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20 Ideas for a Bedroom Refresh For Any Budget (2022)

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Are you looking for ideas for a bedroom refresh that doesn’t involve a full remodel? Bedroom updates will create a retreat you love, and thankfully, there are options for all budgets. Today I’m excited to share 20 ideas for a bedroom refresh on any budget, with simple timelines and all skill levels!

bedroom refresh with new bedding.

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How to Refresh a Room

Doing a room refresh is like breathing new life into a space without a floor to ceiling remodel. There are so many ways to refresh a room that can be done in 10 minutes, an hour, a weekend, or more.

Looking at updating a bedroom from the perspective of a room refresh, rather than a room remodel, gives you the freedom to make changes slowly. Making changes here and there over time is an attainable and manageable way to refresh a bedroom.

With that in mind, I’m breaking down the many ways that you can do a bedroom refresh by budget, time commitment and skill level!

Bedroom before bedroom refresh
BEFORE

Let’s start by stating the obvious. You can refresh any room by:

  • Painting the walls
  • New decor

While both of those ideas can make a big difference, I find sometimes people rely too much on them. They paint a new color, but still aren’t satisfied because they didn’t tackle the right problem.

Primary bedroom after refresh
AFTER: 4 Years Later

So your first step in answering the question, “how do you refresh a bedroom?”, is to ask the right questions.

How do you Refresh a Bedroom? First, Diagnose the Problems.

Diagnosing the problem(s) in your bedroom is the first step to a successful bedroom refresh.

Slapping a new paint color on the wall won’t fix a poor layout.

Adding new decor won’t solve the cluttered chaos of poor organization.

Updating your artwork won’t fix your back problems from an old mattress.

So, step 1: Ask the right question.

Sit down and write out the problems of the bedroom that need to be addressed. Here are a few thought starters:

  1. Do you have a lack of light that makes the room feel dungeonish? (Yes…it’s a design word)
  2. Do you wake up in pain every day?
  3. Do you need the room to function for dual purposes? (bedroom, office, reading nook….etc)
  4. Do you have wasted space?
  5. Is your decor still your style?
  6. Does your bedding meet your needs? (Beyond being pretty, it should be comfortable and keep you at the right temperature for optimal sleep.)
  7. Do you have a constant struggle for functionality or layout issues that need to be addressed?

Designing to Meet Needs: A Mindset Shift

Overall, you want to ask, “How do I update my master bedroom to meet my needs?”

This is a huge part of my design process and one that I focus on a lot in my book, Designing a Life: From House to Haven.

Too often we get caught up in how a room looks rather than how it functions. If you want to learn more about designing from a reformed mindset, make sure to check out my book.

Or, you can also take my free 3 part e-course, an introduction to design, by registering below!

Once you’ve taken the time to think through how you use your bedroom for functionality, the design will fall into place. Addressing those issues before focusing on decor or design will go a long way in creating a retreat you actually want to be in!

20 Bedroom Refresh Ideas for Any Budget

Now let’s dive in to some specifics! I’m breaking down these 20 ideas by budget, and typically, budget dictates required skill levels. Anyone can tackle the free to medium budget ideas. However, if you want to attempt some weekend warrior updates and beyond, then having some DIY skills is a plus.

Bedroom bedding and artwork

Here’s a quick summary and then we will flush it out more.

  • Free
    1. Declutter
    2. Good Organization
    3. Pair down the bedside table
    4. Deep clean drapery, mattress, carpets, flat surfaces
    5. Change the layout
  • Low Budget Updates in a Day
    1. Add color through paint, bedding or accents
    2. Play with patterns
    3. Add plants
    4. New lighting (Think beyond lamps or ceiling lights to sconces or task lights.)
    5. Updated window treatments
    6. New plush bedding
  • Medium Budget – Big Impact
    1. Memorable artwork, kid’s art or family photos
    2. Play with the ceiling as a 5th wall
    3. Create a seating area
    4. New headboard (DIY or purchased)
    5. Update closet or en suite doors or entrances
  • Weekend Warrior Home Updates
    1. Go to the floor (new flooring or even just a new area rug)
    2. Wall treatments
    3. Wallpaper is having a moment
  • High Budget, but best money you will spend
    1. Update the mattress that’s killing your back

Free Ways to Refresh Your Bedroom

I like free. Free is my favorite number.

Thankfully, there are a ton of ways to refresh your bedroom without spending any money.

Anytime I start to get the itch to change up a room, I start with these free ideas.

  • Declutter & donate
  • Organize
  • Deep clean
  • Change the layout

Usually, after cleaning, organizing and decluttering I’m already feeling better about the space.

When everything has a place then the whole room feels less chaotic and more intentional. Plus, it’s just nice not to see the lone sock on the floor anymore.

Once you’ve gotten your bedroom back in shape, consider changing the layout.

A fresh look at the furniture placement in your bedroom will open up ideas for ways the room could function or flow better. You can even think outside your existing bedroom furniture.

Is there a chair somewhere else in your house that you could add to create a cozy reading corner?

Cozy reading corner in a bedroom.

Do you have an armoire that isn’t being used best that you could swap into the bedroom for bedding storage?

Instead of segmenting every room in your home, think of ways that you can swap decor or furniture from one room to the other to get a whole new look.

Also, try to cover all the senses. Sight is our default sense that we appeal to in design.

However, try adding in touch, sound and smell for a more well-rounded experience. This can be in the form of candles or diffusers, soft music, or extra luxurious bedding.

Low Budget – Small Timeline

Next, let’s look at some low budget projects that you can do quickly.

