8 Cheap and Easy Decorating Ideas to Create Your Dream Bedroom

ou may be tempted to spend more time and effort decorating the rooms your guests will see, but neglecting your bedroom is a bad idea. After all, you spend nearly one-third of your entire life in your bedroom, so it’s important to make it cozy, tranquil, and welcoming. An unfinished bedroom can feel sparse and transitional, but just because you should personalize your space doesn’t mean you have to spend a small fortune doing so.

Whether you already have the bedroom must-haves and you just need a little icing to finish the look or you’re starting from scratch, we talked to an expert designer to get tips on affordable ways to decorate your bedroom.

Read on for ideas to create the ultimate hibernation space.

Meet the Expert

Go Shopping Without Leaving Home

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No, we’re not talking about Amazon (though we love a good Prime deal). Search your home for items you don’t use anymore and relocate them to the bedroom, Beverly suggests.

“Shop your house,” she says. “Often, people have styling and décor items in their home that can be utilized in the bedroom.” Sometimes, that trendy lampshade that didn’t quite fit in the living room looks just right next to your bed.

Add a Mirror

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Dealing with a small bedroom? “Strategically add a mirror to make the room appear larger and allow for more elements to be seen,” Beverly says. Hanging a mirror behind your bed or over a vanity can help bring in additional natural light and fill bare walls without a lot of money.

Search thrift stores and flea markets for used mirrors. A vintage mirror is super easy to spruce up with a coat of paint and a little bit of glass cleaner.

Don’t Skimp on Art

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It can be expensive to purchase fine art, and you may not want to splurge on a handpainted piece for your bedroom. Instead, Beverly suggests DIYing a simple canvas painting or printing out wall art or photography to fill up bare walls. The easiest way for a bedroom to feel sterile is by keeping those walls totally bare.

Know Where to Splurge
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“Splurge on your bedding, from your mattress to the bed linens—it’s literally life-changing,” Beverly says. Even if you are decorating a bedroom on a budget, try to carve out a bit of money to purchase a comfortable mattress or that set of linen sheets you’ve been eyeing.

A great night’s sleep is worth spending a few extra bucks for. If you can’t afford a full set but you rarely use a top sheet anyway, consider buying just a fancy fitted sheet instead.

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Get Your Window Treatments Right

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Beverly suggests upgrading your window treatments if you want to give your bedroom a more polished look. “Opt for window treatments that will give great versatility, or offer blackout or light filtering,” she says. “It’s important to pay attention to the lighting in your space and how that impacts the look and feel.”

Go for a Minimal Look

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MILK AND HONEY LIFE

It’s no secret that buying less costs less. If you are on a budget, consider leaning into the minimalist look. Though it can feel sterile if you don’t do it right, sticking to a simple color palette and streamlined pieces can help your bedroom feel purposefully sparse.

Elevate Your Lighting
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“Lighting upgrades in the bedroom can make the space,” Beverly explains. “I love various lighting levels, so consider lamps with different lighting levels or lights on a dimmer switch.” Consider swapping out an overhead fixture to really transform your bedroom.

Your bedroom should have at least two or three sources of light. Calculate exactly how many lumens you need by multiplying 10-20 by the square footage of your space.

Be Careful With Trends

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DWELL AWARE

It can get expensive to swap out your bedroom décor every time a trend passes its prime. Instead, Beverly suggests DIYing the trendy elements and invest more in those pieces you know will last for years to come.