Weekend Bedroom Makeover Checklist

Just in time for the weekend is this bedroom makeover checklist that you can achieve in less than a couple of days. Bedrooms are often the overlooked room in our houses, and yet they’re probably where we spend the most time. According to a research article pulled together by Dreams (a British bed retailer) we spend an average of 33 years in bed! So maybe we need to start paying more attention to how our bedroom looks.

The average person spends about 26 years sleeping in their life which equates to 9,490 days or 227,760 hours. Surprisingly, we also spend 7 years trying to get to sleep. That’s 33 years or 12,045 days spent in bed!

Restful bedroom

1. Declutter!

The first and easiest step to creating a restful bedroom space is to tidy up! Get those wet towels off the bed, the day old clothes off the floor, and unpack that suitcase that’s been sat there for weeks – I know we all do it! Clearing away the clutter is free and can make a big impact not only to the overall look of the space, but to your mental health as well. According to Psychology Today “Messy homes and work spaces leave us feeling anxious, helpless, and overwhelmed.” And being that bedrooms are a space for rest and relaxation, having a clutter-free space will aid a restful night’s sleep.

Messy bedroom

2. Make Sure You Have Storage

If you really can’t part with your clutter, then at least hide it away. A basket like this from Amazon is a stylish way to hide unused pillows and blankets, or those day old clothes that you really can’t be bothered to hang up. Wall shelves are another great option for moving the clutter off the floor. But be careful not to simply move the clutter, if it looks unsightly hide it in storage boxes on the shelves. Lidded storage boxes are great for hiding clutter and come in a variety of sizes and materials.

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3. Fresh Paint

The next thing you should do is to think about changing the paint color, or at least painting a fresh coat of paint. Paint can get worn and scuffed over time, so a fresh coat of paint will quickly and dramatically freshen up your bedroom. You can easily achieve this in a weekend, or if this is too daunting then just paint one feature wall behind the bed in a contrasting color. You’ll be amazed at how quickly and cheaply you can transform your room. Check out this blog post on how to Paint an Easy Feature Wall.

Painted feature wall in bedroom

4. Add Blackout Curtains or Blinds

Adding blackout curtains or blinds can aid a restful night’s sleep, and are commonly used in hotels to block out unwanted traffic noise and light. There are different degrees of light filtering, Blindster does a great job of explaining the difference “Blackout shades use a fabric that blocks 100% of all incoming light, while “room darkening” usually refers to almost any shade that uses a fabric that blocks between 95% and 99% of the light that enters your room. Anything that blocks less than 95% of the light is usually referred to as light filtering.” If you find 100% light blocking blinds disorientating (speaking from experience!) then try room darkening or light filtering options instead.

Blackout blinds

5. Create a Hotel Style Bed

Hotels know a thing or two about creating a restful night sleep, from the luxury mattress to the perfectly laundered white sheets with hospital corners. Now i’m not saying to go out and spend thousands on a brand new mattress this weekend, (although if you want to, don’t let me stop you!), but you can make your bed feel more luxurious with a few simple tweaks. Firstly, go out and buy fresh white bed linen. Have you ever seen a hotel with anything other than white sheets? Hotels tend to use percale bed linen for its easy care, wrinkle free appearance that can withstand frequent cleaning. Swapping out your sheets can really add instant impact to the way your bedroom feels.

Then there’s how you make it. This is an important step in making your bed feel like you’re in a 5 star hotel and only costs a bit of extra time. This video from HGTV shows how easy it is to do.

6. Swap Out Pillows / Cushions

Then there’s the ‘Great Pillow Debate’ – how many is too many? If you’re on my husband’s side, then he’d probably say “none”, if however you’re on my side, then “at least two” is where I’m at. I’m talking about decorative throw pillows, and not the kind you rest your head on. With the one or two white pillows you each need for your head, layer on top of that at least two decorative pillows to add color and interest to your bedroom. The great thing is, you can easily change them out to quickly change the style of your bedroom. Try changing them with the seasons, lighter colors and textures like linen for the summer, and cozier knitted or fur pillows for winter.

7. New Nightstands / Bedside Tables

If your room allows it, it’s always a good option to have two bedside tables around a double bed, with two lamps. You don’t need to go out and spend hundreds on a new set, you can try to pick something up second hand and upcycle it with paint and new knobs. Or try low cost retailers like IKEA, who have some great options from $10-$150 / £9-£129.

When choosing nightstands it’s important to consider a couple of things. Make sure it’s the right height for your bed. You want it to be around the same height as the top of your mattress, slightly above or slightly below is also fine, so you’re not reaching way down or up for things on them.

And then there’s scale. You want the nightstands to be in proportion with your bed. Don’t choose tiny tables if you have a California King sized bed. And if you want to create a more luxurious look, then opt for wider nightstands.

