How to Start a Bedroom Redesign

(image via The Nesting Place)

Whether you’re moving into a new home or just tired of your current color scheme, redesigns are a great way to add color and life to your bedroom. It’s easy to see beautiful rooms on Pinterest or in the latest issue of HouseBeautiful and want to recreate them. But where do you start?

Here are our tips to creating a magazine-worthy bedroom:

  1. Determine the feel you want first. Do you picture a tranquil room with lots of cool colors, or do you picture a passion-inspiring room with plenty of red and warm tones? Do you want glam and luxe with lots of metallic and crystal, or do you want a minimal look with clean lines and modern furniture? Once you have this figured out, you can proceed to the next step.
  2. Figure out what you have to work with. Are you limited by budget, as most of us are? Do you need to keep your dark wood furniture, or can you spring for the upholstered bed you’ve had your eye on? If there are architectural challenges, such as too few or too many windows, extraneous door frames, beams, or small square footage, tackle these first. Plan out the arrangement of the furniture, or start planning ahead on painting or restaining that old bedroom set.
  3. Choose your color palette. The first step should have given you some guidance on this. I like to start with a piece of artwork or fabric that will be a player in the room and branch out from there. Websites like Sherwin Williams’ ChipIt! will take any image you upload and create a custom color card, which can help you choose the perfect shades of paint for your walls, ceilings, and trim. If you’re using bedding or a piece of furniture as a jumping off point, be sure to consider the accent colors that match. You can go with complementary colors (opposites on the color wheel, such as purple and yellow), shades of the same color, or groupings within the same tone (pastels, neutrals, bolds, etc.).
  4. Select the most biggest items in your room, including the furniture, rug/flooring, and lighting, if you’re changing these.
  5. Add in the accents that will make the biggest splash, including bedding, artwork, and window treatments.
  6. Fill in the gaps with smaller accents, including fresh flowers, throw blankets, and pillows. (To learn the right way to choose bedroom pillows, check out this article!).

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