Interior design can be a daunting process for most people – especially if you work full-time or stay busy with familial duties. However, a new look doesn’t necessarily require a total overhaul. When time is of the essence and you aren’t sure where to begin, you can make a big impact just by changing some key elements in your space. (And YES, you CAN do this over the weekend! Promise.)
1) Out with the old
First, identify what you don’t like about your bedroom’s current look. Is the overall feel too cluttered? Eliminate some unnecessary knickknacks that are taking up space. Tired of the outdated canopy over your bed? Give it to a friend or donate it to charity. Once you’ve removed anything that doesn’t bring you joy or fit with your lifestyle anymore, you can start to add in new elements that do.
2) Dress up your focal point
The bed is a good place to begin since it carries a big impact, and the rest of the room will be easier to style if you use the bed as a centerpiece to complement. If you want to change up the color of your bedspread but don’t want to purchase a new one, try a duvet cover (which is essentially a large “pillowcase” for your comforter with a closure at the bottom). It’s a great way to bring a different aesthetic to your room without committing to lots of expensive bedding. And the best part? If you want to change things up again, it’s as easy as removing the cover.
3) New pillows for a pop of color
Most duvet cover sets come with shams for your existing full-sized pillows, but you’ll probably want to place some smaller throw pillows on your bed to accent them. This is a perfect opportunity to play with color and texture if the rest of your décor is relatively plain. If you have a chair or loveseat in your room, try putting a matching throw pillow there too. It will not only tie the look together, but also add comfort to your seating area.
4) Set the mood
Next, focus on increasing the “coziness quotient” of your room. If you have hardwood or otherwise uncarpeted floors, a rug can add some warmth. If you place it next to the bed right where your feet hit in the morning, you’ll never have to deal with a jarring, cold floor again! Another element that can affect your space’s mood is lighting. You can buy a new lamp, or just switch out the lampshades and light bulbs of your existing lighting. An inexpensive way to add ambiance is to purchase some string lights and drape them around your headboard.
5) Get a handle on it
You may not have time to change out larger furniture like your chest of drawers and bedside tables, but there’s a quick way to make them over – new handles! Just visit your local home improvement warehouse and pick your favorite style. Trading out your rusty metal drawer handles for some beautiful glass knobs will make a noticeable difference you’ll love.
6) Gallery wall to the rescue
Now let’s take a look at the walls. You may not have time this weekend to repaint, but you can refresh the look by moving around any artwork you already have hanging up, adding a new painting, or putting up a simple floating shelf. Instead of just displaying photos of family and friends in free-standing picture frames, get creative and make a gallery wall arrangement! Choose a grid pattern or any shape/combination that accents your wall. Additionally, your space will feel larger and brighter in a matter of seconds if you hang up a mirror.
7) Storage with style
If you don’t have much closet space or like to store your belongings out in the open, adding some creative storage solutions will help keep things tidy. (Well, at least tidier – we’re all only human!) Uniformity is key, so pick a style you like and try to stick with it. For example, we love the look of matching baskets lined up on open shelves or a hutch.
8) Fun with feng shui
It’s amazing what a general change of scenery can do, so don’t be afraid to experiment with furniture placement. Try facing your bed in a different direction or moving your desk to a new corner of the room. If you don’t have a group of body builders at your disposal to execute your vision, a multi-pack of furniture pads and sliders that will make the job a lot easier.
9) Greenery for that finishing touch
Finally, a wonderful way to add life to your room is to do just that – add life! If you grab some fresh flowers the next time you’re at the grocery store, arrange them in decorative vases to place in various spots throughout your space (such as your bedside table, desk, dresser, or windowsill). If you prefer larger potted plants, these look nice in the corner to help frame and anchor the space.
When you’re ready for a bigger change, consider stopping by The Great American Home Store for inspiration. You just might find the perfect bed, table, dresser or accessory to complete your dream room!