Upgrade Your Bedroom for Under 500

With a little creativity, time and some do-it-yourself savvy, you can make a big design impact for just a few dollars. Start with a theme. Ultra modern, mid-century chic, romantic, eclectic. We’re not talking about the Madonna Inn. Nobody really wants to live in a bedroom that evokes Fred and Wilma Flintstone. But starting with a basic idea will help you focus, narrowing the choices for paint, wall covering, window treatment, bedding, flooring, lighting and accessories. Don’t be too rigid. If you see something you absolutely love, include it as an accent. Unexpected touches are the hallmark of personal style. Here are six resources to help you get your bedroom makeover going.

Find 45 innovative themes for budget bedroom makeovers like this beachside cabana using inexpensive striped canvas to form a canopy at iVillages.

Short on time and money? Check out this dramatic one-day makeover before-and-after video. A drab bedroom is turned into an inviting space on a shoestring budget with a little paint, wallpaper and a soft blue/brown color palette. http://www.roomzaar.com/rate-my-space/Bedrooms/Makeover-In-a-Day-Under-500/detail.esi?oid=12245979

This couple turned a blah spare room into an inviting guest room with smart shopping and practical do-it-yourself ideas. They used a contemporary garden theme, choosing a lavender color scheme and crisp white accents. Sheer curtains and an inexpensive chandelier rock the romance.

Budget-friendly design finds scoured from thrift stores transformed this ugly room. See 9 more bedroom Cinderella stories like this one here.

Sometimes, all it takes is a little creativity. This booooring white room came to life with the addition of a DIY-headboard made with removable vinyl wall covering and sophisticated pink and gray bedding. See more easy before-and-after bedrooms here.

Just need a little inspiration? These 75 stylish bedrooms aren’t cheap, but they’ll get your creative juices flowing.

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