Tips for a bedroom makeover

Update: This bedroom makeover is featured on Shutterfy’s piece, “80 ways to decorate a small bedroom.”


My husband and I had a matching 90’s-style cherry wood bedroom set for many years and we finally decided to redecorate our bedroom after we transitioned our second baby out of our bedroom and into his own.  Yay!

Since it was a bedroom makeover, I wanted something that was cozy and calming but with some style and a hint of glam.  As usual, I looked on Pinterest for ideas and inspiration.  I settled on an overall look and color scheme and started hunting for my pieces.

I didn’t want to spend a fortune on a bedroom makeover, so I decided to mix and match with splurge and save items.  I started with the bed, since that was the focal point of the bedroom.  I decided to go with a tufted headboard in a neutral color.  I ended up buying this one from the Home Decorator’s Collection, which was very similar to the Pottery Barn version I had my eye on.  I was able to get it with a 20% discount and free shipping.  It was easy to put together and I have been very happy with it.  I also like this one, which wasn’t available at the time.


img_1439My dresser is from Ikea, but I customized the look with some custom knobs.  You can’t beat the price of $249 for a large dresser.  It’s definitely not an heirloom quality piece, but with sleek, simple lines in plain white it blends into the overall look nicely and serves the purpose for the time being.  I placed this beautiful mirror above the dresser, which elevated the entire look.



The bedroom chair and ottoman are from Restoration Hardware.  I have a cozy pillow and throw on it for reading.  The ottoman serves as a good spot to sit while getting dressed in the morning.  I had been searching high and low for a chair for the bedroom with comparable quality and style but couldn’t find anything I liked.  Luckily, my husband – who happens to have very good taste – surprised me with this chair and ottoman.


The bedside tables are actually from RH Baby and Child.  Don’t be shy about looking at the kids line because you can get the same high quality furniture at a fraction of the prices of the furniture at Restoration Hardware.  These bedside tables are made with kiln-dried hardwood and dovetail joinery.


The finishing decor pieces are from Homegoods and Target.  When decorating, I typically use the bulk of my budget for the furniture (which can last a long time), and try to save on decor items.  You can easily spend a fortune on little decorative pieces if you’re not careful.

Here are my tips for doing a bedroom makeover:

  • Avoid buying a matching bedroom set – use different pieces that look good together.
  • Mix a few high-end pieces with lower-cost items for a high-end look without the high-end price tag.
  • Start by buying the furniture – work from biggest to smallest.
  • Achieve a finished look by adding textures and colors with pillows, throws, and artwork.
  • Make sure there is sufficient lighting in the room for ambiance and reading
  • Don’t be afraid of using color – you can still achieve a calming and peaceful look with pops of color.
  • Choose furniture pieces in neutral tones and refresh your look with colorful bedding and accent pieces with the changing seasons.

Have you updated your bedroom lately?  Do you have any tips to share?

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