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5 Bedroom Interior Design Ideas on a Budget


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When you think about your bedroom, what comes to mind? Is it a serene oasis, a place where you can escape and relax after a hectic day? Or is a jumbled mess of clothes, generic posters, and boring furniture?

Of all the areas in the home, the bedroom is usually the room that gets the least amount of attention. After all, guests rarely set foot there and most of your own time there is spent sleeping.

So in many homes, the bedroom is the most lackluster and disorganized room in the house. However, it should be the most inviting. The bedroom is where you go to relax and recharge. When the room is clean, organized, and full of things you love, you’re more likely to enjoy the time you spend there.

If you’re ready to overhaul your bedroom, and you’re on a tight budget, consider some of these creative ideas to help get you started.

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Interior Design Ideas for the Bedroom

1. Repaint

First, you’re going to want to put on a fresh coat of paint. Don’t underestimate what a new color can do to change how you feel about a room.

For instance, when I moved into my home, the master bedroom was a green color that I loathed. Because of that paint color, I couldn’t stand going into the room even to change clothes. But when I painted it a wonderful, serene blue (i.e. the color of the ocean on a sunny day), my feelings about the room totally changed.

When choosing a paint color for your bedroom, first consider how certain colors make you feel. I wanted my bedroom to feel very relaxing, which is why I chose blue.

If you want your bedroom to feel sexy and intimate, then choose a red or purple shade for the walls, since those colors often add energy and a romantic atmosphere to a space. Green is great for feeling calm and tranquil and for creating a nurturing environment. If you want to feel energized in your bedroom, then go with a yellow or orange color.

Also, don’t forget your moldings, as well as the ceiling. These areas don’t have to stay white!

2. Find Great Art

Do you have any art hanging up in your bedroom? Many people don’t, but adding art that’s meaningful to you is a wonderful way to add character to your bedroom.

The good news is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to buy contemporary fine art on a budget. For instance, Etsy is a wonderful place to get great art. The site sells handmade and vintage goods from individual artists all over the world.

You can also get great art by visiting art schools. Many schools, at the end of every semester, put on a student show. Much of the time, the students will put their art up for sale at very reasonable prices. This can be a wonderful way to not only find beautiful pieces for your bedroom, but to support emerging artists as well.

Another cheap art idea is to buy a blank canvas. In nice cursive writing, display your favorite quotes or passages from your favorite book.

Find Great Room Art

3. Go DIY with Furniture

If you can’t afford a whole new bedroom set, why not be frugal and eco-friendly and buy used pieces?

Thrift stores are wonderful places to scour for and buy used, second hand furniture. I’ve found some incredible pieces at my local Salvation Army, and paid next to nothing to get them.

Don’t worry about the paint or finish when you’re looking at chairs, tables, and bureaus. Remember, these items can always be repainted or restained. Knobs and drawer handles can be replaced with new or vintage pieces.

Remember, your personal touch always makes your furniture far more interesting anyway!

4. Get Creative with Accessories

Don’t think you have to head down to IKEA to buy a vase that a million other people have. Get creative!

For instance, in my room I use a vintage coffee can from the ’50s to hold fresh flowers. I have an amazing ceramic pot an artist friend gave me holding my jewelry. The ugly lamp I picked up at a thrift store? I found a lovely, cheap silk scarf to drape over it; you can’t even see the hideous lamp shade anymore.

5. Redo Your Headboard

Does your bed’s headboard make you snooze? There are some amazing ways to transform your headboard without spending a lot of money, especially if you use items you find, or that have been laying around the house.

For example, why not use an old door? Chop off the ends, sand it down, restain or repaint it, and lay it on its side. You now have an awesome, completely unique headboard with loads of character.

You could also cover your current headboard in fabric. Put some quilt batting underneath, and then staple both the batting and the fabric right into the wood. In the middle, create three “rows” using tacks. This will help secure the middle of the batting and fabric, as well as create some visual interest.

You could also use wrought iron fencing, short wooden fencing, plywood covered with cedar paneling, or even several old mirrors to create a headboard. You’re only limited by your own imagination here.

More Bedroom Design Tips

  1. If you want your bedroom to be truly relaxing, keep the TV out. Feng Shui experts claim that having a TV in your bedroom is one of the worst things you can do. Why? Because you’re tempted to watch TV late, and late night TV watching has been proven to cause you to stay awake longer, and negatively impact your sleep.
  2. If your bedroom ends up catching clutter from the entire house, focus on organizing your space first. Use under-bed storage bins, and make sure your night stands have adequate storage so that countertops stay clear.
  3. If you have scarves or fabric that go with the color of your walls, use these to hide ugly dressers and night stands. Simply drape the fabric on the countertops and let them hang off the sides.
  4. You can make a creative statement by hanging clothes on your wall instead of in your closet. Buy some pipe from Home Depot and bolt it to the wall; you’ll have a super cool industrial clothes rack to display your more interesting pieces.
  5. If you have a ton of posters you love, don’t clutter all the walls hanging them up. Make more of an impact by grouping them all together on one wall, making it look almost like wallpaper. This works especially well with vintage posters, graphic design pieces, and old movie posters. You can also do this with record albums.
  6. Consider buying some cool wall decals for your bedroom. There are plenty of amazing, handmade wall decals on Etsy. For instance, you could have images of crows flying across the walls, or an entire field of realistic looking wildflowers hugging the molding on the floor. The possibilities are endless.
  7. Adding plants to your bedroom is another way to add some life and personality. Plants are also beneficial because they add humidity, in addition to cleansing the air. Consider purchasing some inexpensive shelving (e.g. IKEA’s LACK shelves are colorful, easy to hang, and a complete bargain for just $10). Plants look wonderful on high shelves!
  8. If you can’t afford to buy a duvet cover to hide an ugly bedspread, buy two flat sheets and sew them together. Then, splurge on a colorful throw to add some personality to your bed.
  9. Many people like hanging pictures of their family in the bedroom. Think twice before you do this. Your bedroom is meant to be a private space for you and your spouse or partner. Having pictures of your family everywhere can, even subconsciously, make you feel uncomfortable.
  10. Scour flea markets and garage sales for fabulous, unique accessories. These are great places to pick up lamps, candles and unique knick knacks that help tell your personal story.
  11. Vintage, hard case suitcases make interesting side tables when you stack them on top of each other. You can also do this with large, thick books.
  12. Old, vintage doors make great accent pieces when leaned against the wall. Paint them a cheery color, and let your imagination go to work! You can hang nails or small hooks in the door to hold jewelry or purses.

Final Word

I love decorating on a budget – especially when I can find cool, vintage pieces that no one else has! Do you have any budget bedroom decorating ideas?


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Heather Levin is a writer with over 15 years experience covering personal finance, natural health, parenting, and green living. She lives in the mountains of Western North Carolina with her husband and two young sons, where they're often wandering on frequent picnics to find feathers and wildflowers.