Moving into a new apartment can be stressful. After splurging on essentials like sofas and tables, it’s hard to figure out how to make a new place look well decorated. But decorating doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are a few tips and ideas to decorate your apartment inexpensively.
9 Tips to Decorate Your Apartment at a Cheap Price
1. Buy Removeable Wallpapers Or Stickers
Permanent wallpaper is intimidating because it is very difficult to remove from walls. For renters or homeowners who are committed to design, removable wallpaper is the perfect solution for adding color and personal style to a room. It adheres easily to walls and is simple to apply and remove.
2. Make Your Room Look Larger With a Large Mirror
A floor mirror can make a room appear larger and more open, especially in smaller apartments. Position the mirror so that it reflects a window and catches the most light, giving the room extra dimension.
3. Paint Your Old Apartment Furniture
When you’ve had enough of your bed or other bulky furniture, consider repainting over the existing finish instead of throwing your stuff away. A new coat of paint on an old dresser can dramatically change a room without costing a lot of money.
First, remove all hardware and wipe down the cabinet with a rag to get rid of dust. Use sandpaper to lightly remove the glossy finish, then spray paint or add two coats of normal paint. Once it’s dry, add a coat of water-based lacquer, polyurethane, or a thin coat of clear paste wax to make the new finish hard.
4. Hide Storage Creatively in your Apartment
The clutter will make your house appear smaller than it is. Get rid of unnecessary bedroom accessories, magazines, and books and invest in furniture that serves a dual function, like storage ottomans, chests, or old suitcases stacked to look like a table. Another good option is to place certain furniture – such as chairs, tables, or cabinets – at an angle in a corner of the room to create a built-in place to hide additional items.
5. Update the Lampshades of the Apartment
To keep the lighting from looking old-fashioned, replace the old lampshades with new, clean ones. Some old styles can date a room, and over time lamp shades attract dust and dirt which makes them look dingy. Keep the original lamp base and buy a new shade that adds a splash of color or a graphic pattern to liven up your space.
6. Change the Door’s Handles and Furniture
New drawer or door handles can transform old furniture (plus it’s cheaper than buying new furniture). Changing these things in your apartment will give it a new look. The first thing to consider is to Decorate your Living Room because it is the most viewed room.
7. Replace Existing Overhead Lights in the Apartment
Chances are, your ceiling light has not been updated for over 20 years. Rather than letting these items ruin your decor, replace them with more modern lighting options. The effect this minor change will have on your space is amazing.
8. Create Your Own Work of Art
You can buy an expensive painting, or browse flea markets and antique stores until you find something you admire. But an easy way to get a piece of art you love is to simply create it. If you’re not sure how to create a certain effect or where to start, go to a local craft store and seek advice on recreating a specific painting or drawing.
9. Buy Plants and Place in the Apartment
Plants immediately bring any room to life. The simplest options are of course self-sustaining plants like cacti or succulents like aloe vera which not only look pretty but don’t require a lot of maintenance.