Pennies from Heaven
With C.R. Hill
The bedroom is one of my favorite rooms of the house. Mention the word bedroom and my mind conjures up images of a cozy hide out, a private get a way, in other words a place of sanctuary. This is the one room of the house that I will decorate first and foremost because it is the place I go to hide, to relax and unwind, to let my guard down. Itís where we spend one third of our lives. But, it can be pretty expensive to decorate if you donít have a plan and you donít work your plan.
Whatís the first thing I have addressed in all most all my articles about decorating? PAINT! Take a good look at your walls. If they need painting, do it. Wal-Mart sells paint for less than $11.00 a gallon. And go for the gusto and paint the room one of your favorite colors; itís well worth it. Three years ago my husband and I painted our bedroom a gorgeous red and we have never regretted it.
Next, address the bed. The bed is usually the focal point of the room unless there is an outstanding architectural detail that will draw oneís attention. A bed should be made for comfort and it should express style. There are colors and styles too numerous to mention at this time, but suffice it to say itís worth the extra money to buy high quality sheets and bedding. These items can be bought at a fairly reasonable price on sale. A good source for quality sheets, quilts, and comforters is Target. Keep in mind, the higher the thread count for sheets, the better the quality.† If you cannot afford to or do not want to buy a quilt or comforter, this is the time to decide if you would like to sew your own. There are loads of easy to follow patterns for making quilts. Also, this is the time, if you choose to, to change the headboard/footboard. If this isnít in the budget, then refinish or paint your existing footboard/headboard. This will cost less than $20.00. Or buy a used headboard and footboard and paint it. If your bed sits on a frame a lone, consider using an old door, fencing, or some other material to make a headboard. Rather than attach this to your bed frame, attach the headboard to the wall.
And donít forget to dress your windows while youíre at it. There are several options for windows in a wide range of out of pocket expenses. Curtains are usually the easiest and least expensive form of dressing. A simple panel curtain can be made on sale for as little as $1.00 a yard for fabric. Thrift stores are also good for a source of gently used curtains and drapes. Target, Wal-Mart and other discount stores offer a wide range of options as well. If you do decide to go with a simple panel curtain, do consider using a decorative curtain rod as a means to add detail and style. You can also make your own curtain rod with a wooden rod and finials attached to the ends and finished in a color you choose.
Lastly, consider your lighting carefully. Although ceiling lights are good for kitchen, dining room and bathroom spaces, bedrooms cry out for mood lighting.† A lamp that casts a soft glow fits this bill perfectly. However, if you do a lot of reading in bed, make sure to have task lighting at hand.
In conclusion, if your bedroom has unmatched pieces, then paint most or all the furniture all one color to bring a sense of cohesion. The furniture style for dressers, nightstands, bed frame, and so forth do not need to match, but they can cause a note of discord because of excess in styles.
Any project takes one small step. So take that step and before you know it youíve made it to the finish line. So until the next time we meet may you be blessed with Pennies from Heaven.