33 Bedroom Remodeling Ideas Every Homeowner Should Know
Embarking on a bedroom remodel is not something that should be done without research and patience. Your bedroom is one of the most important rooms in your home and you may spend up to a third of your life in this room. Your bedroom deserves the time and effort to gather the best ideas and put them into place. We have explored the internet to compile these 33 tips and ideas to make your bedroom remodel a success.
Your bedroom should reflect your personality more than any other room in your house. Personal style can be reflected in your choice of color and design as well as in the furniture and bedding you select. Since your bedroom isn’t a high traffic area you can safely give it a bit more personality than your living room. So be a bit creative and explore some of your own design ideas, even if they are not reflected in the rest of your home, and it may even increase the value of your home.
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- Know why you are remodeling: There are a lot of different reasons why you could remodel your bedroom. This will be the thought that determines a lot of your choices. Remodeling to increase your home value, is a lot different than remodeling for your parents, or your children returning to the nest.
- List your wants: Begin with an honest list of what you want from your bedroom remodel. Is it more closet space? Or enough room for a king size bed? Or is it merely that the carpet is old and you want hardwood. You, and your partner if you have one, should list each thing that you’d like to see in your new bedroom. Use this as a starting point for your thoughts and negotiations.
- Abandon the tub: Ask yourself the following question, “when was the last time I took a bath?”. If the answer is more than 3 months ago, get rid of the tub in your master bathroom. Most new homes have a separate bath and shower. If you don’t have room for both, and you never use the tub, opt for a walk in shower with some luxury elements. Add dual shower heads, or expensive tile.
- Go luxury tub: The opposite end of the spectrum is if you do bathe often. If a bath is something that makes the stresses of the day disappear then go all out. Take the opportunity to splurge and get a soaker tub or a whirlpool bath. Keep in mind that these options often take a lot more hot water than a standard tub. You may need to upgrade your water heater to handle the new demands.
- Take out the office: If you currently are splitting your master bedroom’s square footage with a home office consider taking it out. Use this area for a reading space, or make it a place to put makeup on outside the bathroom. Having your office in direct sight from your most relaxing area tends to remind you of all the stress, not make a cozy get away from it.
- Let in the light: Making your windows larger lets in more light. Natural light has a way of making any room seem a bit larger and more inviting. If you are doing a down to the studs remodel it is the right time to consider expanding your current window, or adding another. If you aren’t doing that extensive of a remodel consider a light tube, this option brings in light but doesn’t require cutting out a wall.
- Look at the long term: Consider making your bedrooms, closets, and master bathroom compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Widening the doorways, having a barrier free shower, and installing rails are ways to make your home more accessible. This accessibility can be a selling point, or help you out as you grow older. Both reasons are enough to spend the extra to accomplish this goal.
- Make it large enough: If you have an older home your bedrooms may be smaller than the ones in more modern construction. This is especially true for the master bedroom. If this is the case in your home, consider ways of making the room more in line with modern rooms. If you have the funds, and building codes allow it, expand your house by pushing out a wall or adding a second story. If you don’t have the funds, or codes prohibit it, look at places you can add more square footage.
- Hire professionals: Even if you have watched hundreds of hours of home improvement shows, tackling a remodeling project isn’t something to be done lightly. Unless you have the time or experience to do the job right hiring contractors is a much better bet. Doing it yourself can take twice as long, and if mistakes are made be twice as expensive.
- Keep it neutral: Keeping the paint colors on your walls more neutral allows you greater flexibility in your decorating. When you select a bold color, or a feature wall of some sort, it dictates the colors that you can use for your décor. So stick to a neutral color and give yourself the ability to change your designs.
- Avoid empty space: Large empty areas can make a room feel more like a warehouse than a cozy getaway. Avoid the opposite end of the spectrum of course, don’t make the room cluttered. There is a happy medium though where you fill the space invitingly.
- Compromise: If you have a partner your bedroom should reflect both of you. This means it should neither be a floral paradise, nor a leather study. Find a style that appeals to both partners and pursue that in your remodel.
- Decals are a good deal: There are a lot of amazing wall decals that can take your neutral colored wall and turn them into a stylish feature. A wall decal is great because they are not a permanent feature. Changing the decals on the walls later on is a simple fix that can change the look of the room without having to repaint.
