The bedroom rarely gets as much attention when it comes to makeovers when compared to the living room, dining area and even the kitchen. Given that you spend almost a third of your daily life in there, it doesn’t make much sense, does it?
One of the reasons most people give is the cost of decorating. We naturally seem to prioritise those areas which are used the most and which see the most traffic – and of course, we want our home to look good for visitors. But it is time to give your bedroom a bit of TLC to create a peaceful nurturing space to help your own self-care.
Here are tips on how to save money when decorating your bedroom.
Lots of the jobs needing to be done in the bedroom are on a small scale. Whether it is installing fixtures and fittings, repainting or adding new furniture – lots of these jobs can be done by you – if you are at all handy.
Think of the money you’ll save if you do it yourself instead of hiring professional painters and decorators. You could then use the money you save to invest in more furniture. If you plan on purchasing some new furniture for your bedroom and it is flat packed then there is no need to worry as they are usually straightforward to put up.
There are, however, some jobs you should not attempt to do yourself as they are too dangerous. One example of this is installing a new light fitting. If you are not familiar with electrics then I would not risk it. It’s much safer to hire an electrician for a few hours.
The first step in your bedroom decoration is decluttering and rearranging the room. Over time, as you buy more stuff and add accessories, the old ones are usually stuffed in a corner somewhere or boxed up in the loft.
Removing the clothes, beddings, and furniture you no longer use can create welcome space in your room and a more peaceful sleeping environment.
Once you have had a thorough sort-out, you can then go ahead and reorganize the way fixtures and fittings are organized. Go through the wardrobe and weed out all the old clothes you no longer wear. Consider whether you need that chest of drawers. Perhaps there’s room for a beautiful dressing table and upholstered stool?
Does the layout truly work for you or do you desperately need more storage? Don’t forget you don’t need to buy new or expensive furniture. Shop around in antique stores and considered preloved or repurposed items. If you’re artistic you could even try your hand at upcycling. Or how about swopping pieces of furniture with family and friends?
A bit of rearranging may be all your room needs – and it can cost little to nothing.
Another easy change is to upgrade your bed linen. Not only will this add a touch of luxury but you can create a whole new colour scheme for the room, for example adding accents of colour to neutral walls and carpets. It’s fun to play around with different textures too – a sumptuous velvet throw perhaps, crisp white Egyptian cotton sheets or some new pillows can all help to refresh the decor.
If your budget allows, you could upgrade your bed frame – perhaps a metal frame instead of a divan or even create your own in a different style.
The other things which may need changing and have a great effect on your bedroom decor are curtains and blinds. There are so many styles and lengths to choose from to add a new colour or texture.
Long curtains can add to the richness of your backdrop or even become the centrepiece depending on the position and size of your windows. Blinds can give a minimal look.
If you are a light sleeper or your room gets a lot of sun, be sure to choose a black-out blind or curtains with black-out lining. Not only will these block the light but they will keep the room cool in summer and warm in winter. You’ll be amazed at the difference this makes – especially if you have kids.
Having a headboard gives you a central item to play around with and significantly decorate your room. It is the one item that will put your DIY skills to good use and still keep your costs low.
There are many ideas for the style and design of the headboard, including stretching it wall to wall to provide space for fixtures. If you want a touch of opulence and to accentuate the effect of lighting and space in your room, you can get a mirror for the headboard.
Another option is to use wooden pallets to create a sturdy headboard that will lend your room an antique and warm feel while being quite easy to set up. You can also experiment with having shelves as your headboard.
There are plenty of customizing opportunities with this option from the height of the headboard and its width to the arrangement of the shelves and colour of the frame. This alternative is particularly significant when you lack storage space.
Good quality and long-lasting paint comes at a price, as well as involving quite a bit of upheaval. Think of all those dust sheets, paint brush washing and the inconvenience of waiting for the paint to dry.
If you only want to update part of your room, why not consider wallpaper – either as part of the overall decoration scheme or as a feature wall where you could use a more striking colour, pattern or texture. Because you will be working on a smaller space, the cost should be reduced and the job can be created quicker.
Other ways for decorating your room include getting your accessories from thrift shops and upscaling, adding some green and flowers and finally loading up on the pillows and cushions, especially those with bright colours.
There’s plenty you can do without spending a fortune – and let’s face it, your personal space is a reflection of how you feel about yourself – I’m sure you deserve an upgrade!