Give a good spring cleaning
During the winter the windows are closed, the fans are off, and you, your family, and your pets all spend a lot of time inside. That means a build-up of dust, shed skin, and dander. Give your allergies a break and clean out the bedroom so you’re not breathing all that in while you sleep.
Start fresh. A clean bedroom is healthy and it clears the way for new décor.
Dust off everything from top to bottom, including lights, fans, and other fixtures. Your bed probably could use a cleaning too, since your body spends a lot of time in there and many people don’t clean beyond the sheets. We’ve got some tips on how to do it.
Change the look of your bed
The main feature in any bedroom is the bed and changing that look can really make a difference in the room. You don’t need a whole new bed – start out just giving your bedding an update. Pick sheets and blankets in spring colors and designs. Floral patterns are classic and there are a lot of updated options, but you can also go subtle in lighter colors like a pastel green or a faded blue. Here are some inspirations to get you started.
Linen sheets are a great choice for in-between sleeping weather. The natural fibers can be layered with blankets to keep you cozy, but they also breathe well and feel cool on warmer nights. Linen has a bright, crisp feel, so it’s also a great material for throws and pillows.
It can still be chilly at night, so make sure to keep layers on that you can remove as the temperature changes. This is another opportunity to add new colors and patterns.
Key accents for a big difference
Small pieces you change out seasonally are an easy way to freshen the look and feel of your room. Keeping the changes minimal makes it easy to pack up when the weather changes. For spring, that means flowers and greenery. A few real or faux blooms and plants add just the right natural touch.
Even adding in different colors can create a new vibe. This season, think vases, throws, curtains, and accent pillows in light blue, yellow, purple, pink, and green. You don’t have to do it all. To maintain your personalized bedroom style, pick a shade that goes with the rest of the room. Lighter colors can give a happy and peaceful feeling, something much-needed with people spending so much time at home.
You may even consider switching out some of the artwork on your walls. Bring out prints of plants or images with spring colors. Craft stores sell inexpensive prints that you won’t feel guilty swapping out throughout the year. If you like your art the way it is, you can get different frames that are more seasonal. Use whites, golds, and light wood in spring and summer, and black or dark wood for fall and winter.
Scents of the season
Scent is very connected to mood. Aromatherapy is said to stimulate brain function, calm anxiety, and promote restful sleep. Anyone who has a favorite perfume or cologne probably sprays it often enough that your room retains the smell. If you want to adjust the mood for the sunny season, find a new scent to love. If you don’t want to change your personal aroma, add an oil diffuser in the bedroom instead. Florals are on-trend for the season, but too much can be overwhelming. Try out blends that have fresh, bright notes like citrus, peppermint, lemongrass, and tea tree.
Ready for a change
If you’ve been cooped up inside long enough that you’re ready to make big changes, now’s a great time. One easy way to make a big difference is a fresh coat of paint. After you’ve cleaned everything, the timing is right to switch up the shade of your walls. Or, for a smaller alteration, you may consider just painting accents like trim. Subtle colors like lighter grays, sage greens, and fresh blues can look good year-round.
You can go even bigger and change your bedroom furniture. With spring cleaning season upon us, other people will be in the same state of mind and looking to rehome furniture. Browse Facebook Marketplace and local listings to look for deals near you. You might find a full set of bedroom furniture, or mix and match different pieces to create a personalized, eclectic style at a low price. Even a single accent piece can provide a much-needed adjustment to your room’s atmosphere.
While you’re at it, check your bed to make sure it’s still supporting you the way it should. If you have sagging or squeaking, your bed frame could be to blame. A sturdy frame provides the right foundation to get better sleep.
For the most ambitious, you could even re-do your flooring. If you have carpet, you may want to pull it up and restore your wood floors, or install wood laminates. The look of wood creates a cozy feel, while the smooth surface will help keep your feet cool on the hot summer nights. A smaller change would be to add different, smaller rugs to what you already have. Bamboo-type mats have a strong summer vibe, or you can choose pieces in seasonal colors. These are something else you could switch out when the seasons change.