Imaginative Interiors: Eight Quick and Cheap Tips to Redecorate your Bedroom
by Lou-Ann Jordan Dec 9, 2019
If we were to ask you which room in your home has the most significant impact on your daily state of mind, which would you say?
No, not your kitchen—though we do agree its significance is quite weighty. We want to propose that it’s your bedroom.
For most people, the bedroom is where they spend their first and last hours of each day. More importantly, they awake each morning in a space that is either a sanctuary or a minefield.
Why is this important? Because, generally speaking, our environment impacts our moods and stress levels. More so, it is likely for our surroundings to either create or reduce stress.
While we can’t always control every space we enter, we can certainly alter our living spaces. Moreover, what better place to start than our bedrooms!
In this issue of Imaginative Interiors, we’ll give you some quick tips on refreshing your bedroom décor. The best part is—you won’t have to break the bank.
Our expert interior designer, Chante Ferdinand of Chante Ariel Designs (CAD) shares eight DIY redesigning ideas for your bedroom.
1. The Real Purge: Declutter Your Space
Creating a haven isn’t just for aesthetic purposes, but it is conducive to having a restful nights’ slumber.
Also, it impacts the way we live our day-to-day lives. The effect of sleep is a significant contributor to our overall health and wellbeing; what we do in the first hour of waking up tends to set the pace for the rest of the day.
A harmonious space is beneficial to our early morning routines. It’s much easier to fall and stay asleep at night in a calm, decluttered and welcoming room than it is in one that is hazardous or chaotic.
Tips on decluttering: store it or donate it
Sort clothes into piles; any clothes that no longer fit or haven’t been worn in the past year can go. It will help to give you added space. You can either donate the clothing to charity if they’re in good condition. However, discard if they’re in a poor or tattered condition.
2. Switch it up: Reposition bed or rearrange large furniture pieces
Changing the position of the furniture is the easiest way to create a new look and feel of your bedroom without spending any money. To have the greatest impact move the largest piece of furniture in the room—the bed.
Of course, repositioning your bed may not always be possible. Some rooms may not allow much flexibility in terms of rearranging. However, if your room allows you this privilege consider a method of placement that is aesthetically beneficial. Also, keep in mind that you should go for an arrangement that enables good circulation and the organic flow of air and positive energy.
Tips on repositioning furniture
Since we spend 30% of our time sleeping, the bedroom is closely connected with our “chi” or personal energy. It is also believed that since the bedroom is linked to marriage and romance, enhancing the Feng Shui in the bedroom will also encourage stronger and healthier relationships.
The bed is usually the biggest piece of furniture. Taking advantage of Feng Shui positioning will help you encourage the best flow throughout the space.
An example of good Feng Shui bedroom layout is not necessarily where the bed is the centre of the facing wall. It largely depends on the positioning of the windows and doors.
Good Feng Shui layout can be achieved if the bed:
– Is diagonal from the door.
– Isn’t directly under a window.
– Has a solid wall behind it.
– Has space on both sides of the bed.
Another excellent option for a Feng Shui layout is where the door is to the sidewall, but still, a considerable distance from the bed. With this option, the bed has a solid wall behind it and good grounding energy on either side.
Feng Shui don’ts
– Do not use screens in the bedroom. Electronic devices emit blue light and radiation that can keep you up at night, and in general, tend to obstruct energy flow.
– Do not align the bed with the door.
– Do not have a mirror face the bed.
– Do not place the bed near a bathroom door.
3. Bedding: Use new sheets and add throw pillows
As simple as it sounds, new bedding can prove to be very effective. Not only do new sheets instantly enhance the look of your bedroom, but it’s also the most important fabric with which you will come into contact. Bedding adds comfort, pattern and texture as well as compliments your walls and décor. They also introduce new colour into your space.
Tips on bedding
Throw pillows are an easy and affordable option of adding a quick refresh to your bedroom. Use pillows to compliment your new bed sheets. You can mix it up with some fun prints or expressive script. Another option is to include pillows of varying shapes and widths. Include a warm knit throw to add an extra welcoming feeling of cosiness.
4. Well Lit: Add or create a fun new light source
Change up your lighting scheme. Overhead lights are optimal for a bedroom, but if it’s your only light source. You have lots of avenues to explore to give your room a different ambience with various layers of lighting.
A table lamp or wall-mounted lights on either side of your bed offers symmetrical balance. There are also desk lamps for task lighting. You can also employ floor lamps in an optimal location, or drape string lights to create an ethereal focal point.
Additionally, candles are great for moody, romantic lighting. Scented candles are always an excellent idea for some added aromatherapy. However, candles should always be used in clear, safe areas away from open windows, children, pets and fabrics or other flammable materials and products. Err on the side of caution—opt safer LED flickering candles for realistic, affordable, easy and hazard-free lighting.
5. All about the green: Bring in plants
Houseplants provide numerous health benefits. They create a feeling of calm space and aid in removing harmful toxins from the air. Even a small amount of green life in your room adds to the overall aesthetic. If you don’t have a green thumb, there are hardy plants that require minimal care and maintenance and can thrive in low-light conditions.
6. The perfect rug placement
Rugs are an integral and multifunctional piece of décor. They give structure, define an area and soften footfall. Rugs also add warmth and texture in and around a room. Prices of rugs vary depending on the material, size, shape and pile height. A small rug on either side or under your bed may be a complete game-changer in your space. It adds pattern, colour and visual interest.
See the guide below on optimum rug placement for your bed size.
7. Floored: Create floor seating and a reading nook
Create a fun and dynamic reading area by utilising available floor space. You can use a rug along with fun patterned pouffes, blankets, pillows, ottomans and even a coffee table for usable surface height.
Also, you can style the area with plants, books and candles, or any of your favourite décor items for a super easy flexible use of space.
8. Up Above: Hang focal art and décor above the bed
Hanging art above the bed can create an impressive statement in an area that may otherwise be an empty, unused, negative space. It is an excellent way to express yourself. Create an attractive focal point above the bed and enhance the overall look and feel of your room.
Tips on Hanging Décor
The possibilities are endless. You can opt to go with shelves, multiple small frames, wall mounted large identical frames, art pieces, mirrors, metal sculptures or clocks. You can also place fun objects like sunbursts or mini spikes in staggered sequence on the wall.
When hanging objects, the bottom of the piece should be eight to 10 inches above the headboard. The main reason for this is that the art should be visually connected to the bed; not far apart seeming to float high above. If choosing smaller pieces, try adding wall mounted lights or sconces to balance the otherwise empty space.
Once again, Chante has provided imaginative, yet easy ideas to recreate your space. These eight tips will quickly help your bedroom become a space you enjoy—possibly a little too much.
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