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Fun Apartment Decor on a Shoestring Budget

Updated on December 10, 2013

If you're trying to stick to a budget, you might feel as though you really don't have enough money to add a great designer look to your apartment. It's true that expensive decor might not be a good fit for your budget-conscious lifestyle. However, it's important to remember that you don't really need a lot of money in order to beautifully decorate your living space. Even if you're on a tight shoestring budget, there are plenty of fun and easy apartment decorating tips you can try.

Playing with Color

Color is one of the easiest and most effective tools you can use when decorating a room. If you'd like to re-invent your living space without spending a lot of money, consider color for your walls. If it's permissible to paint your apartment walls, a fresh coat of paint can add a lot of pizzazz for very little cost. However, even if you're stuck with plain off-white walls that you're not permitted to repaint, there are still plenty of ways to add color. Colorful oversized art pieces or rustic metal wall art are a great way to add visual appeal to boring apartment walls. If you can't afford designer paintings and prints, look to posters and photographs instead. You might be surprised how affordable it can be to have oversized enlargements created from your own favorite photographs.

In addition to using color on the walls, there are also plenty of inexpensive ways to use it throughout the room. If your apartment floors look boring, spice things up with one or more colorful and yet affordable area rugs. Inexpensive plastic milk crates can be stacked to create bright, useful and space-saving storage areas. Even a simple bouquet of wildflowers displayed in a vase can be used to add a splash of color to a room. Or add a theme to your space. For example, you can buy inexpensive coffee cup wall art to give your kitchen a fun coffee theme.

Multi-Tasking Furniture Solutions

If you're trying to save on both money and space, furniture pieces that serve more than one function can be a great choice. For example, instead of buying a pricey coffee table, try using an old steamer trunk instead. In addition to serving as a coffee table, you'll also be able to use the inside of the trunk to store blankets, board games, hobby and craft supplies, and other items you'd like to keep handy and yet out of sight. End tables that include cabinets and drawers or a storage bench are also good choices when it comes to multi-functional furniture pieces for your apartment. If you want to save even more money, look for sturdy and yet inexpensive furniture pieces at thrift stores, second-hand shops, flea markets or even garage sales. You might be surprised at the beautiful and yet affordable pieces you'll be able to find.

Less is More

Taking a minimalist approach to decorating your apartment is yet another way to save money while still creating a sleek and stylish look. When choosing items for your home, focus on beautiful and yet functional items instead of purely decorative pieces. By doing so, your apartment will be attractive, comfortable, and spacious instead of cluttered with items you don't really need. As an added bonus, you'll also find that you'll have more money left in your wallet - and your savings account - at the end of the month.

This article is written by Edward Dickinson, who writes for Metal Wall Art.


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      4 years ago

      Shannon where did you find the wall art for 1$?

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      6 years ago

      Lauren, yes they can, I bought coffee cup wall plaques for $1 a piece and they look great in my kitchen!

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      7 years ago

      Because that coffe cup wall art can be purchased by someone on a shoestring budget... Right?

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      Edward Dickinson 

      8 years ago from Dallas

      Hi the villas at tustin - Thanks for taking the time to stop, read and comment!

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      the villas at tustin 

      8 years ago

      Colors definitely help in making a huge impact in a renter's home. They just need to remember to use complimentary colors. Also, when it comes to furniture, they can always repaint, change slip covers or buy second-hand ones at garage sales. All it takes is little creativity to help you recreate a nice home.


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