Spring isn’t just a time for cleaning out the closet, it’s about making a fresh start so you can sail through summer in style. Unfortunately, we don’t always have the pocket change to make a TV-style before and after miracle happen in our bedrooms. Let’s face it: Our furniture is clunky and outdated, the paint’s chipped in more than one place and our clothing mountain is getting out of control.
Looks like an impossible fix, right? Well, there are actually some very clever ways to redecorate without hiring a celebrity interior designer, or spending loads of your hard-earned cash on a Scandinavian lamp. The first step is to breathe – and then get stuck in to these DIY, budget projects!
Mix it up
Matching is so last decade, so forget about buying sets of bedclothes and furniture. It’s more realistic, and more fun, to collect various pieces slowly. They’ll have more meaning and won’t make your bedroom look cookie-cutter perfect. Try buying a nightstand from a flea market – it’s an inexpensive item that you use every day and can detract attention from the – possibly ugly – bed beside it.
Speaking of which, buying a whole new bed could be financially out of reach (though, when possible, you should always invest in a quality mattress!). But that’s OK, because you can work with what you’ve got. If you don’t have a headboard, you can
paint one directly onto the wall, or use a fabric slip to cover your old one. Another idea is to buy a simple white bed skirt to cover your bed’s spindly legs. It’s way better to improve what we have, then to throw away perfectly functioning furniture.
Cover it up
Decorating experts often suggest throwing a new coat of paint on the walls to refresh your room. While it’s a great idea, you might not have the time or energy to do it. So, try sprucing up the walls with a vintage mirror or some artwork. If you’re working on a tight budget, chances are you have at least some furniture from Ikea. That’s cool. But rather than buying posters from their selection, which you’ll see hanging at the dentist’s office anyway, invest a bit of extra money in a quality art print from somewhere like Lumas, and then pick up your frame for it on the cheap.
Having a one-of-a-kind print or artwork from a friend hanging on your walls will make your space feel more personal. The same if true when you hang photos of friends and family in a creative way: Maybe something as simple of using mini clothes pins and a bit of string to create a lovely display.
Finally, it might be a good idea to attack the clutter you’ve been collecting in every corner of your room. If you haven’t worn it in a year, it doesn’t fit in the drawer or you don’t know how to use it, throw it away! Having fewer distractions lying around your room will make you feel like a million bucks, even if your bank statements say otherwise.