If your home is your castle, then your bedroom is the highest tower, the untouchable sanctum that acts as your personal retreat from the madding crowd. As such, you want it to reflect your personality and your sense of style. You want it to be comfortable, beautiful, and inviting. You want it to be rich and luxurious. But of course, you might not have a ton of money on hand to make it happen. And if you’re not much of a decorator, you could be flying blind when it comes to creating the bedroom of your dreams. So here are just a few decorating tips that will not only help to bump up your design, but also keep you well within your budget.
- Take measurements and plot a floor plan. You might not be keen to shell out the money for the Mark on Call app for the iPhone or iPad ($2.99 and $4.99, respectively), but spending a few bucks now could save you a ton down the road. This handy interior decorating application not only allows you to input measurements for your bedroom or other spaces (a must when buying furnishings to fit), but it also provides plenty of tools to let you design a virtual room before you put a single stick of furniture in. You can even take photos of fabrics, finishes, and more and “skin” them onto items in your virtual space to see how they’ll fit with the rest of your decor. In short, this is one tool that every aspiring interior decorator should download.
- Start with paint. When it comes to interior decorating, there are few ways to revamp a space more quickly and easily than by slapping on a new coat of paint. This inexpensive upgrade can not only change the feel of your bedroom immediately, but if you opt to go the extra mile, you can use paint to highlight architectural features, create a focal point, or even act as art. You might paint an accent wall to get a pop of bright color, or section off a portion of the wall to paint a wide swath that acts as a headboard (way cheaper than buying a headboard). You might be surprised by what you can accomplish with a couple cans of interior paint, some FrogTape, and a roller.
- Buy second-hand. You’ve no doubt heard the phrase “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”, and thanks to thrift stores, estate and yard sales, and Craigslist, you can find just about anything you might need to outfit your bedroom in style at a fraction of the cost. Some pieces may need a little TLC in order to get them in ship shape, but with tons of tutorials online you should find plenty of cool craft projects to turn every second-hand furnishing and accessory into a piece that is totally you.
- Make your space look bigger. There are a couple of good ways to maximize your space. One is to buy furnishings that fit rather than those that are oversized. But you can also choose lighter paint colors, paint the ceiling white, include plenty of lighting options, and hang a few mirrors to bounce light and add depth. If you don’t have a lot of bedroom to work with, these tips can make your space look bigger without the expense of knocking out a wall.
- Save vs. splurge. Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you have to buy every single piece second-hand. If you’ve got your eye on a comfy recliner from Ekornes furniture or a high-end mattress, it can be yours. You simply have to prioritize. When it comes to saving or splurging you need to think about the use value you’re going to get from each piece. A mattress, for example, will be used every night and it can have a dramatic effect on your slumber, so this is a good place to splurge. And if you spend a lot of time in your room reading or watching TV, a comfortable chair might be another good place to spend a little extra. But for items like dressers, which only store your clothing, there’s no reason to overspend. The same goes for accessories. If you use the rest of your budget wisely, you can have one or two pricier pieces as a result.