How to Remodel Your Bedroom in 5 Steps

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Blue bedroomSpending a lot of time at home? You may be seeing all the things you could update and thinking about a home remodel – or at least redecorating. Although you spend most of your time in the bedroom sleeping, it’s still the last thing you see before you fall asleep, and the first thing you see when you wake up. Make it count! Create a place that relaxes and inspires, all without spending a fortune. Break up the project into 5 steps (you can pick and choose which ones are best for you). 

Decide on Your Budget

First, decide how much you want to spend by creating a budget spreadsheet. This can be hard if you’re not sure what you want to do, so to get your budget you’ll need to start with your goals. Do you want just a few new accent pieces, a total replacement of your furniture, or even some construction work? Think big to start with, and comparison shop to get an idea of pricing on major costs. Furniture and contractors are probably going to be the most expensive. Then add in costs for paint, décor items, tools you need to buy, and any labor. You can always reduce your plan if it looks like too much, but it will be frustrating if you finish the project and still want to change things.

To cut down on costs, figure out where you can compromise or find less expensive options. Can you get furniture from a thrift store? Do you have a crafty friend who might be able to make curtains? At the end, add in extra for unexpected expenses. This should give you an idea of what you want to spend so that you can stick to it as you go. A budget is only a guide, however, and you can change it whenever you need to – and it shouldn’t stop you from having fun!

Choose Your Theme

Money talk is over, and now the fun part! Decide on how you want your room to feel. Many places will tell you to pick a color or décor theme, but with the bedroom being the place where you go to relax and recharge, you should think about the feeling you want to get there. Does the seaside soothe you? Or do you prefer a quiet meadow? Maybe you like the idea of a cozy cabin. These can all help decide color scheme and decorating choice.

Colors mean different things to different people, so based on what relaxes you, you might have an idea of what colors work best for your bedroom. For example, if you like the ocean, then a color scheme with shades of blue, white and yellow is the way to go. Blues and greens have been shown to calm people, and yellow and orange shades create warmth. As for the worst colors, studies have said that it’s purple, followed by grey and brown (even though grey is popular). Any bright or energetic color may not be a good idea for this space, as those shades may energize you instead of helping you unwind.

To reduce costs, you can stop at color – just repainting a room can work wonders. If you want to keep going, you can reduce costs if you pick colors that go with what you already have. Complementary colors, or different shades, can build on each other. You can also try a few small accents instead of a major overhaul. Throw pillows and blankets are great for this. Other ideas: use your new colors in your hanging art (either the art or the frame), throw on an area rug, or add just a couple of small decorative items (like a vase).

Pick a Statement Piece

Now that you know your budget and your theme, you can anchor your new look by selecting one piece that will be the focus of the room. Usually that’s the bed, or more specifically the headboard. The bed is often the center of the room and where the eye goes anyway, so you may find that you’ll get an entirely different feel by changing just this one thing. Remember to keep it restful, though, and consider soft colors and comfortable upholstery. Other ideas might be an interesting wall hanging or unique chair. Even a rug can make a statement. If you’re doing a garden theme, for example, the rug could be a field of flowers.

Look at Your Lighting

Another way to give your space a makeover is just to look at the lighting. Try softer bulbs in warmer shades, not the blue-tinted ones. Blue light is bad for sleep, so this change alone could make a big difference. If your overhead light is harsh, bring in some floor or side lamps. You can even just change what you already have with new fixtures and lampshades to diffuse the light and add to your theme.

Start the Refresh

You have your theme and colors, your new pieces, and your lighting. Now clear out the room so you’re starting fresh. Before you put anything back or paint, make sure to clean. Dust accumulates everywhere, and you don’t want to paint on top of it. You may even want to hire someone to wash the carpet and drapes (which could reveal a new color underneath the dust). This is also a good time to fix little things like broken fixtures or paneling.

Once your space is cleaned up and ready, you can start the creation. Work on the paint first, as a new color can give the room a new flow. You may find you want to change how your furniture fits in. As you replace things, decide whether each item is staying, moving to storage for a different season, or going into the donation pile. This will give your new finds room to shine, and help clear out clutter that accumulates. A messy room can cause more stress, which leads to less sleep.

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