Welcome to the Fall (or spring here in Perth, Australia) 2018 One Room Challenge. If you are not familiar with it, this is where design bloggers completely transform a space in just six weeks, documenting the process on their blogs, and revealing a brand new room at the end.
If you are new here, a very warm welcome…
I’m Jane and I blog at Organised Pretty Home, which is all about simple organizing and decor ideas for your home. Welcome! This is my second time participating in the One Room Challenge. Last year I completely transformed our cluttered living room into a beautiful restful space.
Click here>>> Living Room Before & After
This time around I have decided to focus on FINISHING our master bedroom!
The bones of this bedroom are fine. The walls, skirting and window trim were painted about 3 years and unlike my kids bedrooms, it doesn’t need repainting yet. The carpet was replaced with laminate wood floor boards in Canadian maple, at the same time. I also love the pieces of furniture I currently have in this space.
But… it’s all the little fiddly jobs that I haven’t gotten around to.
Like fixing the missing skirting near the door frame and replacing a torn sheer curtain…
And then our master bedroom is calling out for some style and personality to be brought in. It needs decorating!
So here’s the basics of how to decorate a bedroom (and some of the areas I am going to tackle in my master bedroom makeover):
How To Decorate A Bedroom
1. Bedroom Paint Color
Painting a room is often one of the easiest changes to make in a bedroom and I reckon, the one thing that has the biggest impact on how your bedroom space feels and looks. Other than decluttering, of course!
Image source Alvhem
Here are a few ideas for bedroom paint colors:
- Relaxing Colors – Dark gray-blue, soft gray, icy blue, soft neutral green, lavender.
- Moody Colors – Dark to deep blue, dark jungle green, chocolate, dusty pink.
- Neutral Colors – Shades of white, cream, gray, black.
The paint color in my bedroom is a soft country green. While I was thinking about changing it to white, for now its staying as it is.
Your choice of curtains is a great way to decorate your bedroom. Consider the texture and weight of the curtains, and whether you want to go neutral or use them to bring in pattern.
Image source Sf Girl
Tips for Hanging Curtains:
- Hang curtains wide and high over the bedroom window.
- Heavy curtains are best hang full length to the floor.
- Light or sheer curtains can be hung touching the floor.
I have 2 layers of curtains in our bedroom, white block out curtains and then a sheer lace net curtain underneath. It’s the sheer curtain I will be replacing during this room makeover.
Lighting is one area of bedroom decorating that is important for both function and style. Ceiling lights, and bedside lamps or sconces, are an easy way to add to the overall style and ambience of your bedroom.
Image via Maine Photo Company (Pinterest)
Bedroom Lighting Ideas:
- Look for lighting fixtures that go with the decorating style of your bedroom. For example; metal, glass, bamboo.
- Types of ceiling lights; flush mount (fits directly against the ceiling), semi-flush mount (drops down a short distance) and pendant light (hangs down on a chain or long rod).
- Pendant lights are a great choice when you want the ceiling light to be a big design statement in the room. They can also be hung and used as bedside lighting.
- Choose the size of the light fixtures in proportion to the size of your bedroom. In a large bedroom, choose a large ceiling light. If your bedroom is small, look for a small, simple overhead light.
- Wall sconces are great as bedside lighting when you want your bedroom to have an uncluttered look, as there is no lamp needed on the nightstands.
Sourcing a beautiful ceiling light and bedside lamps are on my to do list for my master bedroom makeover. I am kind of over the bare bulb look by now! But will I be able to solve my lighting needs within the next 5 weeks?
Due to the way the electricity is wired in our 30 year old house, I have to have a ceiling light that is plastic and not metal or at least does not need to be wired directly in. I am also hoping to keep my purchases for the bedroom within a tight budget! Might mean a fun DIY project to solve this one!
4. Above The Bed Decor
Wall decor is the part of decorating a bedroom that pulls everything together and makes the room look finished. It’s also where you have the opportunity to personalize your space with something you love, that you find appealing or even meaningful to you. Anything, from a sculptured mirror, a large stylized quote, art prints to family photos.
Image source the every girl
Ok, this is one area of decorating the bedroom that I have been stuck on for way too long! AND I think I have finally figured it out. Can’t wait to share more with you, about how to decorate above the bed and make it look amazing with the least amount of effort, in the coming weeks.
5. Bedroom Area Rug
Similar to the the choice of curtains, as mentioned above, an area rug or floor rug is a great way to add interest to the bedroom especially with neutral colors. You can use an area rug to bring in texture (think fluffy and cozy underfoot), pattern or color.
Image source haus of cruze
Bedroom Rug Placement Tips:
- The area rug should not touch the walls. Leave a small space between the wall and the edge of the rug, with a bigger gap if your bedroom size is large.
- The area rug should not push up against the edge of the dresser or other large pieces of furniture. You want to choose a rug that is large enough to either sit underneath part of the dresser, or small enough so there is a small gap between the edge of the rug and the edge of the furniture.
- If the bedroom or closet door needs to swing over the rug, check that there is enough gap under the door to fit the rug comfortably.
In our bedroom I have opted not to have a large rug under the bed, instead I have two small jute mats in front of the door and in front of the closet. As summer is fast approaching, this is one thing I am not going to change out. Wood floors are so much cooler and easier to clean I reckon!
Click here for Week 2 – How To Painlessly Purge Your Closet
Now, let’s all hop over to the One Room Challenge to check out what the 20 featured bloggers and other guest participants are working on this season. I’m excited to be able to join in, and can’t wait to see my master bedroom come together over the next six weeks.