Although I love summer, it excites me to feel the fall chill in the air. September rolls around – and for me, it signifies apple picking, homemade pies, jewel-tone foliage and Tim Horton’s Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Another thing I like to do is warm up my decor. Today I have 7 Simple Bedroom Decorating Ideas to cozy up ANY bedroom in your home. And because I’m a bonafide thriftista, they can all be done on the cheap!
My bedroom is one of the few places in my home that doesn’t have a constant flow of painted furniture coming and going. I consider it decorated but never finished. It’s always a work in progress. I can’t believe that it looked like this a few years back…
It’s amazing what some white paint over wallpaper and a DIY faux brick wall can do! I’m still on the hunt for the perfect rug and I’m also looking for ideas for an unconventional headboard. I was thinking maybe stenciling the wall, painting it a moody soft black or maybe a 70’s looking rattan headboard to tie in with the neutrals and boho vibe?? If you have any headboard ideas I’d LOVE to hear them in the comments below!
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7 Simple Bedroom Decorating Ideas::
1:: Seasonal Cushions and Textured Throws
I picked up a few fall cushions and tufted throws from Homesense. I love the way soft fabrics with all different textures always add a cozy feel. And I’m loving the gold leaves!
2:: Rearrange Furniture
You may remember this shapely curb-shopped chair. Its original finish was orangey-red and I used this whitewash technique to update it. I found the perfect corner for it too. I like using what I have and switching furniture from room to room. Experimenting with placement can make a huge impact and give a fresh feel for the fall season.
3:: Thrift Art
I have a bit of a thrift art obsession. I love finding original paintings and drawings, reframing them and using them for staging or decor. Changing out light airy art – like say summer florals for portraits or landscapes can really make an impact. My brother-in-law picked up this little aboriginal girl original oil on fabric for me. He found it at a flea market for a dollar. I purchased this second portrait watercolor at a ReStore for four dollars! Aren’t they sweet?!
I should have Windexed my mirror before taking this pic. 😉
These frames and mats are from the Dollar Store.
I use to have a green thumb. I spent hours in the garden and my house plants looked SO good they looked fake… hehe. Then my Dad got ill – I was focusing on growing a business – and somehow garden time totally disappeared. Well, I’m slowly bringing plants back into the home again. I also hope to work on my garden next spring. I’d like to get my green thumb back again.
I bought a pair of linen drapes and layered them with the white sheers I had hanging up over the summer. It really adds some weight and I love the way it frames the window.
6:: Bring the Outdoors In
These birch logs I salvaged from my Christmas Urns back in 2015 make a perfect addition They’ve come in handy for staging my furniture and now for this Fall makeover. I’ve used outdoor elements like pinecones, plumes and pussy willows to add texture and bring the outdoors in.
7:: Dollar Store Decor
My girlfriend Steph rarely sets foot in a Dollar Store but I absolutely LOVE them. If you’re crafty, dollar stores can be the springboard for ANY type of artistic project. Check out these pumpkins. They started out orange but with a little chalky paint and moonshine metallics, they add a cute addition to the nightstand.
I’m happy with the new warmer look. There’s nothing like reading a good book with a hot cup of tea or writing a blog post in a space that feels cozy and relaxing for autumn.
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS FALL MAKEOVER AND I’D LOVE TO HEAR YOUR HEADBOARD IDEAS!! … OR FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU.
Thanks for reading. 🙂
Wishing you a beautiful day filled with inspiration and Happy Painting friends!
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Hi Denise…I am a new “follower ” and just love the way you artistically create amazing pieces out of what I consider rather ascetically challenged furniture. I was wondering, where did you get those awesome dream catchers/ macrame wall hangings?
Hi Julie and a BIG WELCOME! I have to say you put a smile on my face by saying ” ….rather ascetically challenged furniture”… thats a very sweet way of saying ugly LOL. 😉 Anyway, I bought the macrame wall hangings are from Marshalls. 🙂
Mary Loveland says
The first thing that caught my eye is that I think your Feng Shui is off (pronounced fung shway, and yes I had to look up the spelling!). If your door is opposite the big window, move your bed in front of the window….it is perfect Feng Shui. If those windows are drafty use good drapes. If you have a somewhat open headboard you can still get a breeze if you want one. Truly, you should try it!
I like the boho look, love the lamp and the small painting/picture, but it really seems like neutrals (CALM) are what your choosing?!?! (Not surprising since your professional life is truly saturated in a huge variety of colors). Move the bed…..
Hi Mary! 🙂 I would LOVE to have my bed under the window however the heating and AC vents are right there. I would freeze during the winter and roast in the summer. But I agree. That would be the perfect place for the bed!!
Looks fabulous! I’m glad your bench at the end of the bed & floor lamp survived the ‘refresh’! 🎃
Hi Amy!!! 🙂 Thanks and ya, still in love with that curb-shopped bench and lamp so they’re not going anywhere. 😉 Have a super day my friend. xo
Your bedroom makeover is beautiful and inspiring Denise. Great thrift ideas too! ~ NIcki
Thanks so much Nicki! 🙂
Denise A says
I saw this in a magazine and tried it…it turned out really well for me. I used an old portion of a picket fence which was the width of my bed (queen). It looked very well with my quilt and greenery. Whether it’s white or weathered, it can really be beautiful. Ooh, a wrought iron fence could be cool too!
