Budget Friendly Bedroom Makeover
Hi Friends, welcome back to Postbox Designs! If this is your first time…I’m so glad you are here. I’m an interior designer and mama to three little ones, so about two years ago I started to exclusively do online design. My clients are busy so they love the ease of working with me on their schedule and ordering their room on their timetable (instead of trying to meet me all over town to hunt down the perfect pillow!) If you have questions about how Interior E-Design works and how you can work with me on your project, check out How It Works. You order the Room Package that works for you, at the price point you want to spend.
And one of the reasons I love doing fixed price Room Packages is because your budget doesn’t matter to me. You can have a $20,000 budget or a $1,000 budget and I’m going to charge you the same price to design your room! Pretty groovy, right?
A Budget Bedroom Design All from…Target?
This project was especially fun because it was a Postbox I donated for an auction at our local Boys & Girls Club. I’m a Mom first so I couldn’t say no to donate my design services to such a great cause. And the lucky winner was as lot of fun to work with. She wanted a soothing neutral look with a pop or two of color, and it all had to be done on a tight budget.
I didn’t start off to design a room almost entirely from Target, but that is exactly what happened! I came across more and more beautiful items, at affordable prices, and before you know it she had a Master Bedroom designed almost exclusively from Target.
Design #1: Neutral Bedroom Decor
I always create two different designs for all of my clients, that are created to be mixed-and-matched. That gives them lots of choices and flexibility in their final look. So Version #1 was very neutral with a pop of navy in this velvet lumbar pillow:
The Online Design Process
I have said this before, but my FAVORITE drawing in a Postbox Package is when my clients choose to have a 3D rendering of their online design done. Not only do I create two Mood Boards, Floor Plans, Shopping Lists, and set of instructions, but in select packages I create a 3D rendering as well. This shows my client EXACTLY what their room will look like before they buy a single item. This rendering shows her new upholstered headboard, agate inspired artwork, and hand selected throw pillows to give some pattern while still keeping a soothing palette.
A pair of Target nightstands, some black and white artwork, and patterned Target lamps create a functional area in a tight space. If you have a small budget, I would use less, but carefully chosen pieces, in your room. This single mirror over her new gray dresser helps ground the space, and add decor to her walls while keeping the budget in check.
Earth Tones Bedroom Design on a Budget
The other part of the online design process is getting my client’s feedback! After I create their first design, I email them all of their drawings to review. I want to get their feedback and thoughts so I can create a whole second design look for them. While she really liked the first version, she wanted to see some more blues, greens, and warm earthtones in her bedroom makeover. Not a problem.
So in this second version, I added in some earth toned pillows and incorporated pattern in a new lumbar pillow. Soft green walls and layered bedding are still neutral with some more color. In this Mood Board I also added in pops of gold in her Target mirror and orb lamps. And because she wanted an earthy look I added in these vases and two Etsy prints (at just a few dollars each). While in the first version I showed her a painted dresser, this design shows off a Target wood dresser.
5 Tips for Creating a Budget Bedroom Makeover
If you have a tight budget for your bedroom makeover, there are a few ways you can save money while not sacrificing style.
Budget Bedroom Decor Tip #1
Go all white with bedding. I love sources like Target, Homegoods, and Wayfair for soft sheets under $40. I also love to pair it up with a white duvet. Start with an insert, then I buy my king sized white duvet covers for $20 on Amazon! If they get dirty I bleach them and they are good as new. Crisp white bedding never goes out of style and gives you a lux feel. Plus I have three kids and a giant Labradoodle sharing our bed, so I love being able to take off the duvet cover and wash it.
Budget Bedroom Decor Tip #2
Go with an upholstered headboard. While upholstered headboards used to be pricey, you can easily find a queen sized headboard for under $300. You are saving money by not buying a footboard, and it gives you a high-end look. Again, places like Target, Wayfair, Amazon are all great budget friendly places. Look for details like tufting or nailheads to give it a custom look.
In fact recently I created this Headboards Under $300 Round-Up! You can find it along with the entire source list in my FREE RESOURCE LIBRARY:
Budget Bedroom Decor Tip #3
Use inexpensive white curtains. Just like white sheets, these will never go out of style, they look crisp, and clean, and go with any style. Now, I love to use high quality, well made curtains, BUT if you are on a budget, this is one place you can skimp. I outfitted my entire home with white sailcloth curtains from Target, but I also find great ones at World Market, and for a bit more at West Elm as well. Hang so they barely skim the floor, and hang as high as you are able (for most people that would require 96″ long curtains for 8′ ceilings)
Budget Bedroom Decor Tip #4
Use Etsy artwork. It’s no secret I LOVE me some Etsy. Gorgeous, one of a kind prints, and affordable? It’s the trifecta. The best bang for your buck will be the Instant Download prints that you can pick up for just a few dollars. Print them yourself at a local printer such as Staples, Walgreens, Costco, etc. Then frame in an inexpensive frame. I’m a huge fan of the oversized print, and I often will use 24″x36″ prints for my clients. It takes up a lot of space so you need less artwork. A little work on your end will save you hundreds of dollars.
Budget Bedroom Decor Tip #5
Skip the knick knacks. Honestly, you want your bedroom to be relaxing, so let’s keep it simple. Find one item to put on each nightstand and 1-2 for a dresser top, and that’s it. Don’t waste money trying to fill up shelves or surfaces with tons of decor items. And I like to double up my wall decor with simply leaning a frame against the wall on top of a dresser or table. In this budget friendly Bedroom Makeover I used just a few items to give some personality, but saved money to invest in larger pieces.
No matter you budget, I’m a firm believer you can have beautiful design in your home.
The 5 Week Design Jumpstart Program
If you haven’t heard yet, we are in the middle of the 5 Week Design Jumpstart Program. Once a week for 5 weeks I send a custom email with design tips and ideas for a different room of your house. But the best part is I created a custom freebie that you ONLY HAVE ACCESS TO WHEN YOU JOIN! It is totally free (and totally fun), so I would love to have you join us! Get freebies like “75 Ways to Update your Bathroom” Guide, Free Mudroom Locker Building Plans, “Design the Ultimate but Affordable Laundry Room”, and more:
Thanks for joining me! If you have more questions on how E-Design works or want to ask questions about your specific project I would love to hear from you. Just drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org