Want to spice up your bedroom, but don't know where to begin? Do you envision a romantic retreat, but your reality is a bedroom that's a chaotic mass of confusion? Follow these five tips and in less than a weekend, you will create a delightful, yet inexpensive, haven that can put the sizzle back into your life.
Tip #1: Color. If your bedroom is blah or conversely has riotous color, consider painting it a soothing blue, green, light grey, or my personal favorite, a cozy hot chocolate. The color will set the tone of your room. If you adore hot colors, use these colors on accessories instead of the walls. Your bedroom should be a calming oasis in the chaos that is your life. Cost: Under $50. Time: Half a day.
Tip #2: Focal Point. Your bed should be the focal point of your bedroom. If you have a big entertainment center, you will need to put more emphasis on your bed. If you do not have a large headboard, you can create the illusion of one by hanging a large piece of art or rug behind the bed. You can also make a large but inexpensive headboard by padding and then stapling fabric to a piece of plywood. Alternately, you can paint the wall a contrasting color than the rest of the room. Stack pillows instead of the standard two. Add layers of bedding to give yourself luxury. Don't depend on thread counts for quality, see how the sheets actually feel to the touch. Consider putting a thin blanket between the sheets for an easy upscale feel. Cost: Can be under $100. Time: Half a day.
Tip #3: Stress Free Adult Zone. The master bedroom is not the place for photos of anyone in your life that causes you stress, even if its family. Move these photos to other rooms in the house. It is time to remove the clutter so that you don't feel overwhelmed when you enter the room. Either put away, donate, sell or discard anything that clutters up your room. Today is also the day to stop paying bills in your bedroom. Move it to the dining table if you don't have a desk. Bottom line, remove all sources of stress from your master bedroom. Cost: Free Time: A couple of hours.
Tip #4: Add Romantic Lighting. Here's a quick way to soften your room instantly: Change some of the light bulbs in your bedroom to a lower wattage or colored bulbs. A pink bulb will make you look radiant. Cost: Under $20. Time: Five minutes.
Tip #5: Add Ambiance: Don't stop at just the lighting. Appeal to all of the senses. Cost: Under $100, Time: Five minutes.
- Touch: Soft, sensuous bedding
- Smell: Display and use fragrant candles and potpourri
- Sound: Consider a mini table fountain and soft background music
- Taste: Put out a small tray of decadent wrapped dark chocolate
If you take a weekend to do these five tips, your new master bedroom will also delight the fifth sense, sight, as you finally create the romantic and relaxing haven you deserve.
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