26 Oct Freshen Your Bedroom with Low-Cost Updates
Bring Color to the Bedroom
If you keep your bedroom’s walls and furniture neutral, it’s easy to add bursts of color whenever and wherever you wish. Pick one or two colors you love and then repeat the hues in vibrant artwork, bold bedding, and colorful accents.
Touch is a huge part of creating comfort. In a bedroom, texture becomes comfort you can feel. It’s easy to alter a bedroom’s texture with a change of linens–use a furry throw in winter and cotton throw in summer.
Textures suit any taste. Here are a few to consider for your bedroom style:
— Traditional: Hand-tufted rugs, woven wools, tooled silver, cut crystal, gilded frames, silk, china, and polished wood.
— Country: Braided rugs, worn wood, rusted metals, chenille spreads, ironstone pottery, blown glass, and ticking.
— Romantic: Velvet, furry throws, crystal prisms, embroidered fabrics, lace, painted furniture, and hand-hooked rugs.
— Modern: Laminated-plywood furniture, plastic, smooth leather, stainless steel, terrazzo flooring, and teak.
Switch Out Accent Pillows
Accent pillows let you quickly alter the personality of a room and shift the balance of color. They’re especially powerful used in a bedroom because the bed is a natural focal point. Pillows can update a room instantly by adding volume, pattern, texture, color, and personality.
Here, a subtle backdrop of cream and blue is brought into focus with a collection of lively pillows. Sunny yellow and blue accent pillows pull the wall color and accent color together perfectly.
Update the Headboard
A dramatic headboard can add instant impact. You’ll find a wide variety of new headboards available at all price points, but consider customizing your existing headboard or using an unexpected salvaged piece for a low-cost option. Here, fresh fabric covers an existing headboard to create a cozy retreat.
Update Window Treatments
To set a mood, use draperies and classic swags for a formal look, curtains and shades for an informal look, and simple blinds for contemporary appeal. Consider lining–room-darkening or insulating–that suits the treatment and your needs.
Add Pattern to a Select Spot
Try paneling a single wall or one section of a wall with a favorite wallpaper or stencil. It’s a sure-fire way to call attention to a seating area or to add pattern without the expense of papering an entire room or taking the time to stencil an entire room.
Hang Personalized Artwork
Your bedroom is an ideal spot for displaying collections of personal photographs. Dressing a wall with objects you love is one way to surround yourself with memories. How you put them together defines your style. Test out various configurations for your artwork by cutting shapes from kraft paper and taping them on the wall.
For a quick-and-easy hanging solution, modify a piece of common molding to make a picture rail. Decorative golden picture hooks fitted with chain and rope display a mix of frames and add architectural interest. Use a circular link at the top of each chain to hang it over the hook.
Try On Bold New Bed Linens
Nothing looks and feels fresher than new bedding. If you love the idea of new bedding but are short on storage space for bulky comforters and quilts, consider a duvet, switching out the duvet cover every season.
Bring In the Right Amount of Light
General overhead lighting is less important in bedrooms. Instead focus on bedside lamps and other sources of accent lighting to turn a bedroom into an inviting, comforting retreat. And the type of light is important, too–something as simple as replacing an old light bulb with a warm-spectrum fluorescent might provide just the freshness your bedroom needs.
Update Closet Doors
In many bedrooms, closet doors take up a significant amount of wall space. Why not replace the bulky, utilitarian sliding doors with something you’ll enjoy waking up to every day?
Here, sliding closet doors were replaced with chic French doors. Mirrored panels hide closet clutter and give the room more visual space.
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