How to Decorate a Girl’s Bedroom on a Budget

Blue and beautiful girl's bedroom decor

Little time or money does not mean that you can’t make your spaces more comfortable and attractive, just that you have to be a little more resourceful, and just a tad more creative.

You can see all the individual projects here.

Light and airy girl's bedroom decor

This is it. Her little own tropical-inspired space.

Almost everything remains the same in this room. Same beds, curtains, pictures. The changes are minimal, but significant. The most important addition to this room was color.

Tropical-inspired girl's bedroom decor

Next to Little Mango’s bed is her “new” dresser, which went from drab to beautiful. The new piece brightens the space and adds a much needed dab of color to this spot.

New colorful pillows were added to the bed, with yet another shade of blue and a dab of red. Her doll Camila, her very first doll, wears a dress and bows made with the same fabric as the pillows.

With a budget of less than $100 dollars and not much time, i set out to give my girl's bedroom a makeover. It's a wonder i got anything done.

On the other side of her bed, a new Ikea Billy bookcase was lined with one of my favorite fabrics, full of tropical colors and flair. The hand-painted wooden dolls on top were a souvenir from our trip to Belgium a year ago.

With a budget of less than $100 dollars and not much time, i set out to give my girl's bedroom a makeover. It's a wonder i got anything done.

By far the most expensive, time-consuming and exhausting job was painting the doors and her closet (her closet has 14 doors!), but it was well-worth it. The closet occupies almost that whole side of the room, and instead of the honey oak, the bright-white doors bounce off a lot of light that makes the room even brighter.

Eventually I plan to change the knobs, but they still look a lot less cheap against the now-white doors (see how I made these paper hearts).

Happy and blue girl's bedroom decor

An accent blue wall emphasizes the only wall in the room (one wall is ocupied by glass doors, one by the closet and another by two doors). With little wall space to make any statements, or hang art on, this one had to stand out.

On the wall some original paintings we bought from a friend of a friend that was leaving the country. I want to eventually change them for bigger pieces, but the lovely illustrations (that extend to the frames!) still fit in, with colors that are perfect in this room.

Bedside lamp makeover

Instead of the single, sad lamp on her dresser there are now two swing-arm lamps over the two beds. The new shades I made with “bubbly” fabric (her words), repeat colors and patterns used elsewhere in the room. The coordinating beads give them a playful twist, making them girly, but only just enough.

Study area for little girl's bedroom

White doors, new accessories and lots of green and blue make her homework/craft space look much brighter and inspiring. On top of her bathroom door a “street sign“,  a little wink to her Danish heritage. A new floor pad grounds and delineate the space, and the new, brighter and more colorful bulletin boards serve as decoration as well as a way for her to “exhibit” her drawings and crafts. Next to her desk, and made by herself, her monogramed trash can.

The lamp on her desk was a lost case which I refurbished and made a shade for. The shade coordinates with the lamps above her beds. The heart mobile (which I subsequently modified because the breeze kept tangling the strings), adds some interest to the vast stretch of ceiling above her work area.

Little girl's desk

A place to dream and be inspired: It doesn’t take a lot of money, just some work (and a pulled arm muscle), and loads of love. Enjoy your room, kiddo!

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18 Comments

  1. Lana Mango says:

    It's a local brand, and the name of the color is Sky Blue. You can match it with the background of my blog, they are almost exactly the same color (in a properly calibrated monitor at least.) 🙂

  2. Gorgeous room! I would love to know what paint color that beautiful blue on the walls is!

  3. Lana Mango says:

    It's a blanket from Ikea, the really inexpensive ones.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Love the room and color scheme. Is the folded turquoise piece at the end of the bed a blanket or quilt? Can you tell me where it's from?

  5. Lana Mango says:

    Thanks, all new friends visiting. I appreciate your nice words.

    Now, on to the questions:Lining the back of the bookcase was easy, as I did it while I was assembling it. I used Mod Podge to line the reverse side of the cardboard in the back, if I ever tire of the fabric the right side is there in all its fake woodiness.The beds were from eBay. They come with all the stuff to use them as a bunk bed too, I just chose to use them side by side. I bought them because since both ends of the beds are identical, I can use them as daybeds propped against a wall if it ever comes to that. They were pretty inexpensive, just stalk eBay for a similar deal on similar beds (they come flat-packed). Tara: I am currently working on a post along those lines as I get many requests by email. Keep tuned in for it.

  6. Found your blog from YoungHouseLove and absolutely love the transformation! I would also love to know how you painted those closet doors. I have a similar situation at my house with ghastly oak doors. If you could please share a step by step for painting those, that would totally help a novice like me! Thanks in advance!

  7. Anonymous says:

    beautiful makeover! very tastefully done. by the way, i love the bed, the simplicity of them. where did you purchase them?

  8. Anonymous says:

    I just discovered your blog from younghouselove.com. You are truly inspiring! By the way, how did you line the bookcase with fabric? Also, where can you get the fabric?

  9. Anonymous says:

    Very nice! Can I ask where you got that cute desk from?

  10. Lana Mango says:

    I have a Nikon D90, and I used 3 different lenses for these pictures.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful pictures. What model of camera do you have?

  12. Lana Mango says:

    Thanks Cheryl and Claire!

  13. I've been following since seeing your blog on Ikea Hacker. I love what you have done with the room, it looks so beautiful and unique. I bet your daughter loves it! Nice work 😀

  14. Gorgeous Lana Mango! I love those little lamps too and the colors you used:)

  15. Lana Mango says:

    Thanks, Abby and Kelly. I am not a big fan of pink, although I think is fine in small doses. I also wanted a space that could grow with her. Very few things in the room will have to go as she gets older. That will save me work and money.

  16. What a transformation! Well done – I love that it's not pink, although pink is my favourite colour I find it gets overused when it comes to girls

  17. Such a beautiful room – love that you've picked a non-pink scheme ;)That desk is lovely – the rug is a great addition, and the mobile is lovely.Gorgeous!

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