by Blake Herzog
When it comes to remodeling and updating homes, bedrooms often get passed over.
They’re tucked away in the back of the house, not usually seen by visitors and often not really noticed by the people who sleep there because they spend most of their sentient hours elsewhere.
It can also get pricey to replace beds, dressers and vanities, though the cost generally pales in comparison to a kitchen or bathroom remodel.
Yet making bedrooms as comfortable and pleasant as possible is important for promoting restful, restorative sleep.
It’s also a space you can truly make your own; you don’t have to take outside opinions into consideration. Here are some affordable ways to transform your sleeping quarters into a haven. q
Color it beautiful
Your room may already be coated in neutral, nonthreatening colors, but do you actually like them? If you find them too neutral, look for a paint scheme that engages you without overstimulating you as you drift off to sleep.
You can look anywhere for inspiration — your yard, closet, travels, childhood memories, ambitions or whatever else sparks your creativity. Consider an accent wall behind or in front of your bed.
If you’re renting you can refresh faded paint with a similar color for a cheerier appearance.
Get creative with wall art
This doesn’t mean you need to paint, draw or photograph something on your own, though it’s a fabulous idea if you have the time and inclination!
Other unconventional choices like rugs, quilts, plates and baskets may be found elsewhere in your home, or you can browse thrift stores, fabric shops and other local businesses for ideas.
If you find something that won’t be easy to frame you, can hang it on a tree branch or curtain rod. If you want to try a heavier object like an old bicycle, make sure you have the right mounting support.
Liven with linens
Sheets and comforters are another obvious source of color and comfort. Finding a new, compelling duvet over a decade-old quilt or blanket might be all it takes to revitalize your space and make it a place that draws you in.
Buying new sheets doesn’t have to be expensive, and it can make your bed much more inviting and soothing as you wind down from the energy and stress of the day.
Invest in personal statements
Sometimes it just takes one large piece to level your bedroom up to a refuge.
A statement lighting fixture can be suspended from the ceiling or positioned as a lamp in the corner to revamp its atmosphere. A roomier nightstand could be more accommodating to your evening and morning routines.
Even investing in a gorgeous wooden bed, either pre-owned or new, can save some money in the long run by being a focal point that doesn’t require much surrounding décor to make the room appealing.