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A bedroom should always be seen as a comfortable, stylish retreat. However if this vital room in your home or investment property is more gloomy than glam, then it’s time for a bedroom reno.

Creating a pleasant bedroom environment is one of the most crucial elements of home design. After all we spend a third of our lives in bed! Here’s a few great tips to devise a stylish, comfy retreat on a budget.

Have a focal point

  • Creating a focal point in the bedroom can be a great way to re-energise a room and also take the focus off any less attractive features. One of the easiest ways to create a focal point in the bedroom is to accentuate an existing element that is already strong. This may be a window, a fireplace or a large open wall space.

    If you have a large window in your bedroom, dress it up with bold curtain prints. If you have a large open wall space, consider painting it a bold colour or add a pattern/collage to help it stand out. Creating a focal point doesn’t have to cost a fortune, but the impact it can have is priceless.


  • Each bedroom, especially the master bedroom needs plenty of room for storage. Having a walk-in robe is extremely beneficial for not only storing clothes, but can hide away a large amount of belongings. Build extra shelving, even a built-in shoe stand, to hold a range of different knickknacks.

Dramatic lighting

  • Bedroom lighting needs to be able to transition from day to night seamlessly. Functional lighting with a dimmer can provide both bright illumination when you need it and also softer lighting to help fit a calmer mood. Recessed lighting in the closet can be an ideal addition to your bedroom. If you want to make a statement and create a focal point using lighting, consider a distinctive chandelier above the bed to add a dramatic effect.


  • There is more flexibility when it comes to choosing flooring for the bedroom. There are a number of options to choose from such as carpet, tiles or hardwood flooring. But the most suitable option will depend on a number of factors. Firstly, will this property be used as a rental? If so, you may find that tenants will not keep carpets as well maintained as you would, so tiles/hardwood floors might be more suitable. Secondly, what do you have planned for the rest of the house? It is important to try and keep cohesion throughout the house, especially if you are planning to rent it out or sell it.

Renovating the bedroom can give you the chance to be more creative with colours and design. However, just like every other room in the house, it is still just as easy to go over budget. So before ripping out any carpet or putting in new shelves, carefully review your budget.

  • Use a calculator to get an estimate of how much you can borrow.
    Try one here.

  • See if you qualify. To get a more accurate idea of how much you can borrow with State Custodians,
    click here.

  • Call our Lending Specialists and they can do the calculation for you over the phone plus answer any questions you have at the time. Talk to us on 13 72 62.