After countless tours of affordable apartments and finally deciding on a home perfect for your lifestyle, now it is time to figure out how to add your personal touch to the layout. Decorating and furnishing a new apartment is exciting, because it sets the tone and adds your personality and individuality to your new home. Without careful planning and budgeting, it can turn into an expensive and time consuming project. With these frugal tips for decorating on a limited budget, you can transform your home into a beautiful and comfortable environment!
Purchase big furniture second hand
Your home aesthetic may change, so there is no need to dish out the big bucks to buy furniture that you might not like over time. Buying new, cheaply made furniture can actually cost you more money in the long run if you need to upgrade to a higher quality. Peruse through Craigslist ads, thrift stores, flea markets and the newspaper classifieds for good deals on sturdy items. You also give yourself the opportunity to replace furniture in the future without the guilt.
Accumulate things over time
It may be tempting to immediately buy every item you have swooned over in home decor magazines or the Internet. At first, focus on the essentials, and you can build from there. Sometimes simplicity is key, and if you act on impulse, you may throw away necessary dollars on decorative pillows or wall decorations that you don’t actually need. Once you are situated, you can add little things to your home over time, and eventually, your home will be complete.
You probably own some great decor and don’t even know it. Use an extra chair as a bedside table or stacked trunks and vintage suitcases to make an attractive coffee table. Instead of purchasing pricey wall art, stock up on various used or cheap frames. Fill them with candid photos from your phone or computer and clipped photographs from magazines.
You don’t have to have an expansive budget to decorate, and you can spend leftover money on other bills or fun activities. Even if you have champagne taste, it is more than possible to convert a plain looking apartment into one that is warm and customized to your taste on a beer budget. Once you do your homework, you will find a budget friendly method can uniquely separate your home from other affordable apartments.