Before I kick off this post today, it’s back to school day. Say bye bye to getting up at 8.30am and staying in PJs until lunchtime! The school routine is on!! And you know, if you have kids, how THAT feels like. There’s an internal battle going on. Should I be happy or cry? Do you go through that as well? The best way to cure it, I find, is being occupied. Have something to do. Maybe updating your bedroom is the key. Which leads me nicely to today’s post. Last week I started my Makeover your bedroom within a day series and so if your bedroom is little bit tired, uninspiring and dull, and you don’t want the hustle of any building or redecorating work, this is for you.
But before we can start the makeover we need some basic things in place. Like quality furniture. There’s nothing better than having functional, practical furniture that lasts. I always say that one shouldn’t underestimate the quality of materials. It’s much better to invest in key furniture pieces that withstand everyday use without falling apart after few years.
Your bed, mattress and wardrobe are such pieces.
Let’s start with the basic furniture. They are not completely compulsory and you probably won’t be able to fit all of them in your room but I listed them anyway to give you some ideas /options. Of course, sizes will depend on space available in your room so be your own judge.
1 x BED WITH HEADBOARD
Ideally you want to have a bed with headboard because its material, whatever it is – wood, leather, fabric is already helping you with introducing texture, colour and pattern into your room. If you have a bed with no headboard, don’t worry. There are lots of options available to you. You can buy one or have one made especially for you and mounted on the wall behind your bed. Or you can use oversized art or framed wallpaper as an alternative.
2 x SIDE TABLES/CABINETS / CHEST OF DRAWERS
Be your own judge and decide what type of storage you prefer and fit well next to your bed. In my projects, I prefer to work in pairs. If space is an issue, use one size for side table/storage and the other side for a floor lamp, wall light or plant. The key here is to try to make the space around your bed more symmetric and so work in similar level.
Every bedroom should have a decent wardrobe. Full stop. Having enough storage is key in keeping clutter under control and things organised.
With the basics sorted, let’s dive in in possibly the biggest and simplest game changer which you can do instantly. YOUR BED.
This might be a surprise to you but one of the biggest game changers in bedrooms which give you that “wow factor” is as basic as dressing your bed. To me messy bed means messy bedroom. It’s your second largest area of the whole space – after walls and floors – so it’s absolutely vital that you keep it clean and tidy. Personally, I like using bedspread and covers…for 2 reasons: 1. if you have patterned bedding, it calms the pattern down, and 2. it protects your bedding from getting dirty (if you have pets and kids).
DRESS YOUR BED
To dress your bed to impress, you’ll need:
2 x BASIC BED LINEN SET
Treat your bed linen as the canvas upon which you’ll be “painting” your bed theme. I suggest using plain neutral colours so you have the flexibility of altering your layers – colours, textures and patterns. If you prefer bolder designs, go for it! Your colour palette may be little bit more restricted but it will be easier for you to pick your overall room colour scheme. Use the pattern as your guide.
2 x BEDSPREAD
As already mentioned, bedspread is one of the most important ingredients. You can just buy one but I like to buy a pair so when one is in the wash, the other one is in use.
2 x BLANKET OR THROW
Same applies for blankets or throws which I place at the end of the bed. It can be plain and textured (such as wool – cashmere, mohair, lamb, chenille etc), or bold and patterned (e.g. chevrons, Scottish tartan).
2 x DECORATIVE PATTERNED CUSHIONS 50 x 50cm
I use decorative patterned cushions to inject new colours and interest into the space. The bigger, the better.
2 x DECORATIVE PLAIN TEXTURED CUSHIONS 45 x 45cm
Plain and textured cushions should complement other elements in your bedroom such as piece of art, rug, vase or lighting.
With these items it takes me literally less than 2 mins to make my bed in the morning. It’s clean, no fluff. Six items, that’s all you need. That’s all it takes. So simple! And when I demonstrate this to my clients, it’s like hallelujah! “Finally, I can do this quickly and it looks good ALL DAY!!
To manage your sourcing process easily, I have this sourcing and deliveries sheet which I use for my projects. I customised it especially for bedrooms.
Come back next week for part 3. of this Makeover your bedroom within a day series where I will cover flooring, lighting and accessories. If you don’t want to wait that long, you can download the whole book here
P.S. Do you need a hand with your bedroom makeover? Let’s chat on Skype. Check out how here.