7 ways to transform your bedroom

7 ways to transform your bedroom

Ad. Redesigning bedrooms are one of my favourite spaces to transform and update to make them work for you and ultimately provide a restful sanctuary that you can escape to in your home.

We’ve recently fully refurbished our loft conversion that involved a complete re-design of the existing bedroom and bathroom to provide a hint of luxury and a place of escapism from the kids toys that constantly clutter the kitchen floor.

I’m currently at the start of revamping the kids room that will be a completely different style to our loft bedroom. After all it is a kids room, so it will ooze colour and fun, but still retain the quality that we have created around the rest of our home including a few little details for consistency, for example brass light switches and sockets, and a similar tile pattern to our hallway. All the little details are really important to me and are a great way to link the rooms together where the room decor scheme is completely different.

If you’re planning to redecorate or completely redesign a bedroom in your home, take a read of my tips that may help you during the planning and design process.

Re-decorate the space

One of the easiest and cheapest ways to update your bedroom is to re-decorate it. A new paint colour or colour block on the walls can make a huge difference. Plus it’s also cheap to do with the paint being the main cost. If you’re doing it yourself, it’s just your time to prep the walls ready for painting and painting them.

To get you started choosing a paint colour, first of all consider what colour you would like the room to be and buy a few sample pots. I’d always recommend painting the sample paint onto a sheet of A4 paper and seeing how the paint colour looks around the room, in different lights and at different times of the day, plus against your bedroom furniture if you’re keeping it.

Play around with colour in your bedroom and use paint samples to see what works best in the room.
Image credit – Ideal Home/Habitat

Update your wardrobes

Alongside the bed the wardrobe is a huge feature and item in your bedroom, so it needs to be right. There are a few options you can choose from – either freestanding or built in wardrobes. Freestanding wardrobes are great for flexibility and if you wish to take them onto your next home. I find that built-in wardrobes provide the most versatile space and can be customised to fit the space and the design of your room exactly.

If you’re tight on space and wish to avoid doors opening outwards into the room you could consider a Sliding Wardrobe that will work best in a small dressing room or dressing area avoiding open doors restricting your movement around the room. They are also a good way to hide what’s behind them and can appear as a wall in itself.

A sliding wardrobe is a brilliant way to maximise the space in your bedroom.
Image credit – Chloe Dominik

Layer with different textures

Your bedroom should be a room that you can relax and feel comfortable in. An easy way to make it feel relaxing is to layer it with texture. Think cosy and oversized cushions that can be teamed up with smaller cushions in a wool or a velvet fabric, chunky knit throws that can be thrown over the duvet in the cooler months, and rugs on the floor that can sit just under the bed frame to give that feeling of space.

As well as layering the room with texture it’s a good way to add pattern and colour to your room that you can easily update in the future.

Image – Claire Moran Designs

Fill up the negative space

Negative space is an area between two pieces of furniture, or an alcove, or a space next to a window. It’s often an area that you may struggle to know what to do with. These are in fact great spaces that you can use to accessorise the room or decorate the room further. If you have a negative space in your bedroom you could fill it with a tall freestanding mirror or a huge indoor plant, or purchase an occasional chair or ottoman for storage. There are plenty of ways that you can make the most of these spaces that will add to your overall room scheme.

A negative space could be filled with an occasional chair and large pieces of artwork.
Image – Claire Moran Designs

Use your bedding as decor

With the bed often being the focal point in your bedroom your bedding should compliment your decor scheme. You could either choose a contrasting colour or a similar colour to the walls. As well as this bedding can also adds heaps of pattern too. If your home decor style features geometric prints, you could choose a geometric print duvet set to compliment that. Or you could choose white or colourful bedding that can then easily be accessorised with cushions and throws, with a matching bedsheet underneath to compliment the entire look of the bed so there are no surprises when you pull back the duvet. For example white or colourful Oxford Homeware bedsheets can be purchased that match the scheme of the room.

Add layered lighting to the room

We all want a cosy and relaxing bedroom and lighting for me is a really vital way to do this. One thing I advise my clients to do is to layer their lighting. Instead of just having one main ceiling light, add wall lights, floor lamps and bedside lighting that you can easily adjust to suit the mood of the room and how you’re using it. Another top tip of mine is to avoid using white-white bulbs instead choose a warm white bulb to create that softer glow.

Consider how you use the space

Last but not least before you start planning and designing the space it’s worth spending time really thinking about how you are going to use the room. With the rise of working from home do you need a little desk area in the room or will you use the space for exercise or yoga. If you do, then work this into your plans and your room scheme.

You could have a beautiful stylish desk or dressing table that’s large enough for your laptop, or it could be custom made to fully match the scheme of the room. For exercise make sure you leave enough floor space for this. If you’re choosing a rug to go in the room select one that you can easily move to one side for your yoga mat.

Add a desk or dressing table to the corner of the room or even hide it in the sliding wardrobe.
Image Credit – Ideal Home/Future PLC/Dan Duchars

So those are just seven of my bedroom design tips to help you and I hope you found them useful.

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