Wednesday, 15 September 2010

By-gone bedroom to beautiful boudoir for £20

1.       Cushions. 
Cushions are fantastic for a variety of reasons; they add colour, comfort and warmth to a bedroom. You can also get them relatively cheaply from Tesco Home, ASDA,  or Wilkinson’s and usually retail at around £5-£10 depending on the detail and materials used. You can make a plain duvet look fantastic if you get some cushions of different sizes and shapes just keep the colour scheme consistent to avoid it looking too busy. I love the Tesco Floral Appliqué cushion in Teal at £7.
2.       Room fragrance.
A beautiful boudoir should be a retreat for all the senses and that includes smell. Buy a small fragrance burner and some fragrance and tea-lights or even some scented candles or a room spray so the moment you step into your room you’re welcomed by a pleasant aroma. You can even try some aroma therapy. If you are using an essential oil, you must first add some water to avoid the fragrance being too over powering, and only around 5 drops (or less!) of oil is needed. You can always top it up later if need be.  I like the Wilkinson vanilla candles only £3 and they come in lots of different fragrances if you don’t like Vanilla.
Lavender – calming effects are especially good when mixed with camomile but don’t burn camomile on its own because it smells nasty! Friendly warning.
Satsuma/lemon/exotic – revitalising, uplifting and refreshing.
Green tea - calming, Spa fragrance
Jasmine, – Beautiful floral scent which is an aphrodisiac so be careful ;)
Vanilla – is sweet and calming. Good to create warmth in a room
Rose – welcoming floral smell.
Also, Don’t be afraid to mix different oils to make your own scents. Green Tea and lemon create a light refreshing blend and Rose and lavender can be mixed to create a deeper floral sent. Get creative and remember if it doesn’t smell right you can always take it out once it has cooled and put something else in.
3.       Lighting.
Never under estimate the power of lighting to make a room cosy. Soft lamps and candles are more inviting than a harsh desk light. Fairy lights are also another cheap option. You can get a whole string in ASDA for £2 around Christmas time.  You can drape these over your bed, around your windows, over your curtains, around your desk, everywhere.
4.       Wallpaper
When you’re on a budget, snippets of wallpaper or wrapping paper can be so useful. Send off for samples or go down to your local B&Q and get samples of ‘feature’ wallpaper. The more glamorous the better. These can be use in a variety of ways. Frame them in a variety of mismatched frames as a feature collection in a room. Or a similar look can be achieved by
cutting them into squares and arranging them. If you have any leftover they also make great draw liners.
5.       A cosy throw
Throws are fantastic in the winter for adding colour and they’re extremely versatile. Put over a chair or on your bed, you can even get reversible ones with two colours so you can change it that way too.
6. A Wall collage
Another fantastic idea to brighten up your room is to make a room collage. Grab a whole load of interesting pictures, photos of you and your friends, interesting adverts and things which you like. cut them out and stick them in a group on your wall. The one in the picture is from my bedroom last year and I used lots of different makeup looks because thats what I love but you can always use what you're passioante about - planes, pandas or people the choice is endless.

Total spent on brightening up bedroom.
1 x Cushion = £7
1 x Fairy lights = £2
4 x pieces of wallpaper = £0
2 x Vanilla candles = £6
1 x Throw = £5
1 x Wall collage
Total = £20
Top Tips
If you get bored of your bedroom look, swap cushions, throws and accessories from another part of the house.
Cushion covers are really easy to make if you have a little time and some spare fabric.

Never leave Tea lights unattended
Never put essential oils undiluted onto the skin – it can cause irritation or in extreme cases an allergic reaction.
Pregnant women and people with Asthma need to be careful with how they use essential oils. Always read the label for further instructions.

Have a great day! Feel free to leave some comments with some tips of your own,
Em x o x o

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