Let’s be honest, decorating on a budget is a freaking challenge. Really glamourous decor usually comes with a really dangerous expense. Not to mention those of us on a budget generally have a smaller living space to work with as well. However, with a lot of long trips to Big Lots and binge Pinterest sessions, I have found a few fabulous ways to inexpensively make your budget apartment look just as outstanding as you know it can be. So I am releasing my findings to all of my fellow decorating divas with some photos from my apartment and a little bit of prophetic wisdom. Enjoy.
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1. Make a coffee station.
For all of your coffee addicts out there, this will be a well utilized space. If you have some extra counter space, putting something together like this little station really flows nicely with the kitchen and makes for unique and attractive decor.
2. Build yourself a little vanity.
I made this space from what was formally used as a desk. Its a great way to keep all of your products from littering the bathroom counter and its easy to sit down and do your make-up, hair, etc. You can get a basic Room Essentials desk from target for like fifteen bucks and mirrors are inexpensive as well. Besides, every princess has a vanity, right?
3. Craft a few bottle decorations.
Take recycling to the next level and use your old wine and beer bottles for decorations. They look great crafted up as these are, or even cleaned up and used as a vase for floral arrangements.
4. Use wall art stickers.
They’re cheap. They’re unique. They don’t require any handy work. They serve as a substitute for the lack of paint on the walls in rented apartments. What’s not to love?
5. Layer your decor.
The look of layering adds elegance and class to little table decorations. I bought a cheap floral ball and some scented fragrance sticks from Tj Maxx and added some old Mitch Albom books of mine. It’s simple and pretty.
6. Add little organization pieces to your bathroom.
These are just little Dollar Tree jars with cotton balls and Q-tips but they can really pull together the sink space and make your bathroom feel like a cozy bed and breakfast.
7. Use polaroids for unique vintage decor.
Everyone enjoys the classic picture frame for decoration, but getting polaroids printed is a really different way to display your photos. Websites like fotobar.com offer this capability and they can print directly from your Facebook and Instagram accounts so it’s really convenient and they turn out looking awesome.
8. Label everything.
Personally, I love the chalkboard labels. They are fun, adjustable, and look great on any kind of jar or basket. There are many different kinds of labeling too that really add a neat detail to your apartment.
9. Invest in a few charming little throw pillows.
Throw pillows add color, pattern, and an individuality to any room. I know some men see no purpose in them, but we ladies understand the power of the pillow.
10. Decorate with books.
Books are such a classy and low maintenance decoration. You already have them and they look fabulous.
11. Use vibrant curtains to brighten white walls.
A lot of us on a tight budget are renters, so we have white walls…EVERYWHERE. One way I have found to brighten up the rooms and add a bit of elegance to your white blob apartment is with really vibrant and interesting curtains. They are room savers.
12. Purchase a few nifty LED candles.
You won’t ever have to worry about burning down the house and they look fabulous.
13. Add minor touches that make major differences.
This tissue box cover I found at Tj Maxx is a small change but really pulls together the look and feel of the bathroom. It is the little changes you make to ordinary household items that create an extraordinary presentation.
14. Use ottomans.
They can be used for storage and for decoration, and they’re cheap. Get ottomans.
15. Display placemats.
If you have a bar or counter top that just sits their empty, adding a few decorative placemats is a really special touch.
16. Search for inexpensive canvas art.
This painting was 15.00 at Tj Maxx and as I previously mentioned, anything that combats the white walls is a beautiful find. They aren’t always inexpensive so this additive requires a little searching but it is well worth it.
17. Use trinkets and antiques for decorative displays.
This is a photo of the shelves in my TV stand that are complete with a few inexpensive purchases and thrift store finds. Use anything you have in your home or that you discover at the antique/thrift store to transform your apartment shelves into beautiful artsy displays.
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