For many of us, our bedroom is a haven of peace; a tranquil space for down-time and reflection. Or at least we want it to be. It’s just that things have been looking a little tired lately and we find ourselves ‘relaxing’ in a space that’s not so much ‘tranquil haven’ as it is boring, old and completely outdated.
A change in scenery is a wonderful thing, and giving your bedroom a new look can lift your spirits and go a long way towards freshening up your home. But there’s one downfall. Redecorating can be expensive and time consuming, and can sometimes feel like a huge commitment when many of us just don’t have the time or the money to see it through. But there’s no need to despair. With a little creative thinking, there are ways to transform your bedroom without breaking the bank. Read on to find out how.
Play with layout
Whether you’re into Feng Shui or not, experimenting with layout is a great way to completely change the atmosphere of any space. Move your bed to a new position or simply play around with the positioning of wardrobes and drawers to give your room a whole new look in a matter of minutes. As a general interior design rule, you should be able to look straight on to the bed as you walk into the room, so aim to position it opposite the door as opposed to behind it. That way, you’ll get a view of the focal point of the room instead of looking in towards wardrobes or an empty wall, which doesn’t have the same impact.
A few carefully selected accessories can work wonders when it comes to rejuvenating your room. Invest in a couple of statement pieces, and get playful with colour. A few bright splashes in the form of funky cushions or rugs are bound to add a new lease of life. We’re loving round rugs for bedrooms at the moment, which can work well in the middle of the room, or placed underneath a small dressing table.
Instead of buying a whole new set of bedding, why not opt for a new throw which could work just as well? Adding a few fairy lights around the head of your bed can create a cosy atmosphere and bring a little extra detail to the room. There’s a huge variety available in a range of prices, starting at just a few pounds. And if fairy lights aren’t your style, a new table lamp or two will have the same effect. Finally, never underestimate the power of the humble flower. Buy them weekly, look after them, experiment with colours and bouquet designs – even pick your own flowers and make your own designs. Trust us, once you’ve been awakened to flower power in the bedroom, you’ll never look back.
Use your imagination
You’ve got tons of bits and bobs lying around that aren’t being used but that you’re not quite ready to throw away just yet. In fact, there’s a whole cupboard under-the-stairs full of slightly too-large rugs, old tea sets, a battered chest of drawers that was quite expensive when you bought it and that bright blue lava lamp from the 1990’s. While we can’t offer up a way to make use of the past-it lamp, what we can say is that using your imagination is key when it comes to giving a new lease of life to those (seemingly) useless household items. The too-large rug, for example, could make an excellent wall hanging for your bedroom. Wall hangings are a great way to enliven an otherwise blank and desolate wall. We think Persian rugs with their rich colours and tapestry work particularly well, so if you happen to be hoarding one of those, don’t hang about when it comes to hanging it up.
Borrow from yourself
In the same vein as using the clutter in your cupboards, you can also get creative in ‘borrowing’ items from elsewhere in your house. Why not swap out your boring bedside lamp for that gorgeous, statement lamp in the living room to add a bit of extra glamour to your sanctuary. Got more cushions than you know what to do with on the sofa? Take a couple up to your bed to spruce things up – we won’t tell if you don’t! And who said carpet runners had to be reserved for the hallway? Adding one to the foot of your bed can add another layer to the textures and colours in your room. And the best thing about borrowing from yourself? You can hold on to things as long as you like.
Display your possessions proudly
Finally, it’s a great idea to make a feature out of possessions you already have when it comes to giving your bedroom a new look. Don’t hide your book collection in boxes under the bed – stack them up by the wall or create a mini library on a spare surface. Proud owner of an impressive jewellery collection? Buy a couple of jewellery hangers to mount on the wall and create a work of bedroom art out of your prize possessions. And don’t be afraid to display your wardrobe too. We love open clothes rails and think they add a chic touch to any bedroom, and act as a good storage solution too.
So, there you have it. Whether you’re renting a property or simply don’t have the energy for a full re-furb, there’s plenty you can do to achieve a brand-new look. With just a few tricks, there’s no need to purchase paint by the bucket load or – worse - hire an eye-wateringly expensive decorator, to take your bedroom from dull dormitory to brilliantly beautiful boudoir.