Apartment Decorating on a Budget
The expenses of moving into a new place can add up quickly, but apartment decorating on a budget is easier than you may imagine. It just takes a bit of creativity, tenacity and time. Whatever your décor style, you can find cheap apartment decorating ideas that will leave your apartment with a one-of-a-kind look without spending a fortune.
After moving into my first post-roommate apartment, I was left with an array of mix-matched sofas, old posters and broken down IKEA furniture. While my head wanted to buy all new items, my wallet quickly brought me back to reality. Try these affordable decorating ideas to add pizzazz to your new pad without breaking the bank:
Hit Up Garage Sales
If you live in a major city, garage sales are far superior to what your Aunt Betty puts on for her neighborhood. You can find eclectic art pieces, vases and ceramics for only a few dollars, if not less. Now, that’s apartment decorating on a budget! During the summer, cities are filled with sidewalk sales and garage sales, so take an afternoon and stroll the streets looking for some great finds. Just make sure to bring along a bag to stow away your purchases.
Jazz Up What You’ve Got
You may have enough furniture to fill your apartment, but perhaps it’s simply not your style. Make it your style! First, you’ll need to imagine exactly what you want from the furniture that you currently have, and then get a bit creative with it. Grab a bucket of paint, fabric, scrapbook paper or even some wood pieces and turn your old shabby furniture into something that will make heads turn!
Go Outside the Box with Furniture
While you might just be buying a lamp to shed some light on your space, you can easily use these items as a way to add decorative flair without actually buying decorations. Consider patterned lampshades and unique shapes that will leave you with a look that doesn’t need much more dressing up to be chic.
Use Non-Conventional Items
You can easily create an art piece out of something that you already own, like kitchenware, scarves and plates. These items may come in colorful hues or patterns, so use this to your advantage. If you’re a total fashionista, you can display your scarves along the wall or use a large one to act as a tapestry. Use brightly colored plates or cups along shelving units or above countertops.