Simple Tricks To Upgrade Your Bedroom for Less Than £50

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You begin and end every day in your bedroom, so it’s only natural to become a bit bored with the decor from time to time. There’s no need for a total overhaul, though – with a few quick and simple adjustments here and there, you can have it looking like a totally new room within days.

And if you’re canny, your bedroom makeover doesn’t need to cost any more than the price of a dinner at your local Italian restaurant. 

Change Your Bedclothes

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Whether you want to add some personality to your student digs, warm up your rental accommodation or just refresh the bedroom you’ve slept in for years, new pillow cases, bed linen and a duvet cover or cosy bedspread will completely transform your bedroom’s interior style.

Opt for rich, darker-coloured bed linen to throw a cosy hue over your boudoir during the cold autumn and winter months, and switch to a light and airy palette for spring and summer.

Update Your Headboard



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No matter how large or small your room, the bed should always be the focal point. To turn it into a real statement piece, add a luxurious upholstered headboard.

If you’re the crafty type, these are quite easy to make yourself. Simply create a wooden frame of your desired shape and size, glue a chunky piece of sponge across the front of this and, with the help of an upholstery staple gun, stretch your chosen fabric over the top. For an extra professional flourish, run a border of tarnished copper studs around the edge.

Alternatively, buy a new or used headboard – they’re a lot cheaper than you’d think. Or, to give the room a serene, pared down, Japanese feel, remove your headboard altogether!

Be Decorative With Decals



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If the term wall decal doesn’t mean anything to you, these are basically sophisticated, upmarket stickers that you can apply to walls and furniture and remove without leaving a trace – making them perfect for rental properties.

They come in all shapes and sizes. Cartoon characters, animals and letters of the alphabet are particularly suited to children’s bedrooms; world maps, inspirational quotes and decals that double up as blackboards or mirrors work well in teen and student rooms; and, in the master bedroom, opt for stylish patterns, realistic trees or butterflies. For a professional interior design feel, stick to a single theme and remember that less is more.    

Redress the Windows



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You can significantly alter the mood of a room by changing the window dressings. White wooden shutters, for example, will give a Scandi feel; Roman blinds tend to provide a clean, functional look; while floor-skimming curtains will inject some drama.

Curtains and blinds are pretty hard-wearing and can still look like new even after hanging for a few years. They don’t hold their value, however, so you should be able to find some great pre-loved bargains. To unearth quality, look for pieces made with high-end fabrics such as Designers Guild, Osborne & Little and Sanderson Curtains and Blinds.

Get Upcycling



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It’s time to breathe new life into your old furniture. Metal, wood, stone, plastic, tile – you can pretty much find a gorgeous paint to cover anything these days. So you could turn your old cast iron bedstead from cream to pink, switch your armoire from natural oak to a chalky lilac, or even be brave and paint your floorboards.

And, while you’re at it, replace the handles on the bedside tables or the chest of drawers. New knobs can totally transform your bedroom furniture.

Lighten the Mood



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The way your bedroom is lit can really alter how it looks. Introduce a mix of lighting that you can use at varying times of the day and night to set different scenes.

Use bright overhead lighting first thing in the morning to help you to wake up and feel energised. As dusk falls, turn on softly lit bedside lamps and, if you have an armchair, place a floor lamp next to this. These carefully positioned lamps will throw cosy pools of light on specific areas of your room, make the room feel much more intimate and help your body go into sleep mode. Alternatively, if you’re happy with your actual lighting options, you could leave them as they are and just replace the shades. If romance is in the air, forget the lights altogether and introduce some softly scented candles.

The Finishing Touches



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If you want your bedroom to look like it belongs in the pages of one of the top homes magazines, you need to pay close attention to those little extras.

Plump up the pillows on your bed and prop a few scatter cushions symmetrically on the edges. Finish off the bed with a textured throw neatly folded at its foot. Place a fluffy rug to the side of your bed so that it’s the first thing that your toes touch in the morning, and maybe add a bouquet of posies in a little glass vase on your bedside table, or an orchid in an on-trend copper pot on your window sill.

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