covered in a Malabar fabric from Sloan Miyasato. The nightstands are from McGuire, and the bamboo silk rug is from Stark. The decorative pillows and drapery panels were custom made by Design Support Co. See more of the home here >

Step Up the Views

Starting with a raw, unfinished 5,500-square-foot space, Phyllis and William Taylor of Florida-based design firm Taylor & Taylor created a warm and free flowing design that celebrates this 25th floor penthouse apartment's stunning views, which stretch from Key Biscayne all the way down to Key Largo. To enhance the skyline views in the master bedroom, the bed is perched atop an Asian-inspired platform. Donghia’s “Story Stones” fabric on the duvet brings a splash color to the space. A paper archer and four small African masks add an artistic flair to the master bedroom along with Asian artifacts, such as a Chinese elm-wood wedding basket and a wooden chair. See more of the home here >

Stay Flexible

For this urban lakeside house in Minneapolis, interior designer Andrew Flesher worked closely with the owners, one of whom is the architect of the home, to create a stylish space that embraces the outdoors and changing seasons. The home was designed with furnishings and a layout that can be changed according to the time of year, creating a truly versatile look. The master bedroom was designed so that it can easily be rearranged. In the summer, the Holly Hunt bed moves to the wall facing the window seat to take advantage of views of the backyard and pool. The yellow lacquered nightstands were custom designed by Flesher and can come apart and be made smaller to accommodate the alternate layout. See more of the home here >

Embrace a Light Palette

For the design of this lake house on Wisconsin's Geneva Lake, designer Suzanne Lovell eliminated the boundaries between interior and exterior, using large expanses of glass and simplified materials to maximize light. The master suite is an oasis with a serene white color palette and soft linen accents. The upholstered headboard, oversized chairs and drapery soften the strong lines of the architecture. Custom monogrammed bedding from Leontine Linens personalizes the space. See more of the home here >

Create a Restful Escape

For this vacation home on Galveston Bay in Texas, Houston-based interior designer Ginger Barber and builder Purple Sage Construction created a casually elegant home that is a calming escape from the hectic pace of city living. With a soft color palette, neutral tones and rustic accents, the home is the perfect spot to enjoy the area’s stunning sunsets and great bird watching. The master suite was designed to be a restful space with a king size bed and neutral linens. Artwork by Karen Sacher provides a pop of color in the soft room. See more of the home here >

Combine Influences and Colors

For this vacation home overlooking a golf course in Scottsdale, Arizona, interior designer Kim Scodro eschewed the typical rustic desert color palette for a lighter and more serene look with Mediterranean and French influences. Pink is used as a neutral here in the master bedroom, where it adds a softness to the gray and wood tones. Doors that open to a patio flood the room in light and frame its beautiful views. See more of the home here >

Make the Most of Texture

This vacation home in Big Sky, Montana's exclusive Yellowstone Club was extensively remodeled by Lisa Kanning of Brooklyn-based firm LKID and contractor Big Sky Build to give it a more modern aesthetic. Using textured materials and a neutral color palette, Kanning created a luxurious retreat. The master bedroom is full of textural detail and luxurious upholstered furnishings. The bed wall is covered in a grid pattern of cherry laminated panels that are framed in steel. The room features Fuse Lighting's Donovan chandelier, London Sconces and Chareau Floor Lamp. See more of the home here >

Respect a Space’s Past When Updating

In working on a history-filled Westchester home from 1730, Kara Mann Design faced the distinct challenge of updating spaces to keep them classic yet up to date. The home pre-dates the American Revolution by nearly 50 years and was accessible to the Underground Railroad, so every step was taken to preserve its impressive history while bringing it back to life and lightening up a traditional environment. In the master bedroom, standout pieces include the natural colored wool drapery, striped with lace from Need K, which pairs well with the Khotan rug’s dusty pink undertones. See more of the home here >

Let History Shine Through

When it came to restoring the interior of this charming manor home, interior designer Emma Sims Hilditch was careful to be sensitive to its specular history while redefining the space better for modern living. Perched high above the local village and set amongst rolling lawns and a one-acre lake, the manor dates back to the 13th century when William the Conqueror gifted it to one of his favorite noblemen. In the master bedroom, Sims Hilditch opened up the pitched roof to increase the feeling of spaciousness and light. Patterned wallpaper forms a calming haze of blue and reaches up to the exposed beams, creating a pleasing mix of rough, smooth and soft textures as the eye wanders. See more of the home here >

Mix Feminine and Masculine

For the redesign of this two-bedroom apartment on London's Grosvenor Square in Mayfair, interior designer Katharine Pooley used rich detail and unique finishes to create an elegant space that’s perfectly fitting for one of the city's most exclusive neighborhoods. The master bedroom incorporates both masculine and feminine style with strong lines and calm fabrics. A beautiful cashmere and fur throw, shagreen bedside tables and bespoke lamps designed by Pooley give a hint of luxury to the peaceful, balanced space. See more of the home here >

Mix Cultures to Sumptuous Effect

When it came to the design of this 4,800-square-foot townhouse located in an exclusive hilltop enclave overlooking Hong Kong's Deep Water Bay, interior designer Pamela Babey's vision was, as she describes it, "as if the Ferragamos or Fendis moved to Hong Kong." Working with a concrete shell and few limitations, Babey, who is a co-founder of San Francisco interiors firm BAMO, created a sumptuous neoclassical and Baroque home inspired by the palaces of Rome. The sleeping alcove in the master suite is luxuriously draped in hand dyed and hand painted silk de Gournay Chinoiserie fabric in green-blue tones. The adjacent lounge area features a custom television cabinet designed by BAMO and watercolor on paper by artist Andrew Belschner. See more of the home here >


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