So creative, Denise and repurposing at its’ best! My neighbors have an old black wrought iron fence that’s been propped up against their shed for years. I eyeball it every time I walk my dog…lol.
Hi Denise. Thank you for the helpful tips on how to decorate for fall. Your home looks absolutely lovely. I always love getting a glimpse at your living spaces:). So warm, inviting, and pretty. Personally, I think either a stencilled wall above your bed or rattan would work well as a headboard. Or possibly a neutral woven hanging rug.
Thanks, Monique! 🙂 And I really like your idea of a neutral woven hanging rug… that could be interesting… thank you!!
Beautifully decorated for Fall and so cozy and warm looking too. Did you get the pretty diamond finged throw from Homesense? I love it!
So do I and you’re not going to believe where I found this one, Marie… Walmart!
Merli V. Guerra says
This is beautiful and inspiring as always, Denise! Question for you: what product did you use for your metallic pumpkins? I’ve tried so many different metallic paints over the years and they never actually come out looking metallic. I’ve resorted to using gold nail polish on tinier projects but that certainly is too expensive for larger items! 🙂 any guidance would be wonderful thank you!
Thanks Merli! Sorry, I realized I didn’t add links so I’ve updated the post. They are these Moonshine Metallics from DB. Hope this helps. 🙂
Merli V. Guerra says
Thanks so much, Denise! 🙂
I’ve built two headboards using Shanty2Chic’s plans. Very easy to build! Ana White has great plans, also. You could make it as rustic or shabby or sleek as you choose.
Hi Nan! Thanks for this. I’m going to go check out both. I’ve seen Ana White’s tutorials and they are great!
I think your idea of stenciling is a good one. If I were to try stenciling, I’d take advantage of the brick’s layout/pattern instead of creating a whole new pattern.
I think if it were me, I’d hang a textured rug up as a headboard. Something with enough color to warm up the wall without overpowering the space.
The green plant is so vibrant that it keeps snagging my attention. Like in quilting, if one color keeps drawing your eye away from the whole, simply add more of that color. I’d either make sure the rug had a bit of green in it or else add a few more touches of green somewhere else in the room.
Love your work!
Love your ideas Jilliane! And funny that you bring up the greenery because I was looking at spaces on Pinterest and am drawn to the rooms that have a ton of greenery and green accents! Also, great minds. Monique (previous comment) suggested hanging a textured rug also. I’m going to keep my eyes peeled and hopefully find something interesting.
I made a headboard out of an old French door frame that the glass had broken (if you find one with the glass intact and you want to keep it, you can usually slide the whole panel out from the top) and I painted it black. I actually used 3 doors screwed together with hinges, but I have high ceilings and I wanted to make a REALLY big statement. Your ceiling looks pretty low on that side, so one door on its side would probably do the trick if you want to go that route!
I wish I could see your headboard Jenna… it sounds amazing. I have hanging french doors in my l/r as a room divider and absolutely LOVE them. They get a ton of compliments every time someone is over! Love this idea!
Pinterest has a few examples, but it doesn’t seem to be a terribly popular thing to do… maybe it’ll catch on 🤷🏻♀️
I’m noticing NO headboard is a thing when it comes to hygge decor – boho and minimal. Also lower beds and mattresses. So many people are buying mattresses online now. They roll out and are much slimmer than the traditional ones. Anyway, I agree with you Jenna. Unconventional headboards don’t seem to be a terribly popular thing but maybe thats why I like them. I would love it ‘catch on’. 🙂
Susie | Chelsea Project says
Love, love, love the new look. You are amazing with thrifted finds. I always love them so much!! Now…..come to my house and work some of that magic! It’s a cool 95 degrees F here today…… :-(….. and nope…..doesn’t feel like Fall just yet. So you have time, my firend. Enjoy your beautiful new room. XOXO
Susie, if there’s one thing I know is you don’t NEED any help… your home is absolutely stunning! 95 eh? Wow! We are sitting at 65 today and it felt great bringing my little Gidgey for her walk. But typical to T.O weather it’s supposed to go up to the 80’s tomorrow so go figure.
Colleen Wood says
Wonderful ideas. Thank you. I have always loved the look of old door as a headboard. Large bed 3 doors upright,smaller bed they can be hung horizontally
Thank YOU Colleen! 🙂 I’m going to go take a peek on Pinterest for old door headboards and see what they have for ideas. Mine would have to be hung horizontally because of the sloped ceilings.
Kellee Kroll says
That should say plank board…
Kellee Kroll says
Denise, I love that plaid pillow! Here are 2 headboard ideas. One is to hang a quilt. You could find something with soft faded colors. The other is to make a plan board and then add a large raised stencil to it., Something vjne-like but not filling the whole board. It could be painted navy but then painted white and distressed to let the Navy peek through. What do you think? 💙 Kellee
Homesense plaid pillow… I fell in love when I saw it too! And I love your idea Kellee. I don’t think I’d bring in navy tho (although I love blue)… maybe something more neutral or green as Jillianne (previous commenter) was suggesting. I’m super stumped. I want something original and preferable easy to change out… and cheap….lol. 😉