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Refresh your bedroom on a budget

As homeowners increasingly strive for luxury in their homes, there is one room, in particular, that is receiving plenty of attention. We’re seemingly preoccupied with creating master bedrooms that reflect a sense of style, sophistication and a place of sanctuary.


By guest writer, Carlene Duffy, Cedar & Suede.

As homeowners increasingly strive for luxury in their homes, there is one room, in particular, that is receiving plenty of attention. We're seemingly preoccupied with creating master bedrooms that reflect a sense of style, sophistication and a place of sanctuary. These spaces are becoming larger and demonstrating more thoughtful design choices, including reading nooks and elaborate walk in robes. The good news is, there are multiple ways to update your master bedroom without having to take out a second mortgage.

Paint the walls

One of the simplest and most inexpensive things you can do to inject new life into your master bedroom is to paint the walls and this means more than touching up your current shade of white. If you want to really transform your space the most impactful move you can make is to paint your walls a saturated colour.

Consider a warm light to mid grey, a rich navy, a chalky blue, or ambiguous shade of green to inject some personality and atmosphere into your space. Talk to your paint expert but know that achieving the right colour for your space usually requires a bit of trial and error and a bit of faith. NB: paint all four walls (rather than feature walls) for a sophisticated result.

Update your window dressings

Whether it's linen-look sheers or blockout, plain or patterned, floor to ceiling curtains are the ideal means of softening space and you don't have to spend a fortune on custom made. Retailers are responding to the market demand and offering a beautiful range of ready-made curtains and a good range of curtain rods to make life easy. Handy homeowners armed with a sewing machine might even consider sewing up a set themselves.

Change up your soft furnishings

While you don't need to spend your monthly wage on organic French linen bedding to improve your master bedroom, you will be surprised to see how updating your quilt cover can transform your bedroom. Combine block coloured bed sheets with a complementing block coloured quilt cover in rich blue or dewy green.

This is also the time to update your throw cushions, combining a range of materials and patterns for texture and interest. If you feel your room could benefit from another layer of softness, lay an inexpensive rug under the bed.

Paint and resurface bedroom furniture

If your daggy, 15-year-old bedside tables and bedframe are bringing down your room but you're not in a position to commit to a whole new suite, consider giving your furniture new purpose with a new paint colour. Black makes for a striking furniture finish, as does navy and selective shades of green.

Talk to your paint expert about the best paint option for your project but consider opting for a semi-gloss enamel for a professional, hard-wearing result. Alternatively, acquire a staple gun and some new fabric and recover a tired upholstered bedhead yourself. A statement bedhead can also eliminate the need for art behind the bed.

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