5 Ways To Brighten Up Your
Bedroom, For Free!
By Kathy Wilson
The bedroom is the place we spend most of our time, yet also tends to be the
most neglected when it comes to decorating. Nowadays, money may be a significant
factor! Here are some great tips for brightening up your space with no money at
1.Rearrange! A new fresh arrangement always makes a room feel new. Donít be
afraid to try new angles for your furnitureÖplace your bed on a diagonal, or
even right in the middle of the room!
2. Search your drawers for scarves, tablecloths, or even pillowcases that
compliment your color scheme. You can use things you already own to soften a
dresser top or the edge of your nightstand, or perhaps lay a pretty shawl over
the foot of the bed. If you already have throw pillows on your bed (if you
donít, itís time to steal them from another room!) you can also wrap these
fabrics around the pillows for a new look, and just safety pin it in back.
3. Add a plant to your room. Look around your house to see if one of your
existing plants would be happier in your bedroom, then move it there! If you
canít find a plant ready for relocation, make one! Many plants can be grown from
cuttings, either your existing houseplants, one a friend may let you cut, or
even some outdoor plants. Ivy and many shade groundcovers are very good
houseplants. You can even relive your childhood a bit and grow a cut potato,
pineapple, or carrot tops in a pinch! For containers, look into your kitchen
cupboards. Old teapots and cups, glass bowls, even baking dishes can make unique
4. Add memorabilia to your room. I keep a photo of each one of my children
when they were small next to my bedside, and it always makes me smile. How about
hanging your wedding veil from the headboard, or framing your wedding invitation
or old love letters?
5.Add scent. If you donít have any potpourri or incense in the house, cut up
some orange peels and allow to dry, then mix with whatever sweet spices you have
in your cupboard. (It only takes a pinch, try cinnamon, ginger, or allspice.)
Place your potpourri in an open bowl in your room to freshen and inspire! Later
in the summer, make sure to include flowers in your room, if you donít have
roses or other scented flowers in your yard, roadside daisies can smell great
Just a few small changes, no money involved, and a better, more positive
place for you to start and end each day!
Kathy Wilson is an author, columnist, and editor of
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