Interiors and home styling doesn’t have to be expensive, there are so many different ways you can completely transform a room, without spending too much money. I’m in the process of renovating my home, so I’m ‘updating’ every room, some are cheap and cheerful fixes, some are complete room renovations and require quite a lot more money to get them to my taste. We started the renovation with my spare room/ office (which I’m yet to use as an office, cause the wifi barely reaches up there… must get a signal booster soon!), it was pretty much a blank canvas, stained floorboards and white walls (and a rather interesting wall mural), both were easy fixes and the room looks completely different for a minimal cost.
So with that transformation in mind, here are FOUR ‘AFFORDABLE’ WAYS TO UPDATE YOUR BEDROOM:
Yes painting can be a faff, and if you rent, you might not be allowed to, but changing the colour of the walls can be such an affordable and relatively quick solution if you’re a bit bored of your current bedroom. The DIY store’s own brand paints are usually great quality – I used B&Q’s own brand for my spare room, which was £12 for 2.5ltr, so it only cost £24 to completely change the look of the whole room.
If you want something a bit more specific (or you’re too frugal to jump on the Farrow & Ball trend, like myself), head to your local paint shop and they’ll be able to colour match pretty much any paint colour you can think of.
Probably the cheapest way to change the look and feel of your bedroom. I get all of my cushion covers from either H&M Home or IKEA, and they’re usually around £5 each, so just buy some inserts (again, mine are from IKEA) and you can add warmth, texture, print and colour into your room. I get a weird kick out of making my bed on a morning, and I think that my cushions play a big part in that.
Lighting can instantly update your bedroom, whether that’s the way it actually looks, or the light it gives off. Lighting is so so important in a room, it can bring a whole look together or create a bold statement, which ever you choose, it doesn’t have to be expensive. IKEA has great affordable lighting, as does Dunelm and Iconic Lights. It’s one of the hardest things to get right, but when you do, it can make a huge difference to the feel of a space.
image credit: Iconic Lights
This might be the least fun way to update your bedroom (unless you’re one of those people that actually enjoy cleaning), but stripping back the clutter in your room can really help to create a more serene and relaxing atmosphere. Think about getting aesthetically pleasing storage baskets – Homesense do amazing ones – to hide all those unsightly bits away. Reconfigure your wardrobe so you can fit more in, or have a clear-out and free up some space. Try to clear the tops of your drawers and bedside tables or create a vignette of things that you actually need out. Style up some faux flowers and fashion magazines or layer framed prints and candles – basically, only have ‘pretty’ looking pieces out, hide all of the necessities – nobody wants to see your deodorant and supermarket brand face cream!
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