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Property Renovation Tips For Your Home

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Property Renovation Tips For Your Home

Are you considering renovating your home? Whether you want to update a few rooms or do a complete overhaul, it’s essential to make sure the whole family is on board. After all, they’re going to be living in the finished product! Here are some tips to help keep everyone happy during your property renovation:

Set a Budget:

Before you start any work, it’s crucial to have a realistic budget in place. This will help prevent arguments further down the line when unexpected costs crop up. Once you have a budget, it’s time to start planning your renovation. This is where things can start to get tricky if you’re not careful. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of choosing new fixtures and fittings and forget about the practicalities. This is why it’s important to involve the whole family in the planning process, as they’ll be able to offer valuable input on what will work in your home.

Make a Plan:

When making your plan, be sure to consider how each room will be used. For example, if you’re renovating the kitchen, you’ll need to think about how much storage space you’ll need and whether there’s enough room for everyone to eat comfortably. The same goes for the bathroom – will everyone be able to get ready in the morning without getting in each other’s way? Once you’ve considered all of these things, you can start to put together a plan that works for everyone.

Get the Whole Family Involved:

One of the best ways to get everyone involved is to create a mood board for each room. This is where you can collect ideas for things like paint colors, furniture, and accessories. Then, everyone can participate by adding items to the mood board that they like. Once you’ve got all of your ideas collected in one place, it’ll be much easier to start putting together a plan that everyone agrees on.

Add air-conditioning:

Air conditioning is an absolute must if you live in a hot climate. No one wants to be stuck in a stuffy house during the summer months! When planning your renovation, be sure to factor in the cost of air-conditioning units and have them installed before the weather gets too hot. This way, everyone will enjoy the summer without feeling uncomfortable. In addition to keeping your family cool, air-conditioning can also help improve your home’s indoor air quality. This is especially important if anyone in your family suffers from allergies or asthma. By improving the air quality in your home, you’ll help create a healthier environment for everyone.

Consider the Lighting:

The lighting in your home can significantly impact how everyone feels. Poor lighting can make people feel tired and stressed, so it’s essential to get it right. When planning your renovation, be sure to consider both natural and artificial lighting. Natural light is always best so try to create rooms with plenty of windows. On the other hand, if you live in a wooded area or your home doesn’t get much natural light, you’ll need to focus on artificial lighting. This can be done with floor lamps, table lamps, and ceiling lights. Also, be sure to choose energy efficient bulbs so that you can save money on your electricity bill each month.

Install new doors and windows:

One of the best ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency is to install new doors and windows. If your home is old, then chances are the doors and windows are not very well insulated. This means that heat can escape in the winter and cool air can in the summer, making your home less comfortable and costing you more money each month. By installing new doors and windows, you’ll be able to keep your home at a comfortable temperature all year round while also saving money on your energy bill.

There are a few things to consider when choosing new doors and windows. First, you’ll need to decide what material you want them to be made from. Many options are available including wood, PVCu, aluminum, and composite. Each material has its advantages and disadvantages so be sure to do your research before deciding. Second, you’ll need to decide what style of door or window you want, like high quality picture windows.

Add some green space:

Another great way to improve your home is to add some green space. This can be done in several ways, such as planting trees and shrubs, installing a garden, or even adding some potted plants. Not only will this make your home more beautiful but it can also help improve the air quality. Plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen so they help purify the air around them. In addition, they can also cool the air on hot days and provide insulation on cold days. If you don’t have much space for plants, consider adding a vertical garden or installing window boxes.

These are just a few of the many things that you can do to improve your home. By following these tips, you’ll be sure to create a space that the whole family will love. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your renovation today!

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Making The Most Of Your Garden This Spring

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Making The Most Of Your Garden This Spring

There is nothing better than lovely, spring weather after a long and cold winter. Those with green thumbs or just eager to get outside will, surely, be spending lots of time in their own yards once the sun is out. Here’s how to make the most of your garden once spring is fully upon us:

Protection from the Weather:

Roofing comes in all shapes, sizes, and styles. Your roof helps with drainage and keeps you safe from the weather. It must be maintained (see this roof replacement guide) for adequate protection. Yet, while patios and decking are popular these days, they don’t come with a roof. So, sitting outside depends on the weather. Fortunately, you can get a variety of extendable canopies to keep the rain off while you relax outdoors. You will no longer require a clear sky and sunny day to get the most from your backyard sitting area.

