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Five easy steps to revamping your bedroom

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Considering that the bedroom is the place we spend a third of our lives (albeit asleep), it is surprising that many people do not consider this room a priority when it comes to redecorating.

But worry not! If your bedroom is looking a little neglected, our five easy steps to revamp your bedroom will help you achieve the beautiful boudoir of your dreams.

1. Strip to the bare essentials

Before you begin a complete overhaul of your bedroom, you will need to decide what pieces of furniture are absolutely necessary and what items are only cluttering the space.

The obvious place to begin is with your bed. This should be an inviting centrepiece which you can't wait to climb into at the end of the day.

It is essential that such an important piece of furniture is seen as an investment, and to make absolutely certain you select the right one for you, try researching the bed first.

For example, by looking at a site such as Bedstar, you will discover an assortment of styles and materials of bed frames, as well as a catalogue of different mattresses from which to choose. It may transpire that you merely need to replace the bed frame and not the mattress, or vice versa, and therefore research is imperative.

2. Decide on a colour scheme

A fresh lick of paint can do wonders to a bedroom, and even if you choose to keep to the same colours as before, the fresh décor could be all that is needed to give the room a lift.

Keeping with neutral tones on the walls and carpets allows you to add accents of colour whenever you wish, and is an inexpensive way of revamping your room on a regular basis. Cushions and throws are perfect accessories in the bedroom and can be purchased in matching colours to give a sense of continuity throughout the space.

You may want to change the colour scheme with the season, adding yellow and orange shades in spring and cooler hues of blues and white in summer. During the autumn and winter months, get festive with tartan patterns in burnt orange and brown.

3. Lighten up

Lighting is often overlooked when it comes to decorating, but statement pieces can completely transform your bedroom. Over-sized floor lamps are perfect for a dramatic effect and if you have always wanted to experience the thrill of being in the spotlight, why not go the whole hog and buy a reproduction movie theatre lamp and unleash the starlet you have always wanted to be?

If you like this theme but only want a hint of it in the bedroom, purchase an illuminated Hollywood style make-up mirror, and wake up each morning feeling like a star!

4. Swap 'til you drop

Sometimes, what you're looking for is right there under your very nose - or in another room, in this case.

Before you head off to the shops to buy yet another set of drawers or cupboards, take a look in the other rooms of your home and decide whether something that was once in the living room wouldn't actually be better in the bedroom. That lone armchair in the lounge may actually be the perfect addition to your newly decorated bedroom, and those picture frames in the hall could be the perfect match for your just-purchased wallpaper. Don't be afraid to swap things about to see if they are better suited elsewhere in the home.

5. Mirror mirror on the wall...

...It appears my bedroom is rather small. If the size of your bedroom is becoming an issue, there are a few practical things you can do to make the most of the room and to create the illusion of space.

Use large wall mirrors wherever practical to give the sense of expanding space in the room. For extra actual space, you will need to declutter, and arrange things in a more space-saving way.

Use suspended lighting instead of floor lamps and store books on shelves rather than book cases. If space is really tight, consider clothing rails rather than wardrobes, and look for beds with drawers underneath for the ultimate storage solution.

Written by the HID Team
Photo credit: Erika Wittlieb
Published 29 February 2016




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