We can all agree that 2020 was a terrible year. Most of us were spending a lot of time indoors, so we had the chance to truly see what needs to be improved in our interiors. This year didn’t have an amazing start either, but we have the chance to start with a fresh coat of paint… well, at least in our bedrooms. If this sounds like something you would want to do but fear you don’t have enough money, don’t worry. There’s no need to overspend on every little thing. Here are a few tips on where to save and where to splurge.
Where to splurge
Paint and wall coverings will determine the whole appearance of your new bedroom, so if you’re looking for a place to splurge, this is it. Better paint quality means it will last longer. As for the color of the paint, you should always go with soft shades, which are naturally more sleep-inducing than the dramatic ones. If you really want to be up-to-date, opt for the new Pantone’s color of the year combo – calming light gray with bright, happy shades of yellow.
Revamping a bedroom is not only about its appearance. It’s also about comfort. A quality mattress is key to a good night’s rest, physical comfort, and even a healthy state of mind. To choose the best one for your needs, you will need to consider the texture, material, and the right size that will fit your bed frame. Some of the best mattress types, depending on the way you sleep and your preferences, are memory foam, pocket sprung, and latex. Also, think about investing in quality and organic bedding, which should make your mattress look amazing.
The bed is the focal piece of the room, so it needs to look nice, but it also has to be firm and long-lasting. Choose a frame that gives your mattress proper support, with many slats and small spacing between them. Also, consider the style which should match the overall design of your bedroom.
Besides its primary purpose, the ceiling fixture also serves as a striking design element. Something like a large chandelier or a pendant lamp accentuating the features and the style of your room is worth splurging. However, you can get away with spending less if you find an authentic piece at a flea market – or maybe even your attic!
The bedroom should be free of any clutter, but fortunately, you can achieve wonders with a single prominent décor element. The piece you’re looking for can be a luxurious area rug or a vintage dresser with remarkable detailing. You can also spend your money on a comfy and stylish armchair if you have enough space for a sitting area or a reading nook.
Where to save
Nightstands serve a purpose – they are there to store your book, to keep a glass of water on them, or to top them with a flower vase. That doesn’t mean they don’t need to look lovely, but it does mean they can be cheap. With some basic DIY skills, you can even make the bedside tables on a shoestring budget.
The Foot of the Bed
The piece at the foot of the bed doesn’t have to be some lavish bench. You can achieve the same effect with a simple storage ottoman bench or a few textured poufs or bean bags. You don’t have to search for premium quality either, since these items will rarely be used and serve primarily as finishing pieces.
Table and wall lamps can be functional and striking even if they are affordable. In fact, the most popular accent fixtures these days are minimalist, and they are usually within every budget.
Throw pillows are like jewelry for the bedroom. They’re wonderful finishing touches that add liveliness to the space. However, they’re also very cheap, and if you buy the plainest, you can easily swap the pillowcases when you need a change.
Great artwork for decorating a room doesn’t have to come at a great cost, as long as you are guided by the purpose of expressing your interests or highlighting the style of the room. You can use a collection of family photographs or photos from your travels. A gallery of your creative work or some prints you bought from a local artist can do the trick as well.
We’ve already mentioned that the bedroom should contain minimum clutter, so obtaining a lot of accent décor shouldn’t be your goal. A few carefully selected vases, travel souvenirs, and candles will be enough.
A bedroom revamp is a fantastic chance to add some novelty to a familiar space and make your everyday life all the more pleasant. But the most important thing to remember is that you’re designing this space to suit you (and your partner). Splurge on the things that matter to you and that will make you enjoy the space more. As for the rest, take your time finding budget-friendly alternatives – and don’t hesitate to take the DIY route for some elements. Have fun with it!