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Refresh your bedroom decor with paint or lighting

Adding a fresh coat of paint or wall decor, like a stencil, can dramatically change the look of your bedroom. Lighting should be both adequate and attractive.

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Adding a fresh coat of paint or wall decor, like a stencil, can dramatically change the look of your bedroom. Lighting should be both adequate and attractive.

So, you like your bedroom set but are tired of the same old look. Let's explore some ideas for refreshing the room. Rosemary Sadez Friedmann, Scripps Howard News Service

Consider painting the bedroom for a fresh, new look. What color should you paint it? There's no limit to the possibilities, but start with a color that coordinates with the rest of the room so there is continuity throughout. Even a fresh coat of the same color will revitalize the space. Do you like the idea of a border around the ceiling or perhaps one-third of the way up from the floor? The border can be of paper, stencil or wood.

Rearrange the furniture. Put the bed against a different wall, or put it on an angle in the corner. If the room is very small, the dresser might be better off in the closet. You will still have the storage, plus you will gain more space in the room. A hanging rod can be placed above the dresser in the closet for hanging clothes.

Let's keep talking about that dresser. If it is to stay in the room and not in the closet, be sure to "dress up" the dresser. Silk flowers in a pretty vase placed either in the center of the dresser or in a corner is a nice touch. A few family pictures in beautiful frames would also be ideal. The frames don't have to match but can coordinate with each other. A small, attractive lamp on the dresser is another great idea.

Simply changing the bedspread or comforter will give a fresh appeal to the bedroom. There are bedding sales in department stores all the time.

Lighting is always important. Be sure the lamps on the nightstands give adequate lighting, especially if you read in bed. Better still would be to install overhead lighting above the pillow area so light shines directly down for better illumination while reading. The lamp or lamps in the bedroom also should have a decorative effect. If you can't install lighting overhead and the nightstands are too small for effective lighting, then place wall-sconce lighting over the nightstands.

Wall art is the finishing touch. These pieces can be as creative as you like. The subject matter needs to be something that is very appealing to you; it should be comforting and pleasant to look at and should encourage peaceful sleep.

Rosemary Sadez Friedmann, an interior designer in Naples, is the author of "Mystery of Color."

Refresh your bedroom decor with paint or lighting 05/31/10 [Last modified: Monday, May 31, 2010 12:56pm]
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