[:en]If your bedroom has felt a bit gloomy and dark all winter, it’s time to brighten things up before spring arrives. By making a few small changes to your bedroom, you will soon have a fresh and cheerful oasis to call your own. Here are three ideas for brightening up your bedroom:

Declutter and Clean

Before you start adding things to your bedroom, you should start by taking away anything that’s making things feel cluttered, overpacked, dusty, and too heavy. Grab a few empty boxes or trash bags and begin clearing out unwanted old items that are taking up space and can be donated to a thrift store.

In some cases, you may want to hold onto items but stash them neatly inside your dresser or closet, instead of leaving too many items sitting out and making your room look cluttered. Once you have the clutter under control, it’s time to thoroughly clean your room. Once it’s sparkling clean, it will already feel much brighter than before.

Replace Your Old Comforter

One item that has perhaps the biggest impact on the overall look and feel of your bedroom is your comforter. If your comforter is too heavy and dark, or has simply become worn over time, it’s time to replace it with something new. Opting for something bright and colorful will instantly make your room feel more fun and cheery. If a brightly colored comforter is too much for your taste, consider purchasing a comforter in a light or neutral color (like white, light gray or beige) and then adding colorful pillows as well as a bright throw blanket across the bottom of your bed.

Bring in Bits of Nature

Another way to make your room feel more bright and spring-like is to bring in bits of nature. Colorful fresh flowers, a simple houseplant, or a small tabletop fountain will add a fresh organic style to your bedroom. If you have a brown thumb, you might consider snagging a houseplant from this list of plants that are easy to care for and hard to kill. Just remember to stick to one or two small-scale natural decor items, to avoid making things feel cluttered once again.

Brightening up your bedroom can be done simply and inexpensively, and will make a big difference in how you feel about your home. By incorporating these ideas into your bedroom decor, you can look forward to a brighter and fresher place to lay your head.[:]