Cozy Heating Solutions:

There’s a noticeable increase in temperature during early spring; however, it is still cold. But that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the outdoors in comfort. Near the end of spring, it’s warm enough to sit outside in shorts and a shirt as summer approaches. But at the start of the season, you may need a heater. Outdoor heating is easy to install and will make your outdoor space more usable. From simple fire pits to gas and electric patio heaters, there are excellent outdoor heaters in almost every home improvement store.

Cover Your Furniture:

Spring weather can be unpredictable. One minute there’s a glowing sun and a gentle breeze, the next, there’s a thunderstorm. Fluctuating temperatures and rain can cause permanent damage to your lawn furniture. So, when you’re not using your outdoor rattan or wicker loungers, you should protect them. A tarp or a heavy duty plastic sheet will keep your valuables safe, but be aware that a strong wind will blow them away so make sure you adequately tie them down.

Grow Spring Vegetables:

Spring is an excellent time for seasonal growth. If you are a foodie type, there is nothing better than growing your own food. This is because you can grow what you know you will eat, reduce waste, and understand what is in your food when grown organically. Other benefits include:

  • Making it a new family activity.
  • Reduced food bills.
  • An abundance of healthy fruit and vegetables.
  • The freshest foods of the season.
  • Greatly reduced household carbon footprint.

Growing vegetables is season dependent and you should learn as much as you can about growing seasonal food before you begin your gardening.

Set Some Ambiance:

Watching the sunset from your garden is one of life’s greatest moments. And when it’s dark, it’s time to create some magical ambiance outside. Lights designed for your garden can be installed via your main electricity and timers can be set to match the sunset. You can easily do this with smart lighting via apps. For a more sustainable option, you can install solar auto lights that store energy in the day and self illuminate when it’s darker.

Get Ready for the Easter Holiday:

You can decorate your home and garden for Easter as you would for autumn and Christmas. Being close to nature, your garden is the perfect setting for an Easter egg hunt and outdoor dining. Easter egg hunts are such a fun activity if you have little ones. You can also dye eggs, paint pictures, and watch for bunnies in the yard for holiday fun with the kiddos.

Your garden comes alive in the spring and the tips above can help you enjoy it even more after hibernating all winter!

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Making A Small Home Feel Spacious

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Making A Small Home Feel Spacious

There are plenty of benefits to having a small home, one of the biggest would be the fact that smaller homes are significantly more eco-friendly compared to larger ones. Less energy is used to warm up the space, and this on its own means there is less of a chance of furnace repair or high energy costs. While small homes have their perks such as being more sustainable, it’s understandable why people would prefer to gravitate more towards larger spaces.

Larger spaces tend to make people feel happy. There is more breathing more in a large space and more privacy. Larger spaces also tend to look better from an interior design perspective. But what about living in a small space? While small spaces are far more eco-friendly, is there a way to make them feel more spacious? These tips can help:

Add a lot of lighting:

Lighting is one of the best ways to create a spacious look for your home. Most (but not all) smaller homes, especially apartments, will tend to have low ceilings. Low ceilings essentially add fuel to the fire of having a space look far too small. So you’ll want to think about creating illusions and how to maintain them.

When it comes to spaces, it’s best to utilize natural lighting whenever possible, but it’s also acceptable to have artificial lighting too. You’ll want the space to be very bright. One idea for carrying out this bright space can include adding some lamps in corners of the room, removing curtains, and placing mirrors on the wall where they can easily reflect light. Doing all of this will help in achieving an airy space.

