10 Tips to Update Your Master Bedroom

Home Stager with Room Service Home Staging


How to Turn Your Bedroom Into the Space You Deserve


January is known as the best month to purchase linens and towels so what better time to think about updating your master bedroom.  

Whether or not you’re planning on selling your home, you owe it to yourself to create a relaxing retreat. It’s good for the mind, for your body, your soul and if you’re selling your house...your pocketbook!


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On my Home Staging Consultations, I’ve seen so many master bedrooms that look like anything but a retreat for the homeowner.  They often look as if they serve as a combination office, bedroom, storage room and gym.

This is all too typical in South Florida because there are no basements to house the extras a family has.


When Buyers are looking for their new home, doesn’t it make sense to show the ones who’ll be paying the mortgage their own private retreat!


Updating your Master Bedroom doesn’t have to break the bank…. Take a look.


1.Start by removing anything that shouts OFFICE! GYM! Or STORAGE!

When you walk into your bedroom, you should be thinking about relaxing or getting a good night’s sleep, not the work you still have to do or laundry that needs to be folded.

Insist on this!  Find a place for the extras. You know that you don’t use the treadmill anyway, so store or sell it and join a gym instead!!

2. Set the mood with paint!

Pick something soothing in whatever color you choose.  Green is a popular color but even a yellow or blue works when they are soft and muted.  Remember that you want to walk in and feel relaxed and rested.

3. Never underestimate your lighting.

Almost every home I’ve consulted on lacked enough light in their bedrooms. If you have the overhead fixture that was there when you purchased your home and that’s it, you are seriously lacking in light.

Purchase lamps for your nightstands, add a floor lamp by your chair if you have one in the room.

Invest in the battery operated flameless candles for added ambiance.  

staging after bedroom4.Make your bed the star of the room

The bed is typically your focal point but many look like an afterthought.

Just as framing a picture makes it stand out, adding a headboard or something behind the bed will do the same. If you do not have a headboard, you can wing it.

Add a work of art or create it with a collage of a few of your favorite pieces.

Paint the wall on which your bed rests a different color.

Use an architectural feature.

Ross, Michaels, Home Goods, Yard Sales are excellent resources for this.


5.Speaking of art…

Why save all of the good stuff for your company.  The next time you’re at an Art Show and see something you like, consider it for your Master Bedroom.  


6.Add some life

Fresh flowers aren’t always practical however orchids (especially the phalaenopsis) and palm or ficus trees take very little care.


7. Once your bed is the star, make sure it’s dressed appropriately

Just as many never change their bedding other than to clean it, now is the time to have some fun.

This is where you can add color to your room and then change it when the seasons dictate it.  

Most stores carry sheets with a high thread count and linens (such as Egyptian and Pimaa cotton) that feel luxurious to the touch.  Treat yourself to this so that you’ll look forward to having your head hit the pillow at night.


8. Trim it!

You’d be surprised what a little trim can do to a room. Add crown molding or a tray ceiling.


9.Go Wild!

Paint the ceiling!  (well don’t go too wild if you plan to sell your home)  Even going a shade darker than your walls can make a difference.

10.Treat the nose

No lit candles when your home is on the market but you can add scent (and a mood) with inexpensive oil diffusers.

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And some extras…

11.Add a throw

For additional warmth, color and color, add a throw to the foot of your bed


12. Space permitting, add a small sitting area.

How master of your domain is it to have a comfortable sitting area in your master bedroom!  If you have the space for it, pick a comfortable chair, add a small table or something that simulates it, a light and you’re set.


Treat yourself to the master bedroom you deserve.  And, show your buyers the possibilities of the room


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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Kathy. This is terrific. Many of these ideas would make a major impact. I however have a desk area that looks out on my yard and makes me happy. My home is small and it's the only for it. Enjoy your day.

Jan 12, 2017 07:19 AM #14
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Kathy, the master bedroom should be the room that is warm and relaxing. Great tips to homeowners that are planning to market their home.

