How to give your bedroom an instant makeover

Your bedroom is one of the most important spaces in your home. It’s where you retreat to at the end of each day and it’s where every new day begins. Creating the right ambiance in this room is vital. You should be aiming for a relaxed look that’s stylish and ordered. Updating your bedroom doesn’t have to be drastic, there are plenty of simple tricks and techniques you can use to inject a fresh new look to an existing space.

Here we have put together some easy styling ideas to give your bedroom an instant makeover.

Curtains and blinds

Soft furnishings are incredibly important in a bedroom space. They add comfort, privacy and a sense of cosiness yet they also help define the aesthetic of the room. Therefore your choice of carpet, curtains or blinds is inevitably going to set the tone for the mood in your bedroom.

If you want to upgrade your bedroom wow-factor then investing in a new pair of made to measure curtains or blinds is a great way to revive a room that you’re bored with. You could start by exploring our M2M Roman Blinds and Curtains collection features 290 fabrics from our bestselling Ashley Wilde collections. Ilumin8 offer a custom service with a choice of double or triple pinch pleats, pencil or eyelet headings and with a range of lining options, including black out and interlining for energy efficiency.

Layer up

Layering window solutions, especially in a bedroom is an excellent way of controlling light and creating a beautiful co-ordinated look.  There are plenty of combinations you can try. The trick is to have the right balance between your curtain fabric and your blinds fabric, an Ashley Wilde representative will be happy to advise on options that work with your colour scheme and style.

For a contemporary look with lasting appeal, our Japonica curtains from our Sakura collection in Fog, a fabulous choice and can be made with a blackout lining. They work particularly well when paired with a modern minimalist bedroom look.

For a new take on traditional country chic, a modern floral print like Navara Denim from our new Meraki collection adds colour and visual impact.

Quality bedding

Whether you have a single, a double or a superking bed, it’s inevitable that the bed is going to be the central focus. Make sure it looks its best by choosing quality bedding. There are some fail safe rules you can stick to here; for bedrooms with busy wallpaper and contrasting colours, a non-patterned bedspread like the chic Messina Mist Bedding our Kylie collection is great. The neutral block colour adds balance. Likewise, if your bedroom is generally calm and you’d like to add a pattern or motif into the mix, a patterned bedspread can look very effective. Some of our favourites at the moment include the Julia Dove bedding from our Cabbages and Roses collection and the iconic appeal of the Summer Flower Stem Bedding from our Orla Kiely House collection.

Soft touch

There’s no easier or more cost effective way to transform a bedroom than to purchase some new soft cushions or create some new cushion covers. You can either use fabrics that embrace your colour scheme or dare to choose a contrasting palette of colours to add a new vibrancy and mood.

More often than not, our bedrooms are furnished with calming, neutral tones that promote wellbeing. If you’re not sure what colour to go for, you may be interested to know that blue bedrooms are supposed to encourage a better night’s sleep.

If you’re looking for the perfect way to introduce the colour blue into your bedroom, we recommend our geometric chenille Kenza in Denim is versatile and injects a fun and fresh feel into any living space. Or if you are after something plush, our new embossed velvet Hugo is available in an array of blue hues

Feature corner

A bedroom may be best used for sleeping and dressing but it can have other functions too. Creating a feature corner in your bedroom is a sure way to change the space and give the room more functionality – and more style. Start by choosing a corner to which your eye is naturally drawn, to test this, simply close the door to your bedroom and then open it and take note of where your eyes initially go. If this is where your eyes naturally navigate, make sure they’re always in for a visual treat by updating this corner.

You could choose to add a writing desk complete with lamps and chair, a statement armchair with a design inspired floor lamp for a cosy reading nook or you could even dedicate a corner to a piece of sculptural art.

The trick is to keep the colours in keeping with your existing palette to create harmony.

Paint job

No doubt you’ve considered this already but a lick of paint can make a huge difference. Painting your bedroom completely doesn’t have to be the only option. Take to Pinterest to discover novel ways of using paint to refresh your bedroom. You may choose to paint a piece of furniture in a stand out shade, or paint your skirting or coving in a subtle accent colour. Alternatively you might want to paint your ceiling in a contrasting shade to the rest of your bedroom – after all statement ceilings are where it is at this year!  Click here too view our 2019 trends blog for inspiration


However you decide to refresh your bedroom, we want to know. Tag us @ashleywildegroup #awghomes in your before and after pictures on Instagram – we’d love to see! And if you’d like to book a consultation with one of our experts, we’d be glad to give you ideas on how to maximise the impact of the soft furnishings in your home décor.

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