Cheap ways to decorate your bedroom

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Cheap ways to decorate your bedroom
Decorating your bedroom doesn't have to break the bank. (master bedroom 35 image by redking from Fotolia.com)

Your bedroom is your sanctuary, the place you go to relax and wind down after a long day. Luckily, there are many ways to decorate your bedroom without breaking the bank. From painting the walls to buying used furniture and displaying old photographs, decorating your bedroom can be inexpensive and still express your personal style.

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Update the Bed and Bedding

One of the first signs of a bedroom that needs some decorating is a mattress placed on the floor with old bedding. The bed is often the focal point of the room and should stand out. If you don't have a bed frame, a cheap way to elevate a bed from the floor is to use bed risers. These can be purchased from home improvement stores, typically for under £6. If you don't have a headboard, you can use a variety of materials to create a makeshift headboard. Hang a quilt or other fabric from a piece of wood and place above your bed. You could also buy planks of wood from a home improvement store and either paint them or cover them with fabric to place behind your bed.

Bedding can make a huge difference in the appearance of a bedroom. Bed-in-a-bag sets are often less expensive and include sheets, pillowcases, a bed skirt and a comforter. Place rows of pillows that complement the comforter on the bed for a sophisticated look.

Buy Used Furniture

Garage sales and flea markets often have great pieces of used bedroom furniture you could use to decorate your room cottage style. A key element in cottage-style decorating is using either old furnishings or newer items made to look old. White painted furniture is very popular. Buy used dressers, nightstands and shelves. Paint the furniture white and sand off the edges to give it a nice vintage look.

In cottage-style decorating, furniture doesn't need to match, so mix and match your used furnishings. You could also take an old bench or trunk to place at the foot of the bed. On the nightstands and shelves, place vases with fresh flowers picked from the yard or glass jars filled with seashells from your favourite beach vacation.

Freshen Up the Walls

Simply painting your bedroom walls can vastly change the style of the room and give it a fresh, updated look. If you can't afford to paint all the walls in the room, then only paint the wall behind the bed. Blues and greens are calming colours often used in bedrooms.

There is no need to spend lots of money on artwork. Buy six to eight cheap frames and fill them with your favourite photos. You could also use scrapbook paper or wrapping paper in the frames for colourful images. Then group the frames in rows of two or three and hang on the wall.

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