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5 Steps to Make Your Room Look Like New

Your bedroom should be a sanctuary — a peaceful and beautiful place where you get your 40 winks of sleep at night, and can go to relax and unwind during the day.

If that first sentence made you laugh out loud as you envisioned your cluttered and chaotic bedroom that is more stressful than restful, it might be time for a bedroom makeover. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can to do update and renovate your bedroom that are easy and won’t break the bank. Follow these steps to get started.

1. Assess the bedroom situation

Before you start repainting walls or moving furniture around, make an honest assessment of your bedroom and home in on the trouble spots. Does the morning light wake you up every morning? Is the color on the walls outdated? Once you pinpoint the main issues, you can start improving the look of your room.

2. Give it a thorough purge

Go through your bedroom and give it a good old-fashioned de-cluttering. Put away or donate the clothes you have hanging from your chair, clean off your nightstand and dresser top, get rid of those boxes of miscellaneous items that ended up on your bedroom floor and go through your closet to donate any shoes and clothes you never wear.

3. Consider a new bed and bedding

If it’s been eons since you purchased your mattress, it’s probably time to spring for a new one. Since a different mattress size can make a room look completely different, spend some time measuring your space and decide how large a bed you have room for and where it can be placed. Check online mattress retailers to research the type of mattress that’s right for you. Once you choose your bed, treat yourself to a new set of bedding, including a new comforter and some throw pillows.

4. Consider a change of color

One of the easiest and budget-friendly ways to update a bedroom is with a new wall color or two. Select colors that enhance the overall feel you are trying to achieve in your room; for example, if you want a peaceful haven, warm blues and/or greens might work better than vivid reds and purples. Head to a paint store and bring home several paint chips, and then hold them up against your new bedding to be sure the color complements the shade of your new comforter.

5. Update the lighting and curtains

If your bedroom is too dark or the lighting is outdated, add some new lamps and other forms of lighting to your bedroom. Great choices are string lights, a suspended lantern or a chandelier. Next, tackle your window coverings. If the room gets too warm and bright in the morning look for curtains that will block light. Other options are budget-friendly mini blinds, flowery drapes or roller shades that let natural light into the room even when drawn.

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