Four bedroom interior design ‘facelifts’ that will breathe new life into your room

Four bedroom interior design ‘facelifts’ that will breathe new life into your room

We’ve all been there, faced with the same décor that’s been staring at you for the last few years, overwhelmed by clutter and wondering whether or not that trusty chest of drawers or wardrobe is going to be able to take another year of rough-and-tumble.

A bedroom is supposed to be a sanctuary for sleep, a place to switch off and drift away at the end of the day. With this in mind, it is important to keep your ‘sleeping zone’ tranquil, calm and easy on the eye. This means letting plenty of light into your room, clearing away those old clothes and making it a haven for catching quality z’s.

Here are our four bedroom ‘facelifts’ to help keep your bedroom fresh and airy, clean and clutter-free.

Have a clear out and say goodbye to hoarding

One of the age-old, tried and tested methods of creating space is the simple clear-out. The rules are even simpler. In fact, there’s only one rule: if you haven’t used it in the last 12 months, throw it out.

From tatty t-shirts to old books and broken tech, neither of those things need to exist in a home. Long beyond their sell-by date, it’s simply a hoarder-mentality and attachment to sentimentality that keeps us hanging onto those cherished items. Banish them for good and enjoy the extra space you’ll gain!

Invest in a fitted wardrobe

A quick tip to save space whilst giving your bedroom a makeover, is to invest in a fitted sliding door wardrobe. Why? By utilising sliding wardrobes’ horizontal opening system, you’ll notice that you’re immediately taking up less space than you would if you had a swinging door system.

Better yet, the aesthetic aspect of a set of sliding wardrobe doors adds a modern touch to the look and feel of your bedroom, doing away with that tired, old wardrobe you’ve been meaning to throw away for the last few years.

Better yet, try out a mirrored sliding wardrobe. Mirrored sliding wardrobe doors reflect the light in your bedroom, creating a sense of extra space and openness, which will put your mind at ease and wash away any previous claustrophobic feelings that clutter ultimately brings with it.

Redecorate for a cheaper way change your décor

If purchasing new bedroom furniture seems a little extravagant, then there are ways to create a sense of revitalisation in your room that require a significantly reduced upfront investment.

One such way is by taking the path of a simple redecoration. Sometimes it isn’t the clutter in your bedroom that can so easily bring you down, it could be the fact that you’ve been staring at the same colour palette for too long now, and just fancy a change.
Inject new life into your bedroom with a few new cushions, some modern blinds or a new lick of paint on your walls to match the current season’s trends – you never know, it could be just what you needed to refresh your décor.

Banish technology for a refreshing, clutter-free room

Now I know what you might be thinking, doesn’t this fall into the same category as clearing out your clutter? While yes it does sit similarly to the point made earlier, it also has a number of health benefits.

As you may be aware, thanks to the recent research covered in wellbeing publications over the past few years, having technology switched on and in the bedroom late at night can keep you awake and interrupt your sleep patterns. So whether it’s your phone, your handheld games console or your smartwatch, keeping them out of the bedroom at night will give your mind a ‘facelift’, which in turn will help you to feel better about your bedroom.

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My Home Colours – And What They Mean to Me

My Home Colours – And What They Mean to Me

The colours that I have used in houses during my time of home ownership have really changed. Partly due to the influences of people that I have lived with, budgets and ease of decorating. When I lived with my parents they regularly changed the colours in their home keeping up with trends and their taste. When they moved in the 1970’s colours meant that every room had brightly patterned wallpaper in colours such as orange and purple. My parents slowly decorated each room, firstly replacing the paper with woodchip paper and painting the room’s different colours. I remember my bedroom being yellow and blue at one time and the sitting room being green and pink. There was a lot of green as that is my dad’s favourite colour. When I bought my first home I was living with my sister and we decided together on colours for our downstairs rooms. We painted the sitting room in various colours with a wall of purple, one of orange and one of yellow, with a gold fireplace and purple carpets and orange sofas. I thought it looked cool at the time as I did the blue kitchen with white cabinets and silver ceiling.

Conservative Tastes

However, once I moved in with my husband he had rather more conservative taste and the house was very dark we needed pale colours. We started off repainting the orange office a calming green. Then the stairs from yellow and brown to cream but I did brighten up the kitchen by painting the walls Mediterranean sky blue which contrasted with the white cabinets. We then left decorating for a long time until we had children and they ripped the painted lining paper off the sitting room wasll so we changed the terracotta sitting room to cream. We had major work done on the house and repainted the whole thing, but for ease and good light painted the whole house the same colour with cream walls and white ceilings and woodwork. We liked the warm cream colour due to the fact that everything seemed brighter and it looked clean and uncluttered. Therefore we kept the house this colour. We even had the same carpet throughout as it was on special offer which is a beige colour as that seems to match everything and does not show up the dirt too much. It was also a bright change from the dirty grey one that we had before.

Bright Furnishings

In order to add colour to the rooms we picked some bright furnishings. In the sitting room this was in the form of terracotta and gold curtains, which blended in the yellow sofa which we have had a long time. In the kitchen the black worktops contract with the wood cupboards and blue tablecloth. In the bedrooms the children have brightly coloured bedding and pictures to brighten up their rooms. We have purple Julian Charles pillows and bedding and curtains which really brighten up the room. I may find that I want to add some more colour, but at the moment like the simple walls as we seem to have so much clutter in each room that it provides a calming and clean backdrop.

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