Time for a change: If you’re thinking of redoing a bedroom, it’s one of the easier areas to update

I’ve been mulling over doing a bedroom makeover lately, as it’s been a few years since it’s been decorated. If you’re getting bored with the look of a room, it’s probably been far too long since it’s been redone.

Luckily, bedrooms can be a fairly easy room to update. You can do a quick change with new linens and curtains or go all out with fresh paint as well.

Before you paint

Research colour schemes, linens and accessories that you’ll want in your new room. I’d start with the linens and choose the paint colours once the linen choice has been made. It’s easier to match a paint colour to the linens rather than the other way around.

There are lots of options in linens. If you’re not sure what style or colour palette you want, try doing some online window shopping to see what catches your fancy, and make note of the wall colour in the photos you come across. This may help you when the time comes to shop for paint colours. Check out decorating magazines and books for ideas as well.

Many linen sets come with decorative cushions and shams that aren’t very useful and usually end up on the floor, so spend your decorating budget on items that you’ll actually use. Better to spend a little more on a quality bedspread and bed skirt than a bedding set with a lot of cushions that will just be in the way. Look for quilts that have a reversible pattern to give you a little more versatility.

When shopping for sheets, look for open stock sales and purchase extra flat sheets that can be used to make co-ordinating window coverings, a bed skirt, a duvet cover and even extra pillowcases or to recover a headboard. Flat sheets already have finished edges and hems so they make quick work of a window covering simply by threading the rod through the hem. Use enough fabric width so that the window treatment is full and elegant and put small weights in the bottom hem so that they hang properly. Let the curtains pool on the floor a bit if you don’t want to hem them. If you do have to hem the curtains you can use a no-sew product like hemming tape. All you need is a hot iron.

Making a bed skirt is just as easy. Cut the sheet in lengths required, and at a usable depth, and simply tuck the cut end between the mattress and box spring, exposing the already finished sheet ends. The fabric will stay put unless you’re using something slippery like satin. You can even create box pleats at the corners of the bed by simply folding the length of fabric to create a pleat before you tuck it in between the mattress and box spring. Use a safety pin to secure the pleat if necessary.

If there is any fabric left after these projects, you can use it to cover decorative containers, recover the seat of a vanity chair or make your additional pillowcases. You may even find that the pattern of your sheets is so lovely that you could frame a section of it over a stretcher frame to create your own artwork.

A dated headboard can be brought into the present by covering it in fabric as well. Use a co-ordinating sheet to create a new headboard or to cover the existing one. When I last redid my bedroom I bought two matching duvet covers that were on clearance. One was used on the bed and I took the second one apart and used the decorative top for curtains and the less decorative but cosy fleece bottom layer to cover the headboard. Easy and affordable.

Paint

Once you’ve chosen your linens you can then proceed to shop for a co-ordinating paint colour for the walls. Let the linen colours be your guide and be sure to take the lighting conditions in the room into consideration as well. You may like the look of a dark wall colour in a photo but if you have poor lighting in the bedroom you could be creating a cave-like atmosphere. Also, pay attention to the woodwork. Dark window trim and baseboards might look better with a lighter wall colour. If your trim is already white you can be bold and go with rich wall colour.

Well… time to get started. Let’s plan together for an update. Keep me posted.

Many linen sets come with decorative cushions and shams that aren’t very useful and usually end up on the floor.

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Connie Oliver is an interior designer from Gimli, Manitoba.

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