6 Easy Ways to Makeover a Boring Bedroom

Bedroom interior design with swing-arm sconce and colorful bedding
Design & Photography by The Styled Domicile

When you walk into your bedroom, do you feel a flurry of emotion when you look around? Or does a little voice in your head go "whomp, whomp"? The bedroom is supposed to be a sanctuary. You should enjoy it and look forward to spending time there at the end of the day. Or at 12pm on a mental health day while binging garbage tv and eating your feelings. Yeah, you know what I'm talking about.

Maybe you used to get that little spark of joy when you spent time in your bedroom, but it's just not doing it for you anymore. Or maybe it's never been anything special to you. Either way, you've got a boring bedroom, my friend, and it's time to shake things up. Below I'm sharing some tips to easily elevate your boring a$$ bedroom. You can certainly choose to tackle every one of them, but sometimes all it takes is one small swap to get things looking good. Alright, let's get to it!

Boring Bedroom Fix #1:

Replace White Sheets with Patterned Sheets

Photo from Rebecca Atwood's Living With Pattern

Who says sheets have to be plain and neutral? If you have boring white sheets, you are missing an easy opportunity to add some excitement to your bedroom. Pulling back your blankets and seeing a little bit of unexpected fun is such a simple pleasure. It also makes an un-made bed look chicer. Why bother covering up something that pretty? Show off that little bit of flair! And don't be afraid to stray from a matching sheet set. Rebecca Atwood went all out in her bedroom above, using a different pattern for the fitted sheet, flat sheet, and pillowcase.

Here are a few options for patterned sheets:

Boring Bedroom Fix #2:

Add Layers

Design by Amber Road - Photography by Lisa Cohen

If your bedroom is pretty bare-bones, you need layers to create visual interest and depth. And the bedroom is full of opportunities for doing this. Disguise your plain-Jane wall-to-wall carpet by layering an area rug on top. You can place a large rug under the bed or add two smaller rugs on each side like you see in the stunning bedroom above. Even if you have beautiful wood floors, adding a rug will warm things up (and anchor the furniture).

Another way to add layers is to place a throw or coverlet at the end of the bed that contrasts with your existing bedding. The bedroom above nailed this layering technique too! You'd be surprised at the difference that a little extra color and texture make. Don't forget the vertical space like the walls and windows. You can add layers with art on the walls and shades and curtains on the windows.

Boring Bedroom Fix #3:

Swap Plain Lampshades For Something Special

Design by Pandora Taylor

Most table lamps come with a simple white shade. Switching out the standard shade for something more exciting gives the lamp a more custom look and adds a bit of charm. Case in point: the bedroom above. The pleated block-print lampshades are a perfect special sauce.

Luckily, there are many options for different shapes, colors, patterns, and textures. You can find them ready-made, vintage, or have one custom-made with the fabric of your choice. You can even give your current shade a makeover by hot-gluing new fabric on top if you're crafty.

Here are a few fun lampshades to get you started:

Boring Bedroom Fix #4:

Liven the Walls

Design by Zoe Feldman - Photography by Stacy Zarin Goldberg

I'm a big fan of white walls. They make an excellent backdrop for colorful furniture and decor. But sometimes, a space calls for something with a little more drama and depth. And if your bedroom walls are looking a little lackluster, it's time to consider paint or wallpaper. They're both pretty easy ways to transform your bedroom from blah to beautiful. It never ceases to amaze me how a few coats of paint can completely change the look and feel of a space. There are endless options with wallpaper. You can go for something subdued and understated or something with drama that packs a serious punch. Either way, it's guaranteed to up the style factor of your bedroom. I mean, just check out the bedroom above. Try to imagine it without the wallpaper. It just wouldn't be the same.

Boring Bedroom Fix #5:

Add a Plant (or Two or Three)

Design by Dabito

Every room needs a plant. Yes, even the bedroom. Houseplants can literally and figuratively add life to your bedroom. They're living sculptures, nature's works of art. They pull double duty by bringing in color and texture. Dabito's bedroom above is an excellent example of this. I love how each plant has a different shape and color variation.

Please, please, please try real, live plants. There are lots of options if you have a black thumb. ZZ plants and snake plants are pretty much impossible to kill. So no excuses, because there's nothing like the real thing.

Here are a few low-maintenance houseplants to get you started:

Boring Bedroom Fix #6:

Break-up With Your Matching Furniture Set

Design by Emily Henderson - Photography by Tessa Neustadt

If your bed, nightstands, and dresser are all from the same set, it's time for a break-up. They should be friends that bring out the best in each other, not twins forced to wear matching outfits. (Twins in matching outfits are pretty cute, though!) In the bedroom above, Emily Henderson chose a warm vintage wood dresser, a soft upholstered bed, and an industrial-style nightstand. All three pieces have clean, simple lines, creating a sense of harmony between them. It's also way more exciting and dynamic to look at. If the bed and nightstand came from the same set as the vintage dresser, the bedroom would feel like you time-traveled to the 1950s. Not at all the look you want.

And that's all my fellow design lovers! Now you've got six easy options for adding life to your dull bedroom. Hopefully, you feel confident to get your bedroom to the point where you love it so much that you'll never want to leave it. Peace out, I hear a lay in bed all day mental health day calling!


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