Sometimes the bedroom is the last room in the house to get attention, perhaps because our communal areas take priority. If yours is looking a little worse for wear, there are some quick and easy steps you can take to re-invigorate the space and make your bedroom a pleasure to spend time in.
Back to Basics
Consider the way light falls into the room. It may seem obvious, but the first thing you should do is clean the windows. You could be surprised how it quickly brightens up the room. Heavy curtains may serve a purpose in keeping out the light during summer, but they can be oppressive in a bedroom. Consider instead fitting chic shutters, or a pretty black-out blind. You will find that removing heavy window dressings will immediately make the room feel larger.
If your room is lit by a single ceiling light, it can look quite stark. A better solution in the bedroom is two or more lamps, perhaps on the bedside tables, to give you a more flexible lighting effect. If budget allows, you could consider changing the pendant light for recessed spots, which give off a soft, relaxing glow.
A well-made, comfortable bed is a one of the most important purchases you can make. Get the biggest one that will fit comfortably in the space and don’t forget that a high quality mattress is a must. Consider what other furniture you need at the same time; matching or complementary pieces such as a wardrobe and chest of drawers can tie your scheme together and there is a great selection of modern dressing tables on the market that can provide you with invaluable storage and a boutique hotel feel.
Paint for Success
A simple lick of paint can do wonders for a tired bedroom. Choose a clean, fresh shade and make sure you don’t forget the woodwork. Painting the wall behind your bed to complement your bedding or another feature in the room can really help bring your interior design scheme together.
Bare walls can look unloved, so select some artwork or framed photos that will make you feel relaxed and happy. Hang them in sympathetic groups – there is nothing so jarring as art work dotted randomly around a room.
If the carpet in the room is worn, think about getting rid of it all together. If you have good original floorboards, sand them and either wax or paint with floor paint. This will enhance the sense of space and light in the room. If your floorboards are not up to it, you could fit a solid wood or laminate floor and this is particularly beneficial for allergy sufferers. You could consider adding a rug to maintain the cosy factor. There is a huge range to choose from and you are sure to find something that will complement your new look.
Bringing a tired bedroom back to life doesn’t have to break the bank and investing in a room where you spend a third of your life can’t be a bad thing! A calm, fresh space can do wonders to help you relax and unwind and you simply can’t put a price on a good night’s sleep.