It is terribly exciting when renovations and upgrades are in the pipeline for your home, but more often than not these are planned for shared spaces like the kitchen, living room, dining area or the patio. The poor lonely bedroom, where we only retire to for some shut-eye, is often left tired and unbecoming, being at the far end of the house and out of sight for guests.
We all have a desire for a gorgeous, restful space to lay down our heads and wake up refreshed in the mornings. Let’s be honest, with limited resources available to most, very few have the opportunity to give a bedroom a complete overhaul, but changing even ONE element, within your budget, will bring you one step closer to your dream boudoir, especially when it’s a lick of paint to freshen up Aunt Mary’s imbuia chest at the end of the bed. Also, a desperate quick fix for the unsightly wall to wall carpet that can’t be taken out now, are simply two layered rugs for camouflage. These are inspiring pursuits that can easily be achieved by anyone, it simply needs a little creative nudge and some delicate planning (and dreaming), of course.
Consider these TrenDIY pointers to guide your bedroom decorating project:
Who is staying there?
A single person or is it shared?
Are the occupants all interested/involved in the upgrades?
A bedroom is the most personal space a person will occupy. It most definitely needs to be restful, welcoming and authentic for the occupants.
THEN, how much room is available after the bed has been put in place?
Most homes these days are smaller and space is limited. This will determine how much storage space can be added? Do you need a chest of drawers, a mirror, extra cupboards or any other personal necessities?
Can the room be multifunctional?
Is there space for a desk or small tea table and chairs, or perhaps a reading nook? These elements add personality and make the room more useful.
How much sun does the room get?
Natural light draws people to spaces and it already adds tremendously to the charm of a space, but there’s two sides to this coin. You’ll mostly be using the room at night, and the artificial lighting should be of the best quality in the space, for taking care of yourself, resting and reading. Taking all of these light scenarios into consideration will be important in the choice of colour and accessories in the room. If you’re unsure about the choice of colour, consider wall colours that are natural and calming, and lighter in tone. With this natural canvas, bring in style and interest with the accessories like the choice of your duvet, pillows and scatters, throws and blankets, and your choice of headboard.
Wallpaper behind the bed is a wonderful way to create a focal point in the room, and immediately creates a unique sense of style.
TIP Do invest in the best quality bedding you can afford as you spend 1/3 of your life tucked in!