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The bedroom and the bathroom are two places where you spend time every day. Whether it's sleeping, getting dressed, or relaxing after a long day at work, these areas are an important part of your home. When it’s time to remodel, however, you have two choices: bring in an interior designer or tackle the challenge yourself. Here are the pros and cons of each, and advice on how to get it done on a bare-bones budget.


Do It Yourself

There are plenty of options for updating your bedroom and bathroom on your own. A quick search online can help you find ideas for $100 bathroom makeovers and tutorials on how to DIY virtually anything you can imagine.


A few suggestions for the bathroom are to paint, add wainscoting, and swap out the shower curtain and bathmat. If you want to take your remodeling efforts a bit further, change out the hardware, including the toilet paper holder, shower curtain bar, and towel rack. You’ll need to have the right tools before getting started. Lowe’s suggests an electronic stud finder, a drill and drill bits, wall anchors, and a level. You could also swap the faucets, fixtures, cabinet handles and drawer pulls, and your toiletry organizer. Brushed nickel is usually inexpensive, readily available at most hardware stores, and looks great in almost any bathroom. A new mirror, towel rack, and art can complete the look without going over your budget.


Although the bedroom is larger than the bathroom, you may be able to do more with less money if you’re creative. Start with a fresh coat of paint. Keep in mind that a cool color palette is going to be the most soothing option for creating a sleep haven, so think soft shades of blues, greens, and pinks. Once you’ve chosen what colors you’ll use, follow Valspar’s bedroom painting tutorial to complete the job.


Once your walls are ready, you can decide where to place the focal point of your bedroom. For most, this will either be the bed or the art above it. If you plan to replace your comforter or bedspread, do this before choosing curtains and art. Your bedroom decor does not have to be extravagant; something as simple as a few framed landscape pictures or a layer of shiplap on the wall behind the bed can have a significant impact on the overall look and feel of the bedroom. If you want to add a pop of color to the bed, you can use the fabric of your choice to make a few decorative pillow shams. Most importantly, you want to create a bedroom that’s highly conducive to sleep, so this could mean hanging blackout shades, adding a white noise machine, removing the TV, adding a reed diffuser with a soothing scent or all of the above!


Pick a Pro

If you have the budget and plan to be in your home for many years to come, it may be wise to bring in a professional interior designer. This is an individual with the education and experience to help you get the most out of your space. They can help you choose a color scheme, materials, and accessories that are best suited for your lifestyle. Choosing an interior decorator can help you think outside the box. They may encourage you to look at materials and colors that you would never have considered on your own, and can create a sense of harmony in any room.


Interior designers charge a fee for their services, and may require you to purchase furniture, art, and accessories from their preferred suppliers. This option isn’t cheap, and can set you back $5,000 per room or more, depending on your style and room size. However, it’s an investment in your comfort that will have a significant impact on your lifestyle for many years.


The decision to bring in a professional or to wing it and do it yourself depends largely upon your budget and the amount of time you can devote to transforming these rooms from humdrum to haven. Hire a professional if it makes sense, but don’t be afraid to make some small changes as you can afford them. If budget is your biggest obstacle, do one thing at a time, and you’ll soon have the room (or rooms) of your dreams.



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