If your budget and your dreams of a luxurious bedroom don’t seem to be in sync, don’t despair!
It’s easier and less expensive than you think to create a stylish haven that looks and feels like it belongs in the pages of a glossy magazine. Follow these five simple steps to discover which worthwhile investments and well-rewarded efforts will pay off. Then, apply for an RCS Personal Loan, and you can have the cash in your account within 24 hours to make your dream happen.
- LOSE THE CLUTTER
The first step to transforming your bedroom into a haven of relaxation is also the most budget-friendly and arguably the most effective: tidy up! But, this doesn’t mean just moving stuff around and finding new places to put it. We’re talking about using the Marie Kondo technique of tidying, which involves a radical rethink of your possessions. If you haven’t yet heard of the KonMari method of organising and decluttering, start your bedroom transformation by buying and reading her book: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Follow her advice, and rest assured that both your bedroom and your life will feel rejuvenated.
- PICK A PEACEFUL PALETTE
Now that your bedroom contains only those things that truly bring you joy, it’s time to set the scene for serenity. While vibrant hues can be wonderful to energise other areas of the house, it’s best to choose colours that create a relaxing vibe for your bedroom.
Paint your bedroom in neutral tones such as pale blues, creamy whites, soft greys, and gentle beige. Then choose drapery, linen, and upholstery in complementary shades. Surrounded by these calming colours, you’ll immediately feel more peaceful and pampered.
- BLISS OUT YOUR BED
Most of us spend at least a quarter of our lives in our beds. So, it’s certainly worth investing some attention and money into making sure your bed is as comfortable and cosy as it possibly can be. Start with buying the best and most supportive mattress you can afford, taking your time to decide on how soft or firm you prefer it to be. Don’t forget a mattress protector to safeguard it from spills! Then, layer it with quality linen in 100 percent cotton with a high thread count, and top with plump pillows and a down duvet.
To complete the look, accessorise your bed with a luxurious throw blanket, a plush headboard and a few opulent cushions upholstered in rich fabrics like silk, velvet, faux fur, or snuggly wool.
- GET THE LIGHT RIGHT
Your body clock works on light, so gentle lighting is critical to help you ease into a good night’s sleep. Ideally, your bedroom lighting should be dimmable, and you should be able to turn the lights off from your bed. Using bedside lights also creates a cosy ambiance.
Even more important than having good lighting in your bedroom, is having the ability to keep it out. Well-fitted window coverings are a must. Whether you choose curtains, blinds, or shutters, invest in getting them professionally custom-made to size. For curtains, adding some extra width on the sides and hanging them all the way from ceiling to floor will create a particularly plush look.
- ADD SOOTHING SCENTS AND SOUNDS
By now, your bedroom is looking and feeling absolutely lovely. And, with just a few more easy and inexpensive indulgences, you’ll be spoiling yourself in five-star style. Scent and sound both have powerful abilities to soothe and relax. Make your sanctuary smell heavenly by spritzing a fresh-scented linen spray on your sheets, burning a high-quality scented candle, or using a scented reed diffuser. And, create a tranquil ambiance by placing a small speaker near your bed to play soft classical music or relaxing nature sounds.
GET YOUR LUXURY BEDROOM WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK
As you can see, it doesn’t take an expensive interior designer or a difficult and time-consuming DIY project to transform your bedroom into one that looks and feels like it came straight out of a luxury hotel. So, what are you waiting for? Apply for an RCS Personal Loan now, and you could be granted a cash loan of up to R250 000 and from as low as 15% interest* to turn your bedroom into your dream room.
* Service and initiation fees apply