By Jaymi Naciri
Even though it's the place we spend hours in, relaxing and regenerating every night, the bedroom is often the last place that gets design attention. That's because we tend to focus on the spaces that guests see first (or most), and we may never get around to making the bedroom as chic as it can and should be.
You don't have to be afraid of tackling this important space; little changes can make a big difference, and many can be made this weekend without outside help. Shake out those muscles and get ready to make that bedroom beautiful!
Use wallpaper in new ways
Create an urban chic look with a feature wall of exposed brick or go romantic with this look. They're both of the peel-and-stick variety, which means they'll go up (and come down) easy. The no-commitment aspect of these wallpaper options makes them the perfect choice for those who haven't done much in the bedroom because they thought they needed to strike the ultimate inspiration.
You can also revitalize an old dresser or pretty up a boring nightstand with a roll of the stuff. It sticks to almost anything and is removable and repositionable in case you make a booboo.
Make your own headboard
You could spend several hundreds of dollars (or more!) on an upholstered headboard, but with a trip to Michaels or Hobby Lobby and a couple of hours of your time, you can make you own for much less. A couple of sheets of MDF, some batting, some buttons, and your fabric of choice is just about all you need. This is one of our favorite tutorials for creating a DIY headboard that looks like it came right out of a catalogue.
Snazz up your bedding
You don't have to get new bedding to create a fresh new feel in the place where you lay your head. Plush pillows can give the bed some oomph. "If you only make one tweak to upgrade your bedroom, it should be the way you style pillows," said My Domaine. "According to Andrew Suvalsky, principal interior designer at ASD, a considered bed is always topped with a handful of precisely layered accent pillows. Practical pillows, the ones you sleep on a night, should sit propped against the bedhead, overlaid with decorative pillows in height order. Suvalsky said he likes to "pull the accent color from the overall color scheme of the space [to create] the focal point of your room."
Create a standout mirror
Peel-and-stick tiles aren't just for kitchen backsplashes. Turn a regular old bedroom mirror into a standout. The whole project can be done in mere minutes. Tip: Measure first so you know exactly how many tiles you need and so you don't end up with awkward spacing. And, be sure about the placement before you add pressure because once the tiles adhere, they're not easy to remove.
Customize a rug
A patterned rug large enough to bring a cushy feel to your bedroom floor can be pricey. With stencils and chalk paint, you can transform a simple, inexpensive rug into something that looks like it came from an expensive decor store.
Paint your furniture
Stencils are a great choice for bedroom furniture, too. "A little sanding and some paint can give new life to any piece of furniture, but if you really want to transform an old piece, this is a DIYer's best-kept secret: stencils," said Country Living. "Using stencils to give a piece of furniture a makeover is an easy way to create a completely custom and one-of-a-kind piece. It's also a brilliant way to refresh wood furniture that has seen better days." Add some new knobs, and, voila!
Create some dazzling doors
Inexpensive molding can make your plain, flat, bedroom or closet doors infinitely more interesting. Check out how many different ways you can realize this easy update on Decorating Your Small Space.
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