Low Cost Bedroom Decorating Ideas
Your bedroom should be a place where you can relax. If you are looking around your room and wondering what you were thinking when you picked out the color scheme or furniture – or just never got around to decorating at all – your bedroom is not the sanctuary it should be! The good news is that there are low cost bedroom decorating ideas that will get you going in the right direction and not break the bank. Starting from the very basics to the more complicated, there is a way!
Clear the Clutter
Even if you once had the style that you wanted and theme down perfectly, you’ve got to clear the clutter. Items laying around the bedroom can take away the relaxing feeling that you want to experience when you’re in there.
First things first – remove anything that doesn’t belong in the bedroom. Your bedroom isn’t the place to store boxes or extra furniture. You don’t need to keep the litter box or ironing board in there either. When you think of the word “sanctuary,” try to match the ambiance to the feeling. Make your bedroom a place where you can go and take a deep breath.
Second, make a list of what you need to give yourself better storage. This can be a “make it or break it” scenario for any bedroom. Most of us have clothes, shoes, belts, and more to keep in the bedroom space, so figuring out a way to organize it all can be crucial. Read about cheap ways to organize your closet to get going in this area.
Next, get rid of anything that you pick up that doesn’t bring you happiness. I know that this might sound silly, but if you have a chair that you’ve never liked or a light fixture that feels dated, get rid of them! You don’t need this room (of all places) bringing you down.
Choose a Color Scheme
One easy way to make everything feel a little more put together is to choose a color scheme and paint. Funnily enough, a color scheme makes it easier to decorate and change things up over time.
A color scheme often includes 60% of a primary color, 30% of a secondary color, and 10% of an accent color/pattern. For example, you might choose storm cloud blue for your primary color, white as the secondary, and charcoal gray variations as your accent. Your walls could be painted in the primary color, your trim in the secondary color, and your accessories would be in the accent.
When choosing both primary and secondary colors, it’s often helpful if you pick what can easily be complimented. Choosing blues, greens, magentas or browns makes complimentary accent pieces much easier to find. If you choose bright orange and bright green as your primary and secondary colors, you may have a harder time finding more than a few accent pieces that work. That said, be true to yourself and the space in which you want to relax.
Change the Curtains and Bedding
If your bedroom feels heavy and depressing, you may need to rethink your curtains. Instead of thick, dark treatments, choose flowy curtains in a lighter color. For example, in the color scheme suggestion listed above (grayish blue walls with white trim), you could choose sheer curtains and bedding. If you are worried about the sun bothering you in the morning, you could look into blackout curtains in lighter colors.
The key in this situation is trying to find two or three good options that you can rotate. Look for sales online, coupons to Bed Bath & Beyond or for any other store that you may frequent. If you have two or three (reasonably priced) sets of bedding and two different sets of curtains, you can redecorate whenever the whim strikes!
Shop the Local Options
If you are tired of your bedroom decor, check your local thrift store, yard sale or flea market for new options. You never know what you may find when you really start looking. Something small, like an antique clock or lantern is all that it can take to change the focal point of a room and – especially if it’s something you are drawn to – give you a sense of peace and comfort.
In many areas, people will put their old furniture out by the garbage or on the front walk for anyone to take (assuming the garbage workers will take it away on garbage day). Items that are left aren’t always “garbage.” Oftentimes people leave items out that they are hoping will go to a new home. Keep an eye out!
If you don’t really know what you’re looking for, it might be worth perusing a local Facebook sales group or Let Go. See what is being sold in your area and decide if it is calling your name. If it’s not something you need, don’t spend the money. This is about saving money, not buying extras.
Sometimes you will find that you would have loved an item if it just came in a different color. Ask yourself a few questions if that happens. Can it be painted? Is it worth trying to refurbish it into something that will fit? Your time is worth money as well, so be sure that when you invest in a DIY project, it is worth your time. That said, it can be an extremely thrifty way to accomplish your goal.
Display What You Love
If you don’t have a lot of money to invest into decorating (or even if you do), consider using what you already have. Have your children or grandchildren drawn pictures for you in the last few years? Buy some $1 frames at the dollar store and hang them up on your wall!
Have you taken a bunch of photos and posted them on Instagram or Facebook? Print out a few, buy a fun frame and display! What you put on your walls or shelves doesn’t have to be expensive. Sometimes the priceless items are exactly what was needed.
Your bedroom doesn’t have to be boring and depressing or a place that stresses you out. With just a little bit of money, you can turn your bedroom into a relaxing oasis. Don’t concern yourself with doing everything at once either. Write out your plan with what you hope to achieve, take a few months to save up for an item here and there, and enjoy the fruits of your labor.