Your bedroom is more than just a room. It is the one place in your home where you can escape and shut out the world if you need. Where you spend a good portion of your time. Where you turn to for reprieve. But most importantly, it is the place where you begin your day and where you end it.
Whether you realize it or not, the state of your bedroom can determine the outcome of your day. Our surroundings often have an effect on us, whether they be positive or negative, they affect us all the same.
What is the setting like when you first wake up? When you retire for the night? Is it less than ideal?
If you do not have the bedroom retreat of your dreams or the money to realize that dream, here are some things you can do to bring it closer to your ideal haven.
1. Remove all clutter.
Clutter equals stress which is not conducive to the tranquility we are striving to achieve.
- Remove any and all furniture that has no place in the bedroom: T.V., computer, exercise equipment. If you are tight on space and must have a work area, use a divider to separate the area from the bedroom.
- Go through all your clothes and get rid of anything you cannot wear or that is out of style.
- Store rarely used items on top of the closet or under the bed.
- Your bed can also create visual clutter. If you have a ton of pillows, you might consider a long pillow for a sleek, cleaner look.
No Money Down: Adding that bed skirt you never use is a great way to hide the stored items under your bed.
Rainy Day Savings: Investing in storage baskets adds an element of charm to any room and keeps your items easily organized and accessible.
Mad Money: A closet organizer is a great investment. It makes the most of a small space and keeps things nicely organized.
2. Change the Layout.
Rearranging is a no-cost makeover that gives your lackadaisical room a breath of fresh air.
- Find a focal point. This could be a fireplace, a window or something of special interest to you. The first wall you see when you enter the room often serves as a focal point; arranging your headboard against this wall can really bring the room together.
- Be creative and try new arrangements. Move furniture away from the walls or angle them. Arrange a seating area.
- Go beyond your comfort level. By this, I do not mean go crazy with contemporary if you love country charm, but mix it up a bit. Take ideas from other makeovers if you are like me and often lack inspiration.
No Money Down: Grab a few pieces from the rest of your house and stage them in your room to give them new life.
Rainy Day Savings: Go to garage sales and thrift stores and find pieces that need a new home. Bring a picture of your room and colors to help visualize the new piece in it.
Mad Money: Nothing says retreat like a brand new piece of furniture; a new bed, rug or even a new sitting area.
I used to love white walls until I was stuck with them for five years. A fresh coat of paint is one makeover tip you should not live without. In fact, a new coat of paint may be the only thing you need to spruce up your abode.
- Choose wisely. You want a room that calms you after a hard day of work. Dark colors over-stimulate while soft colors (blues and greens) and neutrals (taupe and brown) are both cool and calming. Think spa and earth tones.
- Test your color choices. Buy small paint packets with the desired color and paint it onto a poster board. Tape it to your wall and check out your color at different times of the day. You can take advantage of the help of a virtual color center at www.behr.com.
No Money Down: Use paint left over from another project and paint just one wall as an accent wall. Behind your headboard is ideal; it will give your room a fresh, new look.
Rainy Day Savings: Adding a stenciled design to your walls is a great way to add interest to your room.
4. Give your bed a makeover.
The bed is your main piece in the room, the first thing our eyes are drawn to. You want to make sure it’s visually appealing.
- Headboards are a must. They give a room and its bed a finished look. It can be solid, made of picture frames, or a stenciled form on the wall. Anything you use will be better than nothing at all.
- When choosing your bedding, neutrals give the most freedom for decorating the rest of the room. Unless you would rather your bed to be the center of attention, then you’ll just need to find that balance for everything else.
- An array of pillows adds romance and charm, but if your room has a contemporary flair, a body pillow will look better situated.
No Money Down: A simple change from a comforter to a large blanket can be a nice touch.
Rainy Day Savings: Purchasing a bed-in-a-bag is a great way to give your room a facelift with minimal effort.
Mad Money: A new mattress can make all the difference not only in how you sleep but how you wake up.
5. Decorate/Provide Ambiance
No place is complete without those little touches that bring a room together.
- Add a personal touch; photos of vacations, loved ones or meaningful mementos encourage contentment.
- Change out old lampshades and drawer handles with ones that complement the room.
- Add mirrors to make a small space feel larger.
- An area rug can make or break a room. You should make sure the rug is large enough to tuck under the bed and at least one other piece of furniture
- Bring in the outside. Fresh flowers provide the aroma needed for a retreat. They also generate oxygen and remove toxins from the air; all aiding in relaxation.
No Money Down: Keep lighting soft. Switch out your bulbs for lower wattage ones or use only the lamps you need for what you are doing.
Rainy Day Savings: If you have never used a sound machine than you do not know what you are missing! It is ideal for blocking out noise and relaxing your nerves.
Mad Money: Indoor water fountains are the perfect addition to your oasis in the desert.
With so many remodeling and design shows available and Pinterest at our fingertips, it has never been easier to pull together a look you love. No matter your budget, you can have the bedroom of your dreams if you just decide to start somewhere and build from there. I hope these tips start you thinking on your way to a bedroom that is anything but boring.
What are some tips you might have for creating the perfect retreat? List them below!