Like HowStuffWorks on Facebook!

5 Bedroom Decorating Ideas on a Budget


Paint is  a cheap and easy way to completely transform a bedroom.
Paint is a cheap and easy way to completely transform a bedroom.
iStockphoto/Thinkstock

Americans on average spend more than a third of their lives in bed. So why not make your bedroom into a space that reflects who you are and helps you unwind? If you're living on a budget, the thought of redoing any room can be a bit overwhelming, but with a little bit of DIY ingenuity and some thrifty know-how, you can transform your bedroom without breaking the bank.

It's tempting to head to Target or Wal-Mart for cheap decor options, but those low-quality goods can end up costing you more in the end, since you'll have to keep replacing them as they break. The real trick to budget decorating is finding pieces that will last or working with what you have to give a fresh look.

When you start redoing your bedroom, it's important to have a theme or at least a color scheme in mind. One of the easiest ways to decide on your colors is to head to a home improvement store and start looking at paint chips. Some paint companies also offer paint color selection tools online that can help you envision how your paint color choices will change your room's mood.

Before you drop a dime on supplies, also try looking for inspiration online or in magazines. Do you want to go with cool blues or an ocean theme? Focus on Earth tones? Do you prefer a more modern bedroom or something shabby chic? Once you know the aesthetic you're going for and have a color palette picked out, you're ready to get started! We've got five great tips for sprucing up your bedroom on a dime. First, we'll show you how to paint your room like a pro.


More to Explore