Do you know that the average person will spend 33 years of their lives in their bedrooms? That is basically a third of a persons life spent in one particular room of the home! Many times the bedroom is neglected because “people never go in there besides me”, or “the door is always closed, who is going to see it?” but what we do not realize is that this space should be a retreat; a place of calm that washes over you at the end of the day.
A lot of times we are uninspired by bedroom design because it can involve large ticket items like a new mattress, new headboard, new sheets, new pillows, the list goes on and on! The biggest things you need to focus on while re-imagining your bedroom design is the overall palette you are going for, and the function of the space.
The function of the space is so important, and if you have a well functioning space, the mornings will feel easier, your day will be off to a better start! In my bedroom there were three must haves 1) Seating! My husband always used to sit on the bed to put his shoes on for work, and that would lead to me smoothing out the bedding in the mornings after he left, and in the evenings when he got home. Adding bench seating at the base of the bed was essential for my sanity. 2) A full length mirror! There are no full length mirrors in the entire home, and I found myself standing on step stools in the bathroom to review my outfit. 3) A nice large dresser to accommodate a tv, as I am a person who needs to fall asleep with a tv on!
Go through items like these and figure out what you need most out of your space! Make your goal list very small and achievable, and do your room makeover in stages to accommodate your budget if need be! Often times just changing out the throw pillows on your bed will do wonders in the goal of creating your very own oasis. Changing the throw pillows allows you to direct the color palette in the direction you want it. Incorporating an existing color, or distracting from a color you do not like, but cant afford to change at the moment.
Another great way to transform your space is with new lighting! Lighting should be a statement, and a source of warmth for a space. Soft lighting in a bedroom is calming, and necessary for winding down and getting ready to relax, or sleep. Refinishing your furniture can also do wonders for your space on a dime! I refinished my nightstands and I can honestly say that just doing that alone really added the depth my room needed.
Be okay with creating something that belongs only to you! Do not design it for others, this is all for you (and if you share the space with a partner! Them too!). I hope you enjoyed the before and after renderings of my own bedroom, and that it inspires you to make the leap and create something for yourself!
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