Flooring ideas for a master bedroom
A master bedroom is an often-overlooked part of the home, left playing second fiddle to the kitchen, living spaces, bathrooms, and even the children’s bedrooms. But the centre of intimacy in your home, the nest that you come to every evening to relax and sleep, should be given at least as much importance as everything else in the house; after a hard day, you deserve a haven of peace and calm to enjoy and unwind in. The master bedroom is also the perfect place to really indulge your own preferences; less subject to the demands of practicality and the rigours of other people’s needs, it’s a place which you can create to be solely for you.
The flooring is a really important element of this; one of the largest surfaces in the room, it can make or break the space and is a great opportunity to set the tone for the rest of the décor. With that in mind, here are a few ideas to give you a change from the ever-present carpet which, although it has its place, can get tired and uninspired after a few years.
A classic choice for any room, hardwood is versatile, varied, and has stood the test of time for centuries, making it a sure-fire way of creating a space that you’ll still love in a decade. Featuring beautiful natural variation in the grain of the wood, genuine hardwood planks are a pleasure to walk on with bare feet and create a burnished glow that’s both sophisticated and luxurious. The use of some hardwoods aren’t great for the environment as they’re slow growing and difficult to replace; make sure to plump for a environmentally friendly option like the beautiful eucalyptus, or re-purpose antique planks for even more character and charm.
Traditionally used in Japanese home design, Tatami flooring is composed of a series of thick mats that are placed on top of the existing boards or hardstanding. The mats have a core of rice straw, wood chip, or foam, and are covered with soft woven rushes, creating a spring and softness that makes them very pleasant to walk on barefoot – in fact they’re designed to always be experienced without shoes, which are traditionally left at the front door in Japanese homes. Perfect for the bedroom, they can also create the basis for a futon style bed that can be rolled out onto the matting, as well as low, minimalist seating areas – ideal when space is at a premium or if you’re looking to make a virtue out of simplicity in your sleeping space.
One of the most environmentally-friendly flooring options available today, cork has been used for nearly a century in commercial flooring applications, but is just starting to make itself known in the domestic sphere. Harvested from special trees in the Mediterranean without damaging them, cork is naturally resistant to deterioration and water damage, resists the growth of mildew, bacteria, and mould, and is great for people with allergies. Providing a warm, luxurious underfoot feel, cork is also stunningly beautiful, whether you want a high sheen, subtle swirling patterns, a uniform colour, or an understated mottled effect.
Available in a range of shades, bamboo is a great new alternative to hardwood. A much more ecologically friendly choice than slow-growing species, bamboo grows at a lightning-fast rate, making it a very sustainable material. It also adds a sunny brightness to a room, with its yellow-toned lustre and warm sheen. More water resistant than hardwood, it comes in at around the same price, on average.