Brighten the Bedroom: 10 Easy Ideas

Sometimes all you need is a colorful accent or two to bring a room from OK to outstanding. For some easy-to-copy inspiration, we searched the Apartment Therapy archives.

  1. Beth's bedspread introduces bright green and turquoise into an all-white room. For a similar color scheme on the cheap, try Urban Outfitters' Dot Leaf Bedspread ($36).
  2. Archana's home is defined by warm colors. In the bedroom, a deep red rug softens and brightens the floor. For a roundup of similar red rugs, click here.
  3. In Gene and Heidi's bedroom, a set of Josef Albers Nesting Tables ($1,950) coordinates with their art books. For a DIY version of the tables, click here.
  4. Lisa and Clay hung bright artwork above the bed and added an extra pop of color in their pillowcases.
  5. Alisha's guest bed is topped with pillows printed and embroidered in bright patterns. Anthropologie sells similar styles.
  6. In Dan's bedroom, a Florence Knoll bench upholstered in red kicks the décor up a notch. If you own a bed without a footboard, a bench can also be a helpful piece at the foot of the bed.
  7. AB Chao redecorated her teenage daughter's bedroom in a red, black, and white color scheme with matching Ljusas Uvas bedside lamps from IKEA ($40 each).
  8. A painted headboard is a quick and easy DIY bedroom update. For tips on doing your own, see Maxwell's painted headboard project.
  9. Check out the kelly green side-by-side dressers in Turquoise's bedroom, and if you're inspired, see this post for tips on upgrading your own dresser with new paint and hardware.
  10. In my old bedroom, I used a Track Quilt from Unison as an accent blanket — it was a way to add color and contrast without spending too much on new bedding.


Photos: Liezel Strauss and Beth Evans, Archana, Gene Na, Phillip Maisel, Alyssa Remington, Evan Thomas, AB Chao, Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, Vanessa De Vargas, Sarah Coffey