OK, be honest. Is your master bedroom the place where you go to dump your clothes and then your body for a good night’s sleep? Does it look more like a dorm room than a bedroom? If so, it’s time to redecorate. Here are some ideas to help you that won’t break your budget.
What is your vision for your ideal master bedroom?
First, decide what you want in a bedroom. Do you long for a retreat at the end of a hard day? Perhaps your visions include a place to play with the kids, read, unwind with the TV or surf the internet. Make a decision on exactly what you want in a master bedroom and the rest of the details will fall into place.
Paint works wonders
The most immediate and least expensive change you can make to your room is paint. Whether you choose to paint one accent wall or the entire room, new paint can make a dramatic, instant difference.
Be aware, though, that “Room color, particularly in your home, can dramatically affect moods, feelings and emotions,” according to Creedmore Psychiatric Center’s Dr. Julia Shugar. In fact, if you have an infant, don’t paint the nursery walls yellow. . .a study finds that babies in yellow rooms cry more than babies in other-colored rooms. Weird, I know.
Dr. Sally Augustin, with the American Psychological Association, agrees. “Colors that are less saturated and relatively bright, such as sage green, are relaxing to look at,” she claims.
“Meanwhile, colors that are saturated and not very bright, like a rich sapphire blue, are energizing to look at.”
If your vision for your master bedroom includes relaxation, you’ll want to go with the less-saturated hues, such as the green mentioned by Dr. Augustin. If you’ll be selling your home in the near future, consider blue.
“Cross-culturally, the most highly favored color is very saturated blue,” Steve Palmer, professor emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley tells smithsonian.com’s Alicia Ault. Paint colors to consider include Benjamin Moore’s “Vermont Slate” or “Blue Nose,” Kelly-Moore’s 2015 color-of the-year, “Coastal Surf” or “Hague Blue” by Farrow & Ball.
Once you have new paint on the walls you will need to determine a color scheme. If you’re going for the monochromatic look then start with the color of the walls and use different shades of that same color for your accent pieces.
For instance, if your walls are Vermont Slate, you could use a darker or lighter blue or even a blue-tinged gray (check Benjamin Moore’s “Beacon Gray”)
for the curtains and bedspread and a medium tone blue (“Saratoga Springs,” for instance) for pillows, rugs and other accessories. By the way, this blue color scheme also looks amazing with light browns, such as “Butterfield” and “Cotton Tail.” Consider choosing accessories that include these shades.
Or you could be more daring and choose colors on the opposite side of the color wheel from one another. Contrasting colors such as yellow and purple can be fun – except when you’re trying to sell the home (purple is disliked by both men and women). Make sure one of the colors is a softer shade, for instance lilac with a bold yellow.
Now that you’ve decided on a color scheme, the rest of the room will be easy to plan. Accessories and accent pieces can tie the whole room together. Bedding and curtains are great items to either add softness, color, or even edginess to the master bedroom.
Mirrors on the tops of dressers or end tables will help reflect light and make the room appear larger. Plants, whether live or fabric, will make the room feel cozier. If you have a spacious room, a cute bistro table with chairs could be a great place to do some reading.
Lots of pillows for luxurious lazy mornings in bed look inviting when the bed is made.
And don’t forget the artwork. Accessorizing your walls is a major component of redecorating the master bedroom. Don’t limit yourself to paintings and photographs. Consider a three-dimensional piece of artwork to add interest, such as an oversized clock. These items don’t have to be expensive. Check out Target’s collection.
Anytime you start to feel overwhelmed or “stuck” during your redecorating project use the internet for inspiration. Interior decorating websites, artist’s websites, Pinterest and even photographers and architect’s sites can all be a source of fresh ideas in your quest to create a more beautiful master bedroom.
If you’re considering the makeover for a future home sale, contact Realty Billings. We offer free staging to our listing clients and would be happy to walk through the home and make suggestions.