decorative plantsMoving can be expensive, but the costs of furnishing and decorating your apartment can add up, as well. You want to save money, but you also want your new place to feel like home. If you’re moving out on your own for the first time, you may not realize just how expensive it is to get ahold of everything you’ll need. There are lots of ways to furnish and decorate your home on a budget.

Affordable Apartment Decorating Ideas

Whether you want to breathe new life into your living room, bedroom, bathroom, kitchen or all of the above, here are some affordable apartment decorating ideas you can use to transform the appearance of your apartment.

Buying Furniture

If you’re starting with nothing, buying furniture can seem overwhelming. You have to get furniture for different rooms or areas in your home, including the bedroom, living room, dining room and other areas. Furnishing your first apartment on a budget may seem difficult, but here’s how you can save money by furnishing your first apartment on a budget:

  • Only buy essentials first: Buying all of your furniture at once will be a huge expense. Only buy the things that you definitely need at first. There may be furniture that you want but can live without for a little while. You could keep books in their boxes until you get a bookshelf. Use storage bins as a table until you buy a nightstand for your bedroom. As you save up money, you can slowly add more furniture to your home.
  • You don’t have to shop at a furniture store: A great way to save money is to look for secondhand furniture. Check out flea markets, garage sales, rummage sales and thrift stores. You may find some really great pieces for a lot less than if you shopped at a furniture store.
  • Don’t sacrifice quality for the price: It may be tempting to buy the cheapest items, but this isn’t smart in the long run. Usually, cheaper means lower quality. That $50 TV stand may seem like a great bargain, but if it breaks after six months you’ll have to buy a new one. If you spend a little more, you’ll have those items for much longer.

Buying Decorations

Once you have your furniture, it’s time to decorate. Your apartment’s decor doesn’t have to be over-the-top. Even adding a few things in the different spaces of your home will make it feel like it’s yours. Here are some DIY apartment decorating tips and cheap decorating ideas for apartment dwellers:

  • Find low-cost home decor: There are lots of stores that sell inexpensive home decor. Big box stores carry colorful containers for storage and organization that can add a pop of color and pattern to your space. There are also stores that sell items from bigger stores when they can’t sell out on something. Look for a store like Ross, TJ Maxx and Marshall’s for good deals.
  • Do it yourself: DIY apartment decorating is a cheap and also fun way to personalize your home. Buy a cheap canvas and paint a stencil on it. Print photos and buy cheap frames. Find a great deal on curtain panels and hang them on the wall as an accent. There are lots of ways for you to create unique decorations for your home.
  • Buy plants: Plants are perfect for adding more color to your home. Many houseplants and pots are very inexpensive. If you don’t have a green thumb, you can always buy fake ones.
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Window Treatments

Window treatments do more than prevent people from looking into your private space. You can also use them to frame a room. If you want to make it seem as if the ceiling in your living room is higher than it really is, raise your curtains so that they’re higher than your windows.

If your landlord doesn’t want you to hang curtains, you still have several window treatments to choose from. One popular choice is graphic blinds, which will draw attention to your windows.

Add Color

While you may think you have to paint to add color to a space, that’s simply not the case. You can brighten your living room simply by adding some vibrant pillows to your couch. You can add even more color by draping a vivid throw blanket over the back of your loveseat or using the blanket to cover its cushions.

If you want to brighten your bathroom instead of your living room, consider getting a colorful rug and equally vibrant towels. Changing the color of the lightbulb or light shade you use in your bathroom is also an effective way to make your bathing area more colorful.

Refrigerator Fix

A refrigerator takes up considerable space in many kitchens. If that’s case in your home, why not make your fridge a pleasure to look at? All you have to do to make your refrigerator an appealing focal point in your kitchen is decorate it with some temporary wallpaper tiles.

Outdoor Decorating on a Budget

The weather is finally warming up and you’re spending more time outdoors, dreaming of a beautiful outdoor space to spend your Sunday afternoons or entertain friends and family on Saturday night but the problem is, it’s just not in the budget.  Not to worry, there are plenty of things you can do to dress up your favorite outdoor space on a shoestring budget, you just have to think a little outside the box.  Think of ways you can repurpose regular household items into gorgeous garden, patio or backyard décor.

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Think outside the box – think inside your house.

It’s possible you’ve been tossing things in the trash that could do wonders for your outdoor spaces. Did you know used coffee grinds and broken eggshells make excellent fertilizer for your garden?  It’s true!  Get the beautiful blooms you want to spice up your space on a budget by saving and reusing your used coffee grounds and eggshells!

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Coffee grinds actually provide a great source of nitrogen to your plants, try working a small amount of coffee grinds into the soil around your plants and you’ll see your plants love coffee too!

You can do a couple of things with your eggshells.  (Make sure to wash the shells and allow them to dry before applying them to your garden)

  • Crush them up and use them in the base of a planter before you add the soil and plants instead of stones.
  • Crush them up and throw them in a food processor until they are essentially in powder form and then sprinkle them around your plants.

These two tips can help reduce the cost for maintaining a beautiful garden all summer long!

Have you ever considered using old shoes, kitchen gadgets or even furniture in your garden?

photo credit: <a href=Perhaps you should! Upcycling household items into planters is a very cost-effective way to add great character and charm to your garden, patio or any outdoor space. The following items can easily be converted into great garden planters with just a little creativity.

  • Work boots or bright high heeled shoes
  • Old chairs and chest of drawers
  • A toolbox
  • A wheel barrel
  • Used Tire
  • Metal buckets
  • Metal trashcans
  • Claw foot tub (okay you probably don’t have one of these lying around- but keep an eye out for one)

Repurposing everyday items into great additions to your outdoor oasis isn’t as hard as you think.

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  • Mason jars can be easily converted into lanterns with some wire, a tea light candle and a plant hanging hook.
  • Metal gutters can be used as growing space on the side of a wall when space is limited.
  • Wooden Pallets can be converted into seating with some paint, cushion, fabric and a little bit of elbow grease.
  • Old bedframes can be converted into outdoor benches with some vision and extra wood.

Find Your Perfect Apartment With Triple Crown Corporation

Apartment decorating ideas don’t have to be expensive or time-consuming to be effective at transforming the appearance of your space. Triple Crown Corporation has rental communities to fit all lifestyles and budgets. Contact us today for more information or check out our rental options online.

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