Spring cleaning projects don’t have to be relegated to the public areas of your house; it’s a great time to tackle a bedroom makeover too—and there are easy ways to do it.
Spring is all about new beginnings, but it’s tough to feel refreshed and revitalized if your bedroom is looking particularly “blah.” Outdated wall colors, mismatched sheets, and/or stained throw pillows can all leave your bedroom feeling more like a poorly decorated doctor’s office than a relaxing escape.
If this sounds all too familiar, your bedroom might be in need of a spring makeover—just something to freshen up the space and make it feel welcoming again. There are plenty of ways you can redecorate your bedroom without spending a lot of money, and soon, your bedroom will be your favorite spot in the house.
Start with a Thorough Cleaning
This probably isn’t what you want to hear, but if you’re truly committed to refreshing your bedroom, the first thing you need to do is clean. It’s spring, after all!
As is standard with deep cleaning, you should start at the top of the room and work your way down. Dust off the ceiling fan, door frames, shelves, and wall decor, then strip your bed and put the linens through the wash—including blankets and pillows. While they’re in the cycle, you can even sprinkle some baking soda over your mattress to remove any lingering odors—just let it sit for an hour or so before vacuuming it up.
Other tasks on your bedroom cleaning to-do list? Take area rugs outside and beat the dirt out of them. Wash hardwood floors. Dust the baseboards (my least-favorite chore). And, if you’re feeling particularly ambitious, sort through your closet and donate clothes you no longer wear.
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Pick a Fresh Wall Color
Now that the chore aspect of your makeover is done, you can move onto the fun part: redecorating. One of the easiest and most effective ways to make a space look brand new is by painting the walls.
“A fresh coat of paint can truly freshen up the walls of your bedroom,” says Seattle-based interior designer Sherri Monte of Elegant Simplicity. “That said, think about how you want to feel in your bedroom. Typically, our clients want a place of rest and relaxation, so we’re often choosing colors that are lighter and brighten the space up. These also make the bedroom feel larger than it actually is.”
Even a small change like going from white to a warm ivory can make a huge difference in your bedroom, but if you’re ready for a big change, some of this year’s popular paint colors include grey-ish blues, warm beige, and light, muted rose hues.
Want something with a little more pizazz? There are so many temporary wallpapers out there, and they’re incredibly easy to put up and take down, so it’s a low-commitment change. Whether you vibe with metallic accents or tropical jungle prints, a temporary wall covering will help to infuse personality into your space.
Self-Adhesive Wallpaper in Tropical Jungle, $98 on Food52
One way to work around lack of a green thumb.
Another budget-friendly strategy for updating your bedroom is to rearrange the furnishings. Try putting your bed against a different wall—feng shui dictates that your bed should be facing the door, but not directly in line with it—then arrange your other furniture around it. Don’t be afraid to try out something radical, either. If you hate it, you can always move it back.
Rug placement can also make a big difference in the overall appearance of your room. In general, it’s best to place an area rug under the lower two-thirds of the bed, as this will give you a cushy place to land when you get up in the morning.
Clair Geometric Area Rug, $32.99+ at Wayfair
Available in a range of colors from pale gray to a multicolored mix.
Swap Out Accessories and Fixtures
The little details make a big difference in the overall look and feel of your room. Small changes like buying new sheets (linen ones are particularly luxurious), changing your duvet cover, or adding a few throw pillows can help to refresh your space.
“When it comes to styling a bed, simplicity is your friend,” says Monte. “Trust me, I love a lot of throw pillows, but for a change, skip the tower of decorative pillows. Instead, opt for comfortable bed pillows with one or two decorative pillows that splash a little of your personality this spring.”
Bobble Knit Pillow Covers, $27.30-$66.50 at West Elm
Add some cozy texture to your bedding.
Monte is also a proponent of upgrading light fixtures to make your room feel fresh and new: “Consider swapping out that old ceiling light fixture with something that feels a bit more stylish,” she recommends. “Do you have bedside table lamps? Even if they aren’t old, you could select something new and use the existing lamps in a guest bedroom.” Lighting is often expensive, but you can find affordable ceiling lights and bedside lamps if you take the time to shop around.
Flush Mount Ceiling Light Fixture, $42.99 on Amazon
A chic new ceiling light can do wonders.
Even by using one or two of these tactics, you can refresh your bedroom in a matter of days, transforming it into your own personal oasis of rest and relaxation.
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