Photo of a gallery wall in my bedroom

Revamp Your Room on a Budget

By Rachael Gerron
Web Content Contributor

Interior decorating is one of my favorite things. I spend much of my free time watching HGTV, scrolling through Pinterest and watching YouTube videos of people decorating their rooms.

Seeing other people and their artistic expression come to life is so exciting to me, and I love doing it myself as well. While we might not all share that same enthusiasm for interior design, I think everyone should be in a space that echoes their personality and brings them comfort.

Many people assume that interior design is inherently expensive, but you just need to devote some time and creativity into it. Rather than buying everything wholesale, I love taking old things and making them new or finding one of a kind pieces that fit my eclectic style.

Here are some tips on how to recreate your dream aesthetic on a tight budget.

Getting inspiration

If you don’t already have one, I would recommend creating a Pinterest board for bedroom inspiration. If you already know your style, it should be easy to find some good inspiration.

Screenshot of a Pinterest search for “bedroom aesthetic”
Search for Bedroom aesthetics on Pinterest. Screenshot by Rachael Gerron.

If you don’t know your style, try looking up “bedroom aesthetics” and the suggested searches underneath can be a starting point for you. Once you start saving things, Pinterest will pick up on what you like and don’t like, and it will curate pins specifically for you on your home page.

Screenshot of my Pinterest Room inspiration board
My Pinterest Inspiration board. Screenshot by Rachael Gerron.

Take inventory

Once you’ve determined your style, take note of what’s working in your room and what’s not. Make a list of things you want to switch up or add to your room, and things you want to keep the same. This will help keep you organized once you start looking for decor or furniture.

Images hanging on a white wall
Photo of three paintings hanging on my wall. Image by Rachael Gerron.

Thrift/ Reuse

There is nothing more satisfying to me than finding a unique piece of decor for less than $5 at a thrift store. Thrifting can be challenging and not always instantly rewarding, but the feeling you get once you find what you’re looking for or something unexpected is unmatched.

Picture of a butterfly-shaped ring holder on top of my dresser
I found a butterfly ring tray at a thrift store for less than a dollar, and it is probably one of my favorite decorations in my room because it is so unique. Image by Rachael Gerron.

The caption I found a butterfly ring tray at a thrift store for less than a dollar, and it is probably one of my favorite decorations in my room because it is so unique.

Reusing items from your house is also a great way to keep the cost down while also adding a touch of home to your space. I would recommend looking through your closet or your parent’s storage for some ideas.

Collage of 3 photos from my apartment
A lot of my favorite pieces such as this rug, mirror tray, Dr. Pepper bottle and cowboy hat came from my house and childhood bedroom. Image by Rachael Gerron.

If You Can’t Buy It, Try Making It

This is the best way to make your room very personal and unique to you. If you see a cute painting that you want in your room, try recreating it!

My friends and I sometimes get together and paint along to episodes of “The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross” on YouTube. You could also just use a picture of a painting as a reference, which is what I normally do.

Painted flowers on vinyl record, glued on top of the iridescent placemat
I painted flowers on this old broken record and hot glued it to an iridescent placemat that I found at Walmart. Image by Rachael Gerron.

Another cool thing to make is macramé wall art. At its cheapest, it’s usually around $20; however, more elaborate ones can be hundreds of dollars. Below is an example of a homemade macramé my friend made with yarn and a large brass ring.

Macramé wall decoration
DIY Macramé wall decoration. Image by Rachael Gerron.

I think these are fun ways to add personality to your room and possibly learn a new skill. Even if you’re not the most artistic person, Bob Ross himself once said, “I think there’s an artist hidden at the bottom of every single one of us.”

I hope these tips were helpful and inspired you to revamp your room even while on a budget. If you tried out any of these tips or would like to share your interior design tips, feel free to comment on this blogpost!

Featured image by Rachael Gerron.

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