master bedrooms

Relaxing Retreats

Your master suite should be your personal getaway after a long day at the office or with the kids. We’ve chosen five of our favorite masters from Southern Living Idea Houses to show you what makes them so amazing.

Take inspiration from one (or all) of these suites for a room that caters to your needs.

master bedroom
  Robbie Caponetto, Charles Walton IV

Taylor Creek

2008 Mississippi Idea House
Designed by Architect John Tee of Atlanta
Plan Number 1533

This master bedroom offers peace and serenity with a muted palette of neutrals, blues, and greens. You can conveniently enter the master closet through double doors from the bedroom.

Davidson Gap

2008 North Carolina Idea House
Designed by Allison Ramsey Architects of Asheville, North Carolina
Plan Number 1534

Large windows overlooking the mountains, a fireplace for evening ambience, and a large bed and seating area offer all the amenities of a perfect restful getaway.


Walk-in Shower

Small, half-round tiles enhance the shower area, which is enclosed with frameless sheets of glass. Windows above let in natural light.


Master Closet

For maximum storage, the master closet is both organized and stylish. It is a highlight of this master suite.

Verona Park

2008 Texas Idea House
Designed by Village Homes of Forth Worth, Texas
Plan Number 1535

Spacious and pleasing, this master meets all the "suite" requirements of a sophisticated couple. Its elaborate furnishings complement the overall cool palette of this serene space.

Master Amenities

The master bath utilizes pieces of furniture as vanities for a custom look that adds chic sophistication within the suite. A chandelier and elegant window treatments finish off the space.



Distinctive detailing in the faucets, mirrors, and sconces complements the vanity area to enhance the overall elegance of the space.

Verona Park master closet
  Laurey W. Glenn, John O’Hagan

Dream Closet

Just off the master bath, the luxurious closet offers endless storage. There is space for folded clothes, handbags, shoes, and so much more. A floor-to-ceiling mirror adds a fancy feel.


Room for a Bar

The space includes all the elements for a juice bar with a mini-fridge drawer for early-morning coffee or late-night refreshments.



The connecting study features a full wall of built-in shelves and space for comfortable reading chairs. There’s also easy access to a private deck area.


tub floor detail of Cedar Creek
Ralph Anderson, Mary Margaret Chambliss

The Look for Less

Here’s a great way to get an expensive look for less: Use 12-inch-square patterned tiles to mimic the look of an area rung, and then cover the rest of the floor with less expensive tiles for maximum impact.

Kousa Creek

2007 Georgia Idea House
Designed by Architect John Tee of Atlanta
Plan Number 1406

There is a relaxed feeling as you enter this serene master retreat. The large, yet cozy space allows plenty of room for a king-size bed and sitting area.


Private Study

Although this study accommodates the homeowners quite well, it may double as a guest room if needed. Adjacent to the master suite, this area features a private bath and easy access to the rear porch.


Private Shower

The shower area is tucked around a corner for privacy. Travertine-finished ceramic tile lends a feeling of elegance and sophistication.

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