Attracting more design attention than ever before, today’s master suites are increasingly becoming a feature in new homes, proving they are no longer just a room for retiring at night to sleep.
Generally reserved for the head of the household, be it a single person or a couple, most modern master suites are thoughtfully crafted to create a comfortable atmosphere for unwinding.
For Weststyle Lead Architect Mary Ong, the level of luxury has definitely increased over the years when it comes to the design of master suites.
“Typically a master suite will include a bedroom, an ensuite and a wardrobe space,” she said.
“These days, the master suite has evolved from separate rooms to a more open-plan spatial layout, which is generally situated away from other minor bedrooms in its own private corner of the home.”
When it comes to the overall aesthetic, Ms Ong said resort-inspired master suites had become a popular preference amongst clients over the past few years.
“Clients are drawn to the desire of having a hotel or resort-style design aesthetic,” she said.
Discussing the key characteristics of the master suite, Ms Ong said it was important to consider the configuration of the room. For larger suites, she said to be mindful of the sense of space and avoid creating wasted space.
“Even though you may have a lot of space, you don’t want the room to feel oversized or empty,” she said. “If the dedicated bedroom area is quite large then it might be worth introducing a sitting or reflection zone in the corner.”
For smaller master suites, Ms Ong said there were a few clever strategies that could be actioned to make the room feel more spacious.
“The first is to embrace natural light with large windows and skylights,” she said. “Along with sunlight, light colours and bright finishes will help open up the space, and mirrors can work to reflect light and make the room feel more spacious and grand.
“Another way to make your room feel more spacious is by utilising ceiling recesses for curtains, where the curtain disappears into the ceiling and can give the illusion of more height in the room.”
From an interior design perspective, Weststyle Interior Designer Courtney Doyle said to look at continuing the finishes from the rest of the home into the master suite, altering colour tones slightly to give the room a sense of individuality, while still telling the same story as the rest of the home.
“Often the tiles and colours in the ensuite are similar to the other bathrooms in the home, just taken to the next level in terms of finish and materiality,” she said. “It’s important that the master suite’s style fits with the rest of the home but also has a soft sense of luxury upon entering.”
Built-in features and custom cabinetry are another stylish and practical way to make the master suite feel special and sophisticated.
“This can include a custom bedhead, dressing table or window seat to name a few,” Ms Doyle said.
“Lighting is another important design component in the master suite, which can be used for practicality and as a feature to create a more decorative mood in the space.”
Similar to Weststyle, Celebration Homes Sales Manager Alistair Harris said resort-style layouts had become increasingly popular in the residential building sector of late.
“We are seeing more clients take inspiration from hotel suites, especially in the ensuite area,” he said. “More people are opting to keep the toilet and shower hidden behind the vanity, which is a clever use of space.”
Timber screening was another design element that Mr Harris said was featuring more in today’s master suites.
“Our clients are increasingly including a timber screen feature between the bedroom and bathroom, which adds an extra material to the room,” he said.
“The Bateman display home in Byford features one of our most impressive master suites including a timber screen between the bedroom and ensuite, creating a space which flows as open-plan but also holds a subtle separation.”