#2  Don't Forget The Bedroom

The bedroom is the most personal room for most homes. It should also be one of the most
personalized. It can be a romantic love nest or a sanctuary for sleep and relaxation. It can be
cheerful and calming for the kids, as they innocuously delude themselves into thinking they own
the room. Wanting to impress friends, neighbors, and guests, homeowners tend to get
tunnel-vision, focusing on public areas of the home. It's time to be selfish and turn your attention
to bedroom decorating. After all, before you take that morning shower, you must first get out of
your bed.

The center of every bedroom is the bed. It's ostensibly why the room exists in the first place.
Obviously, your first concern will be the mattress, but don't neglect your headboard. It's difficult
to underestimate the importance of psychological factors in getting a good night's sleep. The feel
and even the appearance of your bed when you get into it can translate into how you feel when
you get out of it.

Moving away from your bed,
take some time to consider your general bedroom decorating
Do you find the color of the walls relaxing? Muted colors may tend to be relaxing in
general, but if they become too bland, you may find yourself more annoyed than relaxed. Should
you have different colors or shades on your ceiling than your walls? Your bedroom walls will be
more noticeable when you enter your bedroom; your ceiling is more noticeable when you're lying
in bed.

Lighting is important in any room, but especially so in the bedroom. You probably need full
lighting during the day, a reading light for evening, and dim lighting for when you wake in the
middle of the night. Light dimmers are quite effective, but you don't want to necessarily rely on
one lighting fixture for all your bedroom lighting.

Fabrics are present in every bedroom, but they can only be effectively incorporated within larger
bedroom installations. A decoratively patterned or solid colour comforter will work well with an
upholstered headboard depending on the fabric you choose for the headboard. The same holds
true for window curtains and wall texturing. Avoid being too plain. Avoid being too busy.

Creating a budget is a good idea for any home improvement project. Giving yourself at least a
budget range will help you focus on what can be done and what's most important to you. Some
parts of the project you may be able to do on your own, for others you may want to hire a
contractor. If the most important thing is the headboard, you may want to hire an upholsterer to
custom build you one, and you can paint the walls yourself. If the most important thing is your
walls, you can hire a house painter for the walls and buy or build a cheaper headboard.

Whatever you decide, it's time to make your bedroom your own again.
Bedroom decorating is a relatively simple home improvement project
that can greatly enhance your home and your life.