On average, we spend more than a third of our life in our bedrooms. And yet it’s often the most neglected space in our home, the opposite of what we need it to be: a calm, restful space to unwind in.
Giving your bedroom a much-needed facelift doesn’t have to break the bank; here’s a guide to giving your bedroom a stylish update on a small budget.
Invest in Art
The price of a painting does not necessarily reflect its quality. Beautiful pieces of art can be bought for the fraction of the price of a piece you certainly would not want in your bedroom (Tracey Emin’s My Bed sold for more than £2 million!)
Degree Art sells pieces by young up-and-coming artists for as little as £35. There is a great range of paintings available, from landscapes and portraits to more abstract pieces, so whatever your personal taste, you’ll be able to find something you’ll really appreciate. Plus, if you’ve got a keen eye (or a lucky streak) you may invest in a piece that may be worth millions in the future!
A lick of paint can completely revitalise a bedroom, giving it a new lease of life. But unfortunately it can be a nightmare trying to judge how much paint it needed for a bedroom. Use the B&Q paint calculator to help you judge how much you’ll actually need for a job. This will help you avoid having a tub and a half of Sexy Pink Matt Emulsion left over with nowhere to roller it.
Stay Classy in Bed
A beautifully designed bed need not be super expensive, and a good-quality bed is an investment which could stay with you for decades. FADS have a great range to choose from.
There’s no point having a smart bed if your bedding is below par. Look out for Egyptian cotton duvet covers and bed sheets to help complete the look, while a few throw pillows will add a little extra colour and focus. Try TK Maxx for discounted, high-quality bedding.
Clear Away the Clutter
One of the most effective methods for updating your bedroom is completely free! Be ruthless in clearing away the clutter, getting rid of clothing you probably won’t ever wear again and items you don’t really need.
Even if your other half fights you tooth and nail, try and get rid of the bedroom television. A bedroom with a giant plasma screen atop a dresser tends to look more like a single man’s play den than a sophisticated adult’s bedroom. Plus its removal can help promote a welcomed return of the art of conversation.
Take Advantage of Freebies and Cheapies
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Websites such as Freecycle are jam-packed with loads of treasures just waiting to be loved once again. Beautiful, classic furnishings such as old dressing tables and lamps can be found in abundance on these sites and in charity shops. For nothing, or next-to-nothing, you can find great pieces which will give your bedroom a stylish update.