Easy Bedroom Updates That Make a Big Impact
The idea of remodeling is enough to send a shiver down the spine of any homeowner. Fortunately, you don’t need to spend a lot to make a big impact when refreshing your bedroom.
The idea of remodeling is enough to send a shiver down the spine of any homeowner. You immediately start to think of long, labor-intensive projects that just seem to go on and on. Not to mention the high price tags. Yuck! Fortunately, you don’t need to spend a lot to make a big impact.
Here are a a few “simple remodeling” updates to really revamp your bedroom.
Declutter & Refresh Your Space
Before you even consider updating or remodeling anything, take a day or two to declutter your bedroom. Click Here for some tips and trips on decluttering your home.
“Recruit friends and clean out the clutter,” says Lori Dennis, Dennis Design Group, “including items you don’t need or don’t use. Give them to your friends, sell them or donate them.”
Once you have gotten rid of the excess items in your bedroom and organized what’s left, then you can adequately work to update the design. The end result will be well worth the extra step.
Paint, Paint, and Some More Paint
“The easiest update is paint,” says Dave Stimmel, The Stimmel Consulting Group. “Nothing can change a bedroom as easily as paint.” It doesn’t cost much, but it “makes a huge difference,” adds interior designer Susan Gale. Here are a few options:
- Look Up: Don’t just stop at the walls. “The ceiling is the most often forgotten canvas in the bedroom — or any room, for that matter,” says Stimmel. Painting the ceiling can be the simple update that really makes your bedroom pop. “We often think the ceiling must be white, but why?” asks Stimmel. You can use the “5th wall” to give your entire room more personality. Leaving the ceiling white can be a missed opportunity.
- Stripes: Instead of painting your walls a solid color, consider being a bit more elaborate. “Paint an accent wall opposite the bed with some bold 10-inch-tall horizontal stripes,” says Dennis. You can even use this accent wall to “bring in a new color,” adds Dennis. Introduce the color in one of your stripes and then replicate this color throughout the room using throw pillows and other accent pieces.
Decorative Molding Makes a Statement
Crown molding or decorative accent molding “by nature are small and inexpensive,” says Stimmel, yet they make a big difference. “A nice decorative cove molding can be easily added at the ceiling in a room if it does not currently have crown molding. If your room does have crown molding, you can add decorative molding in a box shape or following the room shape on the ceiling.” The monetary and time investment is minimal, but the impact is HUGE.
Wallpaper Works Wonders
If paint isn’t in your future, consider wallpaper.
“Wallpaper can be done easily if you know where to shop,” says Stimmel. “And if the budget is tight, why not wallpaper just one wall?” An accent wall could be just what your bedroom needs to give it a more designer look and feel. You’d be amazed at how much impact a little bit of wallpaper can really make.
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
“A mirror not only adds instant depth to a small bedroom, it also adds sparkle and light,” says Karryn Ramsey, Homes to Love. Perfect for smaller bedrooms or bedrooms with little natural light, mirrors both give the illusion of additional space, as well as reflect light and brighten the room. Not to mention a mirror is a super easy add. Just be sure to check the weight of the mirror to ensure you buy appropriate hooks.
Window Treatments Are a MUST
Great interior design is when aesthetic meets functionality. The right window treatments accomplish just that, adding visual appeal to the bedroom while also increasing your quality of sleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults ages 18+ need 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night, however most fall short. The primary culprit for this sleep deprivation is poor light control. Your body requires “near total darkness for optimum health,” writes author Jennifer Barrett in her article “Sleep Oasis.
Here are a few of our favorite window treatment options for a good night’s sleep:
- Room Dimming Savannah Shades: Next Day Blinds Room Dimming Savannah Shadings feature soft adjustable room dimming fabric vanes that appear to be floating between two sheer fabric panels. These window treatments will obscure light from entering room but will not provide complete darkness when in the closed position.
- Custom Shutters: Next Day Blinds Wood Shutters are custom built to the exact specifications of your window, ensuring a perfect fit and eliminating light gaps. “Custom shutters elevate the design of any room, as they look more like an architectural element than a window treatment,” says home designer Keith Summerour.
- Room Darkening Honeycomb Shades: Our Room Darkening Honeycomb Shades are lined with Mylar® to block nearly all exterior light. These window treatments are also incredibly energy efficient, providing maximum privacy.
- Room Darkening Roller Shades: Our Room Darkening Roller Shades are fused with white backing to block light and provide maximum privacy.
- Aluminum Blinds: Our Ultra Room Darkening Blinds provide style and privacy. Unlike traditional aluminum mini blinds, these window treatments feature hidden routing holes and increased slat overlap to block more light when the blinds are closed.
Blackout window treatments “can be very helpful for blocking evening light during the summer, streetlights, as well as morning rays (especially handy if you have an early riser),” says the National Sleep Foundation.