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Add Some Romance to the Master Bedroom, Survey Says

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey

It’s time to add more romance into your designs. One-third of home owners say they’re renovating their master bedrooms to create a more romantic or intimate space, according to the 2015 U.S. Houzz Bedroom Trends survey of more than 1,500 home owners.

What does that entail? Contemporary finishes, soft neutral color palettes, more pillows, and no strong patterns, the survey finds as the top preferences.

Home owners are being drawn toward shades of white, cream, gray, and blue for their updated master bedrooms.

Also, more than a quarter of home owners are opting not to include a strong pattern in the décor of the master bedroom (27 percent). However, some owners will use floral and geometric prints (21 percent and 17 percent, respectively).

The more pillows, the merrier, the survey finds. Sixty-seven percent of home owners who are updating their bedding say that decorative pillows are a top update. On average, home owners say they’ll accessorize with four decorative pillows, and 40 percent will have five or more decorative pillows. What’s more, of the home owners replacing their beds, one in five are choosing a platform style. (See an example at Houzz.) Another top accessory choice for decorating master bedrooms is adding mirrors.

More home owners are making their traditional bedrooms into more contemporary-styled spaces. Forty-five percent of home owners say they’re redecorated bedrooms are contemporary, modern, or transitional, according to the survey.

Houzz survey

In their own words, renovators say the master bedroom must be “stylish and beautiful” (73 percent) and “feel like a sanctuary” (54 percent). Home owners also say they’re looking for a room that promotes quality of sleep, comfortable, and easy to clean.

For some home owners, they also want to add square footage. One in five home owners say that through their renovations they are increasing the room’s size, and more than half of those are focusing on their closets to add square footage.

These additions certainly are coming at extra costs. Twenty-six percent of the 1,500 home owners surveyed say they plan to spend $10,000 or more on master bedroom renovations, while one in five are spending $5,000 or more on decorating projects.

Comments
  1. I love these statistics! If you are looking to sell a home for top dollar you have to appeal to the greatest number of people. And in order to appeal to buyers you have to know what is appealing to them! Great info!

  2. Gretchen Alice Olsen

    Melissa,
    Wise advise, I agree with your article and enjoy reading your suggestions.
    Quoted from your article; “What does that entail? Contemporary finishes, soft neutral color palettes, more pillows, and no strong patterns, the survey finds as the top preferences.

    In this sense, I find this very accurate and would say that potential home-owners are do lean toward softer shades of white, cream, gray, and blue when looking for colors in master bedrooms and various rooms throughout a house. By adding subtle, yet contemporary updates a house appeals to a broad array of buyers and this increases the overall value for the home, as well as increasing the odds of an initial showing.

  3. Very interesting statistics, I have felt for a very long time that the bedroom can make or break the deal. It should be a nest, warm and inviting.

  4. Colors play a great role while designing a bedroom. Multicolored shades with simple texture are most favored here in Bronx where we see a boom in real estate development. A decent sized bedroom is preferred, with contemporary finish with a cozy feeling is loved by many house owners. We see a trend to keep designs minimal here.

  5. I never realized that sixty-seven percent of home owners who are updating their bedding say that decorative pillows are a top update, and that another top accessory choice for decorating master bedrooms is adding mirrors. It also makes sense that home owners also say they’re looking for a room that promotes quality of sleep, comfortable, and easy to clean. Larger master bedroom is very important as well.

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