PROPERTY CARE TIPS AND ADVICE: IMPROVING THE BEDROOM

As you probably know, the bedroom is one of the most important rooms in the house and it’s important to be well presented. It serves not one but two functions – firstly as a place to relax and de-stress after a long day at work (or school) and secondly as a place where you can safely invite someone new into your life. You should aim to make your bedroom an inviting environment that makes you and other people feel both relaxed and welcome. Here are tips for improving the bedroom.

The Bed

The first and probably most important area of any bedroom is the bed. No matter how much thought you put into decorating the rest of your bedroom, if your bedding isn’t inviting then your efforts will be for nothing. The style and quality of your bed sheets, quilt covers and pillows can often tell a lot about how you value yourself as well as other people potentially visiting you in your bedroom. If you don’t have any other decorating experience, the simplest way to add your own personal touch to your bedroom is by choosing bedding that you like and think reflects who you are. You might want to choose a theme or style that makes your bedroom look appealing and inviting. For example, if you’re into rock music then a black and red quilt cover set could be a nice choice, whereas if you’re more of a country type of person then light pastel colours may suit your room better.

Another important tip for creating an inviting bedroom is ensuring that the size of the bed fits the room correctly. The general rule of thumb is to ensure there’s enough room for someone to walk around one side of the bed without having to squeeze past it. If your bed is too small for the room, you may be better off getting a bigger one to create a more inviting environment – but don’t purchase one that’s too big or you’ll end up with wasted space in your bedroom.

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Lighting

Lighting is very important for creating a romantic and inviting atmosphere in the bedroom. Many people make the mistake of leaving their bedroom without any lighting other than what comes from outside (usually street lamps). If you’re one such person, it may be worth your time to install some form of small bedside light that doesn’t produce much heat or take up too much energy. There’s also nothing wrong with installing low-energy ceiling lights as long as they generate enough light for you to see where you’re going when getting out of bed at night – but don’t leave them on all night or even during the day because they’ll keep generating heat whether turned on or not. This is a simple way to reduce your electricity bill if done properly.

Different types of lights produce different moods:

  • Low mood lighting: This is achieved by using either low-energy bulbs and lamps or leaving the bedroom door open and allowing natural light to enter. These lights shouldn’t be too bright because they’re designed specifically for relaxing and winding down. They shouldn’t be so dim that you can barely see your hand in front of your face.
  • Romantic lighting: For this type of setting, target lights should only illuminate the bedside tables – not the middle of the room. You might also want to consider putting some red or blue coloured wallpaper up on two opposite walls as this will create an even more romantic environment when combined with low lights.
  • Accent lighting: Accent lighting is used to highlight pictures, works of art, statues, ornaments or anything else of interest that you have in your bedroom.

Cleanliness And Order

The next step for improving your bedroom is ensuring that it’s clean and tidy. One of the biggest mistakes when decorating a bedroom (or any room in the house) is not putting enough effort into cleaning beforehand. Before you even consider decorating, make sure you’ve used chemicals, vacuum cleaners or whatever else to remove any dirt, dust or grime from the floor, walls and ceiling. If you want to create an inviting environment then having a dirty grimy bedroom certainly won’t help – so take care of this important task before launching into painting, wallpapering or buying new furniture.

Next, even if everything else in your bedroom looks beautiful, inviting and perfect, it won’t matter one bit if it’s covered in dust! Make sure that you wash your bedding regularly as well as vacuuming, dusting and cleaning everything else at least once a week.

Another way to improve your bedroom is by making sure that everything has its own place where it can be stored away after use. This doesn’t mean you have to spend hours organising your bedroom, but it does mean taking a few minutes to ensure that everything has its own space. If you’re not sure what belongs in each room then rotate the items around every month or so. This way nothing gets left out of place for too long and gives you better access to all your bedroom items when needed.

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Ventilation And Proper Temperature Control

Having proper ventilation means ensuring that your bedroom is properly ventilated. During warm summers this will mean opening windows at night to let cool air in, whereas during colder seasons it may be necessary to open them during the day as well. Of course, there are other ways to improve ventilation without having to go outside – try using fans to circulate fresh air throughout your bedroom, or invest in a decent air conditioning unit if your home is properly insulated.

Fan-based ventilators can either be ceiling-mounted or floor-standing. For maximizing the flow of cool air from walls, it’s advisable to use a powerful fan that blows air downwards or across the room. In case you don’t have fitted ceilings then hanging one at the top corner of the bedroom will work just as well. Floor fans are quite effective when placed near doorways so as to blow cooler air into rooms at reduced speeds.

If you find that your bedroom is generally too hot during the summer months and too cold during winter ones, it would be advisable to improve insulation levels.

Decorations

The final part of decorating your bedroom involves giving the room some character. It’s important to find decorations that won’t result in bumps or bruises when you’re manoeuvring around your bedroom at night. Here are a few ideas:

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  • Wall hangings: If you have enough wall space, consider putting up some lamps or pictures so the area doesn’t look bare and lifeless.
  • Plants: Some strategically placed plants can really help brighten up an otherwise dull room with little natural light so if you already have them then now might be a good time to use them! Just try not to block any doors or windows with them as this will stop airflow and potentially cause mould growth on surfaces underneath where water may drip down onto them.
  • Curtains: These can help soften the atmosphere in a room and can be an excellent way to keep heat in during winter and cool air during summer without having to resort to using your central heating or air conditioning systems.

The most important part of decorating your bedroom is that you feel comfortable with whatever changes you make. If you don’t like the results, then chances are there’s something wrong with what you’re trying to achieve with your decorating choices. Try out different things until you find one that works for you!

Remember that improving your bedroom is all about improving the experience and atmosphere in that specific area, and doing so by keeping it clean, tidy and well-lit certainly contributes to a better sleeping environment – which you know will help you to relax and unwind. Try these simple steps if you want to improve your bedroom.

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