How to Turn Your Bedroom Into the Space You Deserve
January is known as the best month to purchase linens and towels so what better time to think about updating your master bedroom.
Whether or not you’re planning on selling your home, you owe it to yourself to create a relaxing retreat. It’s good for the mind, for your body, your soul and if you’re selling your house...your pocketbook!
On my Home Staging Consultations, I’ve seen so many master bedrooms that look like anything but a retreat for the homeowner. They often look as if they serve as a combination office, bedroom, storage room and gym.
This is all too typical in South Florida because there are no basements to house the extras a family has.
When Buyers are looking for their new home, doesn’t it make sense to show the ones who’ll be paying the mortgage their own private retreat!
Updating your Master Bedroom doesn’t have to break the bank…. Take a look.
1.Start by removing anything that shouts OFFICE! GYM! Or STORAGE!
When you walk into your bedroom, you should be thinking about relaxing or getting a good night’s sleep, not the work you still have to do or laundry that needs to be folded.
Insist on this! Find a place for the extras. You know that you don’t use the treadmill anyway, so store or sell it and join a gym instead!!
2. Set the mood with paint!
Pick something soothing in whatever color you choose. Green is a popular color but even a yellow or blue works when they are soft and muted. Remember that you want to walk in and feel relaxed and rested.
3. Never underestimate your lighting.
Almost every home I’ve consulted on lacked enough light in their bedrooms. If you have the overhead fixture that was there when you purchased your home and that’s it, you are seriously lacking in light.
Purchase lamps for your nightstands, add a floor lamp by your chair if you have one in the room.
Invest in the battery operated flameless candles for added ambiance.
4.Make your bed the star of the room
The bed is typically your focal point but many look like an afterthought.
Just as framing a picture makes it stand out, adding a headboard or something behind the bed will do the same. If you do not have a headboard, you can wing it.
Add a work of art or create it with a collage of a few of your favorite pieces.
Paint the wall on which your bed rests a different color.
Use an architectural feature.
Ross, Michaels, Home Goods, Yard Sales are excellent resources for this.
5.Speaking of art…
Why save all of the good stuff for your company. The next time you’re at an Art Show and see something you like, consider it for your Master Bedroom.
6.Add some life
Fresh flowers aren’t always practical however orchids (especially the phalaenopsis) and palm or ficus trees take very little care.
7. Once your bed is the star, make sure it’s dressed appropriately
Just as many never change their bedding other than to clean it, now is the time to have some fun.
This is where you can add color to your room and then change it when the seasons dictate it.
Most stores carry sheets with a high thread count and linens (such as Egyptian and Pimaa cotton) that feel luxurious to the touch. Treat yourself to this so that you’ll look forward to having your head hit the pillow at night.
8. Trim it!
You’d be surprised what a little trim can do to a room. Add crown molding or a tray ceiling.
Paint the ceiling! (well don’t go too wild if you plan to sell your home) Even going a shade darker than your walls can make a difference.
10.Treat the nose
No lit candles when your home is on the market but you can add scent (and a mood) with inexpensive oil diffusers.
And some extras…
11.Add a throw
For additional warmth, color and color, add a throw to the foot of your bed
12. Space permitting, add a small sitting area.
How master of your domain is it to have a comfortable sitting area in your master bedroom! If you have the space for it, pick a comfortable chair, add a small table or something that simulates it, a light and you’re set.
Treat yourself to the master bedroom you deserve. And, show your buyers the possibilities of the room