Bed with nightstands

8. Add a Rug

If you don’t already have one, try adding a rug underneath your bed. It’s a good way to bring in a new color, texture or pattern to your bedroom. You could go bold and add a brightly colored or loud pattern to your bedroom with the rug. Or you could make your bedroom feel more cozy by adding a shag rug or sheepskin. In terms of scale, you want the rug to be slightly wider than your bed, and position it so that you can see the end of it too.

Bed with rug

9. New Artwork

Another easy way to quickly update your bedroom is to add or change out the artwork. Again, you can bring in some color to the design, or pattern, or even texture. It doesn’t have to be a painting, it can be a more sculptural piece. One idea that looks great, is to hang an array of different size baskets on the wall like these ones from Pottery Barn. For a cheaper alternative, try finding baskets from your local thrift store or charity shop.

Basket wall art Pottery Barn
Image courtesy of Pottery Barn

10. Add Some Greenery

We’ve all heard that plants are good for us, not only do they look great, but they also reduce the carbon dioxide and dust levels in our homes. An article from Bob Vila goes on to say that certain types of plants can actually help you sleep better, so are perfect for your bedroom. Choose from these 8 plants for a more restful night’s sleep:

  • Lavender – reduces blood pressure and heart rate
  • Jasmine – improves the quality of your sleep and increases your chances of waking up with a better attitude and less anxiety
  • Peace Lily – reduce the microbe count in your home’s air, which can relieve allergy symptoms
  • Aloe Vera – promotes better air quality
  • Valerian – helps you fall asleep faster, and stay asleep longer
  • English Ivy – can drastically reduce airborne mold
  • Gerbera Daisies – at night they emit oxygen and absorb toxins and carbon dioxide
  • Rosemary – reduces anxiety and stress
Aloe vera plant

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Thanks for reading! Until next time.

Jo

Buffalo Check Bedroom Make-Over – Using Mostly IKEA

As you’ve probably come to realize by now, I love all things cozy and country for the home, and Buffalo check is no exception. I also love it when you don’t have to spend a fortune creating the look. In this blog I’ll show you how you can create a warm and cozy country look for your bedroom on a shoe-string budget.

Buffalo check originates from Woolrich a clothing company in the USA in 1850. Legend has it that the designer of the fabric used to own a herd of buffalo and that’s how the popular fabric got its name. Although tartans are more commonly used in British country style interior design, I’ve embraced my new surroundings and created an American version using the popular American Buffalo check.

Buffalo check is also pretty synonymous with Minnesota, where we now live. Often lovingly referred to as a lumber jack shirt, one of the state’s national monuments Paul Bunyan rocks this plaid variety in his various statues throughout the state. And you can find Minnesota inspired Buffalo check home goods everywhere. So what better way to honor the place which we now call home.

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I started by seeing a post by An Inspired Nest on how on how Shannon beautifully redecorated her master bedroom with mostly IKEA items to create a fresh and relaxing space. I absolutely adore this room, it’s so cozy and inviting. And I couldn’t believe that most of the items came from IKEA!

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Photo courtesy of An Inspired Nest

I love the whites and greys together and the use of natural fabrics to create warmth and texture. I love that she’s also mixed in warm woods and wickers to give the room some contrast and added warmth. If everything had been all white I think the room would’ve looked too cold.

I love the bright and fresh look that she created with her design. However I couldn’t really afford to replace all the furniture in our room, so I’ve created a darker, cozier version for our spare bedroom – the winter version!

I kept the original dark brown leather sleigh bed and dark brown bedside tables (also from IKEA) and worked them into the design. I already had some plain-dye grey bedding, so I used this instead of buying more new white bedding as it worked well with the buffalo check bedding from IKEA.

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One tip I picked up from Shannon’s design was to use more than just a lamp on the bedside tables. This isn’t something I’d tried before, and I think it turned out really well. It adds more interest to the design and adds to the rustic country look I was trying to achieve. I got all the items from either Hobby Lobby or IKEA.

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The room before (when we bought the house) was bland, out-dated and very blue. We had replaced all the doors throughout the house with six-panel oak doors painted grey to update all the rooms. This made a huge difference, especially in these bedrooms where there is a whole wall of closet doors.

There were no ceiling lights in the whole of the upstairs either. Apparently this is quite common in the age of house we have in Minnesota. So we also installed dimmable ceiling spotlights to every room upstairs.

We painted the walls a light taupe color, and luckily the carpet was already new and neutral in color. The rest was just furniture. So all in all this room make-over was a pretty affordable one. The only big cost in the room being new ceiling spotlights and new doors.

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I hope you feel inspired to head down to your local IKEA and see what amazing bargains they have to give your room an instant update for low cost. It shows that you don’t need to spend a fortune to create a great look.

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Thanks for reading. Until next time.

Jo