Maximizing Your Master

The master bedroom is your space to retreat from the world and recharge after a long day. Although it is often one of the final rooms to be renovated, it deserves special attention.

If you’re planning to create your dream master bedroom, it’s important to work with the right experts. An interior designer and a Licensed Electrical Contractor will ensure your renovated bedroom is functional, gorgeous and safe. Design Expert Kimberley Seldon recommends planning thoroughly and early to achieve the design you want, while keeping electrical considerations top of mind.

Incorporate Creature Comforts

To keep your master bedroom cozy on cooler nights, include a gas fireplace and textured layers of bedding—perfect for snuggling up with a good book. Before installing a gas fireplace, work with a Licensed Electrical Contractor to include wiring for the thermostat and 120-volt outlet to accommodate power controls like an ignition transformer, thermostat and fan. For the summer months, a ceiling fan efficiently cools the space by circulating air. Remember, a specific junction box is required to provide the necessary support required for a ceiling fan to ensure it is secure and won’t fall.

Utilize Every Inch of Space

An important part of planning any master bedroom is designing the closet. For many homeowners, storage space comes at a premium, so designing a closet that uses the space effectively is important. Shelving, pullout shoe racks and crisp lighting are functional elements that also add value to your home. When in the planning phase, make sure your contractor accounts for the distance shelves and closet doors need to be from any light fixtures. Ceiling fixtures must be 30 centimetres away from the closet and pot lights need to be 15 centimetres away from closets and any stored items to prevent risk of fire.

Every Master Needs an Ensuite

The master ensuite is an extension of your dream bedroom. To create a spa-like ensuite, Kimberley recommends incorporating five-star luxury hotel elements, like in-floor heating and heated towel racks to keep everything from toes to towels warm. Be sure the in-floor heating is installed per the manufacturer’s requirements and to Ontario Electrical Safety Code standards. The associated wall thermostat must be at least one metre from a bathtub or shower stall. A Licensed Electrical Contractor will make sure the work is done to Code, and your design team can ensure these practical elements do not impede the design.

Add Your Personal Flair

A master bedroom is the most personal room in your home and should reflect your personality and sense of style. Include mementos like family photos and heirlooms to create a space you want to spend time in. To help protect the space and reduce the risk of fire in your home, be sure all 120-volt 15 or 20-amp outlets are on a circuit protected by an Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI). It’s a good idea to have your contractor install these throughout your home during the renovation process.


Create a tranquil setting using neutral colours like cream, taupe or gray. Avoid using bright colours or high contrast. For a great night’s sleep, purchase quality bedding and full black-out window coverings.