Styling your new apartment is one of the best parts of living in a new space, but those fancy finds come with high price tags. We all want our space to look like something out of a luxury living magazine, but who has the budget for that? Whether you’re moving out on your own for the first time or joining some friends in an existing space, you want to make this home your own.
In this guide, we’ll share 5 budget-friendly apartment decor ideas. These are perfect even if you’re renting the space and have to be mindful of what changes you can make. Let’s transform your space into something truly one-of-a-kind:
1. DIY Wall Art and Prints
One of the easiest ways to make your space feel like it’s your own is through wall art and prints. As you might have learned, a lot of the existing art and prints at big-name stores and galleries isn’t cheap. There is an alternative, and it’s easier than you think. You can DIY your own wall art with a bit of creativity. Whether you follow a painting tutorial online, splatter some paint for a “modern art” effect, or hang a tapestry, you can make the space your own one wall hanging at a time.
Another option that doesn’t cost much but elevates your apartment is to opt for some cool portrait painting at the Instapainting. You can have your favorite photo made into stunning art, even if you don’t have any DIY skills yourself.
2. Use a Chic Rug
Rugs are what make a space feel super cozy. Who doesn’t want to come home to a warm, cozy apartment after a hard day of work or school? Using an area rug is an easy way to add another texture to your space while showing off your style. To really set your space apart, choose a vintage or Moroccan-style rug which is at the height of interior design style right now.
3. Paint Your Furniture
If you’re renting, you definitely can’t paint your walls without landlord approval. How are you supposed to get that colorful bedroom you’ve been dreaming of? The easiest way to do that is by actually painting your furniture.
If you have cheap furniture or something you’ve snagged at a vintage shop, why not breathe new life into it with a fresh coat of paint? Things like coffee tables, bookshelves, and nightstands are easy to paint yourself, and they’ll brighten up your living space.
4. Add Plants
Some spaces need greenery to really shine. There’s a reason we’ve seen so much green in interior design nowadays. People want to bring their favorite parts of the outdoors inside. Even if you’re in a small apartment without a backyard, you can have a mini-garden or pops of green with some small inside plants. Great indoor options include succulents, snake plants, and so on.
5. Install Floating Shelves
Finally, make sure you have a place to display your favorite things even if you have a small space. Floating shelves are the storage solution you’ve been waiting for. These are easy to install yourself, they’re inexpensive, and they won’t leave lasting damage to the walls if you’re renting.
What can you display on your new shelves? Books, plants, and even clothing are always a good idea. Because they lead the eye up the wall, they actually create the illusion of a larger space. Score!
How does your apartment stack up against these ideas? If you’ve been looking for easy, budget-friendly ways to upgrade your space, why not try these on for size? Your space deserves to be an oasis you love to call home.