Planning a Bedroom Makeover
I swear throughout the years my most made-over room has been the bedroom, it’s one we spend so much time in and I always want mine to grow with me, and reflect my feelings and tastes at the time. Maybe it also stems from the fact my parents let me get WAY too involved with redesigning my childhood bedroom too… Either way, it’s an important one to get right as it’s a space we spend so much time in and the wrong balance can have a huge impact on our mood, mindset and even sleeping habits. When we moved I put a lot of my focus in to getting our bedroom just right, and it’s my favourite room in the house! I’ve already posted a few pictures here, but today I wanted to show a couple more recent snaps, plus I’ve also popped our official Bedroom Tour video in to this post too!
If you’re thinking of having a little bedroom makeover, I’ve listed a few key tips on redecorating your bedroom that could make all the difference…
This is a very straight forward one, I mean, lots of you probably viewed this post from Pinterest. BUT I have a particular method I like to use which can often be helpful, and avoid feeling totally overwhelmed by ideas. I start by making a board specifically for that room makeover and pin EVERYTHING I like to it. Images from Pinterest, links from interiors shops, everything. Once I feel like I’ve pinned enough/maybe too much. I take a look at the board and make notes of key themes, colours, textures, brands, specific items that repeatedly pop up etc. Once I’ve done this I take out everything that doesn’t fit in. Maybe you’ve got mostly mid century furniture but then a couple of images showing white glossy modern sideboards that stand out and don’t fit. What you should be left with is a curated selection of images that fit together really well and you can get get an idea of the space you’re looking to create. Whether it’s dark walls with mid century furnishings or a light and airy feel with a boho vibe, this method should help you work out what it is you really want.
YOUR COLOUR PALETTE
Whilst putting a room together it’s so easy to go all out with various different shades. But I’ve found starting out with just a few key colours always works best, as you naturally add a little more as time goes on. In the past I’ve ended up with an overload of colours as a result of not thinking things through enough. But it’s important to make sure your colour palette applies down to the details. For example, our old living space had nothing black in it, but when buying shelves we stupidly picked black even though it wasn’t part of our colour palette. We hadn’t applied that rule right down to the details, and guess what? It didn’t work. If you’re in a rented space it’s also a good idea to account for the colour of your permanent fixtures, even if you’ve bought somewhere and aren’t ready to replace certain aspects yet – take that colour in to account! We went for more nude tones over pinks in our bedroom as the carpet is a tan/beige tone.
It’s important to know your budget early in the planning stage, as this shizz gets expensive. Once you’ve completed your mood boards you’ll have a good idea as to what you mind need, but also what’s already working out for you. We shopped around different sites to get the most affordable version of what we wanted and did sacrifice a few extra details here and there in the interest of not going bankrupt. My advice would be to add new items one by one, and to not get ahead of yourself and order everything all at once. It’s good to add things slowly and get an idea of how it’s working in the space and whether you NEED that ottoman or extra mirror.
This is such an important one when it comes to revamping a bedroom, and one me and my other half have argued over on occasion – especially when it comes to how we choose to block out/let in light. I LOVE airy sheer curtains, they’re about the only kind of curtain I consider “chic”, other than that I hate them. Boyfriend prefers thick, temperature regulating ones that block out every ray of light EVER. However, shutters are something we’ve both come to agree on. They insulate a room, block out light and also let in light whilst still shielding you from Bob and Vera across the street, because let’s faee it, when you’ve just rolled out the shower the last thing you want is to stroll in to the room and have them spot you from the house opposite. Our shutters were already installed when we moved in, but I have a feeling they’re from Next!
When it comes to artificial lighting, a little bedside lamp or two is my favourite way to light a room. In fact I can’t have the ceiling lights on now because it just feels WRONG. I have two little lamps in each room from Heal’s, but Oliver Bonas and a few other retailers also have similar items. They give a warm soft glow, whilst also being nice and bright. It makes the room feel super cosy and that’s exactly the vibe I wanted. I recommend visiting a few stores that have lights on display and seeing how they glow before you make your mind up completely.
This ones key regardless of whether you’re going for organised clutter or minimal clean surfaces. It’s important to make sure your new space is one you can grow in to. Go for the extra storage, whether it’s the next wardrobe size up (if it fits obvs) or the under bed storage, or that jute basket to pop in the corner. Storage is key and though everything might fit now it might not in a year, and it’s important to avoid upgrading furniture so soon if it’s unnecessary. It also gives you the potential to have a clean and tidy space, which is key for a bedroom. Tidy space, tidy mind and all that, but I swear it helps you get a better nights sleep.
SHOP THE BEDROOM