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We love Melinda's colorful loft bedroom (as does Bacon), and it has a good deal to do with the drama. Rich, deep color, luxurious textiles and lovely, low lighting. The key to a great space is knowing where to spend your money — Melinda may have splurged on the duvet cover but she created the subtle glow behind this headboard for less than $7. Follow the jump to see how...

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It's rope light! Garish lawn decor for some, sophisticated glowing bedroom effect for others. Tucked neatly out of sight, rope light (or any inexpensive string light) spans the length of your headboard to create a soffit-type light effect. 6 feet for under $7 at any hardware store and usually CVS.

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