It’s easy to create a decadent bedroom when you have plenty of money to splurge, but where’s the challenge, or the talent, in that? It’s far more impressive to achieve grand results with a diminutive bank balance, so don’t despair if you can’t afford that $1500 window treatment. Hard work, a keen eye for design and some thrifty accessories are often all you need to update your bedroom.
After seven homes, I consider myself quite the sanctuary space update expert.
Reconsider the space
You might have pushed your bed up against a radiator to accommodate a large and obnoxious dresser, or you find yourself clambering around the side of a dresser when you want to open the window. Clutter is for amateurs, so if you invest in one thing, make it a sleek and unobtrusive storage solution. Bedroom furniture sets come in all shapes and sizes. Buy something elegant and light-colored; and leave the brooding mahogany wardrobe to Narnia.
Use paint power
For its price, paint is one of the easiest ways to stamp your personality on a room. Whether you go for an elegant feature wall to create a focal point behind your headboard, or just a quick lick of gloss to freshen up the skirting boards, a well-deployed paint brush can make a room feel warmer, bigger, cleaner and brighter.
Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize
It’s all in the detail, and accessories can lock down a color scheme, add depth to a room or create an eclectic, bohemian vibe. Try to avoid being too matched; one or even two colors can feel cheap. Instead, decide on a color family; whether warm autumnal shades, monochromatic variants or fresh, organic spring tones. Choosing your cushions, candles, picture frames and curtains is easier when you have a general mood, rather than a specific color, in mind.
Don’t think that you need to spend a lot to achieve major changes; part of the fun of interior design is invention, re-purposing, hand-making and thrift-shopping. Put in the work, and when you collapse in a heap in your beautiful new boudoir, it will be with a superior sense of satisfaction in a job well done.