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Before and after: the best bedroom makeovers to inspire your own stylish sanctuary

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Sejal Kapadia Pocha
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When you're feeling sad, overwhelmed, and just a bit blah and you don't know why, there's one unwavering saviour waiting for you - your bedroom.

As teenagers, our bedrooms were personal spaces to escape to and comfort ourselves. Now, as adults, these rooms have been reduced into nothing more than a place for sleeping, watching telly, and getting dressed.

But that doesn't have to be the case.

The internet is full of inspiration for ways to transform your room into a stylish and cosy area, so, in true Changing Rooms fashion, we've rounded up the very best before and after bedroom makeovers on Pinterest. 

No matter the size and state of a room, it can be turned into a sanctuary once again. 

  • After

    Want to brighten up your room without making it look clinical? Interior designer Jenny Komenda opted for a warm blush hue to bring a feminine touch to the space.

    Top tip: Always go for light tones when choosing your bed linen: "It’s like having white towels," says Komenda. "There’s something nice about knowing something you’re putting directly against your body is very clean. When something occupies such a big place in a small space, it should be really light in colour, and then you can layer more colour and texture over it."

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  • After

    Interiors blogger Holly Marder swears by Farrow and Ball's grey shade called Ammonite having used it in numerous rooms. "You want a space to stay light and bright but to feel cosy at the same time, and a great grey that is not too cold, thanks to its brown (as opposed to blue) undertones."

    Top tip: To accentuate the height of the room, yet bring the focus down to eye level, drape drop pendant lightbulbs to each side of the bed. It also provides a soft light for night time reading.

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  • After

    Blogger Laura Gummerman was stumped when it came to decorating around the low ceiling and small windows in her room. "It just feels like you are standing in a boring little box." She added some life and charm to it by creating a feature wall using monochrome wallpaper, collecting vintage books in different colours and buying a few film-inspired prints from Etsy.

    Top tip: Even out an awkward window by building a bookshelf of the same size to put next to it, as can be seen here above the bed. 

    Image: abeautifulmess.com via Pinterest

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  • After

    It can often feel like there's a fine line between quirky, personal touches and clutter. But as this bedroom makeover shows, it all comes down to sticking with neutral shades and narrow colour palettes. 

    Top tip: The cactus is fast becoming the interior industry’s new favourite plant. They're full of character and you don't have to fret about watering them on a daily basis. Cluster a few on your bedside table for a refreshing burst of green.

    Image: advicefromatwentysomthing.com via Pinterest 

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  • After

    White, grey and blush pinks are popular shades for bedrooms, but if you've got large windows and a generous amount of natural light coming in, why not try a darker, more dramatic colour? It can instantly transform a room.

    Top tip: To ensure the room feels open and airy, opt for bedroom furniture with legs. Objects that sit flush against the floor can make a space feel much smaller. 

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  • After

    It's hard to believe this room was made-over in merely eight days. From the paint on the walls to a new boho-inspired statement headboard, very little from the previous arrangement remains. But it just goes to show, no matter the size, a bedroom can be beautiful. 

    Top tip: If you really don't like your flooring and can't do much about it, try painting the ceiling a bold colour. No really. Against white walls, it'll make the ceiling feel much taller and take your eyes off the floor. Plus it instantly adds an element of drama to an otherwise plain space. 

    Image: vintagerevivals.com via Pinterest

  • Before

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  • After

    When blogger Holly Marder moved into her home, she refused to sleep in her bedroom until the purple walls and vinyl flooring were gone. Her first move was to rip out the flooring and paint everything in white (including the radiators and pipes). She then started layering different fabrics and colours together. 

    Top tip: Instead of making the room symmetrical, create a small gallery of photographs and drawings framed in various shades of wood on one side of the bed. It helps to create a focal point when entering the space, without cluttering the room. 

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  • After

    This bedroom went from a bland and awkward space to a luxury suite. The gold bed frame, curtain rod and mirror frame give it a rich and opulent feel. 

    Top tip: No matter how low your ceilings are, hang your curtain rod as high as possible. It'll widen, lengthen and soften the room by 100% (rough estimation). 

    Image: thedesigndaredevil.com via Pinterest

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  • After

    "The master [bedroom] had a beige-ish grass cloth that we had to work around, so we tried to brighten up the space with blues, greys, and rusty tones throughout," says Amber Lewis, a Los Angeles based interior designer. "The result is a traditional, bohemian, cali-cool vibe that we so dearly love."

    Top tip: If your room is feeling bland, feel free to choose a few clashing prints for your cushions and rug. Not everything needs to match.

    Image: amberinteriordesign.com via Pinterest

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  • After

    This chic and whimsical little girl's bedroom can provide plenty of inspiration for a rented apartment or new home with bold artwork, colour blocking bed-linen and quirky ornaments. 

    Top tip: Stickers are a great way to add some flavour to a room without painting or wallpapering. Interior designer Orlando Soria bought these gold disc stickers from Etsy.

    Image: stylebyemilyhenderson.com via Pinterest

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Sejal Kapadia Pocha covers stories about everything from women’s issues to cult foods. She describes herself as a balance between Hermione and Luna Lovegood.

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