A new decade calls for an upgraded bedroom, here are some makeover tips.
We spend a lot of time talking about renovating kitchens, makeovers for living areas, upgrades to bathrooms and our outdoor braai areas yet, mostly, we ignore the sanctuary – the blissful space that is our bedrooms.
It’s not just a place where we lay down our heads – a substitute for the “couch in front of the TV”. It’s a place of peace, of cosy mornings in, of lazy days and (not so lazy) nights.
It deserves some attention and now, in this new decade, it is probably a good time to take a look at this part of your house. . .
The master bedroom in your house is your playground, it’s your space, a place where you can retire against the world. Yes, fair attention can be given to your guest rooms too but today we are being selfish and making it all about you.
We’ve borrowed a few tips from Essentials.co.za but, as usual, you have a whole wide web to look at for inspiration and examples of what’s possible.
A few basics though are as follows.
China, that’s a great wall.
You don’t need to repaint or wallpaper an entire wall to liven it up a little. You could, for example, “stencil metallic or textured paint in stripes, squares or circles onto a neutral-coloured base to add drama and shimmer.”
You can (and should) also use your walls to clear space off the floor. Floating shelves and other storage spaces does wonders for adding practical storage space without cluttering your room.
In addition, you can play with the space on the wall behind your bed to display various artworks – a favourite being different sized frames displaying “monochrome” photos or other works.
Essentials.co.za tells us that “odd numbers work best, so go for three, five or seven pictures in a cluster.”
Munching on things that were perfectly happy rooted in the dirt is all the rage but you should also consider adding some plants to your bedroom.
Aloe vera and peace lilies, for example, help filter out harmful compounds in the air and that, in turn, helps improve your quality of sleep.
What sorcery is this?
If you have a small bedroom, you can create the illusion of space with a simple paint trick.
“Paint the wall behind the bed two thirds up from the floor, leaving the top third the same colour as the ceiling to create a sense of space, using masking tape to ensure a crisp line and to avoid clumsy edges.”
Done right the impact is quite striking and we encourage you to check out Pinterest and other platforms for examples of how to execute like a pro.
Your bedroom is your sanctuary. Like any sanctuary, it’s a place of refuge and rest, where you can be as peaceful (or adventurous) as you choose to be.
It’s where you can just be you.