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Your bedroom should be a refuge from the stresses of life, but if your bedroom doesn’t fit your style, it can be hard to truly relax and unplug. If you aren’t sure how to turn your space into a place you adore, we have some great tips for you! In this post, we’ll share easy ways to refresh your bedroom’s aesthetic without breaking the bank. From simple changes like adding new bedding and switching out your light fixtures to more dramatic adjustments like painting your walls or replacing your furniture, we’ve got ideas for every budget and style.

Create a Focal Point

Every room needs an eye-catching focal point that provides a starting point for the rest of the space. In a bedroom, the bed is usually the focal point. You can make yours stand out by adding different bedding. Perhaps a new sheet set, a new comforter, some fun accent pillows, or colorful string lights around the headboard will help refresh the space. You can also change out the headboard completely if you really want a big change – it can be fun to DIY your own headboard. Just grab some paint, fabric, and a few other materials and you’ll be good to go.

Start With a Blank Canvas

Picking a new, bold color is an easy way to give your room an updated look. Red, orange, and blue are popular options if you want to make your room look bold and brand new. If you’re not ready for such a drastic change, opt for a more muted accent wall instead. Either way, your bedroom will feel like new.

Adopt Some Plants

Adding plants to your bedroom not only adds the calming effect of nature, but it also helps freshen the air. Before bringing any plant home check to make sure it’s pest free and its sunlight needs can be met in your home. Most plant parents will adopt plants that need minimal sunlight and can thrive in dark spaces. Some hardy plants include pathos, snake plants, spider plants, and peace lilies.

Sculpt Your Space

Too much clutter in your bedroom can cause unnecessary anxiety. It is important to remind yourself that it is okay to donate or get rid of things that no longer make you happy. For instance, donate those clothes that no longer fit you or maybe it’s time to clear out those broken pens and scrap papers from your desk.

Layer it On

Adding textural elements to your bedroom can have a transformative impact. You can start by adding some decorative throw pillows, a cozy blanket, or even a new rug. You can make your room look even more interesting by hanging up a new painting or poster.

Create Light

Installing a new ceiling fan or light fixture is an easy way to change your room’s lighting. Adding some lamps to your bedside table can also help create a new look for your bedroom. Get rid of any light bulbs that are burned out so that your room looks its best. You can also get new curtains and get some cozy candles as well.


There are easy ways to give your bedroom an updated look without spending a fortune. With a few simple changes, you can create a space that feels fresh and new. Consider the colors you use in your space, the accessories you incorporate, and the furniture you choose. With a little effort and creativity, you can create a refreshing bedroom aesthetic you love.

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