Has your ‘Dream Bedroom Re-Design Project’ been deferred, delayed, or not even made it beyond the idea stage? We are here to help with some step by step design instructions to get you started.

1. Find Inspiration
These days it easy to find ideas for your dream bedroom makeover online. Just go to PinterestHouzzPolyvore or other online portals for home design that allow you to collect images in a board or collection for future reference. You can even go old school and collect design images from Home or Design Magazines. Try to narrow it down to specific styles and colors that you like. Just remember it is easy to spend too much time in this phase while neglecting to move on to actions to make it real. Don’t worry about getting it perfect, the plan may change and adjust the further you get into the project.

2. Decide on the Walls
Deciding to paper or re-paint the walls is a good first step in getting started. This can inform the whole design process and can also give you a chance to get the color just right before proceeding further.

3. Decide what to Discard
You will probably decide to keep some things while getting rid of others. Decide which bedding, lighting, furniture, and accessories can stay and which have to go according to your plan. Unloading something unnecessary can feel good as you make room for something even better.

4. Measure It
Measure the overall dimensions of your bedroom to determine exactly how much room you have for your bed, dresser, night stands, etc. It is best to make sure you have enough room for everything before you place orders. There are online tools that help you easily layout your room and furnishings.

5. Start with the Bed
The bed is the foundation for the whole bedroom design, so if you have decided to get a new bed, narrow down your choices on frame and mattress. Don’t forget the headboard as it’s design can be a prominent element.

6. Choose the right Nightstands
The height of your nightstands should ideally depend on the final height of your mattress. It is a good rule of thumb that the nightstand height should be a few inches taller than the mattress. The nightstand design should also complement the design of the bed frame, headboard, dresser and any other furniture in the room.

7. Decide on a Dresser
Look for a dresser that complements the style of your bed, night stands and headboard, and fits nicely into the available space. There are a range of options to choose from. Another option is to re-style an existing dresser with a new coat of paint or stain.

8. Consider the Lighting
There are different lighting needs in any bedroom. General illumination to light the room, bedside lighting, and perhaps task lighting for a writing or make-up table. Bedside lighting is often handled with small table lamps, but this may be inadequate for reading in bed as many do. This can be handled with adjustable wall lamps or even recessed ceiling lamps placed right above the head of the bed. Make sure these lights can be controlled from either side of the bed, so that one partner can have one on while the other is off. General lighting is often handled with ceiling lamps, wall sconces, or floor lamps. Make sure the design of these is in keeping with your design theme. It is a good idea that all your bedroom lighting be on dimmers, as it is desirable to adjust the light levels to set different moods. Other options include using lights on ceiling fans.

9. Flooring Selection
Rugs can be an important design element in your bedroom. If you have beautiful wood floors, maybe just a small area rug next to the bed will work. You could also use a larger area rug for the bed area or one for the whole room. If you use a larger area rug you can still use smaller area rugs next to the bed. The fibers and colors in the rugs should work well with the other elements in the room such as the bedding and furniture.

10. Assemble your Bedding
Stylish beds often utilize the concept of layering and utilize many components to achieve a beautiful layered look. Start with a Bedskirt, then the Sheets and a Blanket, then a Duvet Cover, then a Throw Blanket or Personal Comforter at the foot of the bed. Then it is time to utilize pillows, start with large Euro Size Pillows and work your way down to Standard Pillows in front of those, and then Throw Pillows. These pillows can be in similar colors as the Duvet but also work well in contrasting colors or textures to add interest.

11. Dress your Windows
Window treatments really help finish off the room design and add light control as well. There are many choices here such as curtains, blinds, and many types of shades. Coordinate the design of these with design of the other design elements in play. Consider using curtain panels with a similar fabric as your bedding, or blinds in a complementary color.

12. Add additional Seating
If you have room it is a great idea to add a seating area in your bedroom. A Loveseat or set of chairs can be a welcome addition to any bedroom. You may even want a writing desk.

13. Use Artwork
Many people hang artwork above the head of the bead or where wall space allows. Art can be a nice finishing touch that helps bring everything together. Consider the framing and colors and how it works with the other colors and textures in the room.

14. Finishing Touches
Is something missing? Maybe a mirror, flowers, pictures or plants will help polish off the space.

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