Most of these ideas are decor focused. Sometimes all a room needs is a fresh look with a few selective decor accents.

When thinking about adding lighting, think beyond what is already in the bedroom. I love using sconces as bedside lamps because they leave the nightstands open for use. If you don’t have a place for hardwired wall lighting, consider plug in or battery operated lighting.

Lighting in a bedroom.

If you want to update your window treatments, consider adding layers. I love to layer roman blinds with beautiful curtains.

Roman blinds warm up the space, depending on the tone, and provide blackout options. These are my favorite bamboo roman blinds.

Bedroom window treatment with blinds and curtains.

For spring, I took down our curtains for a fresh and open look. I enjoy it both ways and like the flexibility of choosing the option that fits the season.

King size bed with layered bedding.

Shop My Bedroom Decor Sources


Medium Budget for a Big Impact

If you’re looking for more bang for your buck, consider investing in some new pieces or design elements.

  • Memorable artwork, kid’s art or family photos
  • Play with the ceiling as a 5th wall
  • Create a seating area
  • New headboard (DIY or purchased)
  • Update closet or en suite doors or entrances

Adding artwork or family photos is a smaller investment, but could potentially add up quickly depending on the size and source of the artwork, or the number of frames needed. However, it goes a long way to make intentional decisions with your wall decor.

Artwork above bed

Personally, I like to keep it simple above the headboard with a piece of artwork. Most of my bedroom wall art has come from Joyfully Said over the years. You can use code GRACEINMYSPACE for 15% off signs and artwork!

Next, don’t neglect your ceiling. You can bring the same paint color of the walls onto the ceiling, add wood planking or beams, or wallpaper the ceiling. Thinking of the ceiling as a 5th wall is a great way to make the bedroom feel more custom.

If you have a slightly larger budget and space, consider adding seating furnishings or a new bed frame or headboard. Updating these larger items will transform a room immediately. If you aren’t in budget to buy new, don’t overlook the power of DIY!

I updated our upholstered headboard for just a few dollars and gave it a totally new look.

DIY headboard

This next idea for a bedroom refresh teeters between the medium budget and weekend warrior. Depending on how complicated you want to make it, updating closet or en suite doors can completely change the look of a space!

You can see how I updated our guest bedroom closet doors in this post on a very small budget.

Weekend Warrior Bedroom Updates

For those who want a more dramatic change with more time and money, consider a weekend warrior project.

  • Go to the floor (new flooring or even just a new area rug)
  • Wall treatments
  • Wallpaper is having a moment

Flooring is one of the main design elements of a home. In many homes, bedrooms have carpeting. Our primary bedroom is getting a facelift this spring with new flooring. I can’t wait to show you!

However, if you aren’t up for that big of a makeover, consider just adding a new area rug. And yes, you can put an area rug over carpet for a change and updated look.

Area rug in a bedroom

If you want to tackle a slightly more involved bedroom refresh, consider adding a wall treatment or wallpaper. I have tons of tutorials on the blog and on YouTube sharing how to install various wall moulding and types of wallpaper.

Wallpaper Tutorials on YouTube

Big Budget- But Worth It

There are a few big budget bedroom refresh ideas I could come up with.

  • Taking down walls to open up a space
  • Adding an en suite
  • Pitching a ceiling

You get the picture. BIG budgets. But, I’m thinking more in line with a big budget item that is truly necessary: a new mattress.

Maybe you don’t need one. But with the way mattresses are made these days, in all likelihood you probably do.

Neutral bedding

So if you’re waking up in pain each day, or get restless sleep because you’re tossing and turning, then maybe the most impactful way you can give a bedroom refresh is with a new mattress.

They are a big expense. Especially if you buy a quality mattress. But it’s money well spent considering you spend 7-8 hours a day in it!

More Cheap Bedroom Makeover Ideas

While I’m usually on board for a complete overhaul, sometimes bedroom updates only need to be minimal to make a big impact. There are a variety of DIY bedroom makeover ideas that I’ve covered on the blog in the past that I’ve linked for you throughout this article.

Here are a few more that may inspire you as you plan your own bedroom refresh.

Stay Connected

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! I hope you’ve found these ideas helpful.

If you want to see how my bedroom has transformed over the years, you can see all my bedroom refresh projects in the archives.

Make sure to subscribe to the blog, and follow along daily on Instagram and weekly on YouTube for real-time projects and tips!

~Sarah

20 Ideas for a Bedroom Refresh For Any Budget

11 Comments

  1. I really like the lights above headboard. Are they plugins? Where can I find them? Always like your ideas and projects.

    1. Bedside lamps are all about scale for me. If you buy too big of one on a small table then it will just be cumbersome. I prefer wall sconces as bedside lighting because it frees up the nightstand entirely. But table lamps when done right are beautiful too!

  2. Oh la la that green! board & batten wall I was a vintage furniture restorer and chalk painter some years back in my gallery/studio (White Oak Studio & Gallery) and going green (Annie Sloan Pine green if memory serves under her black wax) was my ultimate favorite option. I have a PInterest page of “green painted furniture” if anyone is interested.

    Green is the accent color in my primary bedroom as well. I am planning on new laminate flooring in my master bedroom in a few months (late June/early July) and I am now looking at a rug that is mostly green with some “gold” (my bedroom walls are a soft yellow/goldish color) and this rug has some goldish accent in it. I have two green VELVET pillows in our guest bedroom that are just dying to make their way into my master after this upcoming refresh!

    Looking forward to many more of your beautiful photograph too!

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