Interior Style

3 ways to furnish a new bedroom for less than $1000

Need a new-look bedroom retreat for winter? We styled three chic sleep spaces, each for under $1000

Autumn is a great to time to refresh your bedroom for the season of staying-in. To help you create a bedroom that feels serene, safe and stylish, we’ve designed three inspiring bed spaces, each for under $1000.

1. Under $1000

Wall detail Creating a panelled effect on your bedroom wall can make it feel just a little bit luxe. We used simple pine battens cut to size and nailed to the wall, then painted the whole wall (for instructions turn to page 145). The total cost of the battens was $140.

Bedlinen As this room lends itself to a minimalist feel, the bedding and decor are pared back. We teamed a white linen duvet set with black stonewash and pale striped pillows, then added textured cushions for a layered effect.

Bedside cabinets The inexpensive cabinets had brass-style details that were a little too glam for this scheme. To match our low-key luxe look, we spray-painted the handle and legs with black satin spray paint. One can did both cabinets.

Accessories A black oval mirror and marble-look bedside lamps from Kmart tie our black-and-white scheme together. The simple white vase from Country Road and single stem of greenery was all this room needed. Add a rug under the bed and a framed print if you want to add a little more texture and detail – it all comes down to your style and budget.

2. Under $700 

Bedlinen Statement bedlinen like this design from Adairs can be a great starting point for a bedroom with serious personality. The leopard-print duvet set is the most expensive thing in the room but creates a real impact. If you fall in love with a striking, yet pricey, duvet pattern, splash out on this element and then look for some inexpensive decor items to team it with.

Painted headboard If you have been craving a headboard but the funds won’t stretch, simply paint one like we did. A 500ml pot of paint will set you back about $35 and your faux headboard can be masked off and painted in an afternoon.

Furniture These black butler’s tray tables are an inexpensive bedside table option and a pair will only cost you around $120. Decide what you need handy at your bedside and choose a table or cabinet to suit. An occasional chair isn’t essential but can be super-useful for putting on shoes, draping clothes or sitting and reading.

Accessories With punchy bedlinen, you can keep the accessories simple. We selected a faux hanging plant,a small vase and a candle, and added a faux sheepskin to the bed – at just $20, you could even have two. Pillows and cushions were chosen in tonal colours to work in with those in the patterned duvet. Pick a feature cushion and mix with some plainer or textured ones for a cosy, inviting look.

3. Under $850

Artwork An artwork is another great starting point for a bedroom. In our canyon room, this large canvas print was the most expensive single item at $289 but it offers a soft, serene colour palette for this earthy bedroom scheme.

Bedlinen We chose linen bedlinen in a soft grey from H&M Home and teamed it with a blush sheet set. The bed was then laden with cushions and pillows in similar shades, but instead of patterns we used textured cushions and finished off the bed with a waffle throw.

Bedside tables Bulky bedside cabinets are on their way out – a small side table or stool is more affordable and looks just as nice. This simple oak-look version costs just $25 and works perfectly with our soft, natural scheme.

Accessories If you are an avid reader, a bedside lamp is an essential. This simple grey one is only $12 and works perfectly with our palette. A scented candle is another lovely touch and you can pick up some great ones for less than $20 from most of your favourite budget-friendly homeware stores.

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Words and styling by: Vanessa Nouwens. Photography by: Wendy Fenwick.

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