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5 Simple Updates That Will Transform Your Bedroom (And You Can Do Them This Weekend!)

Your bedroom is the heart of your home. It's your sanctuary, your haven, the only place you can truly escape from the stress and routine of everyday life. Your bedroom should make you happy, and if it's feeling more blah than beautiful, it's time for a change. We have five simple tweaks that will transform your bedroom into your happy place (and an even happier bonus: you can do them ALL this weekend without breaking the bank!).

1. Add a rug.

Tamara Magel

Douglas Friedman

Often neglected, the rug is that one finishing piece that will make a bedroom feel done. If you assumed that a rug is simply a soft surface to walk on, you're mistaken. Rugs add a layer of warmth and coziness to a bedroom, can add a mood-boosting punch of colour to an otherwise neutral room, and when extended beyond the edge of the bed, will draw the eye out, making the room look larger.

2. Swap in new lighting.

Orlando Soria

Amy Bartlam

The quickest and easiest way to give your bedroom a facelift is with an interesting lighting fixture. Ditch the builder-basic pendant lighting that came with the place and swap in an elegant drum shade, sculptural chandelier, or vintage pendant in its place. Pro tip: also take the time to add a dimmer switch, a must-have for unwinding at night.

3. Paint the ceiling.

Glamour Brasil

The Gray Cottage

Break the fourth wall and simply look up when you're stuck in a design rut. Painting the ceiling a rich, bold colour is unexpected and dramatic, and can add depth and richness to your space. For small bedrooms, it also helps to draw the eye upwards, distracting it from the size of the room. Where else can you get a dramatic change for the mere cost of a can of paint?

4. Add greenery.

Ausland Interiors

Style by Emily Henderson

Greenery, whether in the form of a large plant in the corner of the room, blooming branches, or a small succulent on your bedside table, is a cheap and cheerful way to brighten a space. Not only are plants pretty, but they're functional too. Plants help to improve air quality by producing oxygen and filtering pollutants, improving your health and well-being. 

5. Switch in new pillows and blankets.

Katherine Carter

The Line

Just like your purse or shoes, we think that pillows and blankets should be changed according to the season. Rotate in light and breezy linen blankets and floral pillows for the spring and summer, and chunkier knits, velvets, and fur for fall and winter. Even small updates can breathe fresh life into your room.