Updating your bedroom is easier than you think — and it doesn’t have to take up too much time either. We asked interior stylist Jason Grant to share his top ways to update your bedroom in a weekend.
Weekends are a perfect opportunity to transform your bedroom into a calm, inviting haven. The trick is to introduce a mix of new decorative elements and easy DIY projects that won’t break the bank.
From smaller changes like mixing up your bedding to larger projects like adding in a feature wall, these ideas will have your bedroom looking brand new in almost no time at all.
One of the most inexpensive items that really packs a punch is matching table lamps. To save money, simply replace your original shade — adding a vintage piece adds a real personality. “For real impact, think about repeating affordable items on mass, such as a wall of picture frames,” says Grant.
Replacing old bedding makes a world of difference. For a luxe and timeless look introduce a set of white or neutral sheets of the highest thread count, topped with a selection of luxe pillows. As a finishing touch, add a lightweight throw at the end of the bed — citrus tones give a summery feel to the bedroom.
An abundance of pillows and cushions on the bed can be overwhelming so it’s time to trim the excess. “Two sets of matching bed pillows and a neck roll are all you need,” says Grant. Also, make sure your pillows are fresh. Many pillow manufacturers recommend that a synthetic-filled pillow should be updated every two years, so it’s a good time to replace it during summer sales.
Cut a Rug
To create a more pulled-together look, add an area rug that measures about 30 to 60 cm on either side of the bed. The trick is making sure that your bedside table can fit comfortably on the rug.
A mirror not only adds instant depth to a small bedroom, but it also adds sparkle and light. A full-length freestanding version should be placed in the corner to reflect the light. When hanging a wall mirror, check the weight before buying a hook. If it’s light, picture hanging strips or wire back picture hanger is all that’s required; they are available at hardware stores.
Tired of the old artwork you’ve been looking at for years? Unleash your creativity — print your favorite travel photos in black-and-white, frame them with different dimensions, then hang them to create your very own gallery wall. Grant says the key is thinking about the sizes and making sure there’s a common link. “It can be a color link or a black-and-white effect,” he suggests. “It worth taking plenty of time to get the right mix.”
A fresh coat of paint is one of the easiest — and most inexpensive — ways to revitalize your bedroom. A feature wall can be introduced, particularly behind the bed, whether it’s paint or wallpaper. “This acts like an over-scaled bedhead,” explains Grant.
Replace a dresser’s old drawer handles and knobs with decorative ones. This low-effort trick personalizes even the most nondescript or inexpensive furniture. Another option, suggests Grant, is updating a dresser or bedside table with a lick of paint.
A floating shelf is a handy space-saving storage option in the bedroom. Perfect for storing books, photos, and keepsakes, floating shelves can be positioned directly above the bedside tables or above the bed itself in a variety of different sizes that can add major impact to a wall.
And the good news is that even if you have no DIY skills, it’s easy to tackle this project. Simply choose a shelf with concealed mounting fittings, such as Ikea’s ‘Lack’ wall shelf or Masters’ square-edge floating wall, which includes a kit with bracket, all fixings, and instructions.
This article originally appeared on our sister site, Now to Love.