Budget Bedroom Decorating Tips
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To create a sense of serenity, designer Theresa Casey used softer colours throughout the second floor and combined subtle Asian accents with flower motifs for a romantic yet worldly feel. She divided the huge principal bedroom into two sections with a character-building panelled archway. A delicate, bamboo-look brass canopy bed from South Hill Home adds height.
“We used logs from our property as bedside tables. I painted the old trunk, which came with the cottage, a soft white. It stores extra linens. We got the striped blanket in Mexico. It’s perfect for here: light but warm,” says homeowner Karyn Gordon. An affordable net canopy creates the island vibe at home.
Dark wood twin headboards, bought at an auction, feel light and airy after the paint transformation. Keeping new and second-hand finds in the same white brings a cohesive look to a room. Here, everyday white linens are given a new look with pale blue and white quilts and accent pillows.
In Don Howell and Ray Camano’s weekend home in New York’s Catskill Mountains, the “little bedroom” has a true rustic feel. He refinished the vintage Danish chair (a thrift store find) himself, and stitched the pillow from a swatch book of suedes left over from his days as a menswear designer. The “yard long” photos are thrift store and tag sale finds, and the rag rug comes from Don’s mother’s house.
When renovating her Toronto home, H&H senior design editor Margot Austin used curtain rod hardware, ceiling brackets and ready-made linen drapes to craft this look.
Homeowner Emily Norris found these vintage tufted bedframes for $80 and painted the frames but kept the gold velvet upholstery as-is. For drapery, Emily bought outdoor fabric off-season for $4/yd. and splurged on custom sewing.
Inject colour into a room with a decorative pillow. This principal bedroom hits a contemporary note thanks to modern art and a clean-lined canopy bed.
In this girl’s bedroom, designer Trish Johnston updated a builder-basic bedroom with new crown moulding, a custom duvet cover and a fun pink-and-white wall.
In addition to offering space for a lamp and accessories, this vintage trunk provides storage and complements the light blue headboard and linens.
Hanging velvet curtains at the back of this canopy bed adds a high-end touch to this simple white bed. Placing a console table and bench in front provides much-needed storage for a small condo unit.
A flax-coloured sham and earthy headboard suit the dishevelled imperfection, as do leaning artwork and books scattered beneath the bed.
Instead of running drapes right to the floor, stop them at a wide window ledge for a tailored look that saves on fabric costs, too.
Hang a kilim rug on the wall to extend a headboard and bring more attention to the bed. “Rather than the commitment of wallpaper or a typical painting, I wanted to add texture, frame the bed, and add depth and richness to the room,” says designer and TV personality Lisa Rogers. Textiles on the bed add colour.
This home’s only bedroom illustrates Richard Ouellette and Maxime Vandal of Les Ensembliers’ approach to decor: nothing matches yet it melds together effortlessly. Bird-print wallpaper acts as a neutral backdrop for modern ikat pillows and weathered-wood pieces.
The lower-level guest suite of the 2011 Princess Margaret Showhome offers a private haven, perfect for a young adult. Like most of the furniture and fittings on this floor, the bed, chest and chair were courtesy of Ikea. A bold modern Pierre Frey damask-print wallpaper inspired the room’s raspberry accents.
To complement the swaths of sky outside the windows, she painted walls in celestial shades of soft blue, cloud-grey and white. The bed in the principal bedroom is well-layered with Nicola’s trademark elegant-casual mixture of fabrics: neutral-coloured linens, velvet pillows and charcoal lace pillowcases. An affordable sisal rug brings a relaxed, natural feel.
Graphic bedding and velvet pillows in rich jewel tones liven up this principal bedroom. Homeowner Trish Magwood slipcovered an old side table in white cotton to hide its flaws.