Sleep eight hours a night, and you’ll spend 2,920 hours a year (more than 121 days) in your master bedroom. Because you spend so much time in that room, it should be nothing short of a place that promotes rest so you can spend the rest of your time being productive and happy.
Follow these five low-budget tips to transform your room into the relaxing haven that it needs to be.
Clean it Out
Piles of dirty laundry, boxes of expense receipts and stack of kids’ toys that need fixing taunt you to work, not rest. To truly relax, you need to clean out your bedroom. Toss the laundry in a closed basket, move your home office into another room and trade out the toys for new ones.
Then, dust every inch of the furniture, vacuum every carpet fiber, wipe off the baseboards and thoroughly wash the windows and walls as you remove dirt, dust, and allergens that inhibit you from feeling at ease.
Rearrange the Furniture
It’s the giant elephant in your bedroom that no one wants to budge, according to designer Lucy Penfield. So, move the bed into position first, and then rearrange the furniture and wall hangings accordingly.
Where you place the bed is your choice. You could arrange the headboard against the wall opposite the bedroom’s door or place it facing the TV or window, but don’t place the bed at a diagonal position that takes up valuable space. If you need to spruce up any of this furniture now is the time to do it while it’s all out of position.
Shop online for high-quality Macy’s mattresses or take furniture markers to fill in nicks on your furniture.
With a chair or two in your bedroom, you are able to relax with a book, energize over a simple breakfast or hang out and watch a family movie together.
Depending on your space, set a chair, ottoman and lamp in the corner, a bench and decorative support pillows under the window or two chairs and a table against a wall. Additionally, match the chair upholstery to your bedspread, curtains or wall color to create a complementary ensemble and increase your room’s beauty.
Repaint the Room
You won’t want to spend time relaxing in your bedroom if you can’t stand the putrid wall color or dozens of scuff marks. A fresh coat of paint enhances your mood and creates the atmosphere you want.
Red and purple are said to enhance intimacy, green creates tranquility and calmness while yellow and orange increase energy.
If you don’t want to spend $40 or more for paint, change the color of the entrance and closet doors, the wall behind your bed’s headboard or the molding. Or add the romance and tranquility you want in your room when you use colorful accessories like pillows, curtains, comforters or area rugs.
Like a great piece of art, your bedroom needs white space to allow your eyes to rest. Bare walls shouldn’t be part of that white space, though.
Find a balance between empty and cluttered walls when you hang great artwork that also makes you feel good. Find affordable art on Etsy or Ebay and at the end of the year art school exhibits.
You could also hang a decorative mirror, framed photos, calligraphy quotes or sconces filled with candles or fresh flowers.