Are you dreaming of a beautiful bedroom or a bath that feels like a relaxing spa retreat? The great thing about decorating beds and baths is that it doesn’t take much to get a totally new look. Simple upgrades like new linens, window treatments, and decor are all you need for a complete room refresh.
Clear Away the Clutter
Before getting anything new, start by clearing some things away. If you have clothes lying around, crowded surfaces, and furniture that takes up too much space, these things stand in the way of making your home look the way you want. Clutter also causes stress, which is not the restful feeling you should get from your bedroom and bathroom.
Start decluttering by sorting clothing. The general rule is to part with anything you haven’t worn in a year. Better Homes & Gardens suggests applying this same rule to paring down jewelry. Take a careful look at everything else, too — furniture, nicknacks, books — and remove anything that doesn’t fit your style anymore. Doing this helps clear surfaces and leaves a cleaner look.
Another good idea for decluttering bedrooms is to remove anything that doesn’t belong there. After going through this process of sorting, you may still end up with things you don’t want to part with. The best way to make sure these items stay safe while removing them from your home is to keep them in storage. Thankfully, there are some affordable options available to you. If you live on Staten Island, your best bet for a cheap 10-by-10 unit is at Fairfield Self Storage – 226 Passaic Avenue, where you’ll pay $87 per month.
Create Style That’s Functional
After clearing out the clutter, the last thing you want is to create more. Decorating is the perfect way to prevent clutter from coming back because you can add stylish storage solutions for those little things that pile up in bedrooms and bathrooms. If you like farmhouse style, go for rustic wooden shelves and wire baskets (some can be purchased for under $10), or if you’re more eclectic, you can stack crates painted in bright colors. Whatever your style is, make storage solutions part of your new decor so that everything has a place. Storage makes it easier to keep your beautiful new space clean and tidy, but you may also want to hire a professional to clean your home on a regular basis so it stays cleaner long term.
Many people are afraid to add bold elements when decorating beds and baths. Lighter colors and neutrals are typically associated with a feeling of calm, but that doesn’t mean these rooms have to be boring. If you want to stick with a neutral palette, getting new bedding or towels in a floral print or patterns can transform the look of your whole space without being overpowering. Another way to add dimension to your space is to use art or photos for a burst of color.
Color isn’t the only way to make a major impact, though. Along with necessities like linens, dress up your room with decor that is simple but bold, such as adding mirrors. Mirrors are especially great in smaller spaces because they reflect light and make a room feel bigger. A bedroom mirror is not as expensive as you might think; some are available for less than $50.
Make It Personal
Even if you’re hesitant to try new looks in the rest of your home, your bed and bathroom are spaces where you shouldn’t hold back on getting the look (and feel) you really want. For example, instead of a run-of-the-mill bath mat, Apartment Therapy recommends a cushy area rug for added style and comfort. Another way to brighten up a dull bathroom is to ditch standard blinds and instead go with unique window treatments like Roman shades or plantation shutters. Trying something different with these small swaps is a great way to create a truly new space that really feels like you.
If there is any room in your home that should really reflect your style, it’s the space where you want to unwind at the end of the day. Don’t be afraid to go for the style that will give you the haven of your dreams. Doing this with simple things like linens and decor is a small investment for a major result.
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