Have you finally decided to venture out on your own with a new apartment? Even if you are not just starting out you may be on a budget and not sure how to decorate your home. This guide will help you get ideas on how to spice up your space without spending a fortune.
Invest In The Essentials
When decorating your first apartment it is important to spend your money on the bigger items, like beds, sofas, and dining tables. There is always time to decorate the bigger items with throw pillows, bedding, and lighting to tie everything together inexpensively. Buying the main pieces first will help build the foundation of a perfect room.
Make Sure You Can Take It With You
Usually the first place you settle down in will not be the place you remain in forever. Spending your money on a nice sofa and bed will help you save money if you decide to move. The little details like wallpaper will not travel well. Splurging on the little things that will not fit in your next home is not with buying right now. If you are looking for smaller items to spice your space up you should consider paintings or scenic pictures of your favorite place. These can be found at any yard sale or thrift shop and not cost too much.
Upgrade Your Lighting
Is there a light fixture that needs some decorative attention? Try swapping it out with a pretty lampshade. This is something that will not cost too much and it easy to swap back out when moving.
Pass on Pricey Accessories
If you are on a tight budget do not waste it all on blankets, pillows, towels, or anything else that will have to be replaced later on. Our decor taste tends to change with the seasons so try using the items you already have to make the small touches to your rooms.
Have you ever thought about using online sites to find the fairly priced antique and vintage coffee tables, dining tables and chairs? Sites like Craigslist and Ebay are perfect for decorating your home! This may take more time and patience, but it will payoff when you find items for a steal. Vintage pieces will help make your space feel more warm, cozy, and inviting.
Don’t Forget The Kitchen
There is plenty of creative things to put in the kitchen to jazz it up. Simply dig through your moving boxes and find a decorative tin or bowl that you may have gotten at a yard sale. Something that simple can be used as your fruit bowl. Search for a good cutting board that can be used to add a pop of color to the counter. Keep it simple when buying glasses and dishware. Spend your money on good quality pots and pans, knives, and other kitchenware that can be used for a long time.
Above All, Restrain Yourself
It can be very exciting to move into your first apartment, but try not to get too caught up in trying to fill the space immediately. Taking the time to get the feel of your home and brainstorm creative decorating ideas is a way to make sure you are building the space you will love. This will give you a better chance to find the colors that make your space feel warm and cozy to live in. If you had the need to buy something right away make sure it is a bigger item first. Ikea is a great place to buy furnishings that are not pricey and will help you get started. By taking your time it can help you save money and spend it gradually.