Moving into a new apartment is always a great feeling. Not only do you have a nice change, but you get to see all the possibilities you have for a bright future. But, it usually doesn’t take long to realize how many new things you want to buy, and just as importantly, how quickly all those prices add up.
Don’t worry! There are plenty of ways to decorate your apartment without breaking the bank, and they don’t mean you have to sacrifice having a beautiful home.
Read on for our tips on how to decorate your apartment on a budget!
Old Is New Again
Chances are you have a bunch of old furniture, but you might think that it doesn’t fit into your new apartment. Maybe it doesn’t match, the layout makes in unnecessary, or you’re just tired of it and want something new. That’s not a problem!
Try switching the purpose of each piece, and that old thing gets a new life. For example, an old chair doesn’t need to sit in the kitchen anymore – try using it as a nightstand next to your bed. What about an old suitcase? That can be a pretty unique bookshelf.
Spice Up Your Furniture
Repurposing your old furniture can be a great trick, but sometimes you have something useful that you’re just bored of. Just grab your artist outfit! Pretend you have an old dresser that’s the perfect shape and size, but you don’t like the way it looks in your new place. Paint it a new color (bright to improve your mood, or something that matches the new color scheme), and buy some new handles to put on it. It’ll feel like a new addition, but it will cost next to nothing.
Bring Some Nature Inside
Nature is a great way to boost your mood, and there’s no shortage of it in Colorado. But, you should consider bringing some inside. Plants are a pretty cheap addition to your apartment, and the pot you put it in gives you an extra chance for some self-expression. Consider buying a fun color, and don’t rule out painting the pot yourself!
Flea Markets and Garage Sales
Who says shopping has to be expensive? There are plenty of people who, just like you, would love to get rid of some old housewares to make room for something new. Keep your eyes open for flea markets and garage sales, and visit them with an open, creative mind about what you could use. Sometimes you find things that you didn’t even know you need, and you’ll never beat those prices.
Not an Artist? No Problem
It’s great to have some original art on the wall, but you may feel you’re not so impressive with a paintbrush. If you don’t want to stretch that tight budget on an original Picasso, just relax and hop on to social media. You’ve almost certainly taken some amazing shots, and a little creativity (mixed with a nice printer) can have these displayed nicely on a photo wall. It’s worth even more since they’re your own memories.
One Color Is All You Need
There’s a simple trick that takes away the stress of trying to think about which colors match with which. Just use one! Pick your favorite color (white, black, red, yellow, blue, orange, etc.), and make everything centered around that. Head to the dollar store for lamps, rugs, boxes, and other accessories on the cheap. As long as they all follow the same color theme, it’s going to look like you paid top dollar to an interior decorator.
Being Eclectic is Fashionable
Maybe society has taught you to follow certain rules regarding your style, but it’s fun to be a rebel now and then. Mix things up a little bit in your apartment by throwing in some mismatched objects that normally don’t sit next to each other. A great place to test this out is the bathroom, and you can get a few different mirrors (of very different styles) to put around. This is your warning, though, that once you try this, you’ll probably want to do it in every room!
Shower Curtains Aren’t Just for Showers
You need curtains on two main areas of your apartment: the windows and the shower. So, why not go a little crazy and put shower curtains on the windows? They’re cheap, but they’re very stylish and happy. They’ll give a great atmosphere to the room, and they’re hip enough that they’ll allow you to have plain material in the rest of the room (without risking boredom).
Don’t Be Afraid to Experiment
This list only touches on some ideas of how to decorate your apartment on a budget, so hopefully you’ll just use it as a starting point. The biggest piece of advice that you should remember is that there’s no harm in trying new things. Nothing’s permanent with interior decorating, and you can always change it around if you don’t like it.