Interiors: Give your bedroom a new, uncluttered look

Rosemary Sadez Friedmann

If it's time for a bedroom redo, let's consider the options. Since the bedroom is where you go to relax and rejuvenate, it should reflect that. With the economy in the horrible state it is, we are always looking for the best way to accomplish our goals with the least amount of cost.

If you've been reading my columns for a while, you will probably figure the first thing I am going to recommend -- paint. Yes, repainting the room will not cost much, but will do much to change the look of the room and make it fresh and inviting.

If you love the color of your room, you can paint it the same color and still get a fresh look. Or you can choose an entirely new color and get an entirely new look.

You can add character to your bedroom with art. Find art that "speaks" to you so you have something interesting to look at every time you are in the bedroom. There is much to be said for artwork that reaches your senses in a special way. It doesn't have to be expensive; simply find art that works well for you.

Wall decals might even be the art that is perfect for you. Take your time looking for the right thing because there is no rush.

Some experts say you should not have a television in the bedroom because you will be tempted to watch TV until the late hours, and lose much-needed sleep. Others say it is all right, because TV is relaxing to some, and even puts many people to sleep. That works if you have a timer on the TV that will turn it off automatically after a certain amount of time, because TV noise disrupts sleeping patterns so you really won't relax and rejuvenate as you should.

It's important to organize your bedroom so that everything has a place, and everything can be put in its place. If your bedroom isn't organized, it will tend to collect clutter. Invest in storage of some sort even if it is under-bed storage. Keep the nightstands clear. Find places to put all the clutter that might currently be on top of the nightstands or on top of the dresser.

Plants are always a welcome sight in the bedroom -- if you remember to tend to them and water them. They clean the air a bit, too, so they are a healthy thing for the room.

Changing the bedspread to something fresh and new is a final way to upgrade the look of the room. You will always find a sale somewhere for new bedspreads.

Rosemary Sadez Friedmann, an interior designer in Naples, Fla., is author of "Mystery of Color." For design inquiries, write to Rosemary at