Decorating My Bedroom On a Budget

Decorating My Bedroom On a Budget
Apr 03

Decorating My Bedroom On a Budget

When moving into an apartment and faced with the task of its decor i was nervous.‎ Every person who walked into my new bedroom fell in love. It has high, ‎curved ceilings in an old Arabian Princess style with arching doorways and patterned ‎tiled floors.

The bedroom was so naturally beautiful on its own, whatever i chose to put in it ‎had to live up to it gorgeous structural standard.‎ On top of that, I didn’t have very much money, so I needed to figure out a way of decorating my bedroom on a budget.

Looking for Ideas:

Whenever I entered a cool shop I snapped pictures on my phone of different blankets, ‎bed spreads, lamps, etc so I could then check them out while in the context of my room. ‎I also took pics of the room with my phone so that I could compare the patterns and ‎colors to prospective purchases while in the stores. ‎

This way I could get a feel for whether things fit without having to commit to buying ‎anything. I like things simple and functional but with intrigue and uniqueness, so ‎keeping an eye out was key. Also, I like to use materials that I already have or can ‎come by easily to recycle them into something pretty and useful. ‎

Then came decision making time…‎

The Bedroom:

The heaters and doors are dark blue and the floor titles have a mainly dark blue pattern, ‎so I tried to look for little highlights in dark blue to keep things united.  I found a little ‎lamp at a home goods store for a great price.

I used the leftovers from our living room drapes to make my curtains which turned out to ‎be a perfect fit.

I wanted my big bed to match the eclectic grandeur of the room so I found a cool pattern ‎that included dark blue in it. ‎

A flower pot from the home goods store became my trash bin and was a much cheaper ‎option than many of the actual trash bins!‎

Creative budget decorating idea

Creative budget decorating idea

The Bathroom:‎

There is a cool store that specializes in soaps and candles and I remember seeing their ‎sinks filled with colorful rocks. I thought this was a cool touch so I went for a walk and ‎picked up rocks along the way. They add a really nice zen touch to my sink. I also ‎picked up two cool sea shells and placed them on the top of the toilet.‎

To help with the color coordination, I also try to buy yellow colored toilet paper to match ‎the toilet seat. I find it’s the little things that count.‎

In the future:‎

My next project is to get some artwork up on the walls. Also it is so healthy to express ‎yourself. Why spend money on a picture when the act of making the picture is often the ‎best part? Even if your skill isn’t top notch, I’ve found that with a serious-looking picture ‎frame, anything seems professional.‎

I do love supporting artists but I think I’d be broke if I went to buy the art I really like.‎
Luckily, nature is the most detailed and intriguing art around… and for the most part it is ‎free! In this vain, I dried some flowers a friend bought me and am hoping to turn them ‎into some kind of picture or collage.‎


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  1. Alexis

    March 22, 2012

    Hi, I’m 14 and my room really needs some redecorating. The house I live in is rented so I’m not aloud to paint the walls. So I’m having trouble with what would look good in my room because the walls are yellow, which I actually kinda like because it’s a little more fun then plain white ;) I want my room to kinda reflect my personality, just fun and easy going. I also love traveling and photography. Any ideas? Thanks so much!

  2. Celeste

    January 18, 2012

    The above are such great ideas! I’ve down the upside down flowers myself and absolutely loved the way it turned out. Thanks for the trash bin idea too – I love it!! Great post!

  3. Anna

    December 26, 2011

    HI! I’m hoping to decorate my room this summer. Hopefully a cowhide western theme as I ride horses. I don’t know how to do this without OVER-doing it. As in my room looking like a giant cow!;)I was wondering if a paint horse border with tan walls and cowhide valance would look nice with a brown suede comforter. Also, I was curious as to what type of rug to use. I don’t want to do TOO western but I feel contemporary might clash.Opinions would be fabulous! Thanks a bunch!


  4. Kate

    June 6, 2011

    Hi there,
    my names Kate and i was wanting to decorate my room but under a budget of £100. I would like to keep my room like this for a while until i move out so i dont need to decorate it again. I would like to keep it simple. was wondering if you could give me ideas for storage etc. thanks

  5. Alan Riley

    June 1, 2010

    You’ve got some great ideas here. Some good examples of lateral thinking to come up with inexpensive, but effective decorating ideas.

    Alan Riley

  6. stacy

    May 14, 2010

    Hi, i was just wondering if you could give me some advice on how to decorate an entire house!! im 19 and im buying my first house and i have no idea on how to make my house look nice but also stylish.. i dont want my house to look like a teenager designed it though! and i also have a little boys room i need some ideas about?? hes almost 2 but really not in to anything yet. so please email me back with some ideas

  7. Karen Johnson

    April 22, 2010

    i love UK stuff!! please give me some ideas for that.

  8. leia

    January 19, 2010

    Hi Sarah

    Sorry it has taken me such a long long time to get back to you. I hope your redecorating is going super well. I was trying to think about what gives the movie its special “twighlight” look (In case you are looking for some finishing touches)… Seems like lots of dark and misty blues. -for curtains bedding, etc. and woodsy type things. Once I walked by a store that was in the final stages of shutting down. In the window was a big tree stump that they must have been using as a display.
    I made my sister pick it up with me and we lugged into the trunk of her car. We had fun with “there’s a trunk in your trunk” joke for a while:)
    this was a very cheap accessory and can be used as a seat, a night stand, etc.
    anyway just some thoughts. I think its great that you are taking it upon yourself to create an atmosphere in your room. keep it up!


  9. sarah

    November 29, 2009

    hey uh im thirteen and want to redecorate my room, but i dont know what or how to style it, i love twilight, and um want that to maybe be the feature of my room. hm well i would like some advice on storage, color and all the stuff in between plaeze. well done your project seems to have gone well =]
    sarah. =]