Be wise with your furnishing choices:

When it comes to furniture, it can be quite tricky. Sure, you want a style in your home that feels right for you. That’s completely understandable but you should also keep in mind what your options are too. If your furniture is too big and bulky, then it’s only going to cut down on the free space that you have in your home. You may be better off cutting down on the statement pieces that you have and pick pieces of furniture that have multiple functions such as a couch with storage space or an ottoman-chair combination.

Always declutter:

You should make a habit of decluttering on a regular basis. This can also help with your mental health as tight and cramped spaces tend to make people feel anxious. Decluttering allows you to give yourself the mental challenge of what you can and can’t part with and will help open the space up. This is not to say to clear out your entire home but to limit the objects that are making your space feel cramped.

Making a smaller home feel larger is all about making smart choices and creating illusions. Using storage spaces will be your friend, too, and there is no shame in tucking away those odds and ends you don’t know what to do with!

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Welcome, Friends! Improving Your Entryway

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Welcome, Friends! Improving Your Entryway

In a previous post, we have touched on the importance of the entryway of your home. Today, we are going to delve further into this with some tips to make your place appear even more welcoming to your guests and friends this holiday season. Let’s get started:

The Front Door:

Your entryway, of course, begins at your front door so you will want it looking its best.
It is an essential investment to get energy efficient entry doors. Not only will it boost the appearance but it will help keep the cold air out and the warmth in. So important in the wintertime! Think carefully about the color you choose, too. A bright yellow or blue offers a playful vibe while a deep red or chocolate adds a touch of sophistication.

Outdoor Lighting:

When considering your front door, you must also think about the lighting going on outside. From an aesthetic and safety perspective you will certainly want some type of lighting installed if you don’t already have it. Especially if you have stairs that lead to your front door – you don’t want anyone tripping. A glowing light by your door will also turn into a beacon when you have guests over and they are having difficulty finding your house!

Accessories:

Both indoors and out, accessories are important. A wreath on the door and welcome mats are a great place to start. Welcome mats are also a fun way to let people know that you have dogs! My personal favorite being “knock and let me sing you the song of my people”. Ha! You will also want an indoor mat for guests to wipe off their shoes before treading mud into the home.

For your indoor entryway, consider a coat and shoe rack, a key or purse holder on the wall, and a basket with extra phone chargers for the ultimate welcome into your place.

Clean Regularly:

For your outdoor entryway, make sure you sweep around it regularly. Leaves and debris can cause a safety hazard. Don’t forget to salt it during the winter months to help prevent delivery people and guests from slipping. For your indoor entryway, contain the clutter not just in the actual space but rooms that are visible when walking into the door. It’s a little thing but it makes a big difference.

Roll out the welcome wagon with the tips above as you prepare your house for guests this holiday season!

Home Renovations That Make A Big Difference

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Home Renovations That Make A Big Difference

Boosting your home’s value is something that should be on any home owner’s mind. When it eventually comes time to sell your property, of course you will want to get more than what you originally paid for it! This doesn’t mean to completely gut your home with costly renovations. Rather, just selecting a new project to work on every year or two to boost your home’s value. Like the following:

Start Outside:

When it comes to your home, the first thing people will notice is its exterior. This gives neighbors, strangers, and potential buyers a first impression before even stepping foot into a beautifully decorated home. Let’s make it a good one!

Cracked driveway pavement will simply not do as well as a poorly maintained lawn, and chipping paint. Start with projects like these and work your way inside because nothing is more important than a first impression. You do not want people looking at your home’s exterior and already thinking that they will have a lot of projects to undertake.

Entryway Impressions:

Think about the immediate areas that people will see when they enter your home through the front door or a door that leads inside from the garage. These should be welcoming spaces full of warmth so what can you do to make that happen? Soft rugs, wall art, and warm lighting are great places to start.

Have a durable shoe rack handy in the closet for guests as well as space cleared out for their jackets. What looks better – a pile of dirty shoes in the corner or having them neatly tucked away? These are all small but effective ways in creating the perfect entryway.

Flooring:

One of the best things that my parents did in their home was get rid of the old carpet in the living room and stairway and replace it with laminate flooring. If your carpets are looking threadbare and well trodden on, you might want to consider this renovation. Finding a local flooring store in Ottawa is important for homeowners. Replacing old carpeting can turn a dowdy space into the chicest in a matter of days and will surely boost your property value.

