HOME REFRESHER: Check out this list of easy DIY ideas to do this long weekend.
HOME REFRESHER: Check out this list of easy DIY ideas to do this long weekend.

Easter break: Time to update your bedroom

WEEKENDS are a perfect opportunity to transform your bedroom into a calm, inviting haven. The trick is to introduce a mix of new decorative elements and easy DIY projects.

1.Bright idea

One of the most inexpensive items that really packs a punch is matching table lamps. To save money, simply replace your original shade - adding a vintage piece adds real personality. "For real impact, think about repeating affordable items on mass, such as a wall of picture frames," says interior stylist Mr Jason Grant.

2. Bedlinen bliss

Replacing old bedding makes a world of difference. The warmer months are approaching so introduce a set of white or neutral sheets of the highest thread count, topped with a selection of luxe pillows. As a finishing touch, add a lightweight throw at the end of the bed - citrus tones give a summery feel to the bedroom.

3. Pillow trim

An abundance of pillows and cushions on the bed can be overwhelming so it's time to trim the excess. "Two sets of matching bed pillows and a neck roll are all you need," says Jason. Also, make sure your pillows are fresh. Many pillow manufacturers recommend that a synthetic filled pillow should be updated every two years, so it's a good time to replace during summer sales.

4. Cut a rug

To create a more pulled-together look, add an area rug that measures about 30 to 60cm on either side of the bed. The trick is making sure that your bedside table can fit comfortably on the rug.

5. Mirror, mirror

A mirror not only adds instant depth to a small bedroom, it also adds sparkle and light. A full-length freestanding version should be placed in the corner to reflect the light. When hanging a wall mirror, check the weight before buying a hook. If it's light, picture hanging strips or a wireback picture hanger is all that's required; they are available from 3M at hardware stores.

6. Artistic works

Tired of the old artwork you've been looking at for years? Unleash your creativity - print your favourite travel photos in black-and-white, frame them with different dimensions, then hang them on the wall. Jason says the key is thinking about the sizes and making sure there's a common link. "It can be a colour link or a black-and-white effect," he suggests. "It worth taking plenty of time to get the right mix."

7. Wonder wall

A fresh coat of paint is one of the easiest - and most inexpensive - ways to revitalise your bedroom. An accent wall can be introduced, particularly behind the bed, whether it's paint or wallpaper. "This  acts like an over-scaled bedhead," explains Jason.

8. Handle it

Replace a dresser's old drawer handles and knobs with decorative ones. This low-effort trick personalises even the most nondescript or inexpensive furniture. Another option, suggests Jason, is updating a dresser or bedside table with a lick of paint.

9. Shelf shift

A floating shelf is a handy space-saving option - perfect to store books, photos and keepsakes. It can be positioned directly above the bedside tables or a variety in different sizes can add impact to a wall. And the good news is that even if you have no DIY skills, it's easy to tackle this project. Simply choose a shelf with concealed mounting fittings, such as Ikea's 'Lack' wall shelf or Masters' square-edge floating wall, which includes a kit with bracket, all fixings and instructions.

The story was first published on HomeLife as 9 ways to update your bedroom in a weekend.

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