Simple Steps to Bed & Breakfast Design in Your Master Bedroom

Who needs Airbnb when you have your own relaxing retreat? This design style will make you never want to leave.

By Kelly O’Roark


Whether you’re building a new home or renovating an old one, your master bedroom design style is one of the most vital components in your entire house. In these modern times, bedrooms aren’t just for sleeping – they’re also a place where you can read, watch a movie, have your morning coffee, and curl up with a warm blanket in the winter.


It’s a space where you can relax.




Living in a fast-paced society requires a conscious effort to slow down and make time for rest and relaxation, but it’s not always possible to literally go out of town for a rejuvenating weekend.


That’s why it’s important to create a relaxing getaway in your home, right in your very own bedroom. Have you ever stayed at a cozy, charming bed-and-breakfast and fell in love with the ambience?


I can show you how to recreate that comfortable and relaxing space (and the feelings of bliss that come with it) so that you can unwind on the weekends. Your favorite out-of-town B&B can become an everyday reality with the right design setup and the proper décor.




Here are five ways to implement a “bed and breakfast” design style in your master bedroom.


1. The Glow of a Fireplace

One of the main attractions in any bed-and-breakfast suite is a fireplace. When stylizing your master bedroom with your favorite B & B traits, it’s important to look for ways to maximize comfort and relaxation. Not only does a beautiful fire provide a soft glow and melt stress away, but it also generates extra warmth for those cold winter days.




A gas fireplace is a perfect way to achieve this. With gas, you don’t have to worry about cleaning the chimney, opening and closing the flue, or dragging firewood into the house. All it takes is the flip of a switch, and voila!


2. Window Seat Reflections

If you love to curl up with a good book on a rainy day or sit and talk on the phone while enjoying the sunlight (minus the heat), window seats are the ideal solution. Not only does it take up less space than two bulky chairs since it’s built in on either side of the fireplace, but it also adds a stunning form of visual interest to the room.




The clean, symmetrical lines of the fireplace and the window seats mixed with bursts of color from the accent pillows and mantle décor are nothing short of a magazine-worthy design.


In addition to a unique sitting area, the window seats can also double as storage, which is great for your extra blankets and pillows. It’s multipurpose seating with a window view!




3. A Bed Fit for King (Or Queen)

The entire room centers around your bed, and you want it to be a stand-out feature so that it doesn’t feel like an ordinary, run-of-the-mill bed (because this is no ordinary bedroom). One of the defining characteristics of many quaint bed-and-breakfast places is that magnificent piece of furniture where you can dream and rest.




You won’t find a mattress on a bare box spring with an old blanket draped across. Instead, you’ll see opulent linens and a bed frame and headboard that are fit for royalty. A sleigh bed not only creates that type of vibe, but it also provides a way to keep those clean lines going (the ones in the fireplace and window seats), as the comforter can be tucked into the sides.




A sleigh bed is an inviting place to grab your morning coffee (from your amazing homemade coffee bar) and watch your favorite talk show, or a great place to kick off your shoes and close your eyes after a long day of work.


4. Sophisticated Furniture

In addition to the charming bed, a polished set of nightstands and dressers are the perfect place for table lamps, décor, and of course, clothing.




While a cheap dresser from IKEA and a mini fridge that doubled as a nightstand may have gotten you through your college years, it’s time for a grownup look. (Treat yourself, people!)


5. Striking Décor Pieces

A hodgepodge of mismatched decorative items and clashing colors doesn’t create an ambience of relaxation, which is why the décor in your master bedroom design style needs to be chosen with care.


Tall vases, candles, paintings, and decorative plants and flowers can be strategically placed throughout the room to bring the entire look together. It’s amazing what a difference it makes when everything looks like it was designed for your bedroom!




Now that you’ve created a “bed and breakfast” vibe in your favorite room of the house, you’ll definitely be staying in for the weekend (and most likely, every weekend).


What are some of the unique design aspects of your favorite B&B? Have you implemented them in your own master bedroom?




House Tipster’s 3D Virtual Rooms are available to test out your design ideas online. We welcome your comments below about how you tackled your bedroom design!


Images used with permission, courtesy of Kelly O'Roark

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