Stop and evaluate how much you can afford to spend in decorating your apartment. This will depend on whether you already have some furniture or if you’re starting from scratch. If you have to fill your whole apartment, it’s a good idea to start with some sort of focal point for each room.
Pick a piece of furniture you love or a color palette that feels inviting, and the rest will begin to fall into place. You can find affordable furniture at a number of stores as well as by asking around. Many times you’ll have friends who are trying to get rid of furniture that you might not have known about otherwise. There’s also always the option of second-hand stores if you’re on a tight budget.
Once you’ve got the furniture in, there’s still a lot to negotiate — namely, making the space feel comfortable. Since apartments are usually on the small side, there are several things you can do to open up the space. Pay extra attention to lighting, as it can make a room feel larger and increase the ambiance. Mirrors also help a room feel larger. Use a fun and interesting color on the wall, but avoid excessively dark colors in small spaces — they just make a room feel cluttered and confined.
What about those walls? Save some money and add flair by putting up some of your own or a friend’s artwork. It doesn’t have to be a masterpiece — even color on a canvas can help bring a room to life. Also, be sure to keep your eyes open at flea markets and garage sales for interesting items with character. If you keep the color, texture, and feel consistent in the items you buy, they’re sure to look great in a room together.
Finally, don’t overdo it. A little apartment decorating can go a long way in a small space, so don’t clutter up your rooms with too-big furniture or numerous knick-knacks — unless, of course, the cluttered look is what you’re going for.
A simple and inexpensive item that can enhance any room is a little greenery. Plants not only help to clean the air, they also give your place a splash of color and life for a low cost and minimal maintenance. Just ask at your local gardening store what type of plant would be best for your space.
Finding an apartment is only the first step to establishing your new home. By taking a little extra time, you can have a place that reflects your style, feels comfortable, and doesn’t break the bank.