Bedroom Makeovers on a Budget

You really can change the look of your bedroom without spending a fortune. A little creativity can go a long way, whether it's an afternoon project or just adding a few accessories.

Here's how to get started:

Buy a few accessory pillows for $10 each (or less) in a new color palette. You can create a sophisticated monochromatic look by selecting the same color for each pillow but in different textures, such as raw silk and chenille. Try a romantic look with layers of pillows -- large ones in the back and smaller ones up front.

Do you have a four-poster or canopy bed that needs a little life? Drape fabric over the poles to achieve a "puddle" effect, where the fabric actually puddles at the base. To create this effect, just add an extra 20 inches to the fabric before it is cut.

Candles are a decorative item that many people forget to use. White ones are the most sophisticated, but grouping colored candles can create a soft focal point on a dresser or end table. Group candles in odd numbers -- even amounts tend to be boring. Try different heights and gather them as an altar on a shelf.

Hang inexpensive framed artwork or mirrors to help give your room a new look, but make sure the frames work with your existing decor. Stick with neutral-colored frames -- gold, silver, white, black or wood tone.

Add shelves for another quick decorating spruce-up. Collections are great to display on shelves, but don't use items that are too small. If you have too many small accessories, the shelf will look cluttered. Try glass bottles for a minimal look (adorn with fresh flowers), or even use a shelf to prop up framed paintings or photos.

You can create a bedside table with just two round pieces of plywood (one smaller than the other) and a trashcan. The larger piece should be used as the tabletop and the smaller piece should fit the opening of the trashcan. Glue the smaller piece of plywood to the bottom of the slightly larger piece. Then cover it with a ready-made tablecloth. Or cover with a neutral-colored tablecloth and drape organza fabric (in a contrasting color) over it. Keep in mind that you can use the trash can for storage.

For more bedroom decorating ideas, check out our favorite dream room photos and gather inspiration for your nest!

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