7 decorating ideas to give your bedroom a makeover for less than $100

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  • Is your bedroom so ho-hum, it’s putting you to sleep?
  • If so, it’s time to turn your bedroom into a sanctuary from life’s daily woes.
  • Giving your space an update doesn’t have to mean spending a big chunk of change.
  • We’ve rounded up seven products that add a powerful punch of style to your personal refuge, and each one costs less than $100.

Far too many people retire to bleak, cluttered, or just plain ugly sleeping chambers each night. For many of us, limited decorating dollars go to decking out the living room, or for electronic devices — hello, 55-inch flat-screen.

We think that’s a shame, because the space that’s the last thing your eyes register before drifting off to the land of nod, should be a warm, welcoming reflection of your personality and tastes.

That’s why we decided to take up the inexpensive bedroom makeover challenge. We found seven products that really add something special to your room, but won’t break your savings account. In fact, each of them costs less than $100.

So whether you choose just one or go for the entire list, you’re sure to find yourself smiling when you wake up in your newly decorated space.

Here’s what you need to give your bedroom a makeover:

Read on in the slides below to check out our top picks.

Freshen up your bedroom with a new coat of paint

Why you’ll love it: Behr Premium Plus paint comes in a wide range of colors, does the priming for you, and won’t release harmful VOCs into your bedroom’s air.

One of the most powerful ways to give your bedroom an entirely new look is with a fresh coat of paint on the walls.

You can paint the typical bedroom in one day: prep in the morning, paint in the afternoon, and let the paint dry overnight. It’s an easy and satisfying project for even a newbie do-it-yourselfer, and it’s also one of the easiest ways to give your space an entirely new look.

Want to shake things up a little? Then choose a moody dark color like indigo, deep teal, dark gray, or even black. Looking for a cheerful vibe? You can’t go wrong with sunny yellow, soft green, or a pastel peachy pink. Prefer to save color for your bedding and accessories? No problem. White paint with a slightly warm undertone is the perfect clean background for a brightly hued setting.

There are a lot of interior paints to choose from, of course, but we really like Behr Premium Plus. Consumer Reports backs up our choice, writing, “A CR Best Buy, this self-priming paint costs less than the top-rated Behr, and generally matches its performance in most tests, but yields an even smoother surface. Behr claims it doesn’t have any VOCs.”

The paint is available in the full range of paint sheens, but as a general rule, it’s best to stick with flat, eggshell, or satin in the bedroom. These sheens cover wall imperfections and stains well, and aren’t too shiny. One gallon is enough for the average bedroom.

Your local Home Depot can tint the Behr paint whatever color you like, but if you want to order colored paint online, check out Behr’s ColorSmart, which allows you to select your favorite color online, and then purchase it through the Home Depot website.

Pros: Wide range of colors, excellent performance, no need for separate primer, no VOCs, reasonably priced

Cons: If you are painting a light color over previously dark walls, you might need an extra coat

Buy a 1-gallon can of Behr Premium Plus paint in eggshell sheen at Home Depot for $29.98

Check out our full guides to the best interior paint, paint brushes, and paint rollers

Choose a nice duvet cover to give your bed a new look

Why you’ll love it: Your bed is the star of your bedroom, so give it the love it deserves with the Leadtimes Duvet Cover Set or another of our favorite duvet covers.

Duvet covers are to a duvet as a pillowcase is to a pillow. The duvet cover protects the inner down-filled white comforter, easily fits into a standard washer and dryer along with your sheets, and of course, adds a big dose of style to your bedroom décor. Keep in mind that a duvet cover set does not include the duvet itself; you’ll need to buy that separately.

There are duvet covers to match any decorating personality, but we really like the Leadtimes Duvet Cover Set, which is available in a bright and cheery orange, blue, and pink floral on white; or a moody and dramatic pink and orange floral on black. Both are equally appealing to men and women alike, and neither is your grandma’s old-school floral — these are contemporary, with large, colorful blooms scattered across the solid background.

Made of microfiber, the covers are very soft and silky, and they machine wash and dry. The set includes matching pillow shams: one with the twin set, and two with queen or king sizes. The duvet cover has ties to hold the duvet in place inside the cover, and a zipper to keep the duvet cover closed while on your bed.

Pros: Beautiful floral pattern, easy care, soft and comfortable against skin

Cons: A few buyers complained that the zipper broke within a month or two of purchase

Buy the Leadtimes Duvet Cover Set on Amazon for $29.99 (twin), $33.99 (queen), or $38.99 (king)

Check out our full guides to the best duvet covers and comforters

Learn how to put a duvet cover on your comforter

Add a nice bolster pillow to your bed

Why you’ll love it: There’s no need to go overboard with throw pillows, and all you really need is a bolster in a great color, like the Edwards Velvet Lumbar Pillow.

A bed heaped high with throw pillows is an annoyance. You either need to find somewhere to stack them when it’s time for sleep, or more likely, kick them onto the floor.

But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have any throw pillows at all. Aim for no more than three, and make sure one of your pillows is a bolster — that’s a pillow that’s a fairly long rectangle, not a square.

The great thing about bolsters is they serve double duty: They add a shot of interest to your bed during the day, and at night, they make the perfect lumbar support pillow while you sit up in bed to read, watch TV, or play on your phone.

At 12 inches high by 20 inches long, the Edwards Velvet Lumbar Pillow is sized just right for both purposes. It comes in 10 great colors, including bright orange, purple, greenish-blue, and fern green, and the micro-velvet fabric is soft and comfy against your skin while adding a little touch of lux to your bed.

Pros: Great colors, good size to use as a lumbar support, just firm enough for support without being too hard

Cons: No zipper, so you cannot replace the inner polyester or take the cover off for cleaning

Buy the Edwards Velvet Lumbar Pillow at Wayfair for $38.99

Check out our guide to the best pillows

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