5 Bedroom Interior Design Ideas on a Budget

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.

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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.

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