Work With What You Have:

It is not possible to make a smaller room bigger without an expensive expansion but you can use some simple tricks to give the illusion of more space. To fake a more spacious area, you will want to start with the color palette. Bright whites and creams on the walls and furniture will help bounce the light to help make a room look bigger.

And, speaking of lighting – the brighter the better. Making use of natural light is the best way to go so drape your windows in something gauzy and sheer to let the light in. If your room has no windows, go with hanging fixtures and well placed tall lamps to bounce around the space. Don’t forget that mirrors can also make a room look more spacious too!

Boost your curb appeal and property value with well timed projects like the ones above to make a big difference for your property.

Improve Your Front Yard With These Tips

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Improve Your Front Yard With These Tips

If there is one problem with most interior design projects, it’s that people forget to move to the outside of their home. Designing your home should be fun but you need to include the outside of the house for it to be worth it! You don’t want people coming up to the front door of the house and feeling put off by your front yard before they have a chance to get inside. All that does is give them incorrect ideas of your home and what it should be – and that’s not going to do!

Repairing and refreshing the fencing and the pathway leading up to the front yard is just the start of your front yard makeover options. You need people to look at your house and think that your home looks smart. People can and do pre-judge before they walk into a new place. Let them be impressed by your beautiful front yard – use the tips below to get started:

Start with landscaping:

Greenery is one of the best things that you can add to your front yard to make it look enticing. You don’t have to have an entirely new lawn, but you could add some greenery in the form of bushes, planters, and flower borders. This will add a splash of color to an otherwise gray area, and while it’s time consuming, it will make a huge difference.

Consider the lighting:

Are you able to upgrade your fixtures outside the house? If so, you should start with your lighting. You don’t need to have one dreary light by the front door when you can choose between security lights that improve the security of your home, and warmer lights that offer your front yard a splash of ambience in the evenings.

Add some rockery:

If grass and plant management isn’t really your thing, why not use large rocks? A rockery with a small fountain or a pond can really add some ambience to your front yard, and it’s a low maintenance decorative item, too, so you’ll get what you need in an instant.

Redo the driveway:

If most of your front yard is made up by the driveway, then it’s time for an upgrade. New stones in a new color are going to brighten up the front of your home in an instant, and you’ll just need a pressure washer for regular maintenance. Don’t forget to head out and sweep the leaves and debris so your front yard continues to look great!

Repaint the fencing:

If you have fencing around the front yard already, why not make it more colorful with weather-wearing paint? You can either go with one pastel block color or you can have your own white picket fence. Alternatively, you can go with a rainbow color theme, and that in itself is going to help you to improve the look of your front yard and it doesn’t take long to do it.

Boost your curb appeal with the tips above to make your house the best on the block!

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Creating The Perfect Focal Point In Any Room

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Creating The Perfect Focal Point In Any Room

The focal point of a room is one of the most significant parts of interior design and should never be ignored. Put simply, this is the center of the space. It is the first item that your visitors notice when they enter the room, giving their eye something to rest on and it is the focal point around which you construct the remainder of your design. It also offers minor clues to the homeowner’s personality or hides an undesired design aspect that cannot be otherwise eliminated.

It is crucial to make sure that you have chosen the correct place for this showcase. This guide will help and offers all you need to know about finding the proper focal point for your space:

Emphasize the most desirable feature:

In an ideal situation, each of the rooms in your home would have an integrated focal point. In that instance, all you have to do is construct your design and decor in such a way that it draws attention to the already existing element. As a result, determining how to arrange a room becomes considerably simpler.

The following are some of the most popular forms of built-in focal points:

Windows and Outdoor Views: Windows and outdoor views are a natural choice for a focal point in any room. Regardless of what else is going on in the room, the eyes are drawn here. If you are fortunate enough to have this kind of view, all you need to do is open the windows as wide and as fully visible as possible to take full advantage of it.

