One room that we pay the least attention to is the one we sleep in at night. Most people take time to clean kitchens, tidy-up around the dining and living rooms, and of course, keep bathrooms clean. In addition, these are the very spaces where the most updates and upgrades occur. Simple home improvements range from a new bathroom vanity is a great and simple change, new decor for the living room, and small, inexpensive kitchen updates are easy do-it-yourself projects.
When it comes to the bedroom, other than occasional organizing and cleaning, not much time or effort is spent here. Since these are private spaces, that makes a lot of sense, but it also means these tend to be the most out-of-date rooms.
Ways to Update Your Bedroom
If your bedroom is a bit boring, then it’s time for a makeover. Most of what you can do is inexpensive and won’t require master contracting skills. You just need to use a little bit of imagination and break out your sense of style. One thing to keep in mind, especially if you are going to be selling your home at some point, is to keep it simple and neutral.
“Painting can actually be the easiest way to instantly update any room. It can be relatively inexpensive, but if you are really looking to save money, try painting just one wall. Painting an accent wall is a great way to bring color and depth into a room, while creating a focal point at the same time!.” —Somewhat Simple
Though you might want to put your personal touch on your bedroom makeover, understand that the more you customize it to your liking and taste, the less appeal it will have to buyers. If you can’t resist, then do this with things that won’t be sold with the home, like furniture and wall art. If you need some ideas, try one or more of the following:
- Update your bedding. For some strange reason, bedding is one of those things we just don’t update often. Most people have at least two sets of bedding, but, these wear and become outdated. Get new bedding, go for something simple and neutral, and use pillows and accessories for color and accents.
- Put a bench at the foot of the bed. One great thing about benches is amount of variety in styles, sizes, materials, and colors. Bookend your bed for a convenient place to put on your shoes in the morning, or, for drape a fancy throw over it.
- Add some artwork and limit photos. A bedroom is a great place for artwork, but not so ideal for family photos. Pictures of you and your partner are just fine, however. Like the pillows and other bedding accessories, you can go bold with artwork, if you want.
- Refinish your dresser. Your dresser isn’t the most exciting thing in your bedroom, but its function is nothing short of spectacular. If you like the style but it looks dated, empty it out, and then sand it down, and give it a new coat of paint, varnish, or stain. Change out the pulls for good measure and it will have a whole new life! By the way, you can also do this with your chest of drawers and nightstand(s).
- Install new flooring. Most homes have carpet in the bedrooms because it feels soft and warm underfoot. However, you can continue the flooring that’s right outside the door, like hardwood.
- Add crown molding. Crown molding can really add an elegant element to a space. This is the only suggestion that will require a bit of handiness, so, be sure to measure at least twice and when you purchase it, buy some scrap lumber to test when cutting angles.
In addition to these you can also change window treatments. Pick-out something that fits into the theme and style, and, will keep the sunlight out during the earliest part of the day. If you need a bit more energy efficiency and to cut down on heat transfer, consider tinting the window panes.