7 Master Bedroom Suite Design Ideas

From a well-designed en-suite to a space-making loft conversion, read on for innovative ideas to inspire your ideal bedroom design.

Master bedrooms should be relaxing and calm, and since we spend almost a third of our lives in our bedrooms, it makes sense to ensure that it’s a well-considered part of a project’s design.

Anyone starting from scratch, either with a self-build or an extension or loft conversion, will have more flexibility with the layout and size of a master room; while if you’re merely renovating an existing room, you may be able to pinch a little space from other areas.

We round up a few novel ways to add extra appeal to your master bedroom.

Add an en-suite bathroom

a modern white bedroom master suite

Image: MG Design and Building 

An en-suite in at least one bedroom is considered the norm in any new-build design and more renovators are prepared to sacrifice a box bedroom to create the space to fit in a hotel-style suite and inject personality through the design.

You don’t need planning permission for an en-suite bathroom (unless it is part of an extension), but you will need Building Regulations approval.

While anything is possible, the existing plumbing will influence how complicated and expensive your project will be. 

The position of your en-suite in relation to the nearest soil pipe is a key factor; if the planned bathroom is on the other side of the house from any existing plumbing, you may run into difficulties.

Design an open plan bathroom

a hotel-style open plan bedroom master suite with bathroom

Image: Penman Brown

An enduring trend, especially with hotel-style schemes, is to go for an open-plan bathroom layout.

While this can look very impressive, it is important to take a few things into consideration during the planning stage.

If you don’t want the bathroom completely open, you might want to position the WC behind a small privacy wall, or at least not in full view of the bed.

Another option is to have the bath positioned as a feature in the room with the other fixtures and fittings placed out of sight behind a screen.

If you don’t want to separate the en-suite facilities from the sleeping space, but would like to provide privacy, you can zone the areas with a discreet partition or even a half wall.

Inject unique features in a small space

a calm, whitewashed bedroom by neptune

Image: Neptune

If space isn’t in abundance, even just adding a few special additions such as a window seat or a stand-out headboard, can transform a master bedroom.

Get creative with a striking wall mural to open up the space, or plan a smart lighting system to create a calm atmosphere.

A room with a balcony view

a master bedroom with a view from large floor to ceiling windows in the flexhouse in Zurich

Image: Peter Wuermli

If you’re designing a new bedroom or reworking an existing one, try to plan the space around the vista, whether it’s a stunning countryside view or a back garden.

Since it can be considered an extension, a balcony will also make a room look open and airy.

Plus, it will not only be an absolute joy to wake up to in the morning, with a cup of coffee in hand, but also a dream retreating to come bedtime.

Create more space with an attic conversion

an attic conversion with loft bedroom as a master suite design idea

Image: Dwelle

A loft conversion is a great way of creating a master suite and it is often possible to do this with minimum impact on the floor below.

Another option is to use part of the loft space above a bedroom to create a mezzanine level for a bathroom and/or dressing area.

If you are looking to install a mezzanine, a minimum head height of 2.1m is usually recommended for sleeping areas. You’ll need to ascertain whether planning permission or a Lawful Development Certificate is required.

Define Zones

a zone defined, split level bedroom idea by kia designs

Image: Kia Designs 

Do you want to mark separate areas within the room, or create a scheme that naturally flows from the bedroom into the other spaces?

You can achieve the former by opting for different materials and textures to separate the bedroom from the dressing area and bathroom. Choosing a continuous flooring scheme that runs throughout will give the different zones a more cohesive look.

Another option is to incorporate a split-level design; even a single step up or down will make you feel as though you are entering a different area. 

Consider the lighting

a zone defined divided bedroom and bathroom master suite by boxwood

Image: Boxwood

Effective illumination is a key design feature in a room with multiple uses and can make or break a room layout.

You may want to read, dress, relax and watch TV as well as sleep, so lights wired on separate circuits for different activities are essential, and ensure there is good lighting in a dressing area and an option for soft lighting in the bathroom for use at night time.

For more bedroom design ideas, we recommend visiting Grand Designs Live where the range of talks at the Grand Theatre will have you brimming with inspiration. 

Words: Jo Messenger

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