If you want a personal look for a bedroom, try incorporating some “indie” design touches. Indie home décor grew out of the overall indie movement with the advent of independent rock of 1960’s garage bands.The indie movement encourages the use of vintage and handmade items as an expression of individualism. Keep the paint color neutral so that they act as a background for colorful and patterned accessories. White and beige are popular neutral color choices for indie bedroom walls.
Vintage Bedroom Furniture
Even if you use only one piece of vintage furniture in a bedroom, the item can add an individual feel to the room. Remember that sometimes the difference between an expensive “antique” and a piece of second-hand furniture is just a little refinishing, a coat of paint and some “TLC”. A well-placed vintage vanity, armoire or chair constructed with beautiful wood and an interesting design can become the focal point to a room. Try buying vintage furniture at flea markets instead of boutique antique shops to save some money. That way you can enjoy the thrill of the hunt and the excitement of discovering just the right item.
Show Off Your Collections and Crafts
If you are one of those people who enjoy a craft like scrapbooking, papermaking or knitting, use your own handmade crafts to create an indie vibe and personalize your bedroom. Personal collections carefully displayed can have the same effect. If you have a collection of dolls from around the world, cameras from as far back as the Brownie Hawkeye, or if you saved all the old picture postcards you ever got, display them in an interesting way around the room. Or, you can go shopping to find handcrafted items like wood toys or crocheted and macramé wall hangings to give the bedroom and individual, indie feeling.
Use Indie Accents and Accessories
Once you have the wall paint in place and the basic furniture, pull the décor of the bedroom together with surprising touches of color and exciting patterns for a true indie look. An unexpected paisley throw pillow or bedspread, a picture frame in a vibrant color or an elaborately framed vintage mirror can really individualize a bedroom. You can install an oversized, flamboyant chandelier or place a vintage lamp with a tasseled shade to produce an indie effect. Another way to create an indie accent for the bedroom is to paint one wall in an unanticipated contrasting color. Then stand back and admire the indie bedroom you created.