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5 Affordable Ways to Create the Perfect Bright Modern Bedroom

Morgan Keegan

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If your college student is in need of a major bedroom redo but doesn’t know where to start, here are some of our favorite (and affordable) decor items to add some nice pops of color.

Velvet Throw Pillow Covers

Throw pillow covers are the cheapest and easiest way to change the look of an entire room. These velvet pompom throw pillow covers come in so many colors, so you can find one that fits your style.

If velvet isn’t your thing, these corduroy throw pillow covers are another great option!

Duvet Cover

Not sure about a color palette? Adding a patterned duvet cover is an easy way to brighten your space and give you a good starting point for all your other items.

Throw Blanket or Fluffy Rug

Tossing a bright accent rug or throw blanket on a chair is a cheap and fun way to add some flare to your study space while also making your room look more cozy.


A lot of college apartments have boring or broken blinds which can make your space feel less inviting. Adding curtains can bring that space to life!

If your apartment doesn’t have anything to hang curtains on, we like this curtain rod.

Wall Art

Wall art is the item on this list with the most variety and space for personalization. If you’re focusing on a particular color, you can buy a collage photo kit and arrange a photo wall.

If a big collage wall isn’t your thing, you can find some posters or canvas prints that fit your color scheme and hang them!

If you’re a DIYer, pick up some canvases and paint or make a collage, or create a wall hanging with some bright colored macrame cord


Whether your student wants a full room makeover or just wants to add some pops of color, these items are a great starting point. Happy decorating!

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Morgan Keegan is a Graphic Design Specialist and Content Creator for CollegiateParent. She attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, graduating with a degree in Creative Writing, Journalism, and Communications. She grew up in Bronx, NY and enjoys painting, hanging out with her two cats, and taking care of her many plants.
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