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The best cure for a good night's sleep-and then some-is to pack the bedrooms with all the comforts of home technology.
Master bedrooms have gone through some major growing pains. From a simple room large enough to house a queen-sized bed and a couple of dressers, the master bedroom has blossomed into a suite that caters to homeowners with a dressing area, a massive walk-in closet, a sitting area, a wet bar and an adjoining bathroom filled with spa-like luxuries including a whirlpool tub, a steam room and a shower built for two. n Technology has struggled to keep pace with the finer things that have become near mainstays in master bedrooms, but items such as music systems, plasma screens and home control devices are definite up-and-comers.
That doesn't mean that you need to invest in a mammoth 100-inch screen that overpowers the room interior (although you could). Nor will you want a stack of audio/video gear blinking at you as you settle down for the night.
A more sensible choice for the master bedroom is a "flat" TV, perhaps a plasma screen or a large LCD screen.
Remember that any type of screen that hangs on the wall still needs electricity for power. Let your builder and home systems installer know about your penchant for a plasma. There's no need to stretch a cord to an electrical outlet-instead ask the electrician to install an electrical outlet higher on the wall.
As in any movie viewing environment, a surround-sound system is essential. Where you plan to place the bedroom furniture will determine the best locations for the speakers. Artwork and other decorative elements may also make it difficult to get the speakers into prime position, so expect to make a few compromises (ceiling-mounted speakers are always a viable alternative).
Chances are, you'll be listening to music in the master bedroom as well. The same speakers that deliver movie soundtracks into the room can be used also to pipe in music, but they might not adequately reach the far points of the room. For this reason, it might be a good idea to also install two speakers in the sitting area, another set in the bathroom, and possibly another pair in the dressing area. A wall-mounted volume control for each listening area might be a useful tool to set the volume level of each area differently.
When my wife and I are in bed, only one of us has a good angle to watch TV. Is there a compromise?