Remember those childhood summer games? Here’s the grown-up version: a master bedroom escape fit for royalty. 

This is your retreat – plant your flag and declare your room a sovereign territory. You could even have a contemporized Louis-Philippe style bedroom set with roots in the 19th century French monarchy. Louis-Philippe’s simpler style focused on comfort with a more sober decorative aspect than his more opulent predecessor, away from heavy scrolling toward fine line carvings and curvy silhouettes.


If you’re not feeling royal, there are many more style options with updated finishes to create the vibe that relaxes you most, from modern to traditional. Love the coastal cottage feel? Look for light dove greys, bright whites and simple lines. Choose a headboard that evokes a beadboard paneling look and whimsical extras to highlight your theme. For rustic chic design, look for metal accents such as industrial strapping on the headboard and saw marks on weathered wood.


A custom headboard created from a library of styles,fabrics and extras can be a real statement maker. Add button tufting, nailhead trim, beading and more to get as elaborate or simple as you please. A word of advice: if you’re placing a patterned headboard fabric against a patterned wallpaper, stick to a few calm colors and vary the design’s scale to avoid a chaotic look.


How about functionality? Think about underbed storage for out of season clothes with drawer options on the side, the foot, or both. Meanwhile, a footboard with built-in bench seating is the perfect spot to sit and put on your shoes. Or, pair two comfy accent chairs at the foot of the bed.

When planning your master bedroom, think simple design that functions well. Creating an efficient floor plan will help the pieces play nicely together. Keep the circulation to one side of the room to help a smaller room feel larger. If you have tons of space, create zones with your furniture: a sleep zone, a dressing area, a reading nook… you get the idea!