Summer is here! The heat, the scents, the sounds of cicadas creaking through the night and the crackle of electricity, as storms leap into daily forecasts. As we roll into the sweltering months ahead, it may be tempting to close up shop, turn the aircon on and hibernate in its cooling wake, casually lazing until you must venture outside. Tempting, though highly claustrophobic! Instead of paying for comfort, open your windows, dust off the door and open the house, welcoming the season with open arms and a reinvigorated energy – the sunlight will also highlight a few areas of possible improvement, as the stark light of a summer sun is less forgiving than the depths of winter. If you’re not sure where to start, beyond the pile of dust gathering behind the lounge, spend some time renewing your bedroom and refresh its original safe haven feel. How? That’s easy.
Humans are easily infected by boredom; think about it, we cut our hair, colour it, change its shape to suit the weather, accessorise our lives and wardrobes and for what? Personality, identity and individuality. So what does your bedroom say about you? Take this opportunity to indulge in a round of bedroom Tetris, re-configuring your bed, side tables and tall boys into a new look. You may have spent time scouring bedroom design websites like www.bunkers.com.au , dreaming about a genius, hidden storage unit, varnished to a perfect finish; why not spoil yourself? Modern flourishes update a room faster than buying new linens – Not everybody can appreciate the 1000 count Egyptian cotton sheets hiding under the bedspread, but a chest at the foot of your bed, or sneaky draws sliding out from beneath? Eye catching.
Your home is full of hidden treasures, destined to highlight your bedroom in subtle ways; from the shawl you never use, latticed with sparkling thread, to the peace flags pushed to the back of your junk cupboard, the possibilities of your already loved accoutrements will complement your colour scheme with simplicity and ease. Wait, ease? Sure. We are creatures of habit, collecting clutter that subconsciously matches our current décor, usually suiting our colour tastes and decorative interests. A barely loved vase in the china cabinet could lighten a room and play host to weekly bunches of flowers, picked from your own garden bed or from a flower market.
Speaking of flowers and gardens, it’s never too late to start, and the wonderful weather you’ll be showered with provides the perfect setting to finally get outside, green thumb at the ready. If you don’t possess said thumb, you soon will, as cultivating a flower garden is one of the more pleasing things in life, when you’re feeling a bit distracted – pottering meets constructive activity, dirty knees and lingering, summer bouquets. What’s not to love? If you’re feeling experimental, why not plant your favourite bloom in a teapot and make it a centrepiece in your bedroom? An instant lift and considerable satisfaction.
When was the last time you updated your bedroom? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and share your favourite finishing touches to make an old room pop!
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