How to give your bedroom a facelift

As with any living space, the bedroom needs a facelift now and then. Unfortunately, it often gets overlooked because of the other rooms in the house which require more TLC due to higher traffic. Nevertheless, at some point it’s going to need a bit more than a lick of paint. With this in mind, here are a few tips to help you transform your place of rest into an idyllic, peaceful sanctuary.

De-Clutter
Bedrooms are for sleeping. So remove items that don’t encourage relaxation and which upset the flow of positive energy. Things like stacked books teetering on your bedside table are a big no-no – consider adding a shelving system to keep them out of the way. If you have a television, get rid. Some people think that television helps them to unwind but in fact the opposite is true. Removing items like TVs (which tend to take up a great deal of space) as well as other electrical items will help make your bedroom feel far more spacious.

New Paint Job
Painting is one of the easiest, most cost-effective ways of changing the look and feel of any space, especially a bedroom. Choose the colours according to the amount of natural light your room gets. For instance, use light shades to brighten gloomier bedrooms and opt for restrained, relaxing shades for those spaces doused in sunlight. Garish, loud colours should be avoided.

Change the Window Treatment
Window treatments and dressings can also have a big impact on a bedroom’s ambience, due to their ability to control natural light. For a place of rest, a blackout blind can prove very effective at keeping the light out and retaining privacy. These days, there are all kinds of fabrics and patterns to choose from which means that you should be able to find a product which suits your existing decor.

New Lighting
As part of your bedroom facelift, consider changing the lighting. Try to avoid shades or lamps which are too opaque, otherwise your bedroom will be too dark. With regards location, don’t install your lighting directly above the bed. Instead install softer lighting at face level. In addition, multiple light sources have the potential to cause glare so instead, use multiple sources for a more relaxing ambience.  You’ll also want to check the functionality of the light switches so that you’re not fumbling about in the dark.

Flooring
Much here will depend on the type of flooring in place. If you’re looking to perform a quick facelift then replacing a carpet is probably not going to be one of your bucket-list due to time and expense. For a cheaper alternative, invest in a large carpet remnant to conceal an original that has seen better days. For wood floors, decorative area rugs are not only essential in terms of safety, but they also have the potential to make a real difference to a bedroom’s aesthetics.

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