My Essentials for a Master Bedroom

I'm back!  I have a LOT of things going on right now, and I've been extremely preoccupied with one thing in particular, which I'll reveal sometime soon.  My home decorating has been on the back burner in recent months, but one thing I've been thinking about a lot lately is that I really, really need to finish my master bedroom! And by finish, I mean start.  We're still using the bed set and furniture I had before we were married, which is fine, except it's a little too matchy, and not really very grown up looking.  I could remedy this problem by painting...but what about the rest of the room?  This will take some thought.

What are the essentials for a master bedroom?  Or, more specifically, what is essential to me and my husband for our master bedroom?  With that in mind, I came up with a list of items that will hopefully guide me in my search.

                                                               Photo from Southern Living

My Master Bedroom Essentials

1.  Calming and Restful- I want my bedroom to be a place where I can enter into and immediately feel relaxed.

2.  Light and Airy- I generally gravitate towards neutrals, so it's no wonder that I want my bedroom to reflect that.  Neutral colors are calming to me, and I think they will provide the airyness (not a word, I know!) that I'm after.  Oh, and I want my bed to have layers of light bedding and pillows so I can feel like I'm sinking into a cloud at night:)

3.  Organized and Functional-  Decor should always be coupled with function, and my bedroom is sadly lacking in this area!  I would love to have book shelves or somewhere to house the overflowing stack on my end table.  A small chair or bench at the end of the bed would also be ideal as a place to relax or sit while putting on shoes.

4.  Not Too Girly-  Last but not least, I have to remember that I do share my room, and it should reflect both of us- or at least be a place where he feels comfortable.  I think sticking with neutral colors and a variety of textures will help with this, but it's definitely something to keep in mind while shopping.

Any tips for creating a master bedroom?  I would love to know!