Tuesday, March 1, 2011

10 Budget Ways to Spruce up your Bedroom

Since the economy is what it is, I thought I'd take the opportunity to share a few simple and affordable ways to spruce up your Master Bedroom.

1. Pillows:  You can add pillows to your bed to give a little extra color, texture or just a little something special to the room.  You can buy pillows or make pillow covers for ones you might already have that are a little outdated.  Check out how to cover your pillows HERE!

Deconstructed Rose Pillow - West Elm

2. Throw Blanket:  Again, this is a quick way to add color, texture and interest to the biggest feature in the room, your bed!  Make it a warm snugly one for the winter and something light and airy for the summertime.

Hand-Knitted Throw - West Elm
3. Paint your old Nightstands:  Are your nightstands looking a little dated or ragged?  The simple fix is to give them a quick upgrade with a coat of primer and two coats of paint.  Go bold with a bright color, or sleek with a glossy dark finish.

4. DIY Artwork:  Add an interesting graphic print, or even a great quilt to your wall to add interest behind your bed, and draw the eye to the focal part of the room.  You can even buy pre-hung canvases and give them a little touch of "you" by painting them to match the decor.  Make them solids, add a floral or graphic pattern & Viola!  You have a whole new room.

5. A New Rug:  Do you have hardwood floors in your bedroom?  A new rug is a perfect way to change the whole room.  Go with something dark, or bold to give the room a whole new flavor.

Photo from Real Simple

6. New Lamp Shades:  Pick up a couple modern lamp shades and swap out the old ones for a bright new look.  If the lamps are looking a little old, tape off all of the metallic elements & electrical elements and spray paint in thin even coats for a whole new look to the lamps.

7. Window Treatments:  It's amazing what a few new drapes will do.  Get some great voluminous sheers to make the room more romantic, or black-out roman blinds to make the room nice and dark at night.  You can buy great sea grass blinds & cover them with a light neutral sheer to make the room cosy.  You can even try drop cloths with a great border for something dense, but totally affordable!  There are some great deals on window treatments, so check them out!

Wood-Block Circles Window Panel - West Elm

8. A New Headboard:  Make your own!  Here is a DIY tutorial on how to make one for about $100.  It's easy, I promise, we made ours ourselves!

9. New Doorknobs & Drawer Pulls:  Freshen up the look of your door, closet doors or even your dresser drawers with new doorknobs & drawer pulls.  For a few dollars you can really spruce up the look, or even add some color.

Stanly Home Designs - Meis Cabinet Pull
10. Fresh Flowers:  Run to the store and buy a $5 bouquet of mixed flowers.  Grab two small bud vases, split up the bunch and place one on each nightstand.  Nothing makes the room look and smell better than fresh flowers.  Try Lilacs, Roses, or even Lavender to add a great floral scent to the room.

I plan on sprucing up our bedroom soon & I'd LOVE to pull up the carpet, but all in good time!

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