Decorating a new apartment can be difficult, especially when fancy décor isn’t always in the budget. Luckily, you don’t have to let limited funds squelch your decorating dreams. Believe it or not, there are countless small, relatively inexpensive, and/or DIY techniques that can completely reinvigorate your living space without breaking the bank.
First and foremost, the fundamental key to saving money in any circumstance is to shop smart. That being said, brand new furniture can certainly put a dent in the bank account. Many find that utilizing used furniture is the perfect solution when attempting to decorate on a budget. By shopping at thrift shops, consignment stores, garage sales, eBay, etc., one can find perfect pieces to enhance and beautify the home without spending a great deal of money. Even better, take a piece of furniture you already own and give it a makeover! Used furniture can be easily revitalized with some simple TLC such as cleaning, refinishing or reupholstering, all of which can be done on your own at little cost to you! Check out these Drab to Fab Furniture Projects to help transform old, used furniture into contemporary, stylish pieces.
What better way to liven up a home than with decorations that are-you guessed it-alive! Live plants are one of the easiest, quickest, and cheapest ways to liven up a drab living space. Keep your eyes peeled for inexpensive and relatively low-maintenance plants such as fresh herbs, philodendrons, lucky bamboo, etc., all of which thrive indoors. Flaunt your creativity and style by displaying the plants in a unique and innovative fashion, such as utilizing a mix of pots and planters or mounting/hanging plants on the walls or ceilings.
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The most effective way to decorate in the least costly manner is oftentimes to simply do it yourself. The Internet and home décor magazines are teeming with DIY projects suitable for even the most inexperienced of decorators. Here are some of our favorites:
DIY Wall Art
Hanging artwork or photos on the walls of your home is a perfect way to spice up any room. But why pay big bucks for expensive artwork when you can make it yourself? We’re well aware that not everyone is a crafting connoisseur, so we found this simple method to create beautiful wall art regardless of your previous crafting experience (or lack thereof). Check out the instructions here.
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Mirrors are great decorative pieces that not only liven up walls, but also can add light to a room and make the room appear bigger. Spruce up an old, boring mirror by covering the edges with a fabric that you love. Here are the instructions.
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Tie rope to a painted board to create a simple yet elegant hanging shelf. Check out the super easy instructions here.
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Headboards are a crucial element to any bedroom. Because of this, finding a durable and trendy headboard for a low price is not usually an easy task. But believe it or not, headboards are actually quite simple to make yourself. Check out these 101 Headboard Ideas That Will Rock Your Bedroom for an array of options for creating your own headboard.
Frugality doesn’t have to hinder your decorating ambitions because properly decorating your space doesn’t have to cost a fortune. There are innumerable methods and techniques to revitalize your space without breaking the bank, all it takes is a little research and creativity!