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SheKnows spacelifts: 10 Modern bedrooms under $500

Kortney Gruenwald is an internationally published journalist, writer and founder of lifestyle blog Western Charm. Originally a west coast American girl, she is currently living in Germany but still fueled by iced lattes (even in winter)....

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The bedroom is the one place where we need to feel happy and tranquil. That's why color and updated decor are important — outdated decor can lead to stress and a sense of needing to do more. For $500 you can update your entire bedroom space in several modern and dapper ways.

Rustic blue

For those who find a rich blue color calms them, you aren't alone. Rustic blue is the theme of my bedroom. To achieve this is quite simple, and no major changes are needed. Find a refined blue to paint your bedroom walls (I love Something Blue by Sherwin-Williams), but be sure to keep baseboards white. The rest is all up to decor. I suggest an indigo patterned rug, walnut nightstand, white floor lamp and a statement metal dear head.

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One of the best modern spaces I observed was in Italy. I was a guest at a beautiful exotic-themed apartment, and the decor goddess in charge had incorporated inspiration from both Africa and the southwestern U.S. — think Mojave Desert and Joshua trees. To achieve this you'll have to go with a bold yellow or orange as your wall color and laminate wood for your floor. For art, stick to black and white prints; for this space I chose a stunning zebra close-up. To add that Mojave feel, buy potted cacti for decor.

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Black and white

Easy, classic and timeless. Black and white is a safe bet and one that will remain modern a decade from now. Keep your walls an ivory lace color and save your black for a black bookshelf headboard — extra storage never hurts. For accents, think flowers, ebony-colored floor lamps and classic photography shots.

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Lucky lavender

It's calm, tranquil and one of nature's most beautiful colors. While lavender can't be pulled off in every room, it's possible in the bedroom. To pull together a modern lavender look, start by replacing your floors with white laminate wood. Paint your walls with a light lavender-gray. Invest in clear vases, white sheets, white paper floor lamps and, of course, bundles of lavender.

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Coral darkness

Daring, dark and mysterious — this theme is reserved for the mysterious modernist. You start by painting your room a dark and rich ebony while leaving one white wall. Place a black-rimmed mirror on the white wall and your artwork on the ebony. As for artwork and decor color, go for something with a bold coral.

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