Best Bedroom Ideas for Women
While the master bedroom of any house was historically known to be the man of the houses’ private oasis, even though plenty of mistresses of the home can lay claim to this highly coveted room in any maison. Whether the master suite is a shared space or your getaway from the world, you can still have a master bedroom that exhibits a robust modern design while harnessing a decidedly warm, feminine charm. With our editors’ picks of the best bedroom ideas for women, we take a look at the chicest new design approaches that leave out excessive frill and have the versatility to appeal to both a male and female psyche.
As seen here, Kourtney Kardashian balances both a warm and inviting space perfectly with contemporary design. In a neutral beige, cream and gold color palette, artworks from James Turrell above the bed exclaim bold primary hues. Sleek 1950s vintage chairs offset with a soft fluffy rug balance the yin/yang pull of sex-centric design sensibilities.
Bedding / Throws
While the centerpiece of the room is the bed, what plays against it and its design can change the whole tone of the room. The frame or headboard creates the design drama, while comfort and elegance are inherent to the bedding’s MO. Choosing wisely here allows for the best of both worlds: cutting-edge design tempered by a soft side. A duvet such as the Parson’s quilt from Sferra filled with Alpaca wool helps to regulate the body’s temperature – a plus for women of any age – to keep you warm without overheating. The Italian soft goods brand also makes a lush but lightweight blanket, the Nerino, that works perfectly in a bedroom designed for women. This blanket is made from 100 percent Merino wool and emulates the sophisticated, fine wool that has become a staple of menswear clothing since the 19th century. For a timeless look on a bed, choose neutral colors for linens such as classic Frette bi-color sheets and add pops of colors via accents such Chevron pattern throw pillows from Missoni home. Bolsters or even a contrasting bed skirt can also provide an entry point for a warm, inviting accent color.
Presuming one is lucky enough to have room for seating; this is the next area to consider. Modern but not cold, chairs and loveseats can add another layer of purpose to your bedroom, be it curling up with a good book or settling into your favorite “desk” in the house to take care of business in the comfort of your freshly-feminized space. This is also the perfect spot to add small throws and fluffy accent pillows, reading extra lush when rendered in tan, or aqua blue velvet, the options from Missoni Home are a failsafe way to quickly infuse a sense of femine charm into the perfect bedroom for a woman.
Candles & Room Scent
Scent can also transform your space into a room to escape and dream. It can be appealing to both sensibilities to create an equal-opportunity intoxicatingly relaxing space. Catching just the right one to appeal to both olfactory senses and strieks the perfect balance between the female and male nose is also vital. Too much floral or musk can swing the fragrance off-kilter.
One of Paris’s most popular home scent creators is Diptyque, located on the Left Bank in the cool-chic Saint Germain des Prés quartier. Their Ambre candle with its woody scent recalls “amber spheres discovered in an ancient treasure box.” Balms, spices, with enveloping woods, mark this heady scent. In need of a quick-fix room scent upgrade, Dyptique also offers a 34 Boulevard Saint Germain room spray that emulates the flagship store’s scent by way of the Far East marked green accords, moist moss, crushed black currant leaves, and sun-dried fig leaves.
The Baobob Collection features the Feathers Warrior Candle, named for the feathers adorning its glass vessel, which offers a play on light as the flame flickers. Its scent captures both masculine and feminine, with notes of rose, saffron, and agarwood, commonly known as oud. The Fornasetti Star Lina candle has a playful yet demonstrative image of a Lina Cavalieri with a star covering one eye. Cavalieri was an Italian opera singer who mesmerized Piero Fornasetti and became, literally, the face of the Italian lifestyle brand. Tucked inside this ceramic cup with lid is a candle with notes of thyme and lavender, which strike a perfect and compelling balance. These candles can both be found on Nest Casa.com.
Photo frames can personalize your space even more by displaying images of one’s nearest and dearest friends, family, and moments to remember forever. While a key element to incorporate into the design approach to the best bedroom ideas for women, picture frames can also appeal to the taste of both sexes. Materials such as leather and metal provide a sense of forward design. From the Riviere collection on Nest.com, leather frames speak to the opposite sexes with a taupe woven style addressing female sensibilities, while a black leather frame with a tailored edge evokes its more masculine counterpoint. Ditto for AVF HOME bronze bolt photo framed named for the hexagonal shape inspired by the piece of hardware and the Puiforcat ruban vertical picture frame in silver-plate and wood address the traditional aesthetics assigned equally to both women and men.
Lastly, it’s the finer details that can successfully embody the best bedroom ideas for women. This is an idea particularly emphasized in the spot nearest to your bed, the bedside table. Lamps, trays, oils and of course a good book. For her, the Saba table lamp from 1stDibs.com imagines jewelry if it were a lighting piece. With 24K gold-plated brass frame and diamond-shape Corno Italiano (a form of the material horn), this timeless lamp shines in more than one way next to a bed. Men love horn decor too, but for a more masculine touch, a black Arca Horn and lacquer table lamp is the way to go for a more masculine slant. The same is applied to trays – a light ivory color for her and black options for the man- strikes the perfect harmonious chord between masculine and femine design aesthetics in this intimate shared space.