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Remodeling a Bedroom Yourself

by HomeRepairExpert.com

Whether you're converting an old office or completely redecorating an outdated bedroom, giving a space an entirely new look can be a lot of fun. With the proper planning, the process can be almost effortless. Here are a few tips, suggestions and ideas for remodeling a bedroom.

Style

Take into account your personal style. Considering all the variables before any redecorating begins is key. Do you like modern décor, or is country more to your tastes? Dark walls or neutral walls? Do you want throw rugs? Do you prefer pictures or posters? Day bed or king-sized? Is there adequate storage in the closet, or will you need an armoire? Do you want a television in your bedroom?

Walls

What to do with the walls is an important consideration. White and neutral paints work well, but consider other colors as well. Or keep your current wall color but add a motif or pattern for a subtle difference. You might get a bit more creative and try a faux finish: a technique used to make the finished surface look like another material. Faux finishing is easy to do and provides depth and drama. Don't be afraid of bold wall treatments; they can be nicely offset with more understated and muted curtains, bedspreads, throw rugs and accent pillows.

Windows

Which window covering you use can have a big impact. Curtains are the simplest option and are available in an endless array of colors, sizes and styles, from simple curtains to elegant drapes with tasseled ties and cornice boxes or valances. Other options include shades, shutters or blinds. These window coverings are also available in many colors, sizes and styles, and you can also choose from a range of materials, such as metal, fabric, plastic and wood. Shades, shutters and blinds can be custom-fit to accommodate any size window.

Zoning

If you have limited square footage, consider making your bedroom a multipurpose area, which is a great way to get the most use out of available space. For example, one corner of a bedroom could become an office, a home gym, a craft corner, or a mini studio where you can draw or paint. Decide how large each area will be, consider what furniture you'll need, and bring in a room divider, such as a folding screen or bookshelf to separate the zones.

Furniture

Bear in mind that nothing cramps a room like furniture that is too big for the space. Be sure to use pieces that are appropriately sized, and use only what is necessary, especially in very small bedrooms. The bed and dresser are essential, but you may have to forgo bedside tables and a chaise lounge. Make use of furniture that has hidden space for storing your things, such as ottomans and beds with underbed storage. If you're on a budget, check with friends, neighbors, co-workers and family members to see if they have furniture they no longer need.


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