When we purchased our home 2 years ago the focus was on designing the "visible" rooms first, like our dining room. With a limited budget it made practical sense. But last year when we celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary I decided it was time to makeover our dorm-like bedroom.
Now, months later, it is almost done! My husband Lee found the mid century bench at a dump in Minnesota and refinished it. I wanted a headboard so my husband built me one for Christmas last year. I would love to swap out our ceiling fan, add a bohemian rug, and an upcycled dresser (still on the hunt for that!) but one thing I've learned over the years is the importance of overcoming creative perfectionism. It will hold us back from so much in life when we give into it.
So back to the Master Bedroom. In honor of the room being "almost" finished I'm sharing 4 tips for styling a master bedroom. Scroll down for the full story!
1. Decide where to splurge and where to save
Paint is an affordable way to make a huge impact in a room. I spent less than $100 on paint and by doing it myself (and with a little family help) we saved a lot of money! On the flip side, I splurged on curtains. I wanted to add a pattern to the space, and the canvas diamond stripe panels from West Elm really help to brighten the dark walls and add a bit of color too.
2. Add texture with accessories
Blankets and accent pillows are budget-friendly and add a lot of style to a bedroom. They give the bedroom a personality boost, and are easy to swap out when styles change. Check for sales at Target and clearance sections at your favorite stores. Vintage accessories and books can also add a lot of texture to a room. Check your local thrift store for brass accents and affordably priced antique books!
3. Repurpose furniture from other rooms
Shop around the house for pieces of furniture that might in the bedroom. Our white chair once lived in the office, and the slatted mid century bench was in the entryway. It doesn't cost you anything to move furniture in from another room, and seeing it in new space will make you fall in love with your furniture all over again! If you are just starting out, ask some family members if you can "shop" their homes.
4. Mix thrifted with new
I am very pro-thrifted furniture. The bookcase in our master bedroom was from Goodwill and painted a bright yellow to contrast the walls. But using ALL thrifted furniture can make a space look, well, a little thrifted. So mix in new with old! Throw a new blanket on an old chair, shop sales for new furniture, and know when to splurge and when to save (see point 1!)
Do you have any budget-friendly bedroom decorating ideas? I would love to hear them!