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Bedroom Ideas: 6 Ways to Decorate on a Budget

Bedroom Ideas: 6 Ways to Decorate on a Budget

Bedroom Ideas - Decorating with Plants

Budget Friendly bedroom ideas

The boudoir is the most important room in the house…

… yet it’s the space that often gets the smallest part of our budget when it comes to decorating. But considering we spend so much time in there recharging at night (and maybe during the day on weekends – don’t judge!), our bedrooms really deserves some decor lovin’. Here are six budget-friendly bedroom ideas that’ll give your space a welcome refresh without your bank account cowering in fear!

1. Jazz up the end of your bed

I wish my room were long enough to allow for a bench or chest at the end of the bed like this one from Freedom. This is such a budget-friendly design idea and gives you a brand new zone to play with in terms of decorating. Stack books on it, create a vignette with folded blankets or a breakfast tray, or even use it as a place to store your bed cushions when you’re sleeping at night.

If you can’t afford the one above, you can pick up vintage pieces in similar designs at second-hand stores for next to nothing. Grab some spray paints, make a weekend project of it and create your own custom-made bench!

Bedroom Ideas - Decorate with new Bedding

2. Revamp your Bedding

Because it takes up so much visual real estate in the bedroom, a fresh quilt cover (and pillow cases) will really breathe new life into your space – and you don’t even need to that spend much.

The lattice bedding above is an AURA Home set and starts at $179. A choice like this in grey and neon doesn’t feel overly summery or wintery, either, so you can rock it year-round without fear of it dating or going off-trend. I tend to follow that philosophy when I buy bedding, actually – it always saves you some cash!

If you’re on a tighter than tight budget, consider a few cheap cushions for the head of the bed and some affordable throws to drape across the end of it (K-Mart, IKEA and Target are great for these). You’ll be surprised at what a difference they can make.

Bedroom Ideas on a Budget - Bedside Table

3. Re-think your bedside table

Have a look around your house and consider if there’s any furniture in your living room, dining room or office that could double as a bedside table. Alternative pieces you’d not ordinarily consider are awesome ways to change up the entire look of your room. The piece above (thanks blogpost.com) is such a welcome inclusion in a zone where you’d ordinarily go for something obvious like a round bedside table with thin legs.

If you don’t have anything at home you can move into the bedroom, set yourself a budget and hit the sales – looking for pieces in the office and dining departments of your fave stores. Thinking outside the square always produces the best design results (just make sure you measure how much space you have to play with before you leave the house).

Bedroom Ideas - Round Rug for the Bedroom

4. Go round under foot

I am living for round rugs at the moment and I think there’s no better place to pop one than under your bed. The circular shape in the one above (from Freedom) makes the entire space feel a little warmer, more welcoming and a lot more relaxed. The tough texture in this piece is also going to contrast well against both floor boards and carpet – providing a bit of roughness to an otherwise soft and dreamy zone of the home.

A trim around the edge is a nice idea too, because you can use the colour of it to carry across into other accessories in the room like cushions or pieces in bedside vignettes. The one above is $349 – which is probably pushing my concept of budget-friendly, but there are definitely cheaper versions on the market if you can’t stretch your cashola that far.

Bedroom Ideas - Decorating with Plants5. Embrace indoor plants

I posted recently about the divine new interior trend for 2015, Botanics, that is all about embracing greenery – and I am SO relieved that it’s finally landed and that plants are getting their time to shine.

The bedroom is a perfect place to introduce some indoor varieties, be it a large-scale plant in a corner (where you might ordinarily place a lamp) or on a bedside table in a cute pot or holder if you room is more modest in size. I love these buckets from Lumiere Art + Co for bedsides, but you can find other options on the net if you fancy.

I will admit that I’m no plant expert, so hit your nursery and ask what the best plants are for your room (I am loving cacti at the moment, just quietly!).

Plant photo above courtesy of Christina Loucks.

Bedroom Ideas - DIY bedhead Decorating

6. DIY a bedhead

Oh dear Lord – hold me back! This is possibly my fave idea out of all of them and is definitely one for those of you who like to dabble in a bit of DIY around the house.

Creating your very own custom bedhead like this one from HGTV is a wonderful idea and will give your bedroom a distinct talking point and an indisputable wow moment. I’ve seen doors like this on kerbs during council cleanup and even some versions in second hand stores (prices depend on your suburb), but I just think this idea can’t be beat.

Sadly, this concept is only for those of you with ensemble beds – and it does give you the freedom to change it up as you please.

>>> Which was your fave idea here? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!


Outside of his work as Editor of The Life Creative, Chris is also an interior stylist, presenter and author. His first book, Sydney Precincts, is out now. If you'd like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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