- Indulge the eyes: If possible orient your bedroom towards the best view. This may be a large window overlooking a natural feature, or it may be a fireplace. Whatever the best view is from the bed should be where you orient the design of the room.
- Remember the time: You spend about 8 hours a day in your bedroom, more if you have a TV in it. This means you should make it comfortable enough that you enjoy the time you spend there. Make a realistic observation about where you spend your time in your home, and devote an appropriate amount of your budget to it.
- Address the lighting: The lighting in your bedroom should be designed to accomplish both bright lighting to help you dress, and dim lighting to help you relax. This means you should install an overhead light that has a dimmer switch, and some bedside table lamps with dimmers also.
- Embrace artsy: Keep your bedroom visually interesting. Find some art that’s in the style that will complement your bedroom remodel. Well placed art can take a blank wall and make it into a feature that makes your bedroom stand out.
- Furniture makes the difference: In your remodel it is not all about architecture and remodeling the structure. When you remodel the bedroom is also the time to consider furniture choices. Replacing your furniture when you remodel gives you a completely new look. If you keep old furniture often you get a room that looks the same as before you began.
- Be consistent: If you pick a style try to stay with it throughout the design of your room. Keeping a consistent style can make your bedroom look luxurious and give you a look that others will envy.
- Headboards are focal points: Your headboard can be the focal point for your room. With so many options out there take the time to select one that compliments your décor and provides a great central focus for your remodel.
- Don’t Forget the Ceiling: In a bedroom it can be hard to find places to add an accent. Your ceiling can be a great area to add some architectural elements by putting in a tray or vaulted ceiling.
- Soften your hardwood: Remember one of the best bedroom remodeling ideas is to soften your hardwood floors with an area rug that the rug should extend out a foot and a half to two feet beyond the edges of your bed.
- Storage is important: As you plan the new layout of your room don’t forget to have enough storage. While open space is great and wonderful, if you sacrifice storage area for it you may just end up with piles of clutter instead. Include enough closet space, or shelving areas to address this issue.
- Upholstered Walls: An interesting idea is to upholster an entire wall. This is an option that not only softens the look of the room, but can provide a sound barrier to help keep the room quieter if there is a noisy room on the opposite side of the wall.
- Separate seating area: If you have a large enough bedroom and plan on having space to relax and spend time in it beyond sleeping try to have a separate seating area. This will keep your bed for sleeping, which often results in a better night’s sleep.
- Is your furniture okay: Will your furniture look out of place with a remodeled bedroom? If your furniture is worn and out dated put money in your budget to buy new furniture.
- Install a built in: Maximize the use of your closet by installing a professional built in closet system. Even if it is not a walk in closet a built in system can make your closet into a better storage option.
- Blackout: Your room should be as dark as possible at night, or whenever you are sleeping. This means plan for blinds, blackout drapes, and other means of keeping light out. Don’t forget electronics that have lights, including TV’s and charges. Keeping the bedroom dark will help you sleep soundly.
- Hide cords: Nothing can spoil the luxury look of a bedroom like exposed electrical cords. Cord covers are an inexpensive way to keep the upscale look of your room. If your budget stretches further hire an electrician to put the electrical cords in the walls themselves.
- Neutral doesn’t mean one color: Just because you select a neutral color doesn’t mean it has to be a monochrome bedroom. Vary your neutral colors from white, to tan and other soft colors within a neutral palette to give your room some needed texture.
- Use contrast: Another great idea when you stick to a neutral color for your walls is to contrast this with darker furniture and bedding. This works especially well for larger rooms with ample natural light. These types of rooms allow you to use dark tones without making the room seem small and cave like.
- Layer lights: Make sure to address the three layers of light, ambient, accent and task. Ambient lighting is your soft glow lighting that comfortably lights up the entire room. Accent lighting throws light on specific areas for visual effect, such as a spotlight on art, or a piece of furniture. Task lighting gives you light to put makeup on, or read, or work.
- Get ideas: Look through places like pinterest and design websites before you design. This will let you find ideas that you can use in your own bedroom remodel. Print out the ideas that catch your eye and make a scrap book to show contractors, designers, or sales people.