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Turn Your Master Suite Into a Restful Retreat

May 17, 2018

Your bedroom should be a relaxing escape after a long day. Follow these tips to turn your master suite into a bedroom with spa qualities.

By Armina Kasprowicz

One of the biggest mindsets driving master suite design today is the idea of “getting away from it all.” Bedroom and bathroom designs are now focused on soothing, spa-like and serene elements. With the jam-packed lives most women lead today — juggling work deadlines, kids’ schedules, social events … and if we’re lucky, maybe fitness classes or a hobby — it’s no wonder many of us are just looking for a space to unwind at the end of a full day.

Looking to turn your master suite into a restful retreat? Here are six tips.

1. Choose soothing hues.

The psychology of color is often used by interior designers to create different feelings in a room. Certain colors, such as red, yellow and orange, generate uplifting, energetic atmospheres, which are ideal for living or entertaining spaces, but should be avoided in areas where relaxation is the goal. Instead, opt for light, cool tones of green, blue and gray, which naturally evoke a sense of serenity.

master suiteCourtesy Martin Vecchio

2. Incorporate large-scale art.

Imagine soaking in a tub overlooking a scenic mountain vista or waves crashing on the beach,  just outside a large picture window. Sounds like the ideal way to unwind at the end of the day, right? Unfortunately, not all of us happen to have a gorgeous view just beyond the bathroom. The next best thing? Large-scale art that depicts a scene you find relaxing. Think, a favorite vacation destination, a serene landscape or even a hazy impressionist scene that inspires imagination.

3. Add a calming scent.

It’s not just the way a space looks that makes it relaxing. Scent can also play a big role in inspiring a calming vibe (just think about your favorite spa — there’s a good chance the air is tinged with scents like lavender or eucalyptus). To apply the principles of aromatherapy at home, choose a scent that makes you feel relaxed and comfortable, and seek out lotions, candles, essential oils and soaps in the fragrance. Try naturally scented products in aromas like jasmine, chamomile or bergamot.

master suiteCourtesy Martin Vecchio

4. Designate a place for pampering.

Turn your daily beauty and skin care routines into relaxing rituals by dedicating a space for them in your bedroom, bathroom or walk-in closet. A beautiful vanity with a large mirror and plush seat turns a process that can sometimes feel like a chore into a rite of self-care. Make the spot feel even more special by keeping your favorite jewelry or pretty perfumes on display where you can admire them.

5. Get organized.

Clutter and chaos go hand-in-hand, so creating an organized space is one of the easiest and most effective ways to instill a sense of calm and order in your master suite (instead of a sense of urgency due to all the “stuff” that needs to be put away). To contain things like beauty products, cotton swabs and makeup brushes in the bathroom, get creative with storage ideas that add style: marble trays, glass hurricanes and woven baskets make pretty and practical storage solutions. Or, if you find you’re constantly battling piles of clothes strewn about the floor or flung over chairs, consider hiring someone to help you organize your closet. Creating a custom storage solution with dedicated spots for apparel, shoes, bags, jewelry and dirty laundry makes neatness a no-brainer.

master suiteCourtesy Martin Vecchio

A Rochester Hills master bedroom with interior design by Armina Designs.

6. Add luxe extras.

Perhaps the best way to make your master suite an escape? Invest in luxuries or indulgences you don’t have anywhere else in the house. If you’re planning a renovation, that might mean add-ons like heated floors, a rainfall shower head or a jetted soaking tub in the bathroom. Or, for lower-commitment upgrades, try luxurious robes, towels and bath rugs that you swap out with the season (lightweight versions for summer, heavier, plush options in winter). In the bedroom, high-quality linens and pillows, sconces that flank the bed for nighttime reading and even fresh flowers or scented candles on the nightstand can make you feel like you’ve stepped into a luxury hotel on a tropical island.  Or at least, a place you’ll happily wait until it’s time for your next vacation.

Armina Kasprowicz is the founder of Armina Interiors, a full-service interior design firm specializing in high-end residential properties and small commercial projects throughout Metro Detroit. Born in Poland and educated in the United States, Armina uses her extensive travels and experiences with hybrid cultures as a constant inspiration for her work. Creating sophisticated, elegant interiors and more relaxed, bohemian counterparts, she has a natural fluency with many different design styles as well as a unique ability to blend them together in innovative ways.

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