How to Redecorate Your Room

Your bedroom is your home, where you live, where you come back to everyday. It should represent yourself and your style, not someone you used to be. This guide helps you to redecorate your bedroom if you aren't happy with it now.


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    Decide on a budget. This is the most important step of redecorating because it allows you not to spend excessively on things you don't really need. Your budget should only be a rough estimate, however.
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    Look around your room and write down what you want to keep, even if you would like to improve an item you already have (i.e.: painting your existing wardrobe). If you want to totally start over, be aware that it will cost more.
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    All the things that you don't want to keep, give them to a sibling, charity, or sell them. There's no use in throwing something out unless it is entirely unusable, such as an old, rotting basket.
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    Think about lighting options, such as chandeliers, lamps, sconces, and windows. It is really much better to have at two windows, one large and one small in your bedroom. If there still isn't enough light but you can't afford lighting options like sconces, than try getting a very tall floor lamp that either has a wide, circular top that points to the ceiling or a floor lamp with three lamps attached to it.
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    Decide what new things you want. Some essentials that most people have and that I would recommend are: a large bookcase, an armoire/dresser, a vanity (if you are a girl), a large table, a nightstand, a chest to store your things in, a new mattress, sheet set, bed, new paint, three lamps, and three chairs. Remember that you could probably find a lot of stuff in the attic or basement.
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    Decide what size bed you are getting. A queen size bed is a good size, because not only will there be a lot of space, there are also many more sheet sets and blankets that size than Full or Twin. It also costs less than King, but if you don't have the money or space, then just get a Twin. (To clear up any confusion, a bed is not the sheet set, blankets, pillows, and mattress altogether. It is just a frame to put the bed on.)
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    Think about what companies you trust for your furniture/paint. Some stores that people like are Ethan Allen, Home Depot, and Benjamin Moore. It all depends on your budget and your tastes.
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    Choose a theme. This is almost always one of the fun parts. You could have a calm beach feel, a light, pink romantic theme, an autumnal feel, and many more. You can find a lot of them in an Ethan Allen catalog. If you don't want a theme, you don't have to have one, but a theme makes everything in your room come together. It doesn't have to be complicated, you could just have a simple colour scheme or a particular feel, like modern or classy. Another option is to have small themes all throughout the room, like polka-dot curtains and bedding and an ocean-themed desk and bookcase. Some themes complement each other, like polka dots and floral, while others look garish with each other, like stripes & stripes. Make sure your theme isn't too crowded or else your eyes will hurt.
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    Make a room plan. This will tell where everything goes in your room, and is very important. You don't need anything fancy, just a simple sketch.
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    Get the walls painted first, you need to figure out whether the bedding will work with it or not. While the walls get painted, ask for the painters to also paint any furniture you want to paint.
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    Buy the bedding theme. It's the first thing that people look at when they enter your room, so you have to make sure you get good bedding and a blanket/duvet that goes with it. A toss pillow or two couldn't hurt, either.
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    After buying the bedding, buy the mattress/bed. This is because you need to know whether the bed will go with the bedding or not. Wooden beds look simple and country-style, while iron beds look elegant and sophisticated. Both can look modern if painted black.
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    Buy the curtains/shades. You may want to have only curtains, curtains and sheers, only sheers, only shades, or only curtains and shades. Sheers are a good choice because they cost less, look good, and they filter light while offering privacy. Country Curtains is very good for curtains and sheers, while Smith and Noble is good for shades.
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    If everything coordinates, buy new lighting. The lamps can look Asian, modern, elegant, etc. Chandeliers are very sophisticated, but simple ceiling lighting with white shades look modern.
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    Buy an armoire/dresser. Dressers take up more room and are better for girls, as there is usually a mirror above one. However, armoires are good for both genders, takes up less space, and in my opinion, look better. If you have an armoire and are a girl, consider buying a vanity.
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    Buy the chest if you want. The chest can be tall or short like a dresser. You could use a nightstand as a chest if you want.
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    Buy a nightstand if you want. The nightstand could be a cross between a vanity/nightstand, having a mirror on the top, one drawer, and a chair.
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    Buy the bookshelf and table. They can just be plain old tables and bookshelves, because they are only there for function, unless you really want a nice table/bookshelf.
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    Finally buy the accents, and voila-you're done!


  • Remember that as you grow up, you may not like your room anymore, so choose a classic theme that you know you'll always like, at least for quite a while (You shouldn't have to redecorate your room more than twice)
  • If you have a color scheme, remember that complementary colors work really well with each other! Complementary colors are opposites on the color wheel, like blue and orange. If you don't know the complementary colors, you can just search up "color wheel" on Google images and look at the picture for the opposite of the color you want.
  • Black and white photography is a nice, classic touch for any room.
  • Know your definitions! A toss pillow and sham are the same. A duvet is a cover for your comforter, which is like a plumped-up blanket. A dust ruffle/bed skirt are nice additions, though not very practical. Know what jersey sheets are, and the difference between natural and synthetic materials.
  • Don't use wallpaper. Wallpaper usually doesn't look that good and it can get get damaged easily. Not only that, but usually you'll have to buy pre-made wallpaper instead of the wallpaper you want.
  • While choosing bedding and blankets, always choose something like 300-ply. The more ply the better quality material.
  • Be creative! Glue shells onto your armoire for a nice touch. Emboss your name in glitter onto your bookcase. Remember that this is only a guide and that you can do whatever you like!
  • Remember that accents can change the entire feel of the room. Accents are pieces of home d├ęcor such as rugs, lamps, statues, jugs, etc. Don't get too many of them, however, unless you want to have a well-traveled theme.
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    *Add a bean bag instead of two chairs. It looks cool and is comfy.


  • Moving heavy furniture is very dangerous-be careful.
  • Make sure you don't go past your budget!
  • If someone else is living with you in the same room, be sure to ask them if you can redecorate your bedroom.

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