Your bedroom is the most personal space in your home. It’s your sanctuary, where you begin and end each day. So why not make it a relaxing retreat that not only reflects your unique style, but also helps you get better sleep?
Creating a stylish retreat doesn’t have to mean spending thousands of dollars on decor and furniture. In fact, with a few simple DIYs, most of which can be completed in a weekend, it’s possible to turn your bedroom into the space of your dreams. Here are some of our favorite timeless DIY bedroom decorating tips that have big returns on a small investment.
Painting is one of the most popular DIY projects and with good reason: It’s inexpensive, it’s easy, and it can completely transform your space. Although using white paint can help brighten a small space, it can also make it feel cold and stark. You can maintain a bright and airy feeling by adding a bit of tint in a cool shade like blue, green, or gray, while still maintaining a relaxing and spa-like environment. Lavender is another good option if you want to create a romantic and relaxing bedroom.
That being said, research indicates certain colors actually help improve sleep. According to one survey, the bedroom wall colors most conducive to sleep are blue and yellow, followed by green and silver/gray. Yellow walls can be both bright and cheerful and cozy at the same time, so it might be worth considering some yellow paint if you want to improve your sleep.
Studies show that when your bedroom is neat and organized, you sleep better. Clutter can contribute to symptoms of anxiety, while also increasing allergens that can keep you awake. Simply cleaning your room -- hanging up your clothing, organizing personal items, etc. -- can go a long way toward making your room look put-together and helping you sleep. If you want to organize your stuff, a few simply DIY projects can give everything a place and add some designer flair. For instance, construct your own bedside table using a vintage suitcase and wooden step stool. You can store items inside the suitcase out of sight, while using the steps as shelves for books and decorative items.
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Or if you’d rather something more traditional, scout yard sales and thrift stores for inexpensive bedside tables that you can DIY to fit your style. Try using chalk paint, which has a soft matte finish, to transform an old table, or add new hardware or feet to change up the look. Even if you are a DIY beginner, these simple projects are easy to complete in an afternoon and will give you space for all of your bedside necessities.
Window treatments help make your bedroom feel more complete and decorated, and will also block out the light to help you get better sleep. Room darkening curtains can be expensive, but it’s actually easy to DIY blackout curtains. Sewing some cotton fabric to inexpensive curtains, or even using a mixture of fabric and latex paint to the back of the drapes will block more light and make your wallet happy.
Turning your bed into a luxe oasis doesn’t have to mean shelling out thousands of dollars for a whole new bedroom set and linens. A few DIY projects can create a luxurious look for a fraction of the cost, without sacrificing comfort. If you are handy with tools (or know someone who is) you can construct a romantic canopy bed frame for less than $300; if you don’t want to build an entirely new bed frame, create a faux “canopy” using drapery rods and hooks.
Throw pillows and blankets are also key to a styled, well-decorated bedroom. Pillows are one of the easiest things to sew, and you can make your own bed pillows with virtually any fabric. Or, opt for plain pillow covers, and use fabric paint and trims from the craft store to design your own pillows.
Adding artwork and other decorative elements to your walls will tie everything together. Floating shelves are always stylish, and you can easily DIY a set with brackets and wood from the home improvement store. Another stylish option is using frames to DIY a set of floating display boxes; all you need to do is build some basic display boxes and add photo frames (minus the glass) to the front. Group a set of frames together for a stylish vignette with small decorative items.
DIY artwork will also bring style to you bedroom. All you need are some inexpensive canvases, acrylic paint, and painter’s tape and you can create some one-of-a-kind artwork for your bedroom walls in just a few hours. Other options include enlarging your own photos to frame, or check out Etsy or other online sites for printable artwork suitable for framing. Usually for only a few dollars you can purchase digital files to print on whatever size you need.
Creating a timeless, restful bedroom space doesn’t have to cost a lot. With some simple DIY ideas, your bedroom can look professionally decorated and help you rest and relax in a space that is truly unique.