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How to update your master bedroom in 5 easy steps

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How to... update your bedroom

Tired of your master bedroom's blah style? You don't have to spend a fortune to get a designer room. Follow these five easy steps to spruce up your master bedroom on your own!

Updated Master BedroomSTEP 1: PAINT AND REDECORATE YOUR WALLS

Painting is one of the simplest and most effective ways to alter a room. Cover the entire wall with a flat paint color. Then, tape off sections of the wall to make large stripes, either vertical or horizontal. Paint inside the tape with the same color but in a semi-gloss finish. Greens, tans and grays are currently trending, but Tuscan and Mediterranean themes boasting greens, browns, golds and oranges are also strutting their way into bedrooms. More tips: How to paint stripes on a wall.

Not into stripes? Linda Dempsey, customer service associate at Lowe's, recommends affixing a chair railing on two walls as a focal point. Put wallpaper above or below it, and paint the other side.

STEP 2: CUT A RUG -- AND CHANGE YOUR FLOORING

Jamie Conway, paint and home décor department manager at Lowe's, says wood flooring is all the rage in master bedrooms. Opt for dark or light wood in 2-inch-wide interlocking planks. She also suggests adding a new rug to the bedroom and changing it seasonally for constant variation.

STEP 3: CHANGE YOUR WINDOW COVERINGS

Still have those 80s blue floral curtains adorning your windows? Replace them with new curtains and coordinating pillows, and add a decorative curtain rod that extends beyond the width of the window so the curtains don't actually close, advise Conway and Dempsey.

Both ladies agree that new blinds are imperative and say wood, faux wood and cellular (insulating) blinds are the current design infatuation of homeowners. People are gravitating toward wood tones with the natural grain to match their cabinets.

STEP 4: SPRUCE UP YOUR DÉCOR

Transform the mood and style of your bedroom by altering the lighting. Get creative with hanging pendant lights, revamp the classic floor lamp, or go modern with organic table lamps.

Hang floating shelves for contemporary style or arrange decorative 1-foot-square mirrors in a pattern on a painted wall. And don't forget to change your hardware -- dresser knobs, door handles and ceiling fan -- to match your other items. For pointers How to hang pictures with ease.

STEP 5: GET SOME NEW FURNITURE, WELL, SORT OF…

You don't have to buy all new furniture for a new bedroom. Conway suggests purchasing faux crackle paint for stylish throwback furniture. The faux finish can be used to age any furniture that has a wooden finish for an antique or shabby chic look. Your new furniture never looked so old!

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