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3-Step Makeover: Brighten Your Bedroom

Transform your bedroom from basic to beautiful in three easy stages with color, pretty accessories, and lots of storage.

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    • Stage 1: Plain Start

      Although this space is plain, the furniture pieces are traditional and high-quality, which leaves room in the budget for accessories to jazz it up. Ample floor space and a nook in the corner provide opportunities to increase storage space. The tray on the ottoman stores books in plain view as part of the decor. Favorite trinkets and flowers give the ottoman even more personality.

    • Stage 1: Neutral Nook

      This nook is a missed opportunity. While the dresser provides needed storage space, the nook could serve another function.

    • Stage 1: At a Style Standstill

      Right now, this room is neutral and basic. But open spaces, pink and orange accents, and classic furniture give it the potential to be a glam, storage-packed room. The pink drawer unit next to the bed and the closet are the room's main storage points now, but with a little reorganization they could store so much more.

    • Stage 1: Inefficient Closet

      This drab closet misses out on major storage potential. Shoes are thrown in haphazardly, purses are on a hard-to-reach shelf, and a lot of space is wasted.

    • Stage 2: Plaid Possibilities

      Plaid slipcovers on the chair and ottoman add tone and texture to the otherwise neutral furniture. Next to the settee, a charming pedestal side table provides an extra surface to display pretty bottles in the pink and orange color scheme. A shimmery chandelier replaces a floor lamp to achieve a Bohemian glam look. The standard wood-slat blinds are replaced with simple white linen Roman shades.

    • Stage 2: Glamorous Dressing Table

      A clear acrylic table replaces the dresser in the nook to provide a chic seating area to prepare for the day. Silver bottles and a matching trash can add a flirty shimmer. An ornate resin mirror above the table gives weight and sophistication to the nook.

    • Stage 2: Boost Color

      A raspberry throw, new pillows, and a bold pink ribbon add a burst of life to the white bedding. The taupe wall paint brings warmth to the room.

    • Stage 2: Shelf Replacement

      Moving the dresser from the nook into the closet provides a place for smaller items such as scarves and belts. Decorative and functional white shelves replace the standard wire shelf and hold sweaters, purses, and extra linens. To make room for the shelves, a shorter hanging rod replaces the long rod and is hung high enough to accommodate shoe storage below.

    • Stage 3:Add Style with Pretty Accessories

      A white felt cutout rug, colorful accent pillows, silk taffeta panels for the windows, and butterfly wallpaper add the last pops of color to the bedroom. Unexpected accents, such as the plates on the wall, add charm.

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      Stage 3: Add Storage

      In the nook, tucking the pink drawer unit under the acrylic table provides space to store supplies for the morning routine. The butterfly-pattern wallpaper outlines the nook and vividly accents the color scheme.

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      Stage 3: Desk Organization

      A tiered acrylic caddy organizes essentials for correspondence. Stashing a journal, stationery, scissors, glasses, and stamps makes writing letters quick and convenient.

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      Stage 3: Dresser Drawer Storage

      The pink drawer set under the acrylic table is a hold-all and organizer for makeup, hair dryers, and other toiletries. Supplies to get ready for the day are within arm's reach.

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      Stage 3: All-Pink Palette

      An attention-grabbing duvet in shades of pink pairs with bold pillows to liven the pink and tangerine palette. Pretty plates adorn the walls above the bed and add a touch of elegance.

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      Stage 3: Storage Under the Bed

      Clear storage bins, which slide under the bed, store throw blankets for chilly nights. The drawer dividers neatly organize linens, such as sheets and pillowcases.

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      Stage 3: Nightstand Storage

      A new bedside table provides a place for an alarm clock, clever pink charging station, and reading materials.

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      Stage 3: Closet Makeover

      Replacing bifold closet doors with silk taffeta draperies and painting the back wall add depth and color to the closet. The salmon-tone wall color and fabrics complement the palette. Shelves with decorative edges store sweaters, jeans, and towels.

      CLOSET ORGANIZATION TIP: For a clever way to store purses, scarves and hats, cover a bulletin board with fabric and add hooks for easy acess and viewing.

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      Stage 3: Savvy Shoe Storage

      A rotating shoe tree outside the closet saves space and keeps the floor uncluttered. Pink spray paint to match the room glams it up.

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      Stage 3: Dresser Drawer Storage

      This dresser conveniently saves space in the bedroom by storing luxuries such as manicure and pedicure sets, bathrobes, and extra towels. Previously in the nook, it makes better use of space in the closet by providing drawer space as well as a surface for storing items.

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      Stage 3: Basket Storage Closet Organizers

      Wicker baskets outfitted with labels are perfect for sorting laundry, towels, and other small items. Lining the baskets with fabric keeps clothes from snagging.

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      Create a bedroom that makes you feel like a design rockstar by building a strong foundation and layering in a few key elements. It's easier than you might think.
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