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Home Improvement Tips for that Dream Bedroom

Of all the rooms in your home, it’s strange to think that you actually spend the most time in your bedroom. In comparison, it is the room we spend the least amount of money on decoration. Although you might justify this by saying that this is the room where you only sleep, the bedroom would be more welcome, if even just for sleeping, if it has an inviting and luxurious decorative finish.

The Bed

If people spend the most time in the bedroom sleeping, then why do most people not spend the time choosing the ideal bed? In reality, this is one piece of contemporary furniture that you should never compromise on as a good quality bed can last up to a decade. If you share the bed, a double might not give you both enough room so a queen sized or even king sized bed might be more appropriate. You also need to consider how much space in your room you want the bed to occupy. There is also the type of mattress, from a soft to a hard mattress depending on how much support you need.

Dedicated Room

To achieve that dream bedroom, you need to ensure that the sole purpose of your bedroom is to relax and sleep in. This means that any other items that may have been placed in your bedroom such as exercise equipment, desks, or anything not related to relax and rest should be moved out. This will ensure that you are in the correct mind frame when you enter the bedroom and not pre-occupied with other things on your mind.

Decoration

The key when it comes to creating a relaxing atmosphere in your bedroom. Just think about that feeling when you enter a bedroom in a five star hotel, and re-create it. Think glamour and luxury, so to achieve a fashionable look in your bedroom opt for a large, plush headboard, heavily patterned wallpaper on just one wall and exquisite soft furnishings such as lots of pillows and cushions and impressive curtains.

Storage

Your bedroom often houses a lot of your personal possessions like clothing, shoes, and other personal items and even papers. These items can take up a lot of room, so all these items need to be neatly tucked out of sight. Storage is important to achieving this so look for under-bed storage, tall wardrobes with lots of space, dressers and bedside tables with additional storage.

Lighting

To complete the dream bedroom, you need soft, diffused lights. Shutters on the windows are a great way of controlling natural light, allowing brightness during the day and good blocking out at night. Bedside or table lamps with soft wattage bulbs can help to create a functional yet soft light for reading. An uplighter lamp in the corner can add a touch of romance to any room.

 

Some Home Improvement Tips for Tight Budgets

Use Cloth Covers

Tablecloths and runners can cover a multitude of things in your home. Today’s fashion for clean surfaces and fuss-free counters has made us forget about the beauty of cloth covers. Creatively infuse fabrics into your home decoration to cover scratches, patches, and worn out surfaces. A throw elegantly arranged on a chair looks great.

CLAYGO (CLean As You GO)

A clean home will always look miles better than one that needs a good dusting. Who cares if the carpet is faded and the bathroom tiles are outdated so long as they’re super clean.

Burn Candles

Aside from the “stylishly distressed” look, if you’re living in the city proper, lit candles keep away flies, indoors and outdoors.

Cushions

A new set of cushions are a steal anytime. Perfect when you want to effect refreshment, comfort, and introduce a new color scheme.

Window Dressings

How are you dressing your windows? Curtains or blinds; dark colors or bright; heavy fabrics or light? New window dressings can bring a whole new character to a room, allowing you to make fresh decisions about the type of feel and lighting you want.

Rearrange

Make the best of what you’ve already got. See if the TV or other fixtures, furniture, or bookcases would look better on the opposite wall or moved to another room.

Replace

If an item or element of your home doesn’t fit with the look you’re trying to achieve, it’s definitely worth investigating how much it costs for an upgrade. You won’t know if you can afford it until you’ve done the research. If you still don’t think it can be done, think about how you can creatively work around the cost. If you hate your doors and flooring, for example, try replacing just one or the other. New doors might look great with the existing floor, or you could opt for new flooring and paint your doors to complement.

Investigate the Alternatives

Can’t afford real wood? Have a look at some upmarket laminate or veneer. Lusting after those designer tiles? I’m sure they’d look just as good in two rows instead of three. Keep your mind open to cheaper options and don’t be afraid to think outside the box.

Exchange

If you’ve always coveted your sister’s dining room dresser, and you know she doesn’t want it anymore, why not broker a swap? You never know, she might be grateful to get rid of it. Bonus Tip: It is never too late to de-clutter. It will take bags off of your home’s shelf life.

6 Ways to Improve the Energy of Your Home

As energy prices continue to rise, now is the time to make your home more energy efficient. Fortunately, this doesn’t take a lot of time or money. Below are six ways to boost your home’s energy efficiency.

Clean Furnace Filters or Replace with New Ones

If your home is heated by a forced-air gas system, cleaning or changing out the air filter on a monthly basis can save money during the cold months. Cleaning can usually be done with a standard vacuum, and new ones are often cheap. You can choose filters that eliminate allergens from the air.

Use Compact Fluorescents and LEDs

Individual bulbs might not use too much energy, but altogether, an average home spends 11 percent of its energy bill on lighting. However, you can drastically reduce this figure by trading your incandescent bulbs for energy-efficient compact fluorescent lighting and LEDs. This reduces lighting energy costs by up to three-quarters.

Install Energy-efficient Windows

Between 25% to 40% of a home’s heating and cooling costs literally go out the window. To save money, you can trade your regular windows for energy-efficient models that prevent drafts and have higher insulation ratings.

Adjust Laundry Techniques

For energy-intensive processes of washing and drying clothes, don’t wash clothes until you’ve accumulated a full load. Use cooler temperatures when clothes aren’t extremely dirty. Empty the lint trap with each dryer load, or better yet, dry your clothes on a clothes line.

Try to Plant Trees Around Your Home

Shade trees can keep your home cool in the warmer months and reduce your energy costs. In fact, cooling costs can be cut by as much as 40% by shielding the sides of your home from the sun’s rays. This is most effective for walls that face the sun.

Ensure that Your Attic and Walls are Insulated

Keeping these crucial parts of the home properly insulated can prevent loss of heating and cooling through invisible air leaks. If your home is old, you’re more likely to have poor insulation in the attic and walls. While you might spend a fair amount on this project, the investment will easily last a long time.