You should have a bedroom design that reflects you and your personality, whether you rent or own. Here are 5 ways to change things up without breaking the bank!
Growing up, our home was not heavily designed; in fact, our home's design was more like couch? Check! Curtains? Check! Do the colors of said couch and curtains match? Check! We did not have much money so we had to comply with the "you cannot paint your walls unless you pay a fee" rule that each landlord loved to give out. So what could we do that did not cost a lot of money and would reflect us? My mother's answer to this question was "absolutely nothing!" But since then, I've come up with 5 ways to add more you to your bedroom decor without breaking the bank.
#1 DIY Art
Playing with art can be fun, especially when it's your own art! Something I personally love to do is frame my own artwork. I am a painter who loves to show off my work. I draw inspiration from my surroundings and I always try to have a little fun with my canvas. After my masterpiece is complete, I frame my artwork and add it to my wall. I’ve sort of created my own wall art gallery of Artwork by Me, and you totally can too!
Hanging up artwork, especially if it’s sketches on paper or even paintings on canvas, is relatively easy. Command strips and hooks are going to be your best friend. They make hanging smaller, lighter items a breeze, and they come off without damaging the walls! Plus, if I can hang up my home decor without needing to nail holes in the wall, I'm super happy. These are perfect for renters, and those who don’t like hammering nails or drilling holes into their walls that they’ll have to fill in later.
If painting isn't your thing, don’t stress. There are other ways to add DIY art to your bedroom! You can try drawing, printing pictures from the internet, or even creating a mosaic made out of newspaper clippings. I’ve even seen art made from colored plastic spoons that looks super chic and cool!
This is one of those times where Pinterest comes in super handy! Just search for 'DIY' or 'upcycle' and I promise you'll find something you can make pretty easily. The possibilities really are endless!
#2 Follow a Color Theme
If you're having a hard time choosing which color you would like to paint your room, why not develop a color theme? You can pick several colors that you feel go well together and design your room around it. Or, you can choose just one color and go for a killer monochromatic theme if you have the ability! Do not be afraid to change things up a bit and experiment with different ideas for your bedroom design ideas. Adobe Color CC allows you to develop any color theme that you can imagine and even sample themes from other users.
This idea isn't only for those lucky folks who can paint their walls! If you're a renter, you can always buy temporary wallpaper or buy accent pieces like artwork or pillows that match your chosen color scheme. Find a color scheme you like for your bedroom design, and run with it! Get some inexpensive items that coordinate with that scheme. If you notice you already have a bunch of a certain color in your space right now, go with that. Help them pop and show up by placing them in more noticeable spaces, or if you like the more subtle approach, have the color peek out behind your base tones. That’s a super neat way to make a color pop, without it being the center of your decor.
I have a lot of teal and turquoise pictures, metal art, and glass bottles I have collected over the years, and I have them sporadically set in my bedroom. Some are on the walls, or wall mounted shelves, and others are peeking out behind books or on my dresser. It was a fun way to make teal and turquoise the ‘color’ of my bedroom without turning it over completely to those colors, or repainting any of my current shelves, dressers, or walls!
#3 Design with your Hobbies in Mind
We all have hobbies that consume our lives. Some of those "hobbies" might happen to include endless hours spent on Facebook or searching the web for new internet memes. Others may have more productive hobbies such as sports, traveling, or reading. Wouldn't it be cool to design your bedroom around something that you love to do? Well you can! [WARNING: this idea requires you to be as creative as possible! No holds barred!] As an example: If you want your bedroom to be reflective of your love for travel, then design your room around your favorite place(s) to visit.
This idea seems super fun to me, because if it’s your hobby, odds are you already own or want to own things that could be used in bedroom designs. Going with the travel theme, you can even hang photos from all of your trips on your walls, or add in vinyl decals of the names of those places. Depending on your budget, there are lots of creative ways to make your hobby the focal point of your decor! I have several bookshelves in my bedroom where I showcase my favorite books, plus my rare and collectible editions, as well as my teal and turquoise glass jars. I do definitely use my books as part of my room decoration, as weirdly enough, a lot of the books I own go with my color scheme! Purely unintentional, but sometimes things work out awesomely like that!
#4 Work with What You've Got
Some people believe that you need to paint your walls in order to have a smashing room design and to express individuality, but utilizing your wall space effectively can give the same effect. Instead of cluttering your room, add shelving to your walls. You can add necessities and cool design pieces to add that extra spark. Why not hang up posters, or have fun and play with mirrors? It is important to remember that this is YOUR room. If you want to hang up that Justin Bieber poster, then rock on! Your room is a reflection of you and if it makes you happy, why not? Need some inspiration? Check out this fun chalkboard wall art. You could use it to write cute notes to your significant other, or even inspiring messages for yourself. I really like the thought bubbles pictured below. The ZZZs are perfect and a cute bedroom decorating idea!
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#5 Don't like your floor? Add a rug.
Look at your bedroom floor. If you're anything like me you're checking out that old stain where you spilled some juice last year. You're noticing that different areas of your carpet don't match. You might be asking how to the heck did that get there? But the question you should really be asking yourself is "do I like it?" The best way to transform your flooring is by adding an accent rug. Pick a funky rug that symbolizes how unique you are. Or add a patterned rug to show your rebellious side. You can even choose a simple rug that reflects your pure nature. Whatever you choose, if it reflects you, it can’t be wrong. A rug that I would love for my room would be like the one below. It’s fun, has a neat pattern, and I just love turquoise and gray! Plus, we’ve already gone over the fact I randomly have turquoise items everywhere. So, why not have a turquoise rug to help tie it all together?
Via Young House Love
Well folks, that about wraps it up for today! How have you added more “you” to your bedroom? Share and comment with your own tips and tricks for personalizing your bedroom design!
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