Before & After: Refreshing a Bedroom

When a friend asked for help refreshing her boring bedroom, she stipulated that it couldn’t cost much and it had to be quick. By rearranging the existing furniture and changing the window treatment, her bedroom was completely transformed. And it was all completed on a single Saturday for under $100.

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In the “before” photo you can see that the bed was parallel to the window. This not only sliced the room in an inconvenient way, it wasted the beauty of the headboard and matching side tables. By moving the bed and tables in front of the window, I created a more dramatic look in the room. The bedroom set becomes the focal point of the room, the eye drawn to them by the bright new curtains.

The window treatment is the only new thing in the room. I made these curtains because DIY is almost always less expensive than pre-made. In this case, the complete window covering was less than $100, including the new curtains rods. Curtains may seem daunting but they’re a fairly easy DIY.

As this bedroom makeover demonstrates, it doesn’t always take a lot to transform a room. Rearranging or getting rid of some furniture, hanging new curtains, and even a new bedspread can drastically alter a room’s appearance. If you're feeling truly flummoxed, ask your stylish friends for help. Sometimes it just takes an outsider's eye to see your room in a whole new way.

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