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What are the Best Budget Bedroom Decorating Ideas?

Angela Crout-Mitchell
Angela Crout-Mitchell

There are several ways to decorate a bedroom without spending a lot of money, including inexpensive wall and window treatments and simple furniture changes. Many people focus on the bed itself when implementing effective bedroom decorating ideas. It is essential for the homeowner to decide on a bedroom theme, color choices, and budget before any do-it-yourself decorating can occur. The first step to any affordable interior design starts with cleaning the room of any debris, perhaps taking the furniture out temporarily to allow easier cleaning, and starting with a bare room. Most decorating experts recommend resourcing items when possible as well as relying on creativity to invent new decorating components.

Many people start with the walls and windows when they are ready to implement their bedroom decorating ideas. Paint is relatively inexpensive and can be applied without the cost of professional contractors. It can also be combined with wallpaper, borders, or wallpaper cutouts to personalize the space for any person's taste with little cost. Wall hangings and prints are also great ideas for adding affordable decorating options to the bedroom. It is not unusual for people to treat their bedroom windows with new curtains made from bed sheets or fabrics purchased to match the wall decor.

Changing the bedding is a budget friendly decorating idea.
Changing the bedding is a budget friendly decorating idea.

Once the walls and windows are decorated, many home improvement experts recommend trying a furniture change, such as placing the items in new positions in the room. Moving the bed and dresser to different walls and perhaps placing a furniture piece at an angle in the room can make a huge difference in how the space appears. If the person has the time and experience, other bedroom decorating ideas, such as stripping and then staining or painting the furniture in a new color or pattern, can be employed as affordable decorating options. The materials needed for these projects are typically very affordable.

Wallpaper may be used to decorate a bedroom.
Wallpaper may be used to decorate a bedroom.

Another effective bedroom decorating ideas to consider is changing the bed linens, including the cover or quilt, pillows, and sheets. Many stores offer affordable bedding options and may have package sets that include the bedspread, skirt, sheets, pillow cases, and shams. The consumer can also choose from mix and match options to create unique, one-of-a-kind bed sets. These products are available in a large selection of colors, patterns, and sizes to fit any bed size and decor needs. They can be found in specialty stores as well as discount and department stores, online, and in catalogs.

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I've redecorated most of the rooms in our house starting with paint. Room decorating ideas can come from one little inspiration. For me, it's usually one small print, a favorite rug, a color in a comforter...it's usually something that is right in front of you.

My favorite redecorated room is my office. It started with the wood floor. The rug I found at an estate sale seemed to take that wood floor to new heights. Then came the paint on the wall, adding a new color to the palette.

The floor, the walls, and even the sun shining in helped teach me to go with the flow. Don't plan too far ahead and let yourself add something special to the mix...like the cool print from your last vacation, or the material on the curtains that you've been saving for years.

I'm eclectic yet organized, and love how rooms come together in new ways. Blending the old with the new, and allowing for mistakes/surprises makes room for a whole new way of seeing things come to life.

My tip: don't be so rigid in your idea that you can't allow for the inevitable surprises that show up in decorating. That's the best part of the whole process!


Decorating ideas for bedrooms can come from so many different ideas. Whether it's a collection of shells, a cool collage, an unforgettable poster, a comforter print, or a general feeling in the room; all it takes is one idea to re-decorate a bedroom.

I say this from the perspective of a mom/home-owner. I've changed the decor in our four bedrooms so many times to suit the changing tween-to-teen and boy-to-college man...it's been quite a trek.

My favorite change was in the former bedroom of a girly-girl who moved away from home. This room was painted a grey moonstone color, including the ceiling. Accents of black metal curtain rods, black valances, black framed prints and grey/white/red accents...this new guest room was so coveted by our teens, it ended up being the bedroom of a high school senior. He loves the grown-up feeling of black/grey/red/white. I have to agree.

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    • Changing the bedding is a budget friendly decorating idea.
      By: Jack Rom
      Changing the bedding is a budget friendly decorating idea.
    • Wallpaper may be used to decorate a bedroom.
      By: 3desc
      Wallpaper may be used to decorate a bedroom.
    • Plants can be an inexpensive decorating accent.
      By: stillkost
      Plants can be an inexpensive decorating accent.