Today I did an installation for a client who wanted a refresh on her guest bedroom. Now she didn’t want to completely start over. But her space was originally done in 2005 and it looked tired and drab. So what can you do to freshen it up and make it current without tearing it apart? Color! To really flip the switch I added a strong pop of color to not only change the look of the space but make it current. So if you’re wanting to redo your space what are some things to consider?

How to update your guest bedroom into a comfy retreat

  • Budget – first and foremost, how much do you want to spend? It adds up quickly, so if you need to, take your time to get it right.
  • Accessories – lamps, throws, pillows, add things to freshen it up and make it current. Pattern and styles can date a space, so bring it up to speed with current items that are trending from local stores like Target, Pottery Barn and the like.
  • Paint – One of the quickest and easiest ways to change a space, especially if on a budget.

Today’s space turned out great. The before looked drab and dated and it was too dark. Not a space that her guests would like to hang out. With the added pop of color, the space has vitality and feels fresh and comfy. Take a look to see what you think. Have questions about the overall budget, keep reading below.

What is most important about doing any decorating project is coming up with a plan. First and foremost, decide on a budget, a REAL budget. A lot of folks throw out a random number without really considering the true cost of things. So if you’re unsure, check out a catalog like one from Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, Wisteria or even Williams Sonoma. This will help you determine an overall budget and what its going to cost to do your makeover. My room above was $3500. Think that’s a lot? Well it really isn’t because most everything in the room was either on sale or my cost. If the client had paid full retail for this room it would have been closer to $5,000. Here’s the break down:

Art $400 Bedding $200 Pillows and fills $200 Black out Drapes $1700 Hardware $150 Lamps $400 Wall hooks $65 Table $200

With those items plus tax, it came to a little over $3500. I should add that their were shipping charges, and of course my crew and I also had a design fee to create the creative concept, procure everything and install it. So as I mentioned in the video, it can add up quickly. So do your homework, decide what you want to achieve and how you’re willing to spend to achieve it.

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