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Recently we shared our guide to the perfect entryway, now we’re sharing our tricks to upgrading your master bedroom from the safety of your home. Our world may look vastly different at the moment, but that doesn’t mean the pursuit of beautiful interiors should come to a halt. Instead, I think these quarantined days have led many of us to seek out impactful (yet, easily attainable) ways to reimagine our surroundings with fresh design moments, both big and small.
If you fall into that category, a master bedroom refresh is what I consider the perfect starting point. There’s no doubt we spend a vast amount of time within our bedroom spaces, but knowing exactly where to invest our resources can be tricky. It’s admittedly easy to get sidetracked with the details and accessories, but I’ll always encourage clients to prioritize their budget in a very specific way.
For those of you looking to rethink your master, I’m sharing exactly where to invest and where to save for a well-designed retreat.
WHERE TO INVEST IN YOUR MASTER BEDROOM
As a general rule of thumb, I always advise my clients to invest in the items they touch and use every single day. That means bedding, bedsteads, dressers, and armoires should be high up on the list.
One could argue that linens are the single best investment in a master bedroom, and I would tend to agree. We spend an untold number of hours lying on our bedding, making the quality that much more important. For sheet sets and pillowcases, you cannot go wrong with a purchase from White Terry Home, Pottery Barn, Serena & Lily, or Parachute. They all produce luxury bedding with some of our favorite pieces out there. However, when it comes to quality on a limited budget, H&M produces some surprisingly great options also worth considering.
PILLOWS + INSERTS
Along with linens, investing in high-quality sleeping pillows and duvet inserts is an absolute must. We’re partial to 100% goose down comforters for the fluffiest look and softest feel you can imagine. Once you’ve pieced together your duvet, make sure you also invest in sleeping pillows worthy of resting your head each and every night. We recommend purchasing two sleeping pillows per person, along with one long lumbar or three euro pillows for styling purposes.
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In case you’re unfamiliar with the term, case furniture simply refers to pieces that hold your items or feature storage capabilities. This includes dressers, armoires, bedsteads, nightstands, and more. These pieces are worthy of the investment because they’ll receive plenty of wear and tear on the daily. Make sure to look for high-quality features like dovetail drawers, which means the drawer has been constructed with two interlocking pieces rather than being glued or nailed together. If you’re currently in the market, I suggest looking to designer favorites like McGee and Co. or Lulu and Georgia for high-quality pieces with on-point style.
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WHERE TO SAVE IN YOUR MASTER BEDROOM
There’s a time to invest, but there’s also a time to save. In a master bedroom, that includes everything from accents to accessories and the one-off pieces that exist for aesthetic over function.
Rugs are a great layering foundation but don’t feel the need to spend a small fortune on this particular bedroom design feature. Always allocate your budget towards the mainstay pieces, and stick to more affordable options at retailers like Loloi, Lulu and Georgia, or McGee and Co. for cute rugs that fit the bill.
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If we’re completely honest, bedroom accent chairs usually end up collecting laundry piles rather than functioning as a lounging spot. While they’re certainly a good addition to any bedroom, consider this an area to save. Similarly, decorative benches placed at the foot of the bed function as a nice place to slip on and off shoes, but there’s no reason to make them a top budget priority.
When it comes to bedroom accessories like wall sconces, bedside lamps, alarm clocks, and catch-all trays, stick to affordable options that deliver great style without exceeding your budget. CB2 is one of our favorites for quirky and unexpected items at a great price point. McGee + Co. has an ever changing collection of accessories at all different price points. Also, don’t rule out Target for those bits and pieces to help tie your space together.
Happy (online) bedroom shopping!