Expert Tips For Turning a Bedroom From Drab to Fab

expert-tipsYour bedroom is your own private sanctuary; your place to relax, rest, and unwind. However, if your bedroom is starting to look and feel quite drab and dull, it might be the last place you want to spend time. If you find that you’re having difficulty relaxing in your bedroom this can start to affect your sleeping pattern, throwing your routine off balance, and leaving you feeling a bit out of sorts.

In most cases, the answer is simple: turn your bedroom from drab to fab! Give your room a new lease of life and turn it into a place in which you enjoy spending time again. Giving your bedroom a complete overhaul and full redecoration can be pretty time consuming and costly, but there are plenty of things that you can do cheaply and easily.

We reached out to some top interior design experts and asked them:

“What’s your number one design tip to turn a bedroom from drab to fab with minimal effort?”

And here’s what they had to say…

Jennifer Hagler


“I think bedding is the easiest and most influential thing in a bedroom. Investing in really great bedding, duvets and pillows, sheets and throws, [and] even bedskirts can make such a difference for a bedroom. Layering bedding and keeping the textiles neutral, with very subtle patterns or solid colours is the best route.”

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Claire Donovan


“I’ve redecorated my bedroom, and I’m so glad I did. Quite honestly, a fresh lick of paint can do the world of good and depending on the size of your room, it shouldn’t be too expensive. If you are unable to paint a room, then a brand new duvet set or window treatments can dramatically change a room with little effort. You can find excellent textiles and bedding sets in the discount stores nowadays.”

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Vicki Murdoch


“A new lick of paint is the quickest way to transform a room and give it a fresh lease of life. Wallpapering a feature wall, rather than the whole room immediately changes the space. Mixing luxurious fabric like velvet and silk, as throws and cushions added to the bed can make a room from drab to fab! Plants and more plants add life and a bit of nature, making any room more fresh and beautiful.”

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Adrienne Chinn


“How do you turn your drab bedroom into a fab bedroom, quickly and easily? Decorate the walls! I love to cover my bedroom walls with lots of pictures — photos, drawings, prints, magazine covers… you can frame anything. Pick up simple frames (I like black ones) from department stores, Ikea, or photo shops and away you go!”

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Maxine Brady


“Your bed is the focal furniture in your bedroom. So spoil yourself with the best bed linen you can afford. I love white linens but an amazing patterned sheet can adds colour to your room. Layer up with tons of pillows and scatter cushions, and finish with a sumptuous throw to add luxe style to your bed. Your bed will look so stylish you’ll want to dive into it every time.”

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Samantha Stansbridge


“I think bedrooms can become a bit of a dumping ground, things get stuffed in drawers and stored on top of wardrobes etc , so my top tips would be, de-clutter, and invest in some simple storage ideas, make use of space under beds out of sight, clear out wardrobes of unworn clothes so that doors can close properly, then create a feature wall or feature headboard and invest in some pretty bedding. If you can, add full-length curtains to windows to create a feeling of indulgence personally I like to add a few extra inches to curtains and pool the material at the bottom on the floor.”

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Nicola Holden


“Your bedroom should be a calming and restful space which you retreat to at the end of the day to recharge your batteries. It needs to be cool in summer and warm and cosy in winter. To achieve this, ensure your bedding is fresh and new, and then layer in additional textures to create depth and add an element of luxury – soft cashmere throws, silk cushions and deep pile rugs. Never underestimate the power of lighting too. Add layers of soft lighting with table lamps and floor lamps to create your sanctuary.”



Christina Haire


“Transform your dream space. My favourite way to transform the bedroom, is to “re bed” the bed. I love all white bed linens, from dust ruffle, sheets, duvet to pillows. Layer the pillows, down king size behind 2 standards. Cloud like. Add a creamy white faux fur throw at the bottom. Nap time.”



Sarah White


“Window dressing is my key for bedrooms, there is nothing worse than bad curtains or blinds when you are trying to get a decent sleep. Depending on the style of the room, and the atmosphere you want to create, for example, great big warehouse style windows will be expensive for full curtains but to doesn’t mean they can’t be dressed and block out light. I hide roller blinds behind swags of chiffon that is left loose around the end of the poles to puddle on the floor to soften the window edges. Likewise if you want beach house style, shutters work wonders so it doesn’t need to all be soft and cosy, as first thing in the morning standing in front and throwing open the shutters to let the sun come in creates a real “lets start the day” feeling….”

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