10 Simple and Affordable Interior Design Tips to Create A Bedroom That Feels Like Home

Thursday, August 31, 2017

The bedroom is my favorite room in the house.

It was where I played as kid, where I spent most of my time when I moved into my first share-house and it is still a room that holds a great level of comfort and enjoyment for me to this day.

However, thinking back to my share-house days, it took me some time to work out how to make my bedroom look and feel like ‘my bedroom’.

A great interior designer will tell you is above two things above all else: letting the room inform the design and making all the elements you use do as much as possible. That second point is crucial for anyone who wants to do more with their bedroom space with limited resources.

I’ve put together 10 awesome tips on how to create the bedroom decor that feel right to you - on a budget. Every one of these ideas is completely accessible to anyone and demonstrate how a lot can be done with not much to create a bedroom that feels like home.


The most important part of a bedroom is … the bed. Whether you prefer neutral colors or bright patterns, keep in mind how your bedsheets will look in relation to the rest of your room. For example, if you have curtains with a bright pattern on them then make sure these don’t clash with your bedsheets. Choice of material and texture can also have a huge impact, so try to educate yourself on the different fabrics available before you buy and avoid ordering online if possible as touch is everything when it comes to linen. You can also decorate your bed by adding a pile of cushions or a snuggly down comforter on top.

It is also crucial to note that without proper care of your sheets, the look you initially create in your bedroom can fast deteriorate. Ensuring proper care when washing, drying and storing will give you the look you want for much longer.

Wall Tapestry 

An easy way to give your bedroom character and cosiness is to hang a tapestry on your wall. These are very lightweight and easy to hang up. You can choose from hundreds of prints and countless colors. They come in a variety of sizes and can look great over your bed or on a particularly empty wall. Keep in mind that dark designs will absorb light from your room, while light designs can add brightness to dark rooms. Also, consider how different colors and patterns will look with the rest of the room, especially your bed linen, curtains, and other textiles. 

What better way to personalize your room than to put up your favourite memories? Whether you frame them, hang them up from a string with wooden pegs, or pin them to a cork board, photographs will add character and color to your room. It can be nice to be surrounded by images that make you feel at home, especially if you’ve just moved to university or into a new room or house.

Posters and Prints 

Posters and prints are another easy trick for decorating and personalizing your bedroom. Whether it’s a picture of your favorite band, an inspirational quote, a poster from your favorite event, or just artwork you like, you can easily make your space your own with a few large prints. If you’re feeling super creative you could even draw some posters yourself. Try putting some up on walls that could use some decoration and seeing how they look. 

Lights and Lamps 

Lights and lamps can make all the difference. In addition to the overhead lighting in your room, consider having some smaller and dimmer lights for a more relaxed mood. You could have a bedside lamp, a desk lamp, or a standing lamp by your reading chair. You can even hang up some fairy lights for a dreamy effect. 

If you are short on space, an awesome option is to go for a mounted lamp (although that’s probably not as feasible if you’re only a temporary tenant)


Rugs can make any boring floor look nice, and any hard or cold floor a delight for the feet. Many rugs are washable as well, so you don’t have to worry about getting them dirty. Think about the colors in your room and how you want the rug to fit in. Will it be the brightest thing in the room, or just subtly add some color to the floor? 


Plants have a lot going for them. They come in all shapes and sizes, so you’re likely to find some to suit your taste. They are rewarding to take care of (if you do, of course), and they’ll bring some of the freshness of the outdoors into your room. They’re also known for improving air quality by reducing carbon dioxide and other pollutant levels as well as airborne dust.

Asymmetry and Mismatching 

To spice it up a bit, try mismatching some furniture or exploring asymmetrical arrangements. For example, you might hang a picture blatantly off-center. Or you could have a different night stand on each side of your bed. Make it interesting, but try to limit the oddities to a certain number of details, otherwise the chaos could become hard on the eyes.
Colors – Neutrals and Accents 

When you think about what colors you want in your room, try to come up with a base set of colors that is warm but neutral. You might choose colors like cream, tan, olive, or any pastel colors, which are not too light nor dark. These will cover most of the surface area in your room, which might include the walls, floor, and furniture. Then choose one or more vivid colors that you can use to brighten the room with details, like blue, orange, pink, etc. You might want to use these colors in a rug, cushions, lampshade, wall tapestry, or anything else you can think of. Remember how the colors will look together, and to spread the brighter colored details more or less evenly across the room.

Always remember, as powerful as color is, you can definitely over do it.

Repurposing or Upgrading 

You can rethink the purpose of many pieces of furniture and household items. You might use chairs as nightstands or a fishbowl as a candle holder, for example. You could hang photographs from a string of fairy lights. If you’re up for some DIY creativity, you can even paint your furniture or walls to suit your new color scheme or brighten the room.

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