Jan 12, 2017 07:59 AM #15
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Nice Kathy. I think so many people throw in a bed, hang a TV and turn it into a bedroom/office!

Jan 12, 2017 08:08 AM #16
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James Dray - men...sigh.

Barbara Todaro your electrician will thank you (and so will I)

HI Lori Gardiner it's a great way to begin the new year!

Same here Maria Sapio it feels so good. 

Jan 12, 2017 08:48 AM #17
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

These are great tips whether or not you are selling.  I like the crown molding idea.  Where's my husband.......

Jan 12, 2017 09:27 AM #18
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

We did exactly this for our Jupiter condo, addressing everything you spoke of. We also did this for the every room adding the extras we needed for completion in December.

Jan 12, 2017 09:58 AM #19
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Great ideas for the master bedroom.  We do have some wonderful art work that I enjoy daily,  and no TV.  I love your suggestion of high thread count sheets, we love ours.  A

Jan 12, 2017 10:34 AM #20
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Dorie Dillard I knew that Geno was a doll. Larry could do without some of my pillows!

Thank you Wayne Martin always appreciated.

Brian England Even new bedding and paint!


Jan 12, 2017 10:36 AM #21
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Gabe Sanders she'll love that!  

Michael Jacobs you are so right.  Enjoy the improvements and changes when you're in the home!!

Donald Urschalitz hopefully, they'll see this. 

Jan 12, 2017 10:38 AM #22
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Dianne Goode I have some of my favorite pieces in my master bathroom.

HI Bill Roberts Happy to see you here.  So I take it you don't want me to send this to her. 

Nina Hollander I use them with rechargeable batteries and it's so nice to have them around the home. 

Jan 12, 2017 10:54 AM #23
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sheila Anderson totally understand.  And, looking out on your yard gives you a good feeling.  I get it!

Rebecca Gaujot, the Go To Realtor® you and I've probably seen many master bedrooms that look as if they were catch-all rooms. 


Jan 12, 2017 10:58 AM #24
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 airRErealty.com some people do especially when space is limited.  One house I saw had a desk with 3 monitors and a file cabinet on one wall and a treadmill and bike on the other side of the room.  Hard to feel relaxed. 

Jan 12, 2017 11:46 AM #25
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Kathy we re-did our master a few years back and it still feels so relaxing!  The one thing we're still going to add is crown molding - that will add a really nice touch.  Love this post!

Jan 12, 2017 12:08 PM #26
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Stuff, people with the retail therapy addiction to feed, mering households in second, third or more marriages and who inherit more household stuff have a problem. In making places look spacious and gracious @Kathy Streib !

Jan 12, 2017 01:25 PM #27
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

Great ideas Kathy - the bedroom should be a place of rest & relaxation, so getting rid of clutter and mess can make a huge difference. 

Jan 13, 2017 11:10 AM #28
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I love a relaxing, visually appealing master bedroom! Everyone deserves the best when it comes to a proper place to rest your head after a hard days work.

As for sheets.....

I found a brand I loved years ago....the best sheets ever....I wish I had bought several sets back then because, like everything I adore, they were discontinued. I swear I've not found anything like them since.

I just might have to write a post about this.

Jan 13, 2017 12:44 PM #29
Mark Loewenberg
KW of the Palm Beaches - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
KW 561-214-0370

linen month? never knew this.. as for candles.. have many and they are awesome when they turn on and off every night!

Jan 13, 2017 12:55 PM #30
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


A Stunning master bedroom will positive empact on the sale of the home.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jan 13, 2017 06:01 PM #31
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Your tips are spot on and very useful too!  have a great Saturday!

Jan 14, 2017 06:54 AM #32
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

What a wonderful job you do, Kathy Streib!  I love the sconce lighting in the bedroom and that bed definitely does look like the centerpiece!  Awesome tips - hope you are having a great weekend, Kathy!

Jan 14, 2017 07:07 PM #33
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