Many people feel that apartment living is only designed to be a temporary situation and they avoid decorating their new home. They do not want to make a major investment into a space that will not be permanent. Unfortunately, they are missing out on a great opportunity to make their apartment feel warmer and more inviting. There are definitely a number of ways that you can invest in decorating your apartment on a budget, no matter how small.
If you need a little inspiration for ways to spruce up your space, here are a few ideas:
Invest in Your Furniture
A great sofa or a unique coffee table might be all you need to create a space that expresses who you are. Large pieces of furniture like these tend to tie the space together and make it really feel like home. Choose pieces that speak to you, even if they are a little different than the current trends. Invest in timeless pieces that will always be in style. Look for high-quality furniture that can fit into the square footage you have allotted.
Decorative pillows are near the top of the list of things every adult should have in their living room. They add bold pops of colour and texture to your living space. To decorate like an expert interior designer, keep several sets of decorative pillows on hand. This allows you to change them out whenever the mood strikes you or when the occasion changes.
Hang a Mirror
One of the most common complaints is that apartments feel smaller than single-family homes. You can combat this with one handy trick: hanging a mirror. A well-placed mirror gives the illusion that your space is double the size and creates more light. For the best effect, hang it somewhere in the apartment where it can reflect the natural light that filters in through your windows or sliding glass door.
Experiment with Wall Art
Purchasing a piece of art from a gallery can be expensive, but there is no rule against creating your own masterpiece. A canvas can be purchased for just a few dollars from a local arts and crafts store. Add a little paint to create an abstract swirl of colours that will definitely stand out against your walls. You don’t have to be Picasso to create something beautiful that will introduce a little colour into your apartment.
Paint is one of the simplest and most effective ways to change the entire look and feel of your apartment. However, a quick trip to the local home improvement store demonstrates that there are lots of different options for your paint. You need to do a little research to find the right type of interior paint for your project and your budget. Be sure to ask the building manager if you’re allowed to paint your apartment walls before doing so.
Get a New Throw Rug
Throw rugs or area rugs really work double time to improve the appearance of your apartment and protect the floors beneath. Choose a rug that has a bold pattern, an extremely bright colour, or an interesting texture to liven up your apartment. The right area rug can really complete a room, especially when paired with your other pieces like sofas and coffee tables.
Hang New Curtains
Many apartments come with blinds, but they do not have the same warmth and design that can come with window treatments. If you want to really dress up your apartment, consider investing in a few sets of curtains. Store-bought versions can be a little pricey, so you may want to investigate making your own. Even if you don’t sew, curtains can be made out of a bolt of fabric and fusible bonding web. The process is so easy, anyone can make curtains if they’re willing to spend an afternoon doing it.
Do you have a green thumb? Placing a few houseplants around your new apartment is an inexpensive way to add a little bit of colour. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, you can purchase some of the very popular succulents or other hardy species that do not need much care and attention. They don’t cost a lot and can make a huge impact on your space.