Master Bedroom Ideas

12 master bedroom ideas to make you swoon

Whether your style is minimalist, maximalist, Hamptons or Scandi, you'll find inspiration among these main bedroom design ideas.
white bedroom with black accentsPhotography: Jody D'Arcy

Most rooms of a home are shared spaces, but the master bedroom? That one is (mostly) all yours. And if you think about it, you spend much of your life luxuriating in the main bedroom. However, the boudoir’s often not a top priority when designing a home or curating interiors. 

It should be! From layout to decor, there are many wonderful ways to personalise your master bedroom so it suits your needs, is practical and gives you a serotonin hit every time you walk in.  

Here are 12 master bedroom design ideas to help you be the master of your domain.

1. Create a cosy master bedroom nook 

Sure, bedrooms are for sleeping, relaxing and, well, you know… But to really make the most of your master bedroom layout, carve out a nook for reading and contemplation. You don’t need a lot of space — just enough real estate for a plush chair, a side table and a piece of inspiring artwork.   

Bedroom nook with blue sofa, dynasty stool, antique dresser and wainscoting.
This classic Hamptons-inspired bedroom nook features a sofa upholstered in Elliott Clarke ‘Florentine’ linen, a dynasty stool and antique dresser. (Credit: Photography: Abbie Melle / Styling: Lisa Burden)

2. Make your main bedroom dark and moody

There’s nowhere better suited to a slightly gothic interior than the master bedroom — opting for dark and rich colours, velvety bedlinen and mood lighting makes a bedroom feel like an enveloping hug and somewhere to retreat to. The master below focuses on a striking panelled feature wall, painted in Dulux Monument. “We chose it instead of a bedhead,” explains the owner and designer, Veronica, a.k.a. the ‘Builder’s Wife’.

Dark and moody master bedroom with navy velvet bedspread and feature wall in Dulux Monument
A master bedroom is made dark and moody with a VJ-panel feature wall painted in Dulux Monument and teal and navy velvet bedlinen by Morgan & Finch. (Credit: Photography: Nat Spadavecchia / Styling: Fiona Gould)

3. Add a makeup station to your bedroom layout 

Turn a corner or nook of your master suite into a makeup station or dressing table: a space that’s just for you. “I will sit down here to do my makeup and hair if I have a big event on,” says owner, Christal, interior and design consultant at Zou Build, of the space below. It can also boost the value of your home.

“In a luxury house at the higher end, it’s good to have these features for resale purposes. Personalise your master suite, but think about making the makeup station versatile; it could also be a study nook,” explains Christal. Keep the joinery tones timeless and neutral, she adds, and you can introduce colour through soft furnishings and artwork. 

A light and bright makeup station and dressing table in a walk-in robe
Contemporary and cool, this light-filled makeup station and dressing table in a master retreat, in Brisbane, was created by Zou Build. (Credit: Photography: Louise Roche / Styling: Kylie Jackes)

4. Look to nature for bedroom ideas 

Make your master bedroom soothing and inviting by getting on the Australiana trend bandwagon. No, we’re not talking about hanging Ken Done paintings (as lovely as they are) or stuffed crocodiles, but evoking the colours, tones and textures of the Aussie landscape and sunset. 

“It’s about bringing a slice of the Australian countryside home with you, even when you’re a city dweller,” explains Home Beautiful style forecast director, Fiona Gould. Think, a palette of dusky rose, sand, ochre and gum leaf-like green.    

Autumn and Australiana inspired master bedroom
This master bedroom was inspired by the dusty sunsets of the Australian countryside, combining coral, smoky green and pale peach colours — as well as super-soft linen. (Credit: Photography: Brigid Arnott / Styling: Tess Thyregod)

5. Create calm with minimalism 

If you’re from the ‘less is more’ camp, then you’ll want a perfectly pared-back master bedroom, such as the one below, in the vein of minimalism and Scandinavian (or ‘Japandi’) design. The wall-to-wall oak timber bedhead by Intermain in American oak veneer spans more than five metres and is super functional. 

“The bedhead houses electrical components to power the (Örsjö Belysning ‘Lean’) bedside lamps, USB chargers in the bedside tables and a recessed LED light along the top,” says owner, Nikki, an interior designer. Letting just the right amount of light in is the ‘Bottom Up’ honeycomb blinds by Veneta.

Scandi-inspired and minimalist bedroom featuring light timber and a Vitra Cité armchair
Simplicity is key in this calming master bedroom, which features a Vitra ‘Cité’ armchair, blonde timber bedhead and floating bedside shelf. (Credit: Photography: Simon Whitbread / Styling: Corina Koch)

6. Add sumptuous details to your master bedroom

More of a maximalist? Then you’ll be needing details — lots of ’em. Layer your main bedroom with cosy cushions, draped curtains, tiers of bedlinen, an upholstered bedhead, a plush rug and bedroom decor that makes you smile. This is achievable if you’re renting, as well.

According to eBay, purchases of rent-friendly homewares are up, such as artificial plants (sales have increased by 280 per cent), removable mirrors (up 110 per cent) and Command strips for hanging art (up 65 per cent). Updating your bedding is an easy win.

