How to design a stylish bedroom on a budget

If you’re short on funds, it doesn’t mean that you can’t have a stylish bedroom. Here are some ideas for how you can refresh your bedroom for (ssshh! don't tell anyone) less than £50

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Designing your bedroom but short on funds? Perhaps you're renting and don't want to spend a fortune on decorating? Or perhaps you just like to create a new look for your room on a regular basis? Whichever... here's how to design a stylish new look for your bedroom – on a budget.

Get new bed linen

New bedsheets can make a huge difference to the feel of your bedroom since the bed tends to be the focal point of the room. If you live in rented accommodation with plain white walls, you will find a colourful new set of bedding is a great way to refresh the look of your room on a regular basis.

If your bedroom is looking a bit drab, you could go for bright, patterned bedding. To create a zen-like space, choose neutral, earthy shades that will create a sense of calm. If you love the hotel look, then white bedlinen is your answer.

For bedding that’s not going to break the bank, retailers such as Ikea, Dunelm and H&M Home have great options available, as do major supermarkets. Also, check out the sales – you could get a bargain. 

Bedding by JD Williams

Bedding by JD Williams Home

(Image: © JD Williams Home)

Declutter and reorganise

This one won’t cost you a penny, in fact, you could even earn money by decluttering. If an item is in good condition, you could donate it or sell it (check out Ebay or Gumtree if car boot sales aren’t your thing). 

To make the process of decluttering even easier, spend that decluttering profit by investing in bedroom storage, not forgetting to beef up your clothes storage, makeup storage and jewellery storage, too.

Clothes storage, Ikea

(Image: © Ikea)

If you’re not sure where to start with the decluttering, or struggle to let go of your belongings, then you need Marie Kondo (you can find loads of helpful tips by searching her on YouTube). Her KonMari Method involves asking yourself whether an item brings you joy. If not, you acknowledge the role that item has played in your life, and thank the belonging before letting it go. 

The philosophy might sound strange, but it’s turned into a worldwide phenomenon so there must be something to it.  

Move your furniture around 

Once you have decluttered your bedroom, have a think about how you might be able to change the furniture around to give it a new look. 

Measure the size of the room first, then your large items, like the bed, drawers and wardrobes (if they are moveable). You might find it useful to draw a plan on paper before you (or your reinforcements) start any heavy lifting.

Once you have the large items where you want them, try to identify any underused spaces. The tops of wardrobes and under the bed are often the most overlooked, but the back of a bedroom door or a storage headboard instead of a flat one will prove space-enchancing, too.

Pink bedroom by Furniture Village

Furniture by Furniture Village

(Image: © Furniture Village)

Give your bedroom a fresh coat of paint

Bedroom by Furniture Village

Furniture by Furniture Village

(Image: © Furniture Village)

Depending on the size of your bedroom (and the cost of your chosen paint), it is possible to paint the whole room for under £50. Freshen up the existing colour with a coat of the same shade or go for something completely different — the choice is yours.  

Colour blocking in bedrooms

(Image: © Argos)

Also, no-one says you have to paint the entire wall to create a new look. You could add a splash of colour by creating a feature wall, or even create a unique colour blocking or ombre paint effect to help distinguish zones in your room. Use masking tape to plan out the zones before you put paint to plaster. Be inspired by these bedroom paint colour schemes.

(Image: © Ercol)

Paint the floorboards

Got the paint brushes out anyway for the walls? Painting previously honey-toned floorboards will make your room feel bigger and brighter instantly – just ensure you use a good quality floor paint for durability.

Yellow shutters in bedroom

(Image: © California Shutters)

Upcycle your bedroom furniture 

Upcycling tired bedroom furniture can create a whole new vibe for a bedroom (and it’s a great way to create a cohesive scheme if you have collected individual furniture pieces from friends and family over the years). 

Charlie Rug from Dash & Albert Europe

(Image: © Dash & Albert Europe)

Go for a lighter shade to create the illusion of more space, or choose complementary tones of the same shade to add depth. You can create different paint effects to create a vintage look. You can also transform your existing furniture with these handy tricks, turning mass-produced items into one-off and personal pieces. 

Find out how to paint your furniture with our step-by-step guide. 

Colour blocking in a bedroom

(Image: © Annie Sloan )

Go all-white

It's the cheapest paint colour for bedrooms, you can pick up affordable quality white bedlinen, and it's easy to repaint furniture (as discussed) while you're at it. Add in some woody textures and accessories in slubby, natural materials for a touch of laid-back warmth.

Secret Garden Collection 2018 by Lights4fun

(Image: © Lights4fun)

 Add a statement bedroom furniture piece

Often an inexpensive way to create a new focal point, adding a statement item is a great way to inject new life into a tired space. Whether that’s a new headboard, rug, throw, cushion, or wall clock, having a new item to draw your eye when you enter a room can create a satisfying sense of newness.

Bedroom with walls painted in pastel shades a colourful patterned rug on the floor

You needn't spend a fortune – this headboard (below) was created with painted MDF.

patterned paint colours from Crown Paint in a bedroom

Paint colours, Crown Paint

(Image: © Crown Paints)

A new mirror could also help to create the illusion of more light and space. Full length mirrors can be fixed to wardrobe doors to create the same effect if wall space is at a premium.

Premium Midi Vertical Split Wardrobe Panel in Blush, Spaceslide

Premium Midi Vertical Split Wardrobe Panel in Blush, Spaceslide

(Image: © Spaceslide)

Buy at boot fairs

Scour secondhand shops, boot fairs and online auction sites such as eBay for statement items or collections of pretty pieces at bargain prices. A signature chair, ornament or even some inexpensive art will go a long way.

Reclaimed vintage drawers

(Image: © Colin Poole)

Display artwork artfully

Displaying artwork beautifully will add character, help pull the colour scheme together and create a focal feature in a bedroom. Better still, this might be something you can do for free, if you have enough pictures, photos or even postcards lying about the house.

Panda fine art print in a pink bedroom

(Image: © Lola Design Ltd)

Put house plants on your shopping list

Displaying house plants is an easy way to bring life to a bedroom – plus it's good for the room's air quality. Find out which are the best house plants for your home.

selection of items, including a terrarium on a coffee table

(Image: © Not on the highstreet)

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