Refresh your bedroom this summer
One of the problems with a busy household is that there is always a backlog of things to do, particularly when it comes to the décor. The living room needs a makeover, the kids have grown out of the Thomas the Tank Engine wallpaper in the bedroom, the downstairs bathroom looks a state…. You know how it is, and you really can’t fit everything in.
The room that gets pushed to the back of the queue more than anything else? That would be your one. It is your sanctuary from the madness of day to day life, but it probably gets less attention than any other room.
Giving your bedroom a refresh does not need to cost the earth or take a week. Here are four quick and inexpensive ideas.
1) Bed linen and soft furnishings
Let’s be honest, you spend most of the time that you are in there tucked under the duvet, so why not invest in a couple of fresh duvet cover sets. They have a bigger impact on the overall feel of the room than you would imagine, from light, pastel shades to give a summery feel to darker, richer colours for a cosy night when the days start getting shorter.
2) Let there be light
The right lighting is essential to set the mood. What do you have at the moment? A main light in the centre of the room and a couple of bedside lamps are all well and good, but there is so much more that you can do. Recessed LED lighting is all the rage, and although it will necessitate a visit from your friendly electrician, they do not cost much or take long to install. And once in, the energy efficiency will start to pay for itself. Be imaginative – for example, floor level spots in the skirting board provide a fantastic effect.
Take an objective look around the bedroom. What is in there that you don’t actually need? You can’t relax in a room that is jam packed with junk that you don’t touch from one week to the next, so try to adopt a minimalistic approach. You’ll be surprised at the difference it makes.
4) Add some colour
If your bedroom is a beige shade of magnolia, you probably think it is beyond help till you can get around to a full redecorate. Not necessarily. Those much-maligned neutral tones can actually work in your favour, if you know how. Choose a couple of bright colours and add these with artwork and soft furnishings – the neutral base will help them to stand out all the more.