Today I’m sharing some budget-friendly ways to help you style a kids bedroom. When you pull together good styling with the right accessories and colour palette, it’s easy to create a beautiful bedroom no matter what you spend.
This newly separated Dad of two sweet kids, a boy and a girl, moved into a one-bedroom apartment and needed a bunkbed ASAP. I love being a decorating fairy and helping others pull a room together with accessories and styling. So I helped them create this budget-friendly kids room in just one day!
Here are some budget-friendly ways to style a child’s bedroom sprinkled with some of my favourite styling tips.
1. It’s easy to be thrifty with kids furniture and accessories
Kids beds are easy to find on Craigslist or Marketplace
I found one on Marketplace with storage underneath for $400. It had only been used for sleepovers at Grandmas house so it was happily, like new! If you need a bunk bed, you can find lots of gently-used versions out there. And you’ll discover that many bunk beds are a steal because when you’re done with a bunk bed, you want it GONE, especially if you’re re-decorating the room.
In case I haven’t mentioned this in a while (and I haven’t) you really can’t make money off used furniture. But if you’re creative, you can definitely find a lot of deals!
Read more: Kiss Your Old Furniture Bye Bye!
My delivery guys picked it up and re-installed it in the room and here it is before:
IKEA is a great place to find off-the-shelf curtains and bedding all in one place
IKEA usually has a great selection of curtains and bedding. Although there were a lot of items that were sold out (like everywhere, but these are unusual times) we managed to pull off a blue, white and red colour scheme with our finds.
I chose burgundy accents (yes it’s back as a trending colour) because it relates visually to the cherry wood. This way the colour of the bunk bed doesn’t stick out as being the only cherry item in the room.
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2. Paint the walls the same colour as the carpet and make sure you repeat the colour
The walls were already painted a green beige complex cream so I picked up some accent pillows and a fuzzy throw in the same colour. Keeping the walls neutral and bringing in colour with accessories is an easy compromise when decorating apartments and rentals.
And here’s the after:
I found little shelves (from HomeSense) on the walls to give each child a space for their special toys, water, etc.
3. Sconce or wall lighting in kids rooms is underrated
I specifically chose wall lights that came with a glass shade because it’s much prettier at night than lights that have an opaque shade that simply gives you a spotlight (below).
Lights with opaque shades have their place, but I would prefer to layer them in with lighting that’s already in your room, such as with regular lampshades that glow.
Pale coloured or white lampshades are what will distribute atmosphere in the room. It’s a much prettier effect than spotlights.
IKEA (available in store not online) | West Elm
After our visit to IKEA the day we decorated this room, we stopped into HomeSense where I found the white end table, accessories and white table lamp to finish the room and create a focal point.
Here’s the room with the lights on:
Notice that just on this one side of the room there are a total of four lamps.
Read more: 5 Lamps Every Home Needs
4. Install curtain rods correctly to maximize the light and make windows appear larger
Curtain rods should be installed a minimum of 10 inches past the window on each side. This allows for the curtains or drapes to hang alongside the window without covering much of the light up. It also helps make the windows and room feel much bigger.
The curtains that came with the apartment were hanging in front of the windows, which not only covers up the light but makes your windows look smaller.
Decorator Tip: Stay away from IKEA curtain rods. They are either too skinny which looks cheap or the brackets look bad. I found these at HomeSense.
One more thing! Always buy a minimum of two pairs of curtain panels. Since there was only one set of panels left that matched the pillows we bought, I purchased a pair of sheers as well!
Here’s another before photo:
5. Display existing collections in store-bought frames
You don’t have to purchase expensive artwork for kids’ bedrooms. Take something they already love and simply add a frame.
My client loves music. He was a DJ in the past so he had a lot of records. So, we displayed a few of his favourites on his side of the bedroom (below):
It’s taken me many years to be able to choose the right decor and accessories to create this kind of transformation in just one day – no matter what the budget is. And I don’t get to do enough of it! I truly enjoy being a decorating fairy!
You can have a very expensively decorated room that still falls flat without proper styling.
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