It’s where you begin and end your day – so why is it the last place to be put in order and decorated? Here are a few “Haute Tips” to make your bedroom your haven!
1. Gather Ideas
Don’t know where to start? Peruse Pinterest- hoards of people have already scavenged the web for some of the best designs. You may see a room design in your favorite magazine or home decorating show. Print or tear out these ideas to give you a basis for planning your dream bedroom.
2. Color Your Life!
Choosing a paint color can be an overwhelming task. Rather than stand in front of the millions of color swatches at the paint store, draw inspiration from something you love – whether it be a photo from your favorite vacation spot, a throw pillow on your bed or even the color of your favorite shirt. If you have a small room and/or little natural light, choose a light shade, which will make the room look bigger and brighter.
3. Get INTO the closet
Your room may look great, but does the closet? These storage spaces can be your biggest dream or worst nightmare, and for many, it’s the later. Your first task is to assess your clothes and only keep items you actually wear.
- No “Goal” clothes – not only are they depressing to look at, but they take up valuable closet space.
- Small closet? The best remedy is to evaluate the hanging space. Most closets have one bar straight across. If this is the case, group clothing together. All long clothing (coats, dresses) on one side and the short hanging clothes (folded pants, shirts etc.) on the other. Now, you’ll have open space underneath for a drawer unit, shoe rack or even your laundry hamper.
- Color coordinate hanging clothes; not only will you find things faster, but it will look sharp.
- If you are one of the lucky ones to have a walk-in-closet, arrange clothing so the items you start dressing with are first and then work your way to the right ending with accessories and shoes.
- In the famous words of Joan Crawford in Mommy Dearest “No More Wire Hangers!!!”. It doesn’t matter if your name isn’t Christina, invest in wooden hangers or at least sturdy plastic ones. Dispose of wire hangers right from the dry cleaner. (You can return them to most dry cleaners for re-use.)
4. Invest In Your Bed
From your mattress to your pillows, investing in quality bedding is an investment in yourself. You simply can’t put a price on a good night’s sleep! Oh, and thread count DOES matter!
5. Layer The Room
From lighting to bedding, adding layers creates dimension and different options. Reading in bed- turn on the nightlamp! Don’t forget candles for those romantic evenings. 😉
6. Store Seasonal items
Rotate out seasonal linens and clothing and store in attic or basement in plastic totes or zippered Garment bags to protect the items. If you are short on storage space, search garage sales and second-hand stores for trunks or armoires. These can be beautiful yet functional pieces of furniture.
7. Make Your Bed
Sometimes the simplest things make the biggest impact. There’s nothing better than coming home to a nicely bad bed, nurse corners and all!