How to Avoid The Most Common Bedroom Renovation Mistakes

Transforming your dull, drab bedroom into the dreamy oasis that you love waking up to each morning is possible. In this article, we'll take you through the five steps that will help you enjoy a successful bedroom renovation. 

Step 1: Have a plan.

Always understand why you're creating a makeover for your bedroom before you get started. You need to understand who will use the room, your budget, and what materials you need.

Create a sketch of your home and visualize all the pieces you want to have in the room. What is your style? What kind of feeling do you want the room to have? Can you handle all the pieces yourself, or will you need to get help? 

Make a list and go through your budget. Choose your pieces and make sure you're shopping according to your budget constraints. 

Planning Tip: While planning your bedroom style, choose a headboard that stands out and makes an engaging statement. Headboards with shape and texture become a visual anchor for your bedroom design.

Step 2: Choose the right wall colors.

There's nothing more disappointing than having your furniture arrive, only to find out most of your pieces don't coordinate well with your walls. 

It doesn't matter if your bedroom is your primary bedroom, guest room, teen's room, or nursery. If you get the wall colors wrong, you're likely to lose time and energy repainting the room before you can set it up. 

Some people enjoy calm and soothing colors for their bedroom, while others prefer colors that help them feel more awake, alert, or romantic. Neutral colors are safe, classic choices that work with different decor styles.

Are you using vivid colors and patterns for most of your furniture, curtains, carpeting, and artwork? Then any neutral colors ivory, taupe, black, gray, and white may work for your walls. 

Do you prefer an all neutral bedroom? Then the neutral wall colors can work in your favor. Add interest with layered bedding and textured accessories to help create a bright and inviting bedroom design. The Pelican Chair in sherpa is a fine accent chair choice with its cozy and neutral texture.

Pastels fall in the realm of soft, relaxing colors and include soft blues, lavenders, greens, yellows, and pinks.  Go for the pastels when you want an elegant wall color that promotes a serene atmosphere. 

Darker expressive colors work well for bedroom walls too. More active individuals may like a bedroom accentuated with a bold color that reflects their energetic personality. 

Take the size and natural light source into consideration when you're choosing your wall color. Light colors can make a space look larger, while darker colors make it appear smaller. If there's a lot of natural light streaming into the room, the room will also appear larger and brighter. 

Preplan your bedroom style and paint the walls to invoke the vibes you need. It's a good idea to get several samples of colors and test them on your walls to find your dream bedroom color. 

Wall Tip: Consider making an accent wall to help give the room more character. This can involve painting one wall darker than the others, using a large artwork as the focal piece, or adding texture to one wall. 

Step 3: Renovate for the proper purpose. 

Keep in mind that your furniture, colors, and decor work together to create a place of rest and sleep. Follow the golden rule: Simpler is better. 

When you redesign a bedroom, never lose sight that your room needs to be visually relaxing to sleep in and welcoming to wake up in. Color and design play an important part in this, but so does avoiding an overstimulating, cluttered space. 

  • Hang appealing artwork to the walls instead of leaving them bare.
  • Add a rug that is bigger than your bed and pleasant to step onto in the morning. Modern bohemian or mid-century modern rugs are popular choices.
  • Use different light sources based on different needs: reading or relaxing. The Grasshopper Lamp is a versatile option.
  • Use nightstands with drawers and storage. If you're looking for a more minimalist option and don't have much to stow away, the Platner Side Table could work for you.
  • Minimize as much as possible to keep your space relaxing and breathable.
  • Don't underestimate the benefits of neutral colors to your bedroom space.
  • Layered bedding adds to the cozy atmosphere. 
  • Choose window dressing that ties your room design together.

Avoid this mistake: Emphasizing your favorite color too much. Accentuating your bedroom with your favorite color can impart your personal style to the space. Just don't go overboard with it and let it overwhelm your inviting bedroom design.

Step 4: Expected the unexpected.

Don't expect everything to go as planned with your renovation. Allow extra time and up to 30% more in expenses in your budget.

You may find that you need to rewire the room to meet your design needs. Even if you live where you're allowed to do electrical work on your own, it will take more time, and you'll have to pass inspection. Scheduling an electrician during their local busy season could cost you more renovation time.

Even if you were careful about choosing your color, you could get all your furniture in and realize you chose the wrong wall colors. Pre-planning your design carefully will likely keep this from happening, but even with the most careful plan, you may find you have the wrong color. 

Furniture may go back-ordered on you or be delayed in shipping. In today's world, it's not uncommon for delays to happen at the last minute. It's best to expect them.

Be assured that the most well-planned renovations come with delays and unexpected expenditures. Allow yourself the extra time and expense in your overall plan so you can deal with anything that comes up as smoothly as possible.

Step 5: Measure everything.

If you don't lay out your space and know the exact measurements of everything ahead of time, you're likely to end up with furniture that's too small or too big for your space. When this happens, you're stuck having to retrofit to accommodate your furnishings.

You will likely end up with an unrefined, imbalanced visual experience. Furniture too large for the space will clutter the room. Furniture too small won't allow your pieces to tie in together for proper balance. 

When it comes to visual balance, size is as important as color. 

Use room designing software and input all your room dimensions and furniture measurements before purchasing anything. This way, you can set up your room plan and start over if you find you have the wrong sizes.

Added Suggestion: Consider the door width and positioning when you buy your furniture. Some doors, especially in older houses, are more narrow than others. If your door is in the hallway, consider the angles you have to maneuver to get into the bedroom and buy furniture sized to fit through the passages and turns.

Choosing the perfect bedroom statement.

The bed is the main feature of any bedroom. For a Mid Century Modern bedroom that's comfortable, welcoming, and personalized, choose beds of high quality and expertly crafted style. 

Visit Eternity Modern's bed collection to find the perfect centerpiece for your dream oasis.