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You may have recently splurged on an expensive sofa and other beautiful furniture. If so, you’re likely looking for some inexpensive ways to decorate the rest of your apartment.
Don’t worry, inexpensive can still look classy. In fact, there are many unique ways to decorate without spending a fortune. And, it’s fun coming up with ideas for adding personality to your apartment.
Depending on your lifestyle, there may be certain themes you’d like to achieve. To create a theme, look at the existing furniture and decor. Try to find some matching decorations to streamline your aesthetic.
In this article, we’ll share some creative ways to affordably update your apartment.
Let’s get to it so you can start decorating with elements you love!
Buy Removable Decals and Wallpaper
More often than not, apartments come with white walls. Even though you might enjoy a clean, crisp look, it’s occasionally fun to incorporate some color.
Removable decals and trendy wallpaper can add pops of color. They’ll also add some unique personality to your apartment.
There are tons of decals you can select from, such as floral patterns and tree designs. And they’re peel-and-stick, so you can switch them out whenever you want!
A decal or new wallpaper can become the focal point in your living room or bedroom. Your friends will love your creativity and willingness to embrace a unique style.
Liven Up Your Bathroom with a Fun Shower Curtain
Not every shower curtain is appealing, and some of them ride high above the floor. To create a couture look, you can buy a pretty one with a fabric hem sewn at the bottom.
You can also forgo a fabric shower curtain and buy a vinyl one instead.
Not only are they affordable, but you can choose from a variety of designs. Flowers, landscapes, and abstract designs are all fun ideas.
If you live in a humid climate, get a mold-resistant shower curtain to prevent mildew.
And even if you don’t live in a humid climate, it’s still a good idea to get a mold-resistant shower one, as it’ll have a longer lifespan.
Get Some Plants
Plants are an easy way to improve any space, and they’re not expensive (unless you get the pricey ones).
If you work a lot, you may consider getting one that doesn’t need constant maintenance. That way, you won’t come home to wilting plants. Plus, you won’t waste your money on plants that will die quickly.
Cacti and succulents are two examples of low-maintenance plants. Place them on a countertop, desk, bookshelf, or windowsill, and they’ll add significant appeal to your dwelling space.
Pull Everything Together with Accessories
Do you have a bunch of odds and ends around that you’re not sure what to do with? It’s not fun (I know the feeling).
Instead of throwing them in a junk drawer, incorporate them throughout your apartment!
Do you want some ideas?
Here are a few accessories that you might already own that you turn into decor:
- Ceramic containers
- Colorful glass jars
- Decorative pillows
If you place these items strategically around your apartment, they’ll complement the surrounding decor.
Instead of having to go out to buy more decor to fill the space, use what you have! It’ll be easy to stretch your budget and pull everything together for an appealing look.
Use Double-Duty Furniture
Multi-functional furniture is the way to go. If you’re looking to buy a new sofa or desk, for example, find one with storage space underneath.
Then, you won’t have to go out and buy separate containers and baskets. They’ll save you space and money.
These types of items are perfect for storing winter clothes, blankets, and other things that you need sometimes but not all the time. There’s no reason to let those things clutter up your apartment if you can keep them hidden away.
Paint Select Pieces of Furniture
Do you own old furniture that you’d like to revamp? Why not update those things with some paint?
If you have some aging wooden chairs that you don’t use but can’t bring yourself to throw us, toss a few coats of paint on them. It only takes a few bucks and a Saturday afternoon to make them look brand new!
Plus, you can experiment with different aesthetics like a farmhouse theme! To achieve this look, you simply have to paint your piece chalk white and distress it with sandpaper. It’s so easy!
For a modern theme, paint your furniture grey and black. It’ll look chic and on-trend, and match with almost anything.
A new coat of paint can change the appearance of any piece of furniture. It’s nice not having to go out to buy brand new pieces (that’s for sure).
Invest in Long-Lasting Items
Splurging on expensive furniture might seem counterintuitive if you’re on a budget. But if you’re trying to conserve money, it actually makes more sense to invest in items that will last a long time.
We’re talking durable pieces such as leather sofas, sturdy tables, and a few quality artworks.
Ikea furniture and other disposable products are great if that’s your only option. However, spending money on inexpensive furniture will cost you more in the long run.
If you invest in high-quality products, however, you won’t have to buy new ones anytime soon.
As you can see, there are many affordable ways to create a beautiful apartment that truly shines.
Don’t worry if it doesn’t look perfect right away. Think of your apartment like an artwork — it must develop over time.
The beauty of having your own place is you can mold it to reflect your interests and style.
Besides the unique ways we mentioned, there are many other ways to decorate. Do some research and let ideas come to you as you shop for decor.
It’s your space, so do with it what you like! If you go with your gut and stick to your tastes, you’ll love how everything comes together in the end.
Lindsey is the Community Manager for Siesta Key. She brings several years of experience managing luxury communities throughout the DC metropolitan area. As a Montgomery County native, Lindsey feels as though Siesta Key is what Rockville has been missing. It is centrally located but proves that you can have plenty of space without losing style and sophistication.