We’ve all been there. The bedroom you once loved suddenly feels completely uninspiring. You only go there to sleep, and even then, there’s always a nagging feeling at the back of your mind that you need to do something about your bedroom.
We, you’ll be glad to know that you don’t need a massive budget or the most sophisticated items to redesign your bedroom. Indeed, some redecorations don’t cost a single penny. Read on to find out how to decorate without a big budget.
1. Keep it simple
The simplest designs are usually the most attractive. To this end, brainstorm ways to keep things simple within the bedroom. A great place to start is to keep only what you need and tuck away everything else. For instance, if you have a small bedroom, you don’t need too many furniture pieces. A bed, bedside table, a dresser, and chair are enough.
Also, keep accessories to a minimum. A beautiful piece of artwork, several family photos, flowers, and perhaps a few candles are all you need to decorate the bedroom.
2. Have plenty of storage
To keep things simple, you’ll need plenty of storage to keep the items you don’t need out of sight. Tucking away items you don’t need leaves the room looking roomy and comfortable. One idea to consider is a roomy bedside table with drawers or doors. You can use the space behind to hide books, lotions, and reading glasses. A skirted table is another worthwhile idea.
We also love the idea of trunk storage or a storage bench at the bed’s foot to tuck away sheets, pillows, and blankets. For easily reachable books and accessories, consider a headboard with sliding panels or built-in shelves.
3. Ensure sufficient space
In line with keeping things simple, you should also make sure you have enough space to walk around the bedroom. Lack of space alone can make a space look choked and exhausting. So, the first idea would be to ensure enough walking space. For instance, you need about three feet between the bed and the side walls. You also need at least two feet between the bed and low furniture, including tables and dressers.
A rule of thumb in bedroom design is that if you must walk around the bed to get from the closet to the bathroom, the arrangement is wrong.
4. Pick the right furniture
A common mistake we make when decorating the bedroom is purchasing the wrong furniture. When you’re ready to buy bedroom furniture, it’s best to start with a floor plan. Have a sketch of how you want to arrange the furniture. Otherwise, everything could go wrong.
Additionally, don’t purchase overly large furniture or pieces too small for the room. For instance, no rule says you must have a pull-up bench in the bedroom. If your bedroom is small, try a stool instead.
5. Give yourself a private nook
Many people love to read in the bedroom, either in the morning or late at night. Of course, you can always read on the bed. However, if you want a private study section, you can create one in the bedroom to give even more purpose to the bedroom.
Fortunately, there are several options to explore here. For instance, you may consider an intimate reading or lounging area with a comfortable chair and footstool at a corner or at the end of the bed. Alternatively, you can design a window to enjoy the natural light.
6. Go wild with wallpaper
The main reason we love wallpaper is that it’s highly practical without being expensive. Wallpaper allows you to transform your walls, and thus the room, for under $100. And you can take it off or replace it whenever you wish.
You have many options here too. For instance, you can decide to cover the entire bedroom walls in wallpaper. Or, you can cover just a small nook about the headboard. Whichever option you choose, consider bold, bright wallpaper to add energy to the room.
7. Layer the lighting
Rather than relying on just the headlight or a table lamp, you should consider layer lighting. Layer lighting means adding several light sources to a space. Ideally, you want the light sources to be independent, such that you can toggle one-off without affecting the others.
You don’t need a chandelier to layer your lighting, though. Think small instead. For instance, you can combine natural lighting with overhead lights and floor lamps. You can also combine bedside lamps with table lamps and pendant lights. It creates so much ambiance.
So, if you’ve been wondering how to decorate your bedroom without spending over the odds, now you know.