We all love redecorating to give our homes a makeover every now and then. However, a huge overhaul can slowly add up to costing a small fortune. Revamping your space doesn’t have to mean pulling out the big dollars. By incorporating fresh, new linen into your bedroom, you can give yourself a ‘spruce up’ without having to rehaul absolutely everything. And if done the right way, you can ultimately reinvent the entire feel of your environment, just by incorporating inspiration and a little strategy into your approach.
So with all that said and done, it might sound easy at first glance. But finding the right linen for your personality, surrounding space and existing decor means knowing what to look for aesthetically. Here’s our top 7 tips to getting started on a linen refresh.
- Understand why linen is the easiest way to makeover a room
If you’re not sure what exactly to look for when restocking your linen closet with new designs, you’re more likely to approach it from the wrong angle. Irregardless of It’s all about simplicity – play on all the bits and pieces you already have in your home, complementing existing surroundings, rather than completely redefining the personality you’ve put into your existing space. The aim is to keep your environment as a mirror of you: don’t take away your sense of self in it. Instead, think of incorporating new sheets and bedding as an uplift to the room.
More importantly, as seasons change, keeping up an inspiring bedroom setup can become more difficult. From heavier quilts through to a change in sheets and essentials – it’s easy to start looking more functional than fancy. And that’s okay, so long as you like the way it all looks.
However, if you do find yourself feeling a little uninspired by what’s going on with your bedroom design, it’s not uncommon. Interior designers have always preached the bed as being the ‘focal point’ of any bedroom, meaning changing its look every now and then can redefine the entire space easily. Throw in accessories, splashes of colour and flattering textures and you’re well on your way to achieving a simple makeover without having to buy new furniture, art and other potentially expensive add-ons.
- Complementing your surroundings
There’s no need to shift the entire personality of your home, just to create a successful makeover. Instead, think of new linen as an opportunity to further complement all the things you’ve come to love about your home – your antique furniture, the greenery, the old rug that’s been in the family for generations. While it’s fine to keep your beloved bits and pieces a part of your design, keep in mind that the general rule of thumb is still ‘less is more’. Too much going on in one space will end up created a cluttered look, and will take away from the edge your linen is trying to give the room.
If your home incorporates a lot of sharp shapes and edges, consider opting for a geometric print on your bedding or pillows to support the artful approach your home already has. Got a lot of nature-inspired art, faux plants or prints around? Choose a floral design that plays on the flowery environment.
Take a step back and assess what your home looks like to those visiting it for the first time – what are the statement pieces and how can you take advantage of them? If your home has a clean look to it, with a lot of white space going on and neutral tones an obvious motif, choose linen that adds to this, not hinders it. Stay away from dark colours that turn your minimalistic look into a suddenly confusing one.
- Choosing the right colour scheme and design
Bedrooms can be easily spruced up by applying an appropriate colour palette. But when you’re gearing up to kick this off, ask yourself what colours suit your personality and lifestyle the most. These schemes are something you’ll see day in, day out, so choosing a bold colour that you may get sick of quickly, or a too-minimalistic look if you’re not the type for it, may be the wrong way to go.
Before doing anything at all, take a look at the current tones of your artwork, walls and furniture. Do you tend to opt for one colour over another? Is there a shade that you like to include, simply because it suits your comfort zone? To choose the right type of linen, think of a theme and keep it at the forefront of your mind along the way. These looks may include:
- Country: If you’re one to find yourself liking lots of white and nostalgic accessories, this is the go-to theme for you. There’s likely to be a few pops of pastel colour around too.
- Modern: You’re often choosing clean, fresh designs over creative prints and unique patterns. This is likely to include a feature shade – like a bold grey – and plenty of neutral tones to support it.
- Contemporary: Here you’ll find yourself diving into solid colours and vivid accessories. There’s no lack of vibrancy with this theme, and there’s usually lots more going on than a modern theme.
- Cottage: Usually the go-to for a guest bedroom, you might want to think about natural colours that inspire a ‘wooden’ edge, with plenty of ocean blues.
- Romantic: Golden hues are your key here. Romantic bedrooms take leaves out of the books of classical, delicate palettes that inspire femininity. They’re also heavily reliant on soft lighting, so choosing schemes with golds and creams will complement this.
- Selecting the appropriate fabrication
Choosing the right colour is one thing but choosing the feel of your bedding is another. Each fabric type has its own merits and appeals, so getting your head around each of them can help you make the right decision. These include:
- Cotton: The most popular and widely used, cotton is durable, offers plenty of breathability and is (most of the time) very affordable. There are a few types available on the market, including Egyptian, Pima and Upland. Each are native to their own regions around the globe and offer different levels of softness and smoothness.
- Flannel: For those cold winter nights. Flannel is comprised of lots of ‘fluffy’ fibres that contribute to being able to trap heat in effectively. Known for its snuggly touch, flannel is usually measured in ounces, rather than thread count.
- Silk: That luxurious fabric you’re likely to see in ‘romantic’ themes, silk is produced by silkworms to give a naturally hypoallergenic fabric. The con, however, is that it’s quite delicate, making it harder to care for.
- Bamboo: For a natural approach to your linen, choose bamboo. This breathable material is soft against the skin, but can often feel a little more stiff than other fabrics.
- Understand the different thread counts
The best thread count will differ, depending on who you ask. Other contributing factors include the quality of the fabric and the manufacturers involved, meaning thread counts can vary from one sheet set to another. However, choosing a lower count will definitely present you with a very different sense of comfort than a higher one. High-quality sheets are those that can be washed hundreds of times over and still feel as soft as ever. These are usually the 200 to 600 thread count sets.
However, if you’re someone who prefers a ‘lighter’ set of sheets and a crisper feel, a lower count (around 200) may be far more suitable than those over 300. A great rule of thumb is to consider your own personal preferences, as well as the ply of the sheets overall. Different weaves and manufacturing techniques will also determine the quality here.
- Jazzing things up with accessories
Once you’ve got your vision in line with your budget and space requirements, you can begin to look at adding in other details to tie it all up. Accessories like throw pillows and blankets can add colour that might be lacking in your look. Additionally, psychology can also play a part here – tones like yellows and oranges are associated with warm, joyful emotions, while blues can omit a sense of calm and serenity. Incorporating these palettes into the extras you add on can spruce things up just that little bit more.
There’s plenty of choice here, but a few essentials include:
- Throw blankets: Something every bedroom should include. This is a great way to add a pop of colour or allow for texture into your look.
- Pillows: Think European pillows or smaller cushions.These will allow you to add patterns into a design that needs slightly more ‘wow factor’.
- Canopies: Once a European necessity in medieval times, bed canopies are still a common add-on to contemporary bedrooms. Great for adding privacy, warmth and a high-class touch, they’re an affordable way to transform the space.
- Valances: Consider a valance as a kind of skirt for your bed. These decorative fabrics cover not-so-attractive box springs, also covering space under the bed that might be utilised for storage.
After you’ve assessed all of the details above and blueprinted exactly what your objective is, you can dive right into creating the look. Keep in mind the reasons you’re making over the space in the first place, as well as the type of linen that will best suit your comfort preferences, personality and lifestyle. By the end of it, you should end up with a simple way approach to redefining your bedroom, without having to buy new furniture, paint the walls or plan for hefty renovations.