Wake up your eyes with a dozen of our favourite bedrooms featured in past DL issues
1 Place windows strategically to maximize privacy and light. Architect Patrick Fejér’s four-storey family home in Forest Hill Village delivers both privacy and openness. Without any street-facing windows, the home’s master bedroom is its most private space. That said, the room still feels lofty and luminous thanks to a four-metre-deep skylight in the open-concept ensuite, and glass doors opening onto an interior terrace.
2 Contrast cold and warm finishes. In this lofty Yorkville home – Toronto’s first glass-and-steel house, designed by and lived in by renowned American architect Barton Myers – exposed beams and ducts are warmed up by wooden frames and a walnut ladder.
3 Use cabin-inspired decor to create a cozy yet rugged feel. Bachelors, take notes – this is Canadiana done tastefully. In this Bay Streeter’s masculine semi-detached – featuring interiors designed by Alison Milne – the bedroom’s feature wall is clad in reclaimed wood from Canadian Salvaged Timber, while a pair of antlers hold court above the bed.
4 Play up dramatic architecture. Directly beneath the peak of this Moore Park home, and bookended by two outdoor terraces, a cathedral ceiling runs east-west. Here, architect Drew Mandel included a series of clerestory windows, so the interior partitions that separate the otherwise open-concept en suite, dressing room and sleeping space wouldn’t have to reach to the ceiling.
5 Use colour to set the room apart from nearby spaces. Home to two artist-designers, this Victorian apartment is filled with leftovers from their past projects. The bedroom was treated with warm grey to play up the crown moulding and to create a subtle separation from the rest of the home.
6 Use white to create a simple and serene oasis. The bright white bedding and nightstands in Jen and Jill’s master bedroom keeps with the serenity of their west-end town home’s Cecconi Simone-designed interiors and complements the rich, wide plank flooring. The calm white palette also directs eyes outside to the private balcony, big enough to seat two and a few plantings.
7 Build in bookcases to keep things clutter-free. Because storage is always in short supply, especially in Victorians, Dubbeldam Architecture + Design cleverly utilized every spare inch throughout this Summerhill home. The third-floor master bedroom, for instance, is a vision of uninterrupted white, but almost every wall is a cupboard.
8 Install sliding doors to keep spaces flexible. Architects Martin Kohn designed this young family’s Hillcrest Village home to be tightly planned and highly practical. On the second storey, a kid’s room shares a sliding-door wall with a den next door, so that the two spaces can be used flexibly as the family grows or out-of-owners visit.
9 Communicate your personality. Set stylist Alanna Davey shows her quirky side in the light-filled master suite of her Parkdale home with personalized artwork and unexpected splashes of colour. The space leads to a third-floor patio, which will eventually house raised-bed vegetable patches and living fences of tall grass.
10 Hang patterned textiles to provide bright pops of colour. In the master bedroom of Alexandra Palmer’s small, LGA Architectural Partners-designed Parkdale infill, Josef Frank’s Terrazzo linen hangs behind the vintage teak bed, providing visual interest.
11 Accentuate quirky alcoves with great artwork. In the art- and antique-filled family home of Clay Rochemont and Jo Arnott, a photo by Nick Simhoni tucks neatly into the master bedroom’s back nook.
12 Renovating? Repurpose unsuccessful spaces into sleeping quarters. In a bold move, LGA Architectural Partners transformed the garage at the back of this mid-century bungalow into living space, linking it to the house with a small addition. The garage is now a spacious master suite with French doors opening to a tree-covered back patio.