How to Add Color to a Bedroom On a Small Budget

by interior designer

in Bedroom,General

Adding color to a bedroom is not hard even when there is little money to spend on the process. With the recent recession, people are finding more and more cheaper alternatives to spruce up their rooms as their budgets tighten. Whether you share a bedroom with a partner or sleep alone, it’s important to create a relaxing and secure environment that acts as a sanctuary to the stress and toil of daily life.

So how does one add color to a bedroom without spending too much money?

1. Flowers

This is one of the most obvious but often overlooked solutions to adding color to a bedroom or any other living space. Throughout the year there are a wide range of alternatives you can decide upon including in the Spring and Summer, picking your own, and in the Winter months buying flowers from florists or even seeking out some good quality fake flowers.

With care and watering, many flowers can last a long time and provide a wonderfully vibrant view when waking up in the morning. The scents are a bonus too.

2. Colorful Rugs


fiesta spin rug

A lot of carpeted floors are drab mono-colors that do little to instil color into a bedroom. Wooden floorboards, whilst attractive in their own right do need a few additions here and there to avoid a clinical coldness.  The cure for this is to buy some floor rugs. Seek our colors and styles that will integrate well into your present bedroom theme or look. While the aim is to add some contrast, it’s all too easy to go overboard and make garish errors.

Depending on the size of the room and the number of rugs you choose, try to space them out so as to avoid a concentration of color in one area. By creating gaps, you can also do more with less, which is ideal when buying room accessories on a budget.

3. Paint One Wall

For some styles of bedroom, the act of painting just one wall will add a notable difference to its look and ambience. Kid’s bedrooms are highly suitable for this kind of treatment as are apartment and bachelor interiors.

If you have spare paint already that is of a suitable color, then this will save you money. If not, you will rarely need more than one can of paint to cover a wall or two. For children, the contrasts in color can be strong and exciting, but for adults, it’s best to stick to colors that are similar to those in the room already. Try out a few samples on the wall before you finalise the desired color.

4. Add Bedroom Mirrors


links mirror

Mirrors can double, triple and even quadruple the sense of space, light and color in a bedroom. The larger the mirror, the more these factors will be amplified. When placing mirrors in a room it is important to compare and contrast the resulting reflections to avoid unnecessary repetitions in the glass which will in fact add a negative quality to the overall comfort and design.

Where does the sunshine enter the room in the morning? How large are your windows? These are all things to consider for when you awake in the morning. Too many mirrors in a white room with large windows will cause a blinding effect and could lead to serious migraine and eye problems.

You want to try and highlight the colors already in the room when positioning the mirrors. For example, if you have a chest of drawers with flowers on top, then depending on where your bed is placed, you could position the mirror so that you see two images of the cluster of colored petals; where the actual flowers are and one in the mirror. This will double the effect.

5. Coloured Lamps

Color at night can be added with the help of colorful lampshades and bulbs. The choice of lampshade designs these days is immense and can be one of the hardest decisions to make purely because of the wide variety on offer.

Think about what themes or colors are already part of your bedroom and consider how the colorful glow from the lampshade will affect those things already in place. The positioning of the lamp is also important and the strength of the light bulb. For children’s bedrooms, like in the case of wall paint, a lot more contrasts and playful designs can be used. The same can be said for certain themed bedrooms.

6. Kid’s Drawings

If you have children, then you probably already have a large collection of their paintings, doodles and Mother’s Day cards either attached to the fridge in the kitchen or in the living room. Why not add some to your bedroom too?

Make a wall collage in a particularly empty area of wall space of your children’s art work. You can either use a cork board to attach the paper with pins, or take time to construct a more permanent collection that can be moved in one piece later on.

7. Ornaments

One of the most obvious ways to fill a room with color is to add ornaments. Take into consideration the theme and style of your bedroom and then purchase pieces that will fit in without spoiling the general look of the interior. That’s not to say you should be too conservative when it comes to adding color but it’s important to get the right balance. Too many varied items of multiple hues, can lead to a confused, busy and cluttered feel to a bedroom which is not at all ideal or complementary to relaxation.

Other items to consider include vases, clocks, flower pots, bowls, books, throws, fabrics, posters, paintings and decorative art.

Take your time and make careful evaluations of your bedroom interior. Keep in mind all of the points I have made when you go out to purchase new items for your room. Look online beforehand and search through magazines for inspiration and examples of effective color combinations that add quality to a bedroom. Watching your favourite movies and television soaps can give you ideas too. Above all, enjoy the process.

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