It doesn’t take a huge bank account to
take your master bedroom from feeling like your college dorm room to the
sanctuary from a noisy world that it should be.
And, it doesn’t take a lot of time either.
Broken into chunks, you can redecorate your master bedroom over the course of
one, two or three weekends, depending on how much time you want to devote
during each session.
Here are some tips to get you started;
tips that won’t break the bank.
Come up with a vision
for the space
What does your ideal bedroom look like?
Is it a quiet place in which to seek solitude? Or, is it a place where you enjoy
the company of your children, reading, watching TV or roughhousing on the bed?
Think about how you use the room now and
use that as a guide everything from paint color to accessories.
Paint is the foundation
for everything else
If you’ve ever been presented with the dilemma
of trying to decide on a paint color, you know how challenging it can be.
Standing in front of the paint chip samples at the local Lowe’s or Home Depot,
you’re presented with an overwhelming number of choices.
Then, consider that “Room colour,
particularly in your home, can dramatically affect moods, feelings and
emotions,” according to Dr. Julia Shugar with Creedmore Psychiatric Center.
Babies cry more in yellow rooms and blue helps sell homes. The best way to help you decide on a color is to do some online research. Pinterest is full of ideas – just enter the color or mood you’re considering into the search-box and you’ll be presented with pages of tips.
We found some brilliant paint color ideas by searching “relaxing bedroom” at Pinterest. See the results here. Or let a psychologist walk you through the best choices at Food52.com.
Psychologists, by the way, suggest that the most invigorating colors are “saturated but not too bright, such as Kelly greens.” Saturation, by the way, describes the intensity of a color, according to the folks at Techopedia.com.
Once you’ve figured out the primary color
of the room, it’s time to determine your color scheme.
Once you have new paint on the walls you
will need to determine a colour scheme, designed around the paint color.
Schemes to consider include:
Complementary colors come from opposite
sides of the color wheel. For instance, blue paired with orange.
In decorating, it’s a good idea to choose
one soft shade and one bold. For instance, a soft blue with a bold orange. Check
out the slide show at BHG.com.
Monochromatic color schemes involve using different shades of one color. For instance, paint the walls in Behr’s Forever Denim and use Rain Dance and Superior Blue as accent colors (for the bedspread, rug, accessories, etc.)
Prefer griege? Consider Sherwin Williams’ Repose Gray for the walls and then incorporate pops of Gauntlet Gray and Eider White.
Now, dress it up
Choosing accent pieces for the master
bedroom is the fun part of the process. Curtains, bedding, a rug or two – they can
all add immensely to the feel you’re looking for. They also add texture, softness
and even edginess, depending on what you choose.
If you’re going for the look of a luxury
resort hotel room, you’ll need loads of pillows to stack on the bed, a small table
and a chair (or two) and artwork to carry on your color scheme.
And, speaking of artwork, paintings and photographs are fine, but consider three-dimensional pieces as well. Find inspiration online at HGTV.com, AllModern.com and NeimanMarcus.com.
If you’re considering the master bedroom makeover for a future home sale, contact us. We’ll give you an idea of which features will give you the highest return on your investment.
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