Renovating your home – if done right – does so much more than simply bumping up its value. A beautifully decorated home boosts the chances of buyers falling in love with it, giving it that all important edge over similar properties.
While it’s tempting to focus all your efforts on redecorating your living room and kitchen, making sure your master bedroom has the wow factor is just as important.
After all, the bedroom is probably the most important room in the house. It’s where we spend one-third of our life sleeping, unwinding and relaxing after a hard day’s work. And when we’re imagining our dream family home, or first step on the property ladder, no-one wants to envision waking up every morning in a dull, dingy, cluttered or uninspiring bedroom.
So, to help you create a master bedroom that really catches the eye of potential buyers, we’ve pulled together these ‘must-try’ interior tips. Our decorating ideas can help turn your master bedroom into a stylish and relaxing haven that buyers will want to live in for years to come.
1. Put yourself in the buyer’s shoes
The first step in creating a master bedroom that really wows is to adopt a critical eye. Imagine you were walking into the room for the first time. What would you think? Does the room exude calm, or is it too cluttered with clothes, papers and books? Is the colour scheme relaxing, or does the brightly coloured wallpaper put you off? Do the curtains and carpets help show the room at its best? Or do they look shabby and tired?
By taking a few minutes to step-back and really imagine how a stranger would see the room, you’ll be able to identify quick changes that could potentially add thousands to your home.
2. Don’t go crazy with the credit card… just yet
If you’ve already concluded your bedroom could do with an overhaul, well done. But, it’s important not to blow your budget on home improvements just yet. So many homeowners make the mistake of spending more on refurbishments than they’ll ever be able to make back, so it’s all about being smart with your changes and redecorations.
In fact, it’s amazing how just grabbing a bucket, sponge and a bit of detergent can bring instant sparkle back to your bedroom. Dusting down bedside tables, giving your windows a good scrub, and steam-cleaning your curtains and carpets can take your room from meh to must-have in no-time. What’s more, tackling those small jobs usually costs next to nothing – and can be done in only a couple of hours.
3. Add a sense of calm with the right colour scheme
Giving the walls a fresh lick of paint is one of our favourite ways to transform a master bedroom. Channel your inner Linda Barker and start planning which colours, shades and schemes could really give your main boudoir a boost. If your room is decorated floor to ceiling in dark colours, consider opting for lighter and more soothing shades to give it a brighter, airy feel.
Neutral colours like whites, greys, and creams can instantly make a room feel more spacious and inviting. What’s more, ditching any brightly coloured or patterned wallpaper gives buyers a blank canvas, making it easier to imagine how they’d make the room their own.
Redecorating on a budget? Adorning your room with a few stylish accessories is probably one of the best ways to transform it in minutes. Think gorgeous velvet cushions scattered across your bed or a cosy blue throw draped over your armchair. Even just a few nicely designed ornaments and furnishings carefully placed around the room can give the décor a boost.
Large statement lamps placed atop your bedside tables are another popular go-to if you’re looking to spruce up the focal room of your house. Fresh flowers and plant pots are also a nice touch.
4. Go overboard with the bed
Nothing screams luxury more than a large, gorgeously furnished bed. So don’t forget to spend some time getting this key area of your bedroom right. Consider spending a bit more on nice linen and duvet covers to create a feeling of opulent luxury in your master bedroom.
A clever trick used by many designers is to opt for covers one size too big. Having your duvet drape over the side of the bed and almost touching the floor will make it seem larger, and incredibly inviting, to anyone walking into the room. If you don’t already have one, invest in a decent headboard. You can find them relatively cheap online, and they’re a fantastic way of adding a touch of sophistication and grandeur to this important room in the house.
5. Ditch the photos, and personal mementos
When it comes to sprucing up your home, depersonalising is the name of the game. If your room is scattered with nostalgic family photos and keepsakes, our top tip is to keep them out of sight. Most potential buyers want to be able to visualise themselves in your home. So, anything that’s too you is likely to get in the way. Swapping framed photographs for abstract wall art is a great way to depersonalise and will help buyers imagine how they’d put their own stamp on your home.
6. Don’t forget this most important step…
So, you’ve given the bedroom a fresh lick of paint, transformed it with accessories and even given the upholstery a clean. But one crucial thing sellers often forget is to make the room viewer-friendly on the actual day.
That means tidying up the room, picking miscellaneous items off the floor and decluttering any space that potential buyers might see. Clothes and ad-hoc items strewn over chairs isn’t just a turn-off, it also creates the sense of a room severely lacking in storage space.
So, before you let any buyers through the door, do a quick walk around your bedroom and remove everything on floors, and on top of cabinets and tables. It’ll create an instant feeling of spaciousness and help keep the room looking at its absolute best.
Even small improvements to your master bedroom can instantly add to the value of your home. So, whether you choose to give the room a fresh lick of paint, or splash out on a few choice accessories, it’s never been easier to create that dream master bedroom buyers will want to snap up and call ‘home’.