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You’ve seen the Emmy-nominated Property Brothers, a.k.a. Drew and Jonathan Scott, transform homes and share real estate expertise on their many shows (including Brother vs. Brother, Celebrity IOU, and Buying and Selling, just to name a few).
Now, they’ve upped the ante with a new series of live online video conversation sessions about how to refresh each room in your house, hosted via Bright. They were kind enough to give AD a sneak peek into some of the things they might cover during their upcoming Bedroom Oasis seminar (tickets are available for the August 6 event via this link). Without further ado, here are their tips for giving your bedroom a new look.
Find ways to make your floor pop
“When people think of a bedroom’s feature piece, they often think of artwork on the walls or your fireplace feature wall, but it should be your floor,” Drew says. “The rugs you choose for your bedroom can transform your space.”
Tip 1: Consider layering your floors with multiple area rugs to add some color and define the space.
Tip 2: Place a thick pad under your rug to give it extra cushioning and that luxurious feel under your feet.
Tip 3: If you have room, opt for a big rug. “It should run from the front of your nightstand to beyond the bench at the end of your bed,” Jonathan says. “You want something comfortable to walk around on.”
Incorporate overhead lighting
Lighting can be a big bone of contention, Jonathan says: “While some homeowners don’t like to have anything disrupting the ceiling and don’t like recessed lighting, you can’t just have task lighting in a bedroom. I don’t like it when I can barely see.”
Tip 1: Make sure your bedroom has a blend of task lighting and ambient lighting.
Tip 2: Consider adding a featured lighting source that takes your breath away. “This could be a chandelier, but make sure it’s size-appropriate for the room,” Jonathan says.
Tip 3: Remove your ceiling fan. “If you have air-conditioning, skip the ceiling fan,” Drew says. “Also, it’s impossible to find a beautiful fan that has lighting too.”
Don’t overdress your bed
The brothers agree that too many pillows can detract from the look and functionality of your bed. Drew came to this conclusion because he remembers their mother having so many pillows on the sofas that they felt like they would “slide off.” As for Jonathan? He gave AD the real inside scoop: He doesn’t make his bed. (Drew loves making his bed, FYI.)
Tip 1: Depending on the size of your bed, limit the number of throw pillows to two to four max, plus the pillows you sleep on, Drew says. “Otherwise your bed is going to look like a ball pit.”
Tip 2: Use throw pillows to provide visual excitement. “I like decorative pillows because they bring color into your bedroom’s overall palette,” Jonathan says. “Pillows also add lots of interest to the space.”
Think tactically about wall colors
When considering colors for your bedroom palette, keep this in mind: The bolder you go, the quicker the color will go out of style, Jonathan says. “It’s okay to take risks with color but make sure it’ll have longevity. Also, pick paints that are more durable and will stand up over time.”
Tip 1: Keep your room neutral overall to avoid it getting too busy. “For example, if you pick a Pantone color like Illuminating Yellow, and that’s your main color on your wall, that can be very overpowering,” Drew says. “Instead, use that in accents or throw pillows.”
Tip 2: Don’t overlook the power of wallpaper. “When people say they aren’t into wallpaper, it makes me die a little inside,” Drew says. “I love what you can do with textures and patterns. Wallpaper enables you to play with patterns in such a fun way.”
Be playful when creating a gallery wall
Though Jonathan and Drew create gallery walls all the time, theirs have a special look and feel.
Tip 1: If you put up family photos in matching frames, it will look like you’re just printing off your Instagram feed and sticking it on the wall. “Curate the photos in a way that’s more thoughtful by printing in black and white or mixing up the frames so they’re not matchy-matchy,” Jonathan says.
Tip 2: Intermingle art with your photos. “A little bit of a risk is always good,” Drew says. “Don’t be afraid to try something different.”
Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest