If you’re desperate for a bit of an interiors upgrade at home but don’t really have the budget for it, there are loads of simple and inexpensive things you can do to achieve your dream.
Changing the look and feel of a room is actually surprisingly easy without investing a vast amount of money.
Here are five top tips for upgrading a bedroom on a budget.
Change the colour scheme with accessories
The colour scheme of a room really dictates the atmosphere it creates.
Greens are great for a bedroom due to the natural calm they evoke while splashes of bolder colours or patterns can make a great statement and draw the eye – a perfect distraction if there are parts of the room that are in need of attention that you can’t yet invest in, such as a lacklustre wardrobe.
Changing your bedding and investing in some cushions, an ornament or two, candlesticks, a lamp or lamp shade all in similar colours will give your room a pulled together feel and the new colour provides an immediate freshen up.
If you’re fortunate enough to have fairly neutral walls, this tip is easier to carry out.
If you’re dealing with unsightly patterned wallpaper or carpet it may be trickier. Remember, patterns are definitely an emerging trend again so it may be that you’ll grow to love what you have!
Choosing accessories to enhance the colours in your existing patterned walls or carpets and perhaps opting for a plain style of bedding and lamp shade rather than creating more confusion with further patterns may be a way to go. For the brave though, lots of patterns can actually work very well!
If you have a carpet you really hate, you may be able to find a nice large inexpensive rug to cover much of it.
Upcycling an old piece of furniture to turn it into something fashionable and new is all the rage now and there are so many online tutorials to help with your project.
The beauty of upcycling is that you can often pick up a piece of unwanted furniture for very little money (or even for free) and then change it to reflect your own tastes and needs.
Local Facebook marketplace pages are an excellent place to look out for pieces that people are keen to be rid of. Just keeping your eyes open as you walk around your neighbourhood can be surprisingly effective too. People often stand an old piece of furniture in their front gardens ready to dispose of it or even put smaller things out on bin day.
Just be sure to ask permission before you take anything away, even if it has been put out as rubbish. People are often pleased to have someone remove a piece of furniture for free rather than them having to pay a fee for it to be collected and disposed of.
Invest wisely in a few important items
Not everything can be achieved without a little investment, but choosing where and how to spend what cash you have will ensure it has the biggest impact and goes further.
Divan Beds Centre is an online company that passes on to customers the savings it makes on the reduced overheads achieved from not having high street stores. Seeking out companies that can undercut big names in this way, will allow you to eke out the budget you have.
Decide what things you really need to invest in and what can wait. If you don’t have a bed or the mattress is very old, that’ll be your priority. A second hand mattress isn’t something most people would prefer, but maybe a used bed frame would be acceptable to you?
A wardrobe may be costly, especially if you buy new, but it’ll give your room a more high end feel than a rail, which does tend to look a bit budget and can make a room feel cluttered and untidy.
Declutter and tidy
Decluttering and tidying any room is one of the most simple and cheapest ways to transform it. If you’re savvy you may even find items to sell to help fund new purchases for your new upgraded room.
Decluttering a bedroom will make it a calmer place to be too and could even improve your sleep.
Make your own art
Hanging a beautiful or interesting picture on a wall – especially with an outsized large frame – really lifts a room.
Of course art can be expensive but you can make something yourself and buy a cheap frame or even a clip frame and really make a statement.
Try buying some poster paints in your favourite colours and just splattering them across a piece of plain paper – it is surprisingly effective. Or find an expensive wallpaper or piece of wrapping paper that you love – you only need a small piece and can even use a free wallpaper sample – and present it in a frame. Instant art!0