Transform Your Bedroom on a Budget: 60 Affordable DIY Makeover Ideas

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1. Establish an Accent Wall with Wood

Create a focal point in your room by choosing wood slats, panels, or tiles that align with your personal sense of fashion - whether it's modern, simple, or rustic. Brown Studio and dasMOD suggest a warm modern feel here.

2. Float Your Nightstand

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Your nightstand can create more floor space if you float it, giving an orderly feel by aligning the top of the nightstand with the top of the mattress; just like what Kirsten Grove of We Three Design did here.

3. Bring the Outdoors In

Interior designer Sarah Stacey adds life to a neutral room with a mix of colors and patterns. Add pops of patterns from abstract to geometric, with the use of rugs, throw pillows, and artwork.

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This article presents innovative ways to decorate your bedroom. Instead of using wallpaper, interior designer Shaolin Low recommends wall decals, such as yellow floral ones, to achieve a playful yet sophisticated feel. To add texture and pattern to a black-and-white bedroom, use natural tones and accessories like striped pillows and a bold area rug with a triangle motif. For a nature-inspired design, try a scenic mural or wallpaper, like the jungle-themed one by Clara Jung of Banner Day Interiors. Lastly, to spice up a white-walled room, experiment with the "fifth wall" and choose a daring ceiling color, just like the one in a design by Cortney Bishop.

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Don't compromise on style, create opulence with a four-poster bed. Follow interior designer Kate Lester's example and keep it timeless with a four-poster bed or add a contemporary twist by opting for a black version.

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Add creativity to your d├ęcor by swapping traditional nightstands for a low-lying console table. Dress it up according to your fancy with your favourite bedside essentials like an elaborate mirror, petite table lamp and framed artwork.

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Think beyond the spectrum of bright colors and experiment with earthy greens, cool blues, warm reds, and purples as suggested by Linda Hayslett, the founder of LH.Designs. Calming and muted tones like plums and mustards inspired by nature are starting to gain popularity.

There's no point having a beautiful bedroom if it's not comfortable. Take a cue from Cortney Bishop Design's small bedroom that exudes beauty and comfort. Cover your bed with a striking graphic cover and pillows of varying sizes.

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Discover top-rated bedding by visiting our curated selection at the Good Housekeeping website. Upgrade your sleeping experience with our award-winning options.

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Transform a limited closet space with a creative solution by building a ladder wardrobe that doubles as decor. This trendy DIY project is surprisingly easy to execute and adds a touch of elegance to any bedroom.

Highlight an architectural detail like a dark-paneled wall by installing sconces high above a headboard. Shine light on the wall and create a trendy ambiance that will set your space apart.

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Ditch the traditional headboard and use a curtain to create a graphic textile look, as Megan Pflug did in her Woodhouse Lodge with designer Moses Nadel. This pared-back design emphasizes the lodge's unique vibe while adding a touch of sophistication.

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When designing a room, simplify the process by focusing on two main colors. Kevin Isbell Interiors opts for red and blue and flawlessly integrates them into the room's decor and furniture.

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Opt for a monochrome theme in black and white.

Amy BartlamA classic and timeless black and white color scheme can be given a modern boost with sleek decorative accents, such as a woven planter or a wooden bench placed at the foot of the bed. Create added contrast by incorporating a black canopy bed and patterned textiles.

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Enhance your headboard with sconces.

Jean AllsoppUpgrade your headboard's style by installing sconces that add to its appeal and save nightstand space. Opt for white fixtures to harmonize with wooden furniture.

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Monique Valeris is the accomplished senior editor for home decorating content at Good Housekeeping, overseeing the brand's print and digital coverage and curating compelling features about design trends, home tours, and product recommendations. Having previously served as the digital editor at Elle Decor, Monique employs her extensive industry expertise to craft her monthly column, "What's in My Cart."

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