7 affordable ways to update your bedroom for summer

This bedroom looks super calm and cosy. Love the Sheridan Wheatley bedding and coordinating accessories.

If you’d like to give your bedroom a bit of an update to refresh the look, but haven’t got a big budget to spend, don’t panic! Making small changes can be just as effective as a major overhaul and will be kinder on your bank balance. Here are seven affordable ways to update your bedroom for summer.


It’s amazing what a difference new bedding and bed linen can make – not only to the feel of your bed, but the style of your room too. You can add new colours or patterns to your room through the use of a pretty duvet cover set.

If you can’t decide on a colour for your bedding, opt for a classic crisp white, then add colour and pattern through the use of other accessories, such as cushions, a luxurious bedspread or a cosy throw.

Wall art

You can add interest, texture and colour to your walls through the use of some well chosen wall art. Get some of your favourite photos blown up and framed or choose some new affordable pictures to hang.

If you’ve had pictures hung in the same spot on your wall for years, then try something different. For example, hang them in a gallery wall style format to create impact. There are lots of different gallery wall layout combinations to try – get some ideas here.


In line with the bedding, adding a few new cushions to your bed can help update the look too. Pick a few cushions in coordinating colours, and consider mixing and matching the size and shape of cushion you choose.

To save money further, you could even purchase new covers only, so that you can simply pop them onto your existing cushions. Just remember to check the size will fit and that the colour or pattern underneath won’t show through.


Take down tired old lampshades and invest in fresh new ones, swap your old bedside lamp for something new or simply add some fairy lights to your bedroom to improve the atmosphere.

Simple lighting changes needn’t cost the earth, but can be very effective.

Curtain accessories

Curtains themselves can often be pricey, especially if you don’t have standard sized windows, so instead why not think about adding new curtain accessories instead?

Think a new curtain pole, pretty curtain tie backs or decorative metal curtain hooks that you hook the curtains back into. If you don’t normally tie your curtains back, then using tie backs or decorative hooks offers a different way to style your curtains and helps it feel like you’ve made a difference.


Inject a new look into your flooring by adding a colourful rug. Choose a colour or design that complements your existing room decor, or go wild and add something a bit more funky.

It will look great and you’ll love getting out of bed in the morning and stepping onto the soft warm pile of a rug.

Decorative accessories

Have you had the same accessories in your room for a long time? If so, why not spruce up the look with a few new buys, or put some of your existing items away for a while.

There are some gorgeous and very realistic artificial flowers available, so fill a vase or jug with some pretty blooms that will last through the season, without fail! 

Bedroom update wishlist

Here are the top items on my summer bedroom wishlist. All items are available from House of Fraser and most are currently reduced in their sale, so even more savings to be made – hooray!

Affordable and easy ways to update your bedroom for summer

* Top row, from left to right:

Linea Traveller print duvet cover set ~ Linea artificial flowers, the summer arrangement ~ Graham and Brown pink botanical bloom printed canvas

* Middle row, from left to right:

Linea set of three scented votives ~ Linea Maris mosaic easy fit glass pendant ~ Linea Traveller print pillow

* Bottom row, from left to right:

Julie Dodsworth Mary Rose cushion ~ Dickens & Jones bird tealight holders ~ Siena raspberry red wool rug

(Disclosure: This is a collaborative post in association with House of Fraser)

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