Are you looking for affordable ways to add life to your room? Not everyone has the time or the money to remodel a bedroom with the newest furniture and gadgets. But there are affordable and straightforward things you can do to make your room pop.
Lucky for us, the current trend is minimalism. That means doing more with less—good news for those of us on a budget.
1. Choose a Color Scheme
Most bedrooms don’t have a consistent color scheme and are just improvised living spaces. By simply choosing and sticking to a color scheme in your room, you could end up with some eye-catching results.
Pick neutral colors as your primary color because loud colors like yellow and red can be distracting after a while. Some good color options can be white, grey, brown, and cool colors like dark blue and green. If you choose more than one color, make sure not to select more than 2 or 3.
You don’t need to paint your wall the colors you choose for your room. Just pay attention to things like lampshades, linens, and artwork.
2. Paint Your Walls
Painting isn’t as hard or expensive as you might think it is. As long as you’re willing to put in a little bit of elbow grease and have the patience to go through trial and error, you could bring your room to life.
If you choose a light color like white or soft blue, your room will feel more open. This is an excellent idea for small spaces that struggle with a closed-in feeling. Darker colors like pepper gray are great for larger rooms that can benefit from feeling a little cozier.
For those who are brave with their color choice, try not to get too carried away with intense colors. After all, your bedroom is somewhere you want to feel relaxed.
3. Refurbish Old Furniture
You don’t need to buy new furniture to refurbish your room. Check your local thrift stores, local trading websites, flea markets, and you’ll find affordable pieces that can totally change your room.
Look for furniture that doesn’t have significant damage because it may require expensive tools and hours of work. There is plenty of aged but intact furniture that only needs simple touch-ups.
The furniture you already own can also be refurbished. All you need are basic tools like a screwdriver, sandpaper, and a paintbrush to do most tasks you’ll run into. You can also add some flare to your room by adding accent colors sparingly to furniture around your room.
4. Buy a Plant
Plants are a powerful and affordable way to make any room pop. And did you know that plants can also have positive health benefits? They help clean the air and promote relaxation, and all you have to do is water it.
I encourage you to be creative with the plant you choose. You can easily find an eye-catching plant at your local nursery for under $20. But remember that plants require a little bit of maintenance.
When choosing the right plant, do some research on what it needs to be healthy. If it needs a full 6 hours of daily sunlight and your room doesn’t have a big enough window, you won’t be able to keep it alive.
5. Add Art to Your Walls
Wall art is probably the easiest way to make a significant change in your room’s decor. Thousands of websites offer customizable wall art, and almost every major store carries something you might like.
If you are looking for something unique, you can also buy designs from artists on Etsy and Fiverr. Once you have the design, you only need to print it to your desired size. Adding a frame to your wall can also do wonders for the right pieces.
When deciding where to hang your wall art, choose an area that will make it the centerpiece. Some good options are over your bed, desk, or in the center of a wall.
6. Lighting for the Extra Flare
It’s time to break out the old Christmas lights and put them to use. There are so many examples of stringed lighting, adding character and life to a room.
My favorite place to add lighting is near the bed because it creates a neat looking starry effect. You can also put them by a window, draped on a wall, or even across the top of your room if you have high enough ceilings.
One of the best things about adding extra lighting in your room is that you could use it to create a mood. Stringed lighting inside of a dark room looks really cool, and it can also be relaxing.
7. Change Your Covers
Your bed is the first thing you see when you walk into your room. It can have a massive impact on how your room looks and feels, so you should pay special attention to how it looks.
Try using different textiles to add appealing textures to your bed. Also, focus on color and how it blends in with the rest of your room. It’s ok if your bed stands out from the rest of your room as long as it looks nice.
After you update your bed, the look and feel of your room should be completely different. Try it out for yourself!
8. Get a Rug
There’s nothing better than a rug to bring it all together. It’s the cherry on top—the icing on the cake. Rugs not only make your room look better, but they also make it feel better.
If you have a rolling chair at your desk, a rug can make it more secure and less able to freely move when you are working. They can also dampen the noise of footsteps if you have to worry about people beneath you.
Best of all, rugs are affordable and easy to set up. Just lay it on the floor, and voila, you have a fantastic looking room.