What I Learned from a Model Home Master Bedroom

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I love touring model homes.

It’s like Pinterest in real life.

I get so many ideas — styling, space planning, furniture layout, color palettes — that I can take and try in my own home.

I’m STILL working on our master bedroom, so when we toured this model home, I paid close attention to the master.

And that’s what I’m going to show you today. What I learned from a model home master bedroom.

1. Texture Matters

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When I walked into the room, I was immediately drawn to the bed. The large, white tufted head board. The subtle polka dot pattern on the sheets and pillow cases. The ruffle pillow. The ruched blue shams and quilt. All the textural details of this well made bed made a mighty impact. This bed makes this room.

2. Contrast is key

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Contrast was created in this room by using dark wood furniture in the dresser and the side tables. The room has visual weight with the dark pieces but still feels light and airy because of the white headboard, the light bedding and curtains. What was also really unexpected was the contrast created by the massive white lamps with black shades.

3. Seating is a must

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These white leather chairs would last 5 minutes in my house before they were covered in pink highlighter — but I love these with a passion unparalleled. A bedroom needs a seating area. A place to remove shoes or read a book. It’s a necessity. I also love the small table that doesn’t lend itself to being filled with clutter — just a few lovely accessories.

4. Adorn the area above the bed

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The space above the bed has always been an enigma to me. What I learned from walking through model homes is that putting something –anything– above the bed is like putting on a necklace. It finishes off the space. I love the staggered mirrors and how they add interest without demanding too much attention. Hang like items in odd numbers — 3s and 5s seem to be the most attractive.

As much as I wish I could transport this bedroom straight into my house I can’t. But I can take all the little things I picked up on and translate it to our bedroom.


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16 thoughts on “What I Learned from a Model Home Master Bedroom

  1. I love that headboard! We made our own tufted headboard a few years ago on a much smaller scale, but I still love it. Thanks for sharing your tips! That space above the bed is always empty for us too. I need to get something up there!

  2. Wow! I learned a lot from your commentary! I like the contrast you mentioned: also between soft and hard clean surfaces…. Thank you for giving me some tips! I need all the help I can get…. 🙂
    hugs x, Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

  3. I love touring model homes for the same reasons as you. This room is beautiful and I love how you broke down each element of design. I would love my bedroom to look and feel like this one. Definitely has me inspired. Thanks!

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