Guest Post by Linda Merrill
Have you ever thought about how much time we spend in our bedroom each day? If you add up the eight hours of sleep we’re supposed to get, plus an hour or so for changing and another couple of hours on average for TV watching and more – well you get the point. When all is said and done, on average we probably spend a good 40% of our day in that one room. So why is it that the master bedroom is often last on the decorating priority list? One reason, of course, is that it’s not a public space and the lights are off for much of the time – so why spend the money? Yet wouldn’t you rather retire to a lovely inviting space that is a quiet oasis from the hectic pace of the average day? All that, and it doesn’t even have to cost a lot of money. Here are a few of my favorite easy updates that are big on style yet won’t break the bank:
- Paint is your best decorating friend. A new coat of paint on the walls is a low-cost/high-impact way to freshen up your bedroom. No time to paint the whole room? Trying a contrasting color on a single wall, perhaps behind the bed, or even something different on the ceiling.
- If your furniture has seen better days and it’s perhaps not worth a full re-finish job, it too can be painted. There are many products on the market that give great coverage and are very easy to use. We’re really limited only by our imaginations.
- If you’ve been making due without a headboard, now is the time to up your look with something new. Going back to paint – one of the prettiest “headboards” I’ve ever seen was in a hotel in Florence where a pretty headboard was simply painted onto the wall behind the bed. It was fanciful and fun and a great project if you’ve got some decorative painting skills. Upholstered headboards are luxe and very comfy and not that difficult to DIY. Wrap a square or rectangular piece of plywood, cut to size, with batting and decorative fabric stapled around the back side and mount it on the wall behind the bed. If you’re into the rustic chic look, an old pair of large shutters or pretty doors makes an unusual headboard, as does a garden trellis. Just make sure to mount all sturdily on the wall!
Photo from Linda Merrill of Decorative Surroundings