Redecorating is a task that’s often thought of as being expensive and time-consuming. Fortunately, switching up your interior design doesn’t have to be. There are plenty of affordable yet impactful ways to change how your surroundings look--and today, we’re sharing some tips on how you can do this with your bedroom.

With the holidays around the corner, you might be feeling your budget to begin to crunch. Between holiday parties, travel, gifts, and décor, the holidays can add up to be a costly time of year.  

Even with all those people on the gift list, don’t forget to include yourself. After a long, hard year’s work, don’t you deserve a little luxury in that most treasured space—your bedroom?

Redecorating is a task that’s often thought of as being expensive and time-consuming. Working with interior designers can be pricey, and purchasing tools for major projects can be even more so. This can be frustrating, as changing up your surroundings can be incredibly refreshing and set you up with new energy for the new year. 

Fortunately, switching up your interior design doesn’t have to be expensive or lengthy. There are plenty of affordable yet impactful ways to change how your surroundings look--and today, we’re sharing some tips on how you can do this with your bedroom. 

Modern, cozy bedroom styled with mix of whites, greys, and soft plum accents

Reorganize Your Furniture

One of the simplest ways to change up a room is to shuffle the furniture around. It sounds obvious, but it can completely change how a place looks and feels.

Suppose your bed has always been positioned in the middle of the room, for example. Why not try tucking it into a corner? It can free up a lot more space in your bedroom and breathe new life into the existing floor plan. Add a comfy reading chair in the opposite corner with a small table and light to create a cozy reading nook you didn’t have before.

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Purchase a Throw Blanket or Pillows

Buying a brand new bedding set can cost you an arm and a leg. If you’re looking for a quick and cheap way to freshen up how your bed looks, try adding in a comfy blanket or some fun pillows.

Blankets and pillows can be found in most online stores and home decor stores, and they aren’t pricey either. Simply adding in a pop of color with a fluffy blanket or a patterned pillow or two can add a new layer of interest. 

Corner of upgraded bedroom with a grey and white printed wingback chair, the room styled whites and soft greys

Swap Your Furniture Handles or Knobs

Something that many people don’t consider when they’re trying to switch up how a room looks is the hardware on the furniture. It’s easy to miss at first glance, but adding new and intricate handles or knobs can give the furniture a whole new vibe. 

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Switch Up Your Light Sources

Another affordable way to refresh the details of your bedroom is to change up the lighting. This is especially important during the darker winter months, when most people spend more time with lights on.

Overhead ceiling lighting can be too bright and harsh to create the calm, mellow vibes you want in this room. Consider adding in little features like fairy lights, table lamps, or sleek nightstand lights as your primary light source instead. Even candles placed onto small mirrored plates can create a considerable amount of romantic lighting. It doesn’t have to be a major change to make a significant visual difference. 

Simple bedroom with loads of natural light, styled with soft pinks and whites, standing mirror, inexpensive accessories

Find Some Interesting Art Prints to Display

Showcasing art in your bedroom can add a certain quirky, personal edge to your look. Purchasing a few new prints is a fantastic, affordable way to add some life to your walls or shelves, especially if you have some interesting frames to put them in. Thrift stores often have an extensive (and sometimes really kooky!) variety of prints and frames, and for a few bucks, you can walk away with something really cool.

Simple, inexpensively styled bedroom featuring whites and natural hues, knotty wood floor

Consider New Storage Solutions 

  1. Having effective storage solutions in place can make a huge difference when it comes to changing your interior design. If you have piles of ‘stuff’ all around your bedroom, consider purchasing under-bed drawers or totes, or some shelves to put up on the wall. The extra space will allow you to simplify the amount of “stuff” in view.

In a similar vein, tidy up! Take a critical look at everything in your room. Does all your makeup really belong on top of the dresser, or will it serve just as well stashed in makeup bags in a bathroom drawer? If your room is cluttered with books, maybe keep only a few of your current favorites on the nightstand and move the rest onto a bookshelf in the living room. 

Round mirror hanging on white brick wall, a row of patterned throw pillows in soft colors arranged on bed

Install a Mirror 

One of our favorite tips is to add in a mirror or two. Not only are they practical, but they also add the illusion of a lot more space and light in the room. 

They’re relatively affordable and sold in most home stores. Thrifting is also another viable option, as there are plenty of unique, vintage items to be found for a great price. 

Section of bedroom featuring stark white walls and radiator, a window, several small plants on two nearby stools

Add Some LIFE to the Room

Nothing breathes life—actual LIFE!—into a room like adding a living thing. (And no, fake plants don’t count.) A potted plant or two adds a nice touch of vibrancy to any room, and they’re easy to find in stores. Place your new greenery into a beautiful pot to make an extra statement.

If you’re the type with a black thumb, try starting with succulents or cacti. Ready for something a little more advanced? Check out this list of the best indoor plants from Apartment Therapy.

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Throw Down a Cozy Rug

A final way that you can spice up your bedroom’s aesthetics is to add a few comfortable rugs on the floor. Changing the entire flooring can be expensive and time-consuming, but choosing some attractive rugs can have the same effect without the cost or the stress. If you’re not allowed to paint, opting for a highly patterned or brightly colored rug is a great way to inject a lot of color with no commitment.

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Paint, Paper, or Otherwise Decorate the Ceiling

If you're a homeowner, you have the freedom to paint--a cheap and impactful makeover. However painting all four walls can seem like a lot of work, and will cost more in paint thanks to the expansive surface area. However, you can obtain a major punch of color and impact by painting just the ceiling!

If you can't or don't want to paint, you can wallpaper the ceiling just as handily. Reuseable or temporary wallpaper can be expensive over large surface areas, but the ceiling is a great opportunity to try out a new print, pattern, or bold color in an unusual location.

If neither of those options is for you, consider your ceiling to be another artistic surface. The next time you're binging Netflix, fold paper origami cranes at the same time and hang them from the ceiling at varying heights using a thin invisible fishing line.  

Now…Get Going!

As you can see, there are plenty of easy, inexpensive ways to refresh your bedroom in time for the brand new year. Whether you want to go for a made-over color scheme and theme, or simply opt for a beautiful throw blanket, you’ll feel the positive benefits of switching it up in no time at all.

Are you starting a new interior design project?

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Here at Sparetoolz, we’ve got you covered. We specialize in local tool rental services, and our team is here to support you every step of the way.

Make sure to have a look at our website today to find out more or get in touch with a member of our team--we’d love to hear from you. Just fill out a contact form to reach us. Happy building!

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