Your bedroom is a place to wind down. When it is peaceful and inviting, it is a space where you look forward to spending the evening. But even great bedrooms can lose their luster over time. If your bedroom is in need of a “refreshening,” but you don’t have the time or money to completely renovate, there are many things you can do to bring back a look and feel you love.


Changing the face of your bedroom doesn’t have to mean replacing furniture. The cause of your bedroom boredom may be an all-too-familiar layout. If you have the space to move things around, try that before you try anything else. Working with what you already have costs you nothing and can result in striking changes. Rearrange furniture, re-hang pictures, and reposition accessories. You may have to lose an item or two along the way, but you will have achieved a new look in the process.

Clearing out clutter is another great way to enliven your bedroom. Again, your expense is zero but the payoff can be dramatic. Minimizing the objects in your bedroom has a calming effect. After organizing and rearranging, you may discover the facelifted space you were looking for.


If you have wood floors, refinishing them is an inexpensive way to invigorate the room. Similarly, you can refinish or stain wood furniture for a big improvement or change. Metal trim and frames can be polished. Also consider painting your wood furniture. Painting will absolutely transform a piece.


On the subject of painting, the impact of a new wall color in your bedroom can be huge. Painting isn’t very expensive and, with patience, you can do a great job yourself. The least expensive and time-consuming idea is to choose a bold color and paint a single wall—an accent wall. The wall against which your bed’s headboard rests is a good choice. Of course, you can also paint the entire room for a greater change. Don’t forget about the ceiling and trim; both present additional opportunities.

You can employ wallpaper as well. You can wallpaper a single wall, add a border with wallpaper, or cover every wall in the room. The textures and patterns of wallpapers are great potential complements to painted surfaces.

Change the Bedding

The bed is the centerpiece of the bedroom, and there is a lot you can do to change its look. A new headboard or frame are fantastic options, though each can get expensive. With enough searching, you’ll be able to find an attractive new headboard or bed frame within your budget. Also think about replacing the bedding itself. You can do something as simple as adding a new duvet cover or as comprehensive as purchasing an entire set of sheets and covers. Another fast and easy option are accent pillows. As long as you don’t go overboard, new pillows can provide impressive pops of color.



After the furniture is in place and the paint has dried, add the right finishing touches with carefully-chosen accessories. Art is a versatilechoice,and it doesn’t have to cost much at all. You can find inexpensive prints in many stores, or you can replace the frame on a piece you already have. Don’t forget photographs—mount them on the walls or place them on furniture. Mirrors, especially those with interesting frames, are another source of decoration that will work in any bedroom. Whatever you choose, try to go with things that have personal meaning.

New curtains, blinds, or valences are other high-impact accessories. Sometimes just letting in more natural light will change a room. Speaking of light, consider changing the light fixtures in your bedroom or adding new lampshades to existing table lamps.

Two more additions to think about: plants and rugs. Plants will improve indoor air quality and can be effectively integrated into your overall design. Area rugs, even on top of existing carpet, create islands of interest wherever you’d like. The new furniture groupings you may be experimenting with can be anchored by a well-placed rug. A rug under the bed that spills out to provide a soft landing area for you feet is a classic choice.