We spend so much time in our bedroom but rarely do we make it the first room we renovate. Since we generally do our entertaining in the rest of the house, our focus tends to be in those rooms. But this space should be your respite and escape from your daily life, so put time and effort into making it a place that you like is important. We believe that if you are on a budget – and who isn’t these days? You can still make substantial changes with small spend limits. Since the bed is not only the visual focus of the room but also where you will be spending your time and resting your body and mind for taking on every day, we recommend spending the bulk of your budget on quality bedding. This means the bed sheets should be well made and not just the highest thread count that you can find. There is a difference, and knowing that is key to spending your money wisely.
Take time to research the distinct types of fabric and weaves that are available in bed sheets. You should consider having at least two pairs of sheets. Consider making them seasonal options so that you have a nice flannel pair to keep you cozy in the winter, and a lighter fabric to keep you cooled off in the summer. Layer with a nice blanket and a cotton comforter that can lay across the bottom of your bed in cooler months. Using natural fabrics will give you superb slumber, and they feel great to cozy up to.
Add a Pop of Color
Are you looking to add some color to your bedroom? We love the idea of keeping the walls neutral but then adding accessories which throw in color. For instance, you can buy bed sheets in a color that you love, but do not want to commit to on the walls. Use throw pillows or a nice blanket to add prints or patterns. We also love the idea of wall papering one wall in a bold pattern. If you don’t like your current flooring choice, buy inexpensive throw rugs and layer them for color and texture. If you have empty shelving space, buy books at flea markets and thrift stores and paint them in varying colors.
Take a blank canvas from a craft store and splash the color you love on it to bring the walls alive. Take photos from your phone and have them printed up to hang with washi tape on the walls in a geometric design. Paint swatches and chips from the hardware store can be arranged in a big frame to form bold geometric patterns, and at the same time provide you with a one of a kind piece of artwork. These are not only cost effective; they are personal as well.
You don’t need expensive or extravagant fabrics to make a tremendous change in the appearance of your room. Look for scarves that you already have that can be draped from curtain rods, or even to put into frames for additional free art options. That same scarf can drape across your dresser or night stand to give you a rich textured look. Rugs and throw pillows are also fabulous accessories that can be personalized with your own items. Take a favorite t-shirt and put it on the pillow, then knot in the back for a fun way to pay tribute to your favorite musician or your high school or college.
Storage and More
When it comes to lighting, changing out overhead fixtures, window treatments, and bedside lighting to change the look and feel of your bedroom. You can use simple acrylic paint to modify an existing lampshade if a new lamp isn’t in the budget. Buy a package of fabric trim or fringe and glue it to the bottom of the shade for a cool feature. Add plants to fresh air, and a fresh look!
If you are looking to reduce clutter in your room, get storage containers that fit under your bed for a great hidden option. Outfit your walls with low cost shelving so that you can move items you don’t use as often up off dressers and the floor.
Slight changes can make a significant difference in the quality of rest that you get in your bedroom if you feel good in this space. Make it a place that you want to be!