With a move on the way and a tight budget to keep in mind, I’ve been on the search for affordable yet stylish ways to decorate an apartment. Luckily, Pinterest is full to the brim with penny-pinching millennials like me who want that West Elm look with an IKEA price tag. There are so many ways to create a space you love without shelling out your life savings, so here are my top tips for how to decorate your small apartment on a budget!
Vintage is in, and for good reason. There’s something about old, vintage pieces that gives so much character to a space. Visit a vintage market or a garage sale to do some digging, you never know what treasures you may find. Or take a look in your parent’s basement or garage. They may have some of your grandparents’ old furniture stored away. I actually have a gorgeous wooden night table from my grandparents’ old house that I’ll be bringing to the new apartment. I’ll make sure to update this post with a photo once we’re all moved in!
I can’t wait until I can invest in a gorgeous piece of (real) art, but until then, there are so many options for affordable wall art! I especially love the prints from Indigo. I have a couple of the rose gold maps and I plan to invest in more wall art, from quotes to fashion shots, and beyond. Wall art is such a great way to add personality and style to your space, in a super affordable way!
DIY What You can
DIY whenever you can to keep things on budget. Whether it’s a side table, key rack, bar cart or door mat, DIY projects are fun, creative, and will make your apartment feel like “you”. I rounded up a bunch of my favourite DIY ideas for apartments below (Thank you Pinterest)! Which one is your favourite?
1) DIY Hanging Shelves via Why Don’t You Make Me
2) Hammock Chair DIY via A Beautiful Mess
3) Blooming Monogram DIY via Lulus
4) Simple DIY Fur Bench via Bigger than the Three of Us
5) How to Turn a Bookshelf into a Kitchen Island via Little Glass Jar
6) DIY Jewelry Organizer via Dream a Little Bigger
7) DIY Vinyl Record Shelf IKEA Hack via The Surznick Common Room
8) Giant DIY Mood Board Organizer via Paper n Stitch
9) Removable Fabric Wall Paper via Apartment Therpay
10) Gold and Marble IKEA Hyllis Hack via Blonde Boss Babe
If you find something you love and it’s on the pricier side, make sure to shop around to see where you can get something similar at a more affordable price. There are a lot of almost-identical finds you will come across that are just as nice and way cheaper! For example, check out this Moroccan area rug from Wayfair compared to one (of the same size) from West Elm. They give off a really similar look, but there’s a huge gap in the price tags. Never buy from the first place you check, unless the price is already unbeatable!
Plants are Everything
I love an apartment decorated with plants. Plants bring so much liveliness to a space and can make it look incredible trendy. While some plants have become insanely popular and have a high price tag, others are super affordable! IKEA and Home Depot carry plants at a great price point with different pots and stands to choose from. You can also hang wall planters to place tiny plants in!
Layering your home items creates an eye-catching space, plus you can use things you already own. You can stack coffee table books on your side table, or layer a blanket and throw pillows on your couch, or layer one rug over another. See what you already own that you can layer together to create dimension and character in your space.
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Refresh with Paint
Do you have an old dresser you hate the colour of? Or a book shelf that could use some TLC? Instead of buying new items to replace them, why don’t you paint them a new colour? It will look like a brand new piece of furniture, and all you’ll have to shell out money for is the paint! There are so many items you can refresh with a coat of paint, so keep that in mind before replacing anything for your new space.
There are some items that are worth the splurge, just make sure you’re wise about these purchases. For me, a quality couch is something worth spending money on. Invest in one you’ll love for years to come and can take with you to your next home, not just the one you’re in now. A good mattress also makes all the difference and is definitely one thing you should never skimp on.
What do you think about my tips for how to decorate your apartment on a budget? Anything else you would add! Please let me and the other readers know in the comment section!
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