Bedrooms are made for sleeping… but in these primary suites, our eyes would be wide open! With oceans and lakes just outside their windows, these bedrooms offer breathtaking views that are definitely worth waking up for.

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Picture Perfect

This modern home in Vernon, B.C. is designed to capture 360-degree views 365 days of the year. “You look one way, and it’s the lake. You look the other way, and it’s the rolling hills—and to me, both are amazing” says designer Nigel Parish of Splyce Design. The vertical timbers outside the bedroom’s floor-to-ceiling windows frame the view of Lake Kalamalka and help with solar shading. Step inside this gorgeous Okanagan home.

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Middle Man

Orienting the bed toward the window was a top priority for the owners of this White Rock home, so designer Andrea McLean placed it smack dab in the middle of the primary suite. The rest of the room, from the Douglas fir millwork to the Filtercloth drapery, was kept simple and neutral so as not to distract from the beautiful views. See more before and after renovation photos.

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Ship Shape

At first glance, this home on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast is pretty nondescript—but once you get inside, it offers breathtaking views across the Strait of Georgia. “I walked in the door and it was like I was on a boat,” says homeowner Andrew. “We didn’t want to do anything that took away from that.”

With that in mind, the team at Falken Reynolds stuck to a simple palette of bright-white walls and white-oak floors. From the bedroom, you can definitely pretend you’re looking out from the deck of a ship. Tour this mid-century coastal getaway.

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Smooth Sailing

Speaking of boats… the bedroom in this home designed by Cedric Burgers also gives off some strong cruise vibes. The palette was inspired by the beach, the ocean and the way the light reflects off the water. “It’s an oasis of serenity,” says the architect. “It creates the feeling of being at anchor on a luxury yacht in a secluded sunny anchorage.” Go below deck at this West Vancouver home.

Bedroom design of a Sunshine Coast home
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Big Bend

The team at Vancouver-based architectural firm BattersbyHowat gave this home a slight boomerang shape, which both mirrors the rocky bay it’s situated on and directs the views from inside to various moments along the coast. The primary bedroom is angled toward a point and a particularly beautiful shore pine. “It looks out at this quintessential kind of Canadiana,” says David Battersby. “It’s bedrock, pine and water.” Explore more of this Sunshine Coast dream home.

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Pane Point

Lindsay Steele, principal of Motto Interior Design, wanted to fully embrace the views outside her 2,700-square-foot Vancouver Island residence—so she took a more-is-more approach for the windows. Oversized panes in modern black frames can be found in almost every room, including the primary bedroom. With uninterrupted views of the tree-lined landscape, it’s easy to feel connected to the great outdoors in this space. Check out the rest of this Nanoose Bay home.

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Lake Life

This 3,989-square-foot, three-storey, six-bedroom home on Makwa Lake was designed with hosting in mind. It can accommodate 20+ guests! You’re guaranteed a comfortable sleep no matter which Rosswill Homes-designed bedroom you end up in—but we would definitely be racing to claim this one on the top floor. Peek inside this Saskatchewan lake house.

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Complementary Colours

This West Vancouver home challenged designer Sophie Burke—she had to figure out a way for the interiors to complement the views rather than compete with them. “You have this huge wow-factor view, but you don’t want it to feel overwhelming,” she says. “[Inside] you want it to feel layered, welcoming and comfortable.” To wit, the bedroom’s colour palette draws on the ambient tones of the environment outside. See more of this harbour house.