Today please welcome Darlene Mase, who lives in Newnan, Georgia, a town 40 minutes south of Atlanta. In her spare time, she enjoys writing for her personal blog and for popular sites like Zumper.com. When Darlene’s not writing, you can catch her outdoors with her husband and daughter or at the gym burning off the calories of something delicious she just ate.
We’ve all seen them. Those houses that look as if they were designed by Joanna Gaines herself and maintained by Dobby the House Elf. The design and layout are perfection. Everything is crisp, clean, and organized.
And then there’s us. I can’t speak for everyone, but I would say that most people probably feel as if their living space could use some fashionable updates. Unfortunately, our budgets often prove to be a hindrance in our endeavors to fancy up our homes.
Fear not. Even if you’re on a tight budget, or have no budget at all, you can revamp your apartment décor with these cheap home décor ideas.
Clean up, clean up, everybody, everywhere!
I am no interior design expert, but I don’t think there was ever a time where the “my house is a dump” look was en vogue. Just because you only have a few cents to your name doesn’t mean that your house should like Oscar the Grouch’s.
Clean up and get tidy and organized. Not only will decluttering reduce stress but you can’t have the sleek and clean minimalist look you’re going for with shoes strewn about your bedroom floor and cups all over your kitchen counter.
Work with you’ve got.
A tight budget is a good opportunity to improve your DIY skills. Look through your home, storage, and even ask friends and family members for old items that you need that they don’t use (think bedroom sets, tables, patio furniture, etc.). Sure, it may be in need of some TLC, but there is not much that a little sandpaper, wood stain, and elbow grease can’t fix.
Yes, you may get your hands a little dirty, but you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you made (well, refinished) something with your own hands, and you stayed on budget.
Incorporate live plants into your design.
Plants come in so many shapes, sizes, and colors and add an element of design to the room you put them in. And did you know that you can easily grow many houseplants from a cutting of a leaf?
If you have a friend who is into plants and you’re on a budget, ask them for some cuttings from their plant. Though you won’t have a substantial plant for at least a few months, you can still reap the benefits of having plants indoors.
Sansevieria, more commonly known as the Snake Plant, or Mother-in-law’s Tongue is often seen indoors because of its unique tropical appearance and its health benefits. A study by NASA found that the Snake Plant, along with some other indoor plants, improve the quality of air in a space and recommend having one in the bedroom.
What’s more is that you can easily propagate this amazing plant (and others) by cutting a leaf at the base of the plant, letting the leaf dry and scab over for a few days, and placing the leaf in a cup of water. Within a few weeks or months, you’ll start to see little roots forming at the base of the leaf which can then be planted for some healthy, attractive, and cheap apartment décor.
All you need is a window, fire escape, balcony, or some other place where your plants can soak up the sun and you’ve got yourself some low cost home décor.
Move furniture around.
You can make a boring, worn-out space look new and refreshed simply by moving furniture around. It doesn’t cost you a thing and it can work wonders for your home’s look. If your living room or bedroom are looking too tight and stuffy, consider moving things around.
Go for maneuvers that will make the room feel larger than it is and that allow the room to flow better.
Frequent the “free” section of Craigslist.
People post so much free stuff on Craigslist. The only stipulation is that you have to go and get it. You can find some seriously cool stuff on your city’s Craigslist. You just have to be vigilant and check the site on a regular basis.
Grab a paintbrush and set free your inner Picasso.
Even if you don’t consider yourself an artist, you can make some bold and impactful art that can liven up your living space.
You can purchase a large canvas, paint, and a paintbrush from your local craft store for under $20. Then get to work painting some parallel and perpendicular lines for a clean, abstract look. Not only will you have some eye-capturing art to hang on your wall, but you will have saved a ton of money doing it on your own.
We don’t all have a fortune to spend on apartment décor, but that doesn’t mean that you’re doomed to a life of outdated furniture hand-me-downs. You can make your apartment look sleek and fashionable, and you can do it if you have a small budget or no budget at all.
Trying your hand at DIY and incorporating some live plants into your home’s décor can really liven up a space at little to no cost. And even simply taking into consideration your apartment’s floorplan can help you arrange your furniture in a way that maximizes space and makes your small living space seem larger.
Regardless of what’s in your wallet, know that budget friendly apartment décor is possible.