When you think about your bedroom, what comes to mind? Is it a utopia oasis, a place where you can escape and relax after a stressful day? Or is it an extension of your closet as a jumbled mess of clothes lay on the floor, generic posters taped to the wall, and boring furniture that is there strictly to take up space. Of all the areas in the home the bedroom receives the least amount of attention because it is seen so infrequently by guests and the majority of time in the room is spent sleeping. As a result, the bedroom is the most lackluster and disorganized room in the house, but it should be the most inviting. The bedroom is your sanctity where you throw off the work clothes to relax and recharge the batteries. When the room is clean, organized, and full of things that resemble who you are, you're more likely to spend your time in there. If you're considering an overhaul of your bedroom, and you're on a tight budget, bear in mind some of these ideas to help get you started.
First, you're going to want to put on a fresh coat of paint. Do not underestimate what a new color can do to bring new life to a room. For instance, when many people move into a new home, they loathe the color of their bedroom and feel that with new residents comes a new identity to the home. When choosing a paint color for your bedroom, first consider how certain colors make you feel. When you paint a room a soothing color, for example an ocean-like blue, it totally changes the atmosphere of the room. The color of a room sets the tone for what you plan to do with your bedroom. Red walls can mean something totally different from green or yellow walls. Finally, don't forget your moldings, as well as the ceiling. These areas don't always have to stay white.
We're no longer in college anymore so the Bob Marley posters and beer tarps are a thing of the past. What hangs from your walls are a direct representation of your interests and personality. Many people don't have art, but adding art that's meaningful is a spectacular way to add character to your bedroom. The good news is that you don't have to spend a lot of money to buy contemporary art on a budget. Etsy, an affordable art website, sells handmade and vintage goods from individual artist all over the world. You can also get great art by visiting art schools. At the end of each semester, students put their work up for show, and for a broke college kid, any money for their work is good money. Another clique, but cheap, art idea is to buy a blank canvas and in nice cursive writing, display your favorite quotes or passages from your favorite book/movie.
Get Creative with Furniture
If you can't afford a whole new bedroom set, why not be frugal and eco-friendly and buy used good? Thrift stores are wonderful places to scour for and buy used, second hand furniture. The old saying goes that one man's trash is another man's treasure, and thrift stores are full of treasure that can be extensions of yourself in your new room. When looking at pieces, don't worry about the paint or finish when you're looking at chairs, tabled, and bureaus. Remember that theses items can always be repainted or re stained. Knobs and drawer handles can be replaced with new or vintage pieces.
One Final Quick Tip
If you want your bedroom to be truly relaxing, keep the TV out. Feng Sui experts claim that having a TV in your bedroom is one of the worst things you can do. Why? Because you're tempted to watch TV late, and late night TV watching has been proven to cause you to stay awake longer, and negatively impact your sleep.
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An unfinished bedroom serves as a valuable blank canvas. A ct home remodel can start with something as basic as hanging and painting simple sheetrock walls and installing plywood floors at a relatively low cost. Of course, the sky is the limit on remodeling and design projects in your home; and setting a budget for design is a bit easier than setting a budget for needed repairs. Remember, even for the simplest remodeling projects, a permit as well as an inspection may be needed in order to ensure it is legal - especially if you are adding a bedroom or bathroom.