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Step-by-step: a refreshing bedroom makeover

Is there anything quite as delightful as the promise of a fresh start? Step into this simple yet homey bedroom and see how it was transformed from an empty white space into a comfy realm for relaxing. If you’ve recently moved or just happen to be in the mood to mix things up a bit, see how you too can redo your room like this in just seven simple steps.

A dark grey IDANÄS upholstered bed with a white curtain and a white wardrobe behind it and a white pendant lamp above it.
A dark grey IDANÄS upholstered bed with a white curtain and a white wardrobe behind it and a white pendant lamp above it.

The blank canvas

A fresh coat of paint can do wonders, but this room shows that working with the already-there wall colour can turn out just as great – and save you some money too! Really think about the feeling you’d like your bedroom to exude. Sticking to white walls in this bedroom makes it feel light and airy: a sunshine-filled sanctuary where you can wake up feeling refreshed, or curl up for an afternoon break with your favourite book.

Did someone say storage?

If your bedroom doesn't come with its own built-in wardrobes, it's never too early to start thinking about storage. In this bedroom, you'll find two free-standing wardrobes: one open, and one closed with space-conscious bifolding doors. Their colour ties them in with the walls, and their traditional details add to the country-retreat feeling that this bedroom is all about.

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Next up, a soft division

Curtains are a lot more versatile than we tend to give them credit for: other than dressing your windows, they can be used to add a layer of privacy or even to make zones or rooms within rooms. In this bedroom, they do both: dividing the wardrobe area from the rest of the room to create a concealed dressing area, while adding a feeling of calm and softness to the space.

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Soft light above, warm textures below

There's no such thing as too much texture. A handwoven woollen rug adds an extra layer of softness, as does the addition of the textile pendant lamp shade. Hung low and off centre, it not only grabs the eye, but adds a welcoming ambience.

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The pièce de résistance of any bedroom

And here we have it – the most important piece of furniture to invest in when it comes to good sleep. Below a window? Snuggly tucked in the corner? Finding the perfect placement for your bed is a personal preference, so take some time deciding what will work best for you and your space. In this smaller bedroom, the upholstered bed is set in a rather unconventional position: floating in the middle of the room. It puts comfort front and centre (literally) but also makes space for the wardrobe area behind. Say hello to a private island of glorious relaxation and rest.

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Dressing up your bed for a delicious night in

Crisp white bed linen is always an excellent choice, but in a room with so much white already, this nostalgic grey and white print adds a subtle touch of something different. But picking out bedding isn't only about patterns and colour choices: comfort is crucial too! Whether you prefer to sleep cool or warm, on your stomach, back or side, there's a duvet and pillow out there made just for you!

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The perfect bedside manner

Whether it’s somewhere to keep the seven books you’re reading simultaneously, or a spot for a glass of water to sip in the night, a bedside table always comes in handy. But what if you're short on space? The lightweight tray table used here is easy to move whenever and wherever needed, as is the flexible floor lamp placed just beside it.

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Good morning and good night!

Et voilà! The bedroom is now set up and ready to welcome you in for a spot of morning outfit picking, afternoon relaxing, evening reading or night-time dreaming. Do as you wish – it's your bedroom after all.

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