Updating a Master Bedroom without Spending a lot of Money

Every Spring we tackle home improvement projects, clean out our closets, and organize our belongings. As a result, it brings a since of satisfaction and new energy into our homes. However, many times our bedrooms get overlooked. It easy to do since usually it is never seen by guests. Clutter starts to creep in, clothes end up in piles until you find the time to hang them. Before you know it, it is far from the place of solace it was designed to be, a place to rest and feel recharged for the next day.

Recently, we had a client contact us in need of help with her master bedroom. She wanted to freshen up the look of her room without having to spend a lot of money on new furniture. 

“I would like to update the look of our bedroom, but my husband doesn’t want to buy new furniture. What would you suggest to bring new life into the space?”

We were able to offer her a solution via our virtual consultation. Here are a few things we suggested:

1. Balance the visual weight of furniture

First thing we noticed was the room looked dark and cramped. Though her furniture is beautiful, it was very heavy for the size of her room and there was a lot of it, which was making the room feel tight and dark. Some of the pieces needed to come out. We recommended removing the tall dresser in front of the window and either replacing the headboard with an upholstered one or lighter night stands.

White upholstered chairs visually soften the wood furniture in the room.

White upholstered chairs visually soften the wood furniture in the room.

2. Remove all clutter

Looking at clutter can cause feelings of angst. We suggested removing any items that the client wasn't in love with. Also, free up space on the nightstands and dresser by limiting the amount of decorative objects and arranging them in neat groupings. 

Use a decorative tray, like this one from Pier 1, to group together items neatly on you dresser or night stands.




3. Hang curtains high and wide

To help make the room feel larger and downplay the awkwardness of the bed placement, we recommended hanging new curtains, in a lighter fabric, high and wide. By running the curtains the length of the wall, it will visually make the space feel much larger and help to soften all the dark wood furniture in the room.

4. Bring in Table lamps

Table lamps definitely will help to lighten up the dark room but it will also allow for gentler lighting in the evenings when it is time to unwind.


5. New bedding

Another way to help lighten up the room and bring in some new life is by replacing the existing comforter set with new white bedding. We recommend purchasing the best quality sheets you can afford. Great sheets make climbing in to bed feel like a treat!

Also provided, were visual examples for her to go by and a shopping list for the accessories.

Sometimes all you need is a little advice or guidance instead of a complete room design, and we want to be able to assist you with that as well.

For this reason, we created our Ask My Designer service. Whether you need advice on furniture placement or are unsure of what colors to bring into your room, we can help via a virtual consultation. All you have to do is fill out a short survey and send us photos of your space, and we will get you going in the right direction!  So stop procrastinating on that room you've been meaning to finish. And let us help you make your rooms and your home something you can be proud of!

We can help translate the images on your Pinterest board into your reality.

Let's get started!

Your designers,

-Jessica and Mallory