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Moving in Together: Master Bedroom


Article by Hayley Hyer

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If you and your partner are moving in together and will be sharing a bedroom for the first time, you probably have some mis-matched furniture and decor from your previous bedrooms. It's also likely that you may need to size up your bed, or you might want to get a brand new mattress and bedding that feels more grown-up or neutral.

Here are some guides to putting together a bedroom that makes both of you feel comfortable and cozy. Keep scrolling to shop mattresses and bedding that ship easily!

Tip: Remember to be open-minded and communicate! Lots of people have different sleeping preferences when it comes to white noise, fans, windows, temperature, pillows, blankets—the list continues! Make sure you talk through everything that both of you need and avoid leaving one person hopelessly trying to count sheep at night.

How to Mix + Match Bedroom Furniture

"Not every nightstand goes with every bed, and not every dresser goes with every nightstand, so how do you choose the right pieces? Here are some helpful tips:

  1. Texture. Create interest by mixing the materials of the furniture. If you have a wood bed, try mirrored, metal, stone, painted wood, glass or lacquered nightstands. Use this same concept for choosing a dresser.
  2. Color. Don't think about “matching” furniture color to furniture color. Instead, think about coordinating your furniture with the rest of the room. Your nightstands, dresser or bed can coordinate with the lighting, window treatments, artwork, or rug in the room. For example, if you have a brass chandelier, use brass details in either the nailhead trim of an upholstered bed or in the hardware for nightstands or a dresser.
  3. Style. To create a high contrast custom look, choose a nightstand that has a completely different style from the bed. For example, if you have a modern bed, try a rustic nightstand or dresser or if you have a traditional bed, try a modern nightstand or dresser. For a less dramatic look, use the same style furniture, but use different textures or colors. For example, if you have a farmhouse style bed, have farmhouse style nightstands painted a different color than the bed."

Swatch Pop!

Bedroom Conversion—Two Become One

Maybe you bought an older house with tons of charm but tiny bedrooms. If you need more space for your master bedroom, you might consider taking down a wall to combine two rooms. This guide from someone who did it successfully will tell you everything you need before you start to take it on.

"It's bright and airy and much more spacious to hang out and watch television in there or sit and read in the sunshine!"
Sea Trace Creations

How to Decorate a Master Bedroom

"The 'master' in front of 'bedroom' should signify the room’s importance in your life, but too often, we pour energy (and money!) into decorating shared spaces, reasoning that nobody sees the master bedroom but the people who sleep there. Use your move as a catalyst for change and put your room first! Make the master more than a place to catch some ZZZs; follow our pros’ tips and turn that empty room into your custom sanctuary."

Bed Bath + Beyond

10 Sleep Compatibility Problems, Solved

"Learning to share a bed with a snorer, sheet hogger, or kicker can save your sanity—and your relationship."
—Esther Crain, Health

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