Style your laundry on a budget
Following on from my Bathroom styling on a budget piece, now I’m going to show some simple ways of updating the bedroom in preparation for the cooler months. Winter weather cries out for a few obvious changes which may include a switch to a heavier duvet inner, the addition of an electric blanket or wool underlay, and some extra layering with a throw or blanket. Nothing beats curling up all cosy in bed with a good book when the temperature plummets and the nights get darker, but what about a general re-fresh? If you’re thinking about giving your room an update, now is a great time to do it. Change can do wonders for the soul. Here are a few simple ideas that can go a long way when injecting some life into a tired bedroom, and will no doubt lift your spirits at the same time.
Invest in some new bedding
New bedding is an easy and effective way of changing the look of your bedroom and there are so many beautiful styles on offer right now. This is a firm favourite of mine, I love the look and feel of natural linen. Bold graphics are also very popular right now. I recommend taking a look at Aura and Citta Design, both of whom have a great selection. For a touch of luxury, I can’t go past local brand Penney + Bennett, who produce the most incredible range of printed linen and silk bedding.
There are lots of ways to add texture to the bedroom, especially when it comes to textiles and soft furnishings. Don’t be afraid to mix bedding materials such as linen sheets, a cotton duvet cover and wool throw. You can also add texture by way of bedside accessories, such as a marble candleholder or natural stone vase. The bedroom below has a lovely mix of textures including a quilted bedhead, cowhide rug, velvet throw, cane chair, and woven basket.
All in the details
Candles go hand in hand with cooler nights, helping to creating warmth and a cosy ambience, while fresh flowers will add colour and brighten up the room. Keeping up a constant supply of flowers can be costly, so I often place a small, inexpensive houseplant by my bedside to add a natural pop of green. Add interest and a personal touch to the room with artworks, posters, or photographs. An affordable yet really effective idea is to simply tear out some striking imagery from a magazine, and use washing tape to stick them to the wall. At home I often stick to simple black and white photographs of my family, our wedding, and travels.
For a bold change that is less daunting than changing the entire room, consider repainting or papering one wall in your bedroom. Dark grey or charcoal shades create a striking contrast, while pastel colours like the soft teal shade below gives the room a lovely lift. Graphic wallpaper adds vibrancy and creates a focal point for the room.
Installing some new lighting can make a huge difference to the overall look of the room. Utilise existing fittings and replace the bedside wall lamps or change out the pendant light with something really striking.
Home loan top-ups
Pay for home renovations, big purchases, and/or events and if it's insulation or heating you need, you could be eligible for a special home loan top up.