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Create a Unified Master Suite

Learn ways to create harmony between separate spaces in a master suite.

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    • Connect with Common Materials

      Unify a master bedroom and master bath with common materials and colors. Here, white beaded-board wainscoting rises high on the walls in both the bedroom and the bath, creating an architectural connection. White trimwork and wood furnishings reinforce the link.

      Periwinkle blue barn doors attached to a sliding track are a space-saving way to close off the bathroom and nearby laundry room when desired.

    • Apply the Same Decorating Style

      Create continuity in the master bedroom suite by decorating the bedroom and bath in the same style. The formal, Colonial decor of this master bathroom continues into the large master bedroom, beginning with the butter-color striped wallpaper.

      The soft green and white toile that softens the bathroom window also hangs at the bedroom windows and upholsters the club chair and ottoman. Mahogany furniture-style vanities match up with Colonial-style furniture in the next room.

    • Be Consistent with Materials

      To ensure a seamless connection between the master bedroom and master bath, choose a consistent palette of materials. Clean-lined custom maple cabinetry in the bedroom matches that in the master bath, down to the same Euro-style hardware.

      The bed's headboard and footboard also match the cabinetry, with a silver metal inlay decorating the footboard echoing the cabinetry hardware.

    • Reinforce the Physical Connection

      Although the sitting room addition to this master bedroom suite is clearly a separate space for reading and relaxing, the wide opening, continuous hardwood floors, and matching carpet make the two flow. Wall color and woodwork also connect the two spaces.

      With bedding that repeats the color of the upholstery on the chaise and consistency in the wood tone of side tables and chests, the rooms in this master bedroom suite feel and function as a harmonious whole.

    • Define Zones

      In a loft, the challenge is not so much to unify areas of a master suite as to distinguish activity zones within a large, open space. Here, the bed and sitting area share a raised platform at one end of the loft. The soffit sets the two spaces apart, and the fireplace provides a focal point for both the seating group and the bed.

    • Connect with Color

      A bold blue and white scheme unifies this bedroom and adjoining bath. Two cobalt blue stripes painted around the lower half of the bedroom walls visually correct the too-low chair rail. Graphic stripes in the bathroom continue the motif.

      Metal accessories in the bathroom relate back to the metal bed frame, further underscoring the connection between the two rooms.

    • Evoke Compatible Styles

      Unify a bedroom and bath with compatible styles. This bath's marble floor and tub surround, silver-washed French-style vanity, and soft green wall color embrace traditional style.

      In the master bedroom beyond, a Palladian-inspired arrangement of windows and French doors also reflect traditional style, but in a different way. Formal furnishings and a warm neutral wall color harmonize with the bathroom's decor and reflect the same tranquil spirit.

    • Unite with Wall Color and Wood Tones

      White walls trimmed with brown-stained woodwork create continuity between this master bedroom and master bath. Bedroom furniture also matches the stain of the bathroom cabinetry, further cementing the connection.

      For practicality, the hardwood floor of the bedroom stops at the French doors, and durable, waterproof tile covers the bathroom floor. Not every material between the bedroom and bath has to be the same, as long as there are common threads.

    • Treat Two Spaces as One

      Designed as separate spaces, this master bedroom and adjoining sitting room enjoy continuity thanks to consistent architectural features as well as decorating choices.

      Tall windows with divided lights at the top and white-painted trimwork and built-ins unify the spaces stylistically. Matching carpeting, wall color, window treatments, and upholstered furniture ensure that the two spaces live as one.

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      Break Down the Barriers

      One of the goals of modernist architects in the 1940s was to dissolve boundaries between spaces, indoors and out. So achieving a seamless flow between the bedroom and bath in this large master suite was easy.

      Sandblasted glass framed by steel beams forms a translucent partial wall dividing the bath from the bedroom. Hardwood floors run through the two spaces, further uniting them. With no door to block views from room to room, the bedroom and bath function as one unit.

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      Reverse the Color Scheme

      Create a subtle connection between the bedroom and bath by inverting the color scheme. Brown dominates in this bedroom, with white as an accent.

      But in the bathroom, white takes over. Espresso brown floors, a towel ladder, tub decking, and Venetian blinds add definition. The two spaces harmonize, but one feels warm and cozy and the other pristine and clean—reflecting their different functions.

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      Link with Color

      Moss green walls in the bedroom continue into the bath in this striking country-style bedroom. Continuous hardwood floors with similar black-edged sisal rugs further link the spaces.

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      Unite Spaces with Trimwork

      Trimwork unites this sitting room with the spacious master bedroom. Molding embellishes the wide, framed opening between the two rooms and repeats on the cabinetry in the beverage center niche.

      Although the wallpaper in the sitting room distinguishes it from the master bedroom, uniform flooring runs between the spaces. Even decorative details provide links: The gold-framed mirror in the niche reflects the same traditional style in which the bedrooms are furnished.

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      Use Repetition to Unify

      A barrel-vaulted teak-shingle ceiling and sliding Japanese-inspired teak doors bring Zen-like serenity to this 800-square-foot guest cottage. The ceiling arches over all three spaces in the cottage—living room, bedroom, bath.

      Partial walls provide privacy without closing off individual rooms. The walls dividing the kitchenette from the bedroom and the bedroom from the bath are tiled in glass, which also covers the walls and tub surround in the bath. This repetition creates continuity from space to space, unifying the whole.

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      Choose Related Hues

      Give each space its own color personality without sacrificing unity by choosing related hues, like the soft green in this bathroom that meets the butter yellow of the bedroom. The two colors coexist harmoniously because they are of equal intensity.

      White woodwork and fixtures in the bathroom also relate to the white bed skirt and headboard, strengthening the visual link between the two rooms and providing a neutral accent to both wall colors.

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      Link with Window Treatments

      The sitting room feels like a separate space thanks to its lower, beamed ceiling and different wall treatment, yet it's clearly an extension of the master bedroom.

      To underscore the linkage while allowing each space to have its own identity, the same fabric and shades cover the windows in both spaces. The differences in window architecture dictate the differences in treatment. Balloon shades soften the small window in the bedroom, while floor-length draperies dress the much larger windows in the sitting room.

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      Create Continuity with Woodwork

      Cherry woodwork and cabinetry and expansive mirrors frame multiple views in this master suite addition. The bath features a custom-made round window over the bathtub.

      Limestone flooring accented with blue continues from the bathroom into the hall that leads to the bedroom. Frosted-glass pocket doors enclose the bath for privacy. In the bedroom, heavy crown moldings and a paneled ceiling link the room to the trimwork and cabinetry in the bath.

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      Define Shared Spaces

      This attic room accommodates both a guest bedroom and a cozy home office. The two spaces are separated by an open framework of oak posts that defines the areas but doesn't block light.

      Continuous flooring and the same wall color throughout underscore the connection between the two spaces.

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      Bring the Tub into the Bedroom

      One way to dissolve boundaries between the master bedroom and master bath is to bring the bathtub into the bedroom space. This tub, paneled in dark and light woods and partially enclosed by shoji-inspired screens, sits in the footprint of the bedroom but is accessed from the bathroom.

      Bathroom cabinetry and mirror frames carry the wood tones into that space, and a neutral color scheme in both rooms reinforces the link.

      For practicality, limestone floor tiles distinguish the bath area from the sleeping area. Flooring with no or low thresholds makes for safe, easy transition between rooms.

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