Redecorate Your Bedroom on a Budget

Making a change to your bedroom doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. A little creative thinking and planning can make a difference whether your working on a full project or just making a couple of changes.

Here's how to get started:

Pillows, pillows, pillows. Get a few of them, the $10 kind, in whole new color palette. You can easily make a beautiful monochromatic look simply by using pillows of the same color but mixing up several textures like chenille or elegant raw silk. You can get a romantic feel by creating a layer of pillows with larger pillows in the back and smaller ones in the front.

Want to make a big impact? Then a fresh coat of paint is one the most inexpensive way to go. Don’t forget, you can easily break down process by paint only one wall and focusing on a single area in your bedroom. Want to create some texture with your older more detailed closet doors? Then paint the closet’s frame in a neutral color and the inset in a dark one. Giving a room a new life can be as simple as painting the furniture. Experiment by giving an old mule chest dressers a faux antique finish or sponge paint the bland looking armoire.

A new headboard can be rather expensive. Try something new and creative like getting an inexpensive wrought iron or picket fence at a flea market. Bed skirts are a great way to make your bed look soft and sophisticated. They’re available in several color, textures and patterns. By using a soft and neutral color you can get the most in both beauty and versatility. You do not want it to be the center of attention, but you do want it to accent your bed.

Window treatments are easier than people think. Depending on the material used, swag curtains can be inexpensive and not too dramatic. It’s an easy way to add a touch of femininity. You can do this by simply placing plant or bicycle hooks in the ceiling. Or opt for just a blind and an inexpensive garland or floral accent at the top of the window. We also adore the simple look of pre-made drapes and a basic rod with funky finials. For a large selection of all these items you can try out Target, Walmart, Pottery Barn or Kmart.

Do you have a four-poster or canopy bed that needs a little life? Adorn the poles with fabric to achieve that "pond" affect, where the fabric appears to create a "pond" at the base. Getting this effect is easy, all you need is to add about an extra 20 inches before it’s cut. Candles are a perfect decorative item that many people tend to forget. If you want a little sophistication and romance use white ones, but if you want to pull focus to dresser or night stand consider a group of colored candles. Group candles in odd numbers -- even amounts tend to be boring. Try gathering an alter of different candle heights and place them on a wall or bookshelf.

Hanging framed artwork and posters or mirrors is inexpensive and can go a long way in changing the look of room, but make sure it doesn’t clash with your current décor. Keep it simple with a neutral colored frame - black, gold, brown or white. Add shelves for another quick decorating spruce-up. Collections are perfect for displaying on a wall shelf, but try to stay away from small items. Placing a lot of tiny accessories will leave the shelf looking cramped and cluttered. Want to try something simple yet elegant? Fresh flowers in glass bottles offer a minimalist touch. Or prop up your framed pictures or paintings on the shelves.

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