While we're on the subject of color and bedrooms, how about some ideas for turning up the volume without spending too much. Bedding is one of those things that you can find on sale at any time of the year, makes a big impact, and is easy to change when you're ready for something new. Here are 10 places to look when you're shopping.
They're everywhere, they're affordable, and they've revolutionized the concept of designer labels for the masses. Target's DwellStudio line is a popular, modern bedding collection that's known for bright colors and patterns. This Foliage Comforter Set sells for $70.
They've always got a good clearance section that's stocked with a mix of linens from Martha Stewart, Calvin Klein, and non-designer brands. This Lacoste Collection is on closeout right now, marked down from $45 - $335 to $16 - $125.
For Scandinavian-style bedding on a budget, this citified "kid sister" of Crate & Barrel is a good resource (and they have frequent markdowns on pillows and quilts). This Stripe Throw is acrylic, not wool, but it offers Pendleton look for a lot less — this blanket sells for just $30.
Designer Linens Outlet
They have some pretty ugly stuff, but they also carry discounted designer goods from brands like Amy Butler and Nautica, which can sometimes go for great deals in the clearance section. This Amy Butler Sari Bloom Duvet is $100 for a full/queen.
Pillows & Throws
This website aggregates products from modern bedding designers like Unison, Area, and DwellStudio, and their clearance section sometimes has good deals. This Unison Sky Blue Duvet Cover is currently marked down from $108 to $76.
Crate and Barrel Outlet
Their online (and Chicago brick-and-mortar) outlet usually has sheets, pillows, and bedding collections on clearance. This Marimekko Lehtimaja Teal Sheet Set is currently $90, marked down from $140.
Mainly known as a teen clothing catalog, dELIA's also sells trendy bedding. A lot of it is made specifically for 14-year-old girls, but some of it can crossover into an adult room. This is their Jasmine Comforter Cover, $50 to $70.
Bed Bath & Beyond
A good source for basics, they have a big inventory of sheets and duvets in a range of solid colors. While not everything is pretty, their Pure Beech Jersey Knit Sheet Set is a popular basic that sells for $25 to $70.
Bold, bright, and cheap — those three words pretty much sum up what you'll find at Urban Outfitters in the bedding department. Shop here for trendy patterns and accent pillows. This Paisley Rose Quilt sells for $128.
When has IKEA not made one of our lists for affordable home goods? They have such a huge selection that they're usually worth checking out for bedding on a budget. This is the Papaver Vag Duvet Cover and Pillowcase, $40 for a full/queen.
Photo: Paisley Rose Quilt from Urban Outfitters