5 Inexpensive Ways to Update Your Bedroom Decor

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Remember when you were a kid, and nothing in the world compared to the feeling of a clean, rearranged bedroom? Well, we have good news for you: that feeling never expires. Your bedroom is your personal space for rest and relaxation, and whether you’re 10 or 50, updating your bedroom decor is one of the fastest and easiest ways to bring a smile to your face.

As a bonus, giving your bedroom decor a makeover doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. In fact, when you see how simple it is, your inner child might want to start updating your space every week. Don’t worry, we won’t tell. Without further ado, here are five inexpensive ways to update your bedroom decor.

How to Update Your Bedroom Decor

Keep in mind that an update is different than a remodel. Renovating your bedroom takes a lot more time and money. The following five tips suggest ways you can freshen up your space in a few hours or less.

1. Switch up the furniture placement.

It was true for the childhood you, and it is equally true for the adult you: One of the most fun, easy, and inexpensive ways to update your bedroom decor is to rearrange it. Try moving your bed to a different wall or positioning it diagonally in a corner. Of course, the space still needs to be functional, but it’s amazing what swapping two pieces of furniture does to the brain. Just make sure you move the furniture with care so as not to scuff up the flooring.

2. Change key accents like throw pillows, bedding, rugs, curtains, etc.

Over time, your eyes get used to the colors or theme of your bedroom, and they stop popping as much. You can give your eyes something new to scan by switching out “accent pieces.” Rugs, pillows, and even sheets change the whole look of a room if patterned or colored differently than their predecessors.

Because the bed is typically the focal point of a bedroom, swapping out key accents like bedding and throw pillows can significantly shift the style of a room. Fortunately, these changes are often very affordable. If you enjoy the new room feel enough, you could even consider changing your throw pillows for every season or for certain holidays.

3. Hang tapestries or lights on your wall.

Adding a fresh coat of paint to your walls certainly works, but it’s a more permanent solution than you really need. Instead of buckling down for a day-long paint job, try updating your wall decor with tapestries, lights, photo collages, antique artwork from thrift stores, a decorative mirror, etc. You can change these accents quickly and easily to fit your current theme or color scheme.

Additionally, you could cut down on painting time by painting or wallpapering one accent wall. An accent wall is a great way to add interest to a space. You could choose a bold pop of color or even a funky wallpaper to showcase your personality and transform your space feel. Don’t be afraid to let your personality shine!

If you go the decorative mirror route, your room will even appear more spacious and open. Adding a decorative mirror on an accent wall can make small bedrooms feel much bigger than they really are.

4. Refinish old dressers or nightstands for an updated look.

If you are into DIY projects, try changing your furniture style by refinishing or repainting what you already own. Not only is this a cheaper alternative to buying new furniture, but it also allows you to customize the color and style to your overall “aesthetic.” For example, if you like clean, modern bedroom decor, go for a simple neutral. If you prefer a more distressed look, go for a rugged wood finish. If luxury is your thing, go for gold tones. Channel your creativity and your personality through fun DIY projects.

Alternatively, even just updating old handles and hardware on drawers and bedside tables can refresh a space for very little cost. It’s just another inexpensive way to update your bedroom decor and let your personality and sense of style shine.

5. Choose a new theme.

No matter how old you get, there’s just something about choosing a theme for your bedroom. When you were a kid, it might have been an animal, TV show, or celebrity. Now, it probably has a little more to do with personal style or with a time period. Have fun with your space, and don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through. Go ahead and get those animal print bed sheets or curtains! Ultimately, it’s all about your comfort and preference.

As you can see, updating your bedroom decor doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. With some time and creativity, you can completely change the look of a room.

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