- If you keep your bedroom's walls and furniture
neutral, it's easy to add bursts of color whenever and wherever you
wish. Pick one or two colors you love and then repeat the hues in
vibrant artwork, bold bedding, and colorful accents.
- Pattern, like color, exerts an emotional pull that can jumpstart a decorating style. Whether you gravitate toward crisp stripes, bold florals, or classic toile, pattern can be used to liven up a space.
Mix and Match Furnishings
- A perfectly matched bedroom--the dresser
goes with the bed and the corresponding nightstand, and bedding from
the same collection--can become stale if the look is too uniform. Wake
up a tired bedroom with an eclectic blend of fabrics and furnishings.
Add Architectural Detail
- Used in combination or alone, trim, molding, and wainscoting
offer nearly endless design options. Depending on the style of the
room, the effect may be casual or formal, rustic or defined, traditional
or contemporary. But in every case, millwork surface treatments can add
charm and texture to a room.
Paint the Ceiling
- Here's a quick and easy way to create a cozy feel in your bedroom: Paint the ceiling the same color as your walls. Without a visual break between ceiling and walls, the room feels smaller and more intimate.
- Touch is a huge part of creating
comfort. In a bedroom, texture becomes comfort you can feel. It's easy
to alter a bedroom's texture with a change of linens--use a furry throw
in winter and cotton throw in summer.
Switch Out Accent Pillows
- Accent pillows let you quickly alter the personality of a room and shift the balance of color. They're especially powerful used in a bedroom
because the bed is a natural focal point. Pillows can update a room
instantly by adding volume, pattern, texture, color, and personality.
Update the Headboard
- A dramatic headboard
can add instant impact. You'll find a wide variety of new headboards
available at all price points, but consider customizing your existing
headboard or using an unexpected salvaged piece for a low-cost option.
Update Window Treatments
- To set a mood, use draperies and classic swags for a formal look, curtains and shades for an informal look, and simple blinds for contemporary appeal. Consider lining--room-darkening or insulating--that suits the treatment and your needs.
Add Pattern to a Select Spot
- Try paneling a single wall or one section of a wall with a favorite wallpaper or stencil.
It's a sure-fire way to call attention to a seating area or to add
pattern without the expense of papering an entire room or taking the
time to stencil an entire room.
Try On Bold New Bed Linens
- Nothing looks and feels fresher than new bedding. If you love the idea of new bedding but are short on storage space for bulky comforters and quilts, consider a duvet, switching out the duvet cover every season.
Bring In the Right Amount of Light
- General overhead lighting is less important in bedrooms. Instead focus on bedside lamps and other sources of accent lighting to turn a bedroom into an inviting, comforting retreat. And the type of light is important, too--something as simple as replacing an old light bulb with a warm-spectrum fluorescent might provide just the freshness your bedroom needs.
Try a New Direction
- To give your bedroom a decorative lift without spending a dime, angle the bed from a corner. If your present headboard looks too bulky for this arrangement, replace it with a salvaged iron gate or a shorter upholstered panel.