Scripps Howard News Service
Does your bedroom need a new look? What style feels comfortable to you? Maybe all that is needed is a little something -- not much.
Something as simple as bedding might be all that you need.
Sheets, pillowcases, comforters and maybe shams might be all you need.
Those alone can be expensive enough, but if a major remodeling isn't in the plans, a little expense in the bedding department might be just enough to redo the bedroom.
Go for color and/or pattern. Find the color or color combination that is appealing and go for it.
A bed skirt and comforter will probably be the most expensive items, so choose wisely and don't skimp. The sheets and pillowcases then can be a complementary pattern and they can be solid colors.
Changing the sheets each week with a new color or new pattern will make the room "new"-looking all the time.
The headboard can be the focal point in your bedroom if you should so choose.
Upholstered headboards have come and gone in popularity, but nevertheless they have been and always will be common.
If an upholstered headboard isn't for you, choose an impressive stand-alone headboard that grabs your attention.
It does not have to match the rest of the bedroom furniture, but can be a style and color all its own.
Think about the impact that would make.
The foot of the bed can be spruced up with a seat of some sort.
A bench with or without a back will bring interest to the room plus give you a place to sit and put your shoes on.
It will also be a place to put extra pillow shams or whatever sits on the bed during the day but is unnecessary on the bed at night.
If not a bench, how about two ottomans side by side? And if they are storage ottomans, you have a bonus.
If the setting is right, a storage trunk, perhaps a hope-chest type, will work beautifully at the foot of the bed.
What about nightstands? Well, how much space do you have?
Nightstands do not have to match each other, so you can have a table on one side of the bed and a storage night table on the other.
Or you can have a desk on one side and a nightstand on the other.
Here again, as with the headboard, the furniture pieces do not have to match, they just have to coordinate.
Lighting is important in any room. In the bedroom there should be enough light for reading if that is what appeals to you, plus soft lighting just for atmosphere.
Overhead lighting isn't always necessary, but it's still nice to have when you need more illumination.
Rosemary Sadez Friedmann, an interior designer in Naples, Fla., is author of "Mystery of Color." For design inquiries, write to Rosemary at DsgnQuest@aol.com.