Q: How can I remodel a bedroom?
A: If your bedroom looks as tired as you sometimes feel in the morning, it might be time for an update. Revamping your entire bedroom can get expensive, but simply repainting your room can achieve the same goals without breaking the bank.
While painting can certainly make big changes in your bedroom, it can also be tricky. As long as you follow these simple instructions and have the right tools, you'll be well on your way to creating the perfect tranquil space you've always envisioned.
The Right Tools and Methods
Before you begin to paint, you need to “paint proof” your room. A bedroom typically contains furniture, decor, and other possessions you want to keep safe during the painting process. A great way to start is to first remove all decorative items off of your walls, and move your furniture out of your bedroom or away from the walls. Use drop cloths to cover any furniture in your bedroom. Painter’s tape comes in handy to mask off areas like window sills, ceiling corners, paneling and trim.
While navigating around large furniture left in your bedroom, you may encounter difficult angles as you are going around the edges of your walls. This means you either have to contort your body to gain a comfortable painting angle, or use painter's tape to be less accurate in difficult areas.
Having the right brushes for your project is also important. You may need a short-handled paint brush depending on the corners in the room. A quality brush with flexible bristles is recommended because it will be easier to use in almost any application versus a long-handled brush. A mini paint roller also works well getting into corners and other hard-to-reach areas without getting paint on undesired surfaces.
The Right Colors
The next aspect of how to make your bedroom feel new is choosing the right color or colors.
Essentially there are two options when choosing colors for your bedroom:
1. Dark colors like grays, chocolate browns like Fig Branches, and deep blues like High Salute create a tranquil and relaxing environment. Darker hues help you relax as you settle in for the evening, but might not be as energizing when you wake up in the morning.
2. Light colors such as yellows like Soft Cream, taupes, light blues like Irradiant Iris, or whites like Winter Morn create a more refreshing and invigorating environment. Lighter colors might not trigger relaxation, but will provide you with a boost of energy to start your day.
Lastly, remember the divisions of warm and cool colors:
- Greens, blues, aquas, purples and grays are cool paint colors.
- Reds, yellows, oranges, browns and off-whites are warm tones.
Any of these color families will work well in a bedroom, but sticking with either warm or cool colors in your overall scheme will be more harmonious than mixing the two.
Make it Yours
The most important aspect when you're about to repaint your bedroom is to consider what you enjoy. Choose a color that reminds you of something you like. Whether it’s the color of your favorite comfort food or the color of your favorite shirt you own, you will get far more enjoyment out of a color that makes you feel happy. Making your space your own ultimately makes a house a home, and can be achieved by a fresh coat of paint.