Many of you may be of my era; the one in which beds were perfectly made under a chenille bedspread with pillows covered completely with the bedspread. I am so glad to see the variety of bed linens as well as the ways in which they are used to decorate or even refresh a bedroom. When decorating our homes, we usually finish the rooms that are most public. However, the bedroom should be the first to receive attention when decorating. It is your retreat when you need time alone as well as being the room in which you can relax and refresh yourself with a good night’s sleep.
Choose a theme for your bedroom and stick to it. If you are on a strict budget, perhaps you want to choose neutral bedding and then use decorator pillows and other items for accents. These you can change easily for different looks. When purchasing items to go in that room, keep your theme in mind and be consistent. If it doesn’t fit with the theme, forget it. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to redecorate your bedroom. If you want to give your bed a new look, try a duvet. It is simply a cover for a comforter. In that way, you can still use the comforter you have, but it will have a different look. And as I mentioned above, pillows are always a good way to accent your decor.
Make the bed the focal point of the room. After all, it’s the most important piece of furniture. You can use wall accents and different items to accent. Perhaps you want to purchase a sheet in a harmonizing color and drape it from the ceiling in a swag, or use cup hooks and curtain rods to make a canopy. Many of the beds featured in magazines have the sheets folded down and tucked in on the sides with lots and lots of bed pillows stacked at the headboard. A bedskirt adds a finishing touch to the overall effect. I always think that this look is crisp, clean and an invitation to sink down and relax.
Don’t forget the fun of using fabric paint if you wish to add your own design to your bedsheets. You can stencil along the top of the sheets as well as along the edge of the pillowcases for a custom look. You will usually want to use cotton sheets for this, and you will want to be sure to follow the directions that come with the paint for a lasting finish. It doesn’t have to be an elaborate design because usually less is more. A simple design will add a classic and expensive touch.
You can change up the spirit of a room by simply adding or taking away a few accessories which is a lot easier than painting the walls. Sometimes it gives the room a lift to go with the seasons. In the winter, you might want to have a cozy, warm bedroom which can be done by adding warm-toned bed linens to your bed. In the summer, perhaps you would want to use lighter, cool colors to give an airy feel to the room.
Whether you are starting fresh or redecorating, you can use your imagination and please yourself. Again, it is probably wise to choose a theme, such as traditional, modern, and such, so that you can have a point of reference in choosing colors, accents, and bedding. If you can’t spend a lot of money, you will find that there are many ways to budget what you do spend and still have a bedroom that is your own special oasis. Have fun!