The average bedroom remodel costs $8,000, according to US News, so the last thing you want to find after perfecting your sanctuary is patches of black mold on your new metallic accent wall. Not only will this fungus ruin your bedroom and your home’s overall design, but it can seriously impact your health too. Research shows a strong link between indoor mold, skin irritation, itchy eyes, and coughing. So, when it comes to creating the perfect bedroom with style, knowing how to combat existing mold and prevent new mold growth is essential.
Treat existing mold
Mold can grow all year round, but it gets particularly vicious when there is moisture in the air. If you’re lucky enough to have an en suite, you should be cautious of the damp and condensation in the room, as this can lead to mold. This mold can soon make its way into your bedroom and damage the paintwork, wallpaper, furniture and soft furnishings, as mold grows daily. Therefore, ensure you keep your bathroom well ventilated by utilizing windows and an extractor fan. Meanwhile, before you undertake a bedroom makeover, treat existing mold with sodium borate. This contains no toxic fumes and will provide a clean wall for you to paint with Pantone’s Color of the Year, Living Coral, or to wallpaper in an on-trend bold print.
Keep furniture away from walls
The Institute of Medicine has linked indoor mold exposure to upper respiratory tract symptoms, such as shortness of breath, wheezing and coughing. Additional research has also found a connection between early mold exposure in children and asthma in those already predisposed to the condition. With so many health concerns linked to fungal spores, it’s best to keep your traditional oak furniture, including your bed, away from the wall. By doing this, air will be able to freely flow around your room, and mold growth will be prohibited. Another great benefit of keeping your furniture away from the walls is that it prevents bumps and scrapes on your interior design. As a result, you’ll have to do fewer paint touch-ups and your bedroom will look aesthetically-pleasing for longer.
Limit your soft furnishings
Americans spend $51.93 billion on soft furnishings every year, according to Statista. But it’s advisable to limit the amount of such furnishings in your bedroom, as they can be a breeding ground for mold. What’s more, the current bedroom trends of dark, rich colors and boho prints make it difficult to identify mold growth. When left untreated, mold can lead to more serious health conditions, such as chronic sinusitis. Mayo Clinic reports that 96% of individuals with chronic sinusitis are experiencing an immune response to the fungus. Therefore, instead of hanging curtains or drapes at your windows, opt for a stylish wooden Venetian blind. These can be easily cleaned and allow ventilation to flow freely around your room when the slats are opened.
Mold can ruin both your bedroom’s overall design and your health. Take steps to treat and prohibit mold growth in your sleeping space by keeping furniture away from walls and restricting your use of soft furnishings.