“Replace your old pillows and quilts with thick plush inserts that will fill out bedlinen,” suggests stylist Nikki Hoskins. “And change the layout of your cushions. All of this will make you feel like you’ve got a completely new bed while only updating a couple of items.”

Master bedroom with a dark blue carpet, pink-toned bedlinen and a daybed
Godfrey Hirst ‘Midnight Review’ carpet in Blue Ash adds depth and cosiness to this master bedroom in an American coastal-style house. (Credit: Photography: Louise Roche / Stylist: Kylie Jackes)

7. Think outside the box 

The master bedroom doesn’t need to be in a bedroom. When it comes to creating your dream sanctuary, colour outside the lines! Nothing’s stopping you from setting up a sleep space in what’s typically a living room, attic or even a shed. That’s what the owners of this Spanish villa-inspired Byron Bay home, below, did.

They created a separate parents’ retreat by converting a shed that used to house trucks. The walls were insulated, lined and painted in fresh Ecolour Builder’s White and the oil-stained concrete floor was painted and softened with Turkish rugs.

Master bedroom shed conversion in Byron Bay
Ecolour’s Builder’s White, infuses this master bedroom with a light, bright feel and contrast with the characterful doors, painted in Dulux Domino. (Credit: Photography: Louise Roche / Stylist: Kylie Jackes)

8. Add a window seat or daybed to your bedroom

Nothing says laid-back luxury like a daybed. A banquette can hide storage underneath and you can update the upholstery when boredom strikes. The delightful daybed, below, features VJ panels for added character, nautical striped fabric and cushions from Coco Republic and Few & Far plus a Papaya linen throw.

Window seat and day bed in beach house overlooking the ocean
We could spend hours reading on this dreamy daybed overlooks the ocean at Gerroa, on the NSW South Coast. (Credit: Photography: Brigid Arnott / Styling: Lisa Hilton)

9. Colour-drench your master bedroom

For a really enveloping space, strongly consider colour-drenching your bedroom (we dare you). According to Homes To Love, this new-ish trend involves making every surface of your room the same-ish colour: walls, window frames, ceilings, doors, soft furnishings and even decor items. It’s not for the faint of heart but it’s striking and can actually make your bedroom seem bigger because the lines in the space are ‘blurred’.

The mostly-blue master bedroom, below, in a home on the NSW South Coast was thoughtfully put together by interior designer Melinda Hartwright. While the walls are shrouded in Schumacher ‘Khilana Floral’ wallpaper in Peacock and the bedhead and lamp err towards blue, the ceiling and cornice are painted in a muted silvery green, Dulux Antarctica Lake Half. But an overall colour-drenched feel is certainly achieved.     

All-blue master bedroom with floral wallpaper
Blue and green should absolutely be seen, as per this cocoon-like master bedroom curated by interior designer Melinda Hartwright. (Credit: Photography: Chris Warnes / Styling: Melinda Hartwright)

10. Create wonder with wallpaper

The master bedroom is the ideal place the play with wallpaper. “If there is a chance to use wallpaper in any room, I will grab it,” says Melinda. “If you don’t want pattern, you can add glorious texture, interest and depth of colour.”

If using patterned wallpaper, opt for simple upholstery, plainer curtains and a smaller scale print or texture on the bedhead, advises Penny Sheehan, interior designer at Anna Spiro Design. “This is to not over-complicate the room and to let the wallpaper sing.” Penny isn’t a fan of feature walls, however. 

“Always wallpaper all walls — feature walls cut up the room and can make it feel smaller and piecemeal,” she explains. “Wallpaper above and below picture rails for the same reason; it allows your eye to travel to the highest point of the room and makes the room feel larger.”

Master bedroom with colourful floral wallpaper
In this city cottage, designed by Penny Sheehan, ‘Adlington’ wallpaper by Lee Jofa (try Elliott Clarke) provides a romantic backdrop for the custom upholstered bedhead. (Credit: Photography: Tim Salisbury / Styling: Penny Sheehan)

11. Make it a little bit country

Last year, Block host Shaynna Blaze embarked on the restoration of this 120-year-old cottage in Keyneton, in regional Victoria — the subject of a six-part series, Country Home Rescue. And the romantic master bedroom has all the decorative trimmings that make a country home feel snug: custom bee-inspired wallpaper, a vintage chandelier, furs, luxe bed linen, a rattan bedhead and an original fireplace.  

Shaynna Blaze's master bedroom in her country home
Shaynna Blaze has added romantic touches to her country-home bedroom. (Credit: Image: Nine)

12. Incorporate a headboard into your master bedroom

A built-in headboard serves a few functions: it adds another layer to your main bedroom layout, provides a spot for keeping books, vases, candles and other accoutrements close by, and it can accommodate electrical facilities for lights and power points. This nixes the need for bulky bedside tables and table lamps, which is great if your master bedroom is on the smaller side.    

Master bedroom with white headboard and Cult wall lights
In this master bedroom, the headboard features integrated ‘Caravaggio Read’ wall lights from Cult. The artwork is by an unknown artist. (Credit: Photography: Sue Stubbs / Styling: Jessica Bellef)

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