Fireplaces: Fireplaces can help to bring a sense of calm to a room. It is important to create a comfortable seating area around the fireplace and hang a daring piece of art hanging over it.

Integral shelving: Shelves and fireplaces are frequently found together in the same space. Even if this is not the case, the concept is still very close. Create a seating area around the shelving and be sure to incorporate your personal style into the design.

You can build your own focal point:

Make a custom one for yourself if you do not have anything that creates a natural one for you. While this will require a little more effort, it is by no means insurmountable. As previously stated, there are numerous possibilities to pick from so select the one that best suits your needs.

Accent walls: As a general rule, if there are no built-in elements to work with, an accent wall can be constructed on the wall that is the furthest away from the room’s entrance. Make use of eye-catching paint or wallpaper, like the one found here to capture people’s attention.

Artwork: A large piece of art or a mirror can stand on its own and command attention. As a result, you will want to make certain that the item you select is large enough to accommodate the wall on which it will be installed. It should be placed at or near eye level, and accent lighting should be used whenever feasible to make the piece even more noticeable and appealing.

Furniture that makes a statement: A huge piece of furniture that is distinctive or bold might serve as an excellent focal point in a room. The dining room and the bedroom are typical examples of this, as there is clearly a focal point in the room. You will want to use accessories, such as a table centerpiece or some cushions on the bed to help direct the viewer’s attention to this area.

Some things to avoid when creating a focal point include:

  • Having more than one focal point: This can confuse the eye and distance the room
  • Only using color: Texture and pattern can also create a focal point for the eye to land on
  • Ignoring lighting: Lighting is crucial, and if possible, your focal point should have its own light source
  • Poor scaling: Not properly sizing and furnishing the area can result in a jarring tone that detracts from the overall effect of the room.

Making a decision on a focal point is one of the most crucial aspects of interior design and for good reason. This feature is the first thing that visitors notice when they walk into the space and it serves as the focal point of your design. You may take your design to the next level by making a few little adjustments to make it perfect for your space.

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Must Haves For Your Bedroom

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Must Haves For Your Bedroom

After another long year in the pandemic lifestyle, it’s safe to say that everyone is going to want to hibernate this winter. And, where better to retreat than to your bedroom? Your bedroom should be your ultimate safe haven where you are cocooned in comfort and free to relax and be your best self. For the best in comfy cozy, consider the following in your bedroom:

Plush Bedding:

The best place to start in the bedroom is, of course, with the bed! After shopping for quality bedroom furniture for sale like your mattress and bed frame, it is time to dress the bed with comfortable and soft bedding. You can’t go wrong with light cotton sheets in the summer but during the winter, its best to adorn your bed with warm and toasty flannel or fleece.

Don’t forget comfy pillows both for sleeping and decoration. You might even want to consider a statement piece like a velvet headboard for an over the top luxury feel. That will make your queen sized bed truly fit for royalty!

Items That Sooth:

One of the first things that I bought for my bedroom in my apartment was a Himalayan Salt Lamp and I just love it! It provides the perfect glow to help you relax or set the mood for a scary movie night. Fairy lights or even sphere lights that look like the moon are also great options.

Your bedroom should have items that comfort rather than stimulate you and this can come in all shapes and forms. Think sound machines, your favorite plushie, or a photo album with pictures of your family. The bedroom is where people tend to go when they want to spend some peaceful time with themselves so save your bold pieces like loud artwork or unique patterns for the living room, instead.

Book Nook:

I don’t know about all of you, but reading before bed is one of my favorite parts of my nighttime routine. If you feel similarly, why not create a book nook in your bedroom? Stock a small bookshelf with your favorites or must reads from the library so you always have some reading material handy. A chaise lounge by a window would also be a nice touch. Cue the rain (outdoors or on a sound machine) for the ultimate reading space.

Create Calmness:

Testing out lavender or chamomile products before going to bed is always a good idea! You can sip on chamomile tea while taking a nice hot bath and crawl into bed with a cozy robe and a magazine. Or, how about some lavender scented lotion and pillow spray to help you drift off into the land of nod? Pampering yourself can be so soothing and will help put you in the right state of mind for a peaceful night’s sleep.

