Budget Makeover: Redecorate Your Bedroom for $1,000

For about $1,000, you can make over your bedroom with stylish, sustainable products.

| November/December 2011

  • VivaTerra's recycled aluminum Moroccan Hanging Lamps add a touch of exotic romance.
    Photo Courtesy VivaTerra
  • This rug is handcrafted out of salvaged fabric by Etsy artisan EKRA. EKRA Red with Flecks Round Upcycled Crochet Area Rug, 30-inch: $92
    Photo Courtesy EKRA
  • A beautiful and dramatic headboard, like this Panoramic Wood Slice Wall Art headboard from etsy seller LoveALittleArt ($525), can become the focal point of a bedroom.
    Photo Courtesy LoveALittleArt
  • Birch Fabrics' Field Friends Shroom Fabric is playful and fun.
    Photo Courtesy Birch Fabrics
  • This organic duvet cover ($99, West Elm) is simple but pretty.
    Photo Courtesy West Elm

If your bedroom is in need of a facelift, you don’t have to sacrifice health, sustainability or quality for the sake of savings. By choosing wisely, you can renovate the look of your bedroom with just a few items: We chose paint, a duvet cover, a headboard, curtains, a rug and a hanging accent lamp. Our six picks total just over a grand, and they’re only a few of the healthy options available. If you want to save even more, get creative with your décor, hitting secondhand stores for unique vintage artwork and light fixtures or furniture that needs only a fresh coat of paint to reclaim its past splendor. (Note: If you have not invested in a nontoxic mattress, do that first. You can get our recommendations by visiting our Organic Bedding and Mattresses resource page.) If your bedroom has healthy bones but you want to revamp, start here! 

1. Cover Up

Duvets last for decades and can be updated again and again with only the expense of a new cover. Choose an organic duvet cover such as the Organic Rice Pintuck Duvet Cover by West Elm to ensure healthy bedroom air and support responsible farming. Organic Rice Pintuck Duvet Cover, full/queen: $99

2. Fresh Coat



Nothing changes the look of a room as quickly and inexpensively as a fresh coat of zero-VOC paint. For bedrooms, we love soft pinks and purples such as Culture and Warmth from AFM Safecoat, but choose any colors that make you feel good. AFM Safecoat, 1 gallon: $39; 1 quart for accent: $13 

3. Heads Above






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