The 3 Best Ways to Make Even a Small Room Feel Like a Master Suite

Using a few simple tricks, designer Eddie Ross turned a 19' x 12' bedroom in his 100-year-old Pennsylvania home into a full-on retreat. The right table lamp (or two) is a nightstand necessity.

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When people renovate older houses, they almost always start by knocking down a few second-floor walls to create an enormous master suite. Not at Edgewood Hall though: For us, the home’s original (and, by modern standards, modestly sized) master bedroom held so much more charm than a sprawling space.

Bring In Vintage Charm

We wanted the look of a Turkish kilim but couldn’t find one big enough. Our solution: Layer three side by side. Decor-wise, glossy, light-reflecting white paint provided the backdrop for a colorful mix of new and old items with a globe-trotting feel.

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Set The Mood

I cant say it enough: Lamps should always be on dimmers! Plug-in dimmers are so easy to install , and being able to fine-tune the lighting levels in your bedroom (or any room, really) makes a world of difference.

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Make it (Re)Work

The real showstopper? A rope-wrapped four-poster bed from Palecek, dressed with bed hangings made from the vintage chintz curtains that used to hang in our old dining room. Talk about upcycling!

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