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Best ways to transform a tired bedroom

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When you’re always busy and life takes over, your bedroom can easily fill up with clutter and the decor you once loved can become a little tired and frayed at the edges. But the New Year is the perfect time to give your room a new lease of life and transform it into somewhere you’ll love spending time again.

To get some fresh design ideas, we spoke to Hannah Argyle, a photographer and lifestyle blogger who has an eye for elegant interiors. Her bedroom doubles as her photography studio, so it has to feel really creative, as well as being somewhere she can go to relax. She’s spent the last year transforming it into a grown-up space for work and rest. Here are her simple tips for freshening up a tired bedroom.

1. Invest in new bedding

This is the simplest way to instantly lift your room, as Hannah explains: “Good bedlinen is essential and it’s worth replacing it whenever it starts to look tired and washed out. There’s nothing as nice as getting into a good-looking, cosy bed at the end of the day.”

She also recommends treating yourself to some new cushions in the same colour palette, but using different textures and prints to make the bed extra inviting. Soft velvets and classic stripes are a stylish addition to any bed for the new season. “You can easily make a room look great by choosing a few key pieces and they’re easy to swap around when you fancy a change,” Hannah says.

2. Choose a bold, clean colour palette

Opt for a simple, sophisticated palette for a really stylish finish. Classic navy is a great contrast to freshly painted white walls and chrome accessories. “I love white walls!” Hannah admits. “I then like to accent rooms with brighter colours – greenery from plants, blues. The dark blue textiles from the Sainsbury’s Home Riviera collection are beautiful and blue is such a calming colour”.

3. Flood the room with light

To get your room ready for spring, switch up dark, heavy curtains for more lightweight materials to make the most of the brighter mornings. “I love to maximise the light in the house and keep the space bright and airy and uncluttered. Light boosts my wellbeing, and I can’t bear dark dingy spaces,” says Hannah. Also consider adding a mix of lamps so you’re not relying on stark, overhead lighting in the evening when you’re winding down to bed.

4. Display your pictures and prints

Hannah says: “I collect inspiration from all sorts of places. I’m always looking through interiors catalogues, reading blogs and saving pictures on Instagram. Most of the time all these things sort of amalgamate in my head and I know exactly how I would like things to look before I know where to find the pieces”.

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