A home’s bedroom is a personal sanctuary, relaxation space, and place to escape to. If you find that your bedroom isn’t giving you the sense of comfort and security it once did, it may be time to take on a bedroom remodel. After all, it ranks pretty high on the list of important rooms in your home, and it’s the perfect place to fine-tune your decorating skills.

Need another reason to brighten your boudoir? Believe it or not, remodeling your bedroom can also give you a good return on your investment if you decide to sell your place in the future. Yep, you read that right: A good bedroom remodel is another way to make your house ultra desirable in the competitive real estate market.

The best part is that bedroom remodel costs run the gamut — the project can be as affordable or expensive as you’d like. It all depends on your plans and expectations. 

Want some tips and tricks to help steer you in the right direction for your bedroom remodel? Consider these bedroom remodeling ideas!

Q: How can I make my bedroom look nice? 
A: If you want your bedroom to appear more polished, you must get your clutter under control. Go through everything in the room and decide what “sparks joy” and what doesn’t, as Marie Kondo would say. Those items that don’t? Either toss, donate, or store them. Once that is handled, then it’s all in the details, big and small. A nice bedroom is able to strike a good balance between “put together” and comfortable — like everything was hand-picked with a purpose but also like it’s lived in.

Start with What You Have, then Build for a Modern Look

Feel like the main issue with your bedroom is that it doesn’t look as modern as you’d like? No problem; that’s usually an easier (and significantly less expensive) fix than most realize. You’ll just need to do a good job of styling decor pieces that echo the vibe you’re aiming for and simplify, simplify, simplify.  Minimalist shapes and a good color scheme are the trick here: Anything from duvet covers to lamp shades to tiny trinkets to new paint are fair game and won’t break the bank.

To start, pick the pieces in your room that are working right now. Maybe you have a wardrobe you just adore and a beautiful bedframe. Like we mentioned above, a new duvet and updated light fixtures can go a long way to make those pieces stand out. Then, find the things that aren’t working. Keep an eye out for ornate or intricate shapes that, while beautiful on their own, may draw attention away from the pieces that you want to showcase. Maybe those items will be better in another room with a different context.

While you work on updating the pieces that don’t fit your style, take care to match the colors to your preferred vibe. Looking for a tucked-in, cozy feeling? Go for dark colors like navy. If you want to keep the room light and airy, opt for bright tones. Even painting just one wall as an accent goes a long way.

Now, if you do have big bucks to invest in this project, it’s worth it to consider getting rid of anything with an overly traditional design or feature and replacing them with simplified versions. Ornate headboards and traditional crown molding, for example, are something you won’t miss if you’re aiming for a modern space, and you’ll be better off with a new, more contemporary piece.

How can I renovate a bedroom cheaply? Small Changes and Paint

It may not surprise you that the main way to accomplish a remodel with a small budget is to avoid large structural changes in the space. When coming up with your home renovation ideas, work with the layout you already have. That way, you’ll save yourself a lot of time, money, and potential headaches. 

When it comes to bedroom remodeling ideas on a budget is that paint is an inexpensive and impactful ally. Just painting a space (or even just one wall) in a completely different color and switching up a few key furniture and decor pieces can make a world of difference without putting too much strain on your patience or wallet. Need something brand new? No problem. Art and wall pieces are affordable, easy to install, and breathe a whole new life into a room. 

And don’t forget to experiment with the placement of things. There’s no right way to position anything (unless you’re into mastering your bedroom feng shui), and often simply moving things around can breathe plenty of new life into a space.

A blue, white, and brown mood board of assorted bedroom items including sheets, linens, and textures.

Start with a Mood Board

If your space has good bones, a little bit of creativity and some cool ideas are all you need to take your bedroom remodel to the next level. Thoughtfully selected things such as pillows, a good variety of patterns and textures in your bedding and window dressings, and a few key pieces in the form of lamps and decorative design pieces can elevate even the most basic of spaces. Again, the most important thing is to keep the look and feel you’re going for top of mind.

Don’t know what look and feel you want to go for? Try to pinpoint the style (or styles) you like with a mood board. When you’re exploring your bedroom remodeling ideas, study images you’re drawn to from sources of inspiration — like magazines, websites such as Pinterest, and even stock imagery sites like Unsplash and ask yourself why you’re drawn to those specific images.  Gather those images together and include other elements that interest you, like different textures and materials. Voila! You have a mood board. It’s an easy way to compare and contrast the things you already have in your bedroom with the look and feel you want in the room.

Q: How do you style a bedroom in 2022? 
A: Trends change constantly but right now, bold color statements are all the rage. Forget millennial pink, blush, and other muted colors (unless you love them, of course). This year is all about mixing bolder shades (purple is so in right now!) for instant impact. Layering is also a key aspect when choosing textures and materials, as well as when coordinating the colors for the space.
A custom-made closet, part of a full bedroom remodel. The closet is painted white with brown accents, and has plenty of cubbies for storage.

Did you know? To really maximize your investment, install a custom-made closet. It’s the type of project you’re sure to enjoy while living there — and you’ll get a good return on your investment when you sell the place. A custom closet, however, usually comes with a high price tag that isn’t for everyone (especially when made with top-quality materials).

Take a Big Bedroom Remodel on in Steps

If your bedroom remodeling ideas include taking on large tasks like replacing flooring or expanding storage space, you should:

Once you’ve pinned down your plans, prepare for the work by having a PODS portable storage container delivered right to your driveway. Use it to store furniture, tools, materials, and anything else you need kept out of the way (but close at hand). Keep it as long as you need and, when you’re done with your bedroom remodel, PODS will pick it up. 

For more guidance on home remodeling, check out how to store your stuff during a remodel, along with other tips and tricks, on the PODS Blog. And if you’re ready to tackle bedrooms beyond your home, we have some RV bedroom remodel ideas for you, as well!

Ivonne Spinoza is a freelance writer and a frequent contributor to the PODS Blog. Her work has appeared in Matador Network, PBS’ Independent Lens, and The Chicago Tribune, among others. When she’s not snuggling her cats, she’s either Kondo-ing someone’s life or fighting jet lag at some airport.

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