Think calm, soft, and soothing and you will have a bedroom fit for the royalty that you are for the most relaxing winter ever!

Must Have Products For Ultimate Relaxation

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Must Have Products For Ultimate Relaxation

With the pandemic still going strong and cold weather on the horizon, there is no better time to turn your home into a relaxation station to keep yourself safe and warm. Today, we are going to look at a few key elements to provide for the ultimate R&R experience from the comfort of your house or apartment. Let’s get to it:

Sound Machines:

Sound machines are an ideal option if you have trouble sleeping or concentrating when working from home. These handy little machines can give you a range of different sounds from white noise to crashing waves and rain falling. Not to mention that they are great for soothing infants! Sound machines can be a perfect replacement for keeping the TV on before bed if you need some noise to fall asleep as it will eliminate the harsh lighting, which is doing you no favors as you try to nod off.

Speaking Of Sleep:

Speaking of sleep, when was the last time that you got a new mattress? Your mattress should be replaced, roughly, every seven years and a brand new one will do wonders for relaxation. Do your research and find a quality mattress for sale so you can sleep peacefully every night. A new mattress combined with a sound machine will surely help you feel more well rested when the alarm goes off in the morning.

Soothing Hobbies:

There are plenty of hobbies that are, easily, more relaxing than others and include everything from knitting and reading to adult coloring books. Engaging in a hobby that promotes mindfulness is a great way to step away from the stress of your day to day life. Spending some quiet time with yourself lost in a good book or creating something beautiful is one of the best ways to spend a snowy day in.

Soft Lighting:

Harsh, bright lighting is never conducive to helping you relax. Of course, brighter lighting in appropriate areas like your kitchen and office are a necessity. However, you can opt for softer, dim lighting in the living room and bedroom to increase your relaxation even more. Dim lights enhanced by twinkling fairy lights or a Himalayan salt lamp will create a lovely ambiance and can allow your body to get in a more zen state come evening time.

Ready, set, relax with the products above to turn your snow days in into much needed R&R time for you!

Revamp Your Bedroom With These Tips

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Revamp Your Bedroom With These Tips

What does your perfect bedroom include? A nice big bed? Soothing lighting? How about a plush carpet or rug? Today, we are going to explore some easy changes that you can make to revamp your bedroom to turn it into the ultimate place to relax after a long day. Let’s get to it:

Sweet Dreams:

The most important part of the bedroom is, of course, the bed! Start off by finding a good mattress for sale. This might mean getting a newer model of the mattress size you already have or treating yourself to a California King sized bed! Just like any good outfit, it is not complete without accessories so don’t forget the soft bedding, decorative pillows, and a nice comfy quilt or comforter. In fact, once you have a color theme sorted for your bedding, it will be simple to decorate the room accordingly from there.

Paint, Please:

Never underestimate the power of some fresh paint on the walls. The purpose of the bedroom is to help you relax and get a restful night’s sleep. This means that you are better off with softer, muted colors on your bedroom walls. A pale blue accented with cream colored decor should do the trick just fine. While pops of color are fun, they are much more appropriate in rooms like the kitchen or living area.

Don’t Bring Work To Bed:

It is so important to use your bedroom for its intended purpose, rather than extra office space. It can be hard to get into a relaxation mode at night when you are working in there during the day! Rather, use technology to your benefit in the bedroom with music set to something soothing like waves crashing on the beach or the rain falling. Lighting is essential too, and there are lots of handy tools to put projections of the night sky or a forest right on your walls.

Play With Texture:

There are so many fun textures that you can play with when it comes to your bedroom decor. A faux fur style rug beside your bed is a great place to start. You can try billowy curtains on the windows or even go totally lux with a velvet headboard! The bedroom is not the place for rougher textures like burlap or canvas, so keep things soft and plush when you are choosing your decor.

Ready, set, relax with the tips above for simple suggestions to revamp your bedroom. Turn on your calming music and have sweet dreams!