Though perhaps it’s a three way fight between home office chair, toilet seat and bed, we think the latter just pips it; yep, the bedroom is the place in the world where we spend the most time. But yet, beyond the duvet, sheets and pillows, it feels a room strangely neglected when it comes to cosiness and comfort.
Upgrades, however, can be costly, logistically and financially, particularly if you hire a professional to give your bedroom a spruce up. Instead, there are methods you can employ, and insider ways and means to exploit, to get your bedroom looking and feeling like the space you truly deserve. With that in mind, here’s how to decorate your bedroom like a pro in 6 IDEAL steps.
COLOUR & CURIOSITY
It’s no surprise that professional designers start a home remodelling project by carefully selecting a colour to base the fresh look around. Indeed, the quickest way to give a room a striking makeover is to repaint the walls in your bedroom a new shade of gorgeous.
Decide on the mood or tone you want to set in the room, then pick a colour that reflects that feeling. For a soothing sense of serenity and safety, the pros recommend blue. To evoke nature and balance, go for green. Or for a loving, sweet atmosphere, it has to be pink. While there is no wrong colour choice and it’s all about personal preference, try to avoid energetic colours like the vivacity of yellow. If you’re after something sunny, instead opt for orange tones which bring about feelings of warmth and calm. Think colours that will relax rather than excite you.
The painting itself is not that complicated; all you have to do is purchase some equipment – a handheld paintbrush or roller, a bucket of primer, the right type of paint, a ladder and some plastic sheeting to protect those inevitable stray droplets.
Once that’s done, it’s time to paint. According to the experts at Beesley & Fildes, you should consider rolling on a second coat of paint if you want a deeper, more durable colour.
Ideal tip: If you rent, try adding colour to your walls with removable wallpaper. Be sure to read reviews to find a brand that doesn’t leave any underlying damages to the wall underneath.
THERE IS A LIGHT THAT NEVER GOES OUT
Interior designers take lighting in the bedroom very seriously, and so should you. Stark, single bulb overhead lighting is out; instead, if you want to create the ideal bedroom, it’s all about gentle task lighting, which illuminates areas of the room needing particular attention at a particular moment in time.
Spare a thought, too, for sources of natural light, the healing and energising powers of which can’t be overstated. Blackout blinds are superb for granting a full night’s, undisturbed sleep, and can be raised to allow the daytime to shine through, too. Should your bedroom not be blessed with several windows, then hanging mirrors can do a great job at reflecting the natural light you do have, making your room feel brighter and roomier in the process.
MAKE YOUR BEDROOM MULTI-PURPOSE
Some people say that technology doesn’t belong in the bedroom, and that this space should be reserved solely for sleep. In fact, we’re sure we’ve stated as much before. However, by banishing all tech from the bedroom, you’re rather underselling the space.
While we agree with the pros that you should refrain from bringing your computer and other work into the bedroom, items of tech can contribute to the relaxing atmosphere of the room and even help you sleep more soundly. Consider creating a chill zone with a TV on the wall complete with fluffy pillows or bean bags for kicking back on in style. Or, add some speakers so you can relax to your favourite music or listen to a podcast or bedtime story.
At least one corner in your room should be devoted to a different purpose far removed from sleep, be it a comfy chair surrounded with your favourite books or a dedicated meditation space. Your bedroom is your kingdom, and you can do whatever you want there!
TIME TO DECLUTTER
You’ve made your bed; now lie in it. But first, a tidy up. Specialists and interior designers agree that clutter has a negative impact on harnessing that sense of a relaxing or romantic vibe in the bedroom. An uncluttered bedroom can help you instantly feel calmer and more comfortable, free from distraction and bother in this most important room in the house.
That’s why you should reduce the clutter that naturally tends to find its way onto bedroom furniture or worse, the floor. Even the process itself – of decluttering and minimising – will bring you clarity and expose the real beauty of your bedroom.
GET CREATIVE WITH YOUR STORAGE IDEAS
If you’re to declutter successfully without setting up a skip beneath your bedroom window, you’re going to need some savvy storage solutions. Indeed, you can gain some serious satisfaction (and even have a little fun) getting creative with your storage. Closet organisers and nightstands can help you to hide your clutter and show off key decorations and accessories, too.
Another fantastic idea is to make use of the space at the foot of and under your bed. For instance, you can hide your bedsheets or winter coats under your bed using vacuum storage bags, which are ideal for storing clothes tightly together.
SMALL THINGS MAKE THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE
Interior designers are known for having a few decorating tricks up their sleeves, and usually, they involve using the smallest of details to make a massive difference to the appearance of a bedroom. Consider following the latest seasonal decor trends to find the best ideas to fit succinctly with the time of year and the unique atmosphere that nature creates.
Small additions like adding a beautifully upholstered headboard or continental pillows which add support, depth and interest to the bed can make a world of difference to the overall aesthetic of your bedroom. Adding a plant to your bedroom can also transform it from a stuffy space into a tranquil, calming one. When it comes to bedroom design, the devil is in the detail.
THE BOTTOM LINE
When decorating your bedroom, you needn’t enlist the help of a professional eye to give your space a once over and your wallet several more. Keep your mind open and get creative with every aspect of your bedroom, focusing on the finer details whilst not forgetting the bigger picture, too. Consider most keenly light, colours, storage, and clutter and soon it’ll be a space you want to spend more and more time in.