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A nicely decorated apartment is something most renters strive for and few achieve. Regardless of the convenient location and the amenities offered by your complex, you might not feel complete until your apartment is decorated just how you want it. One common obstacle many people face is cost. However, you shouldn’t let cost stand in the way of achieving a perfectly decorated apartment. Here are a few tips for decorating your apartment on a budget:
1. Walls Decals or Removable Wallpaper
The good thing about these decorations is that they can be easily removed from walls. Permanent wallpaper is notorious for how difficult it is to remove from the walls. Removable wallpaper is a great alternative, especially in an apartment, where permanent wallpaper is not usually allowed. Like removable wallpaper, wall decals come in a variety of designs and are easy to remove without damaging the wall.
2. Hang Pictures
Framed artwork can sometimes cost more than your budget allows you to spend. If you cannot find a piece of art that falls within your price range or you are not too fond of certain artistic styles, you can decorate your home by working with what you already have: pictures. Print out your photographs and either hang them as they are or frame them. Polaroid pictures, in particular, tend to look best without a frame. You can arrange the pictures in a pattern to add an extra element of design.
3. Paint Old Furniture
Painting is the perfect way to revive an old piece of furniture and make it look new. If you are looking to buy a new desk, table or bookshelf, this is a great way to save money and give the impression that the piece is brand new. The first step is to remove hardware from the furniture as well as any drawers. Next, you must sand every area to get rid of the glossy finish and make it easier to paint on. Before painting, apply a paint primer, let it dry and sand the furniture again. After this, you’re ready to begin painting! While painting, remember to paint from the top down. Apply more coats as needed, and then let it dry. Once the piece is completely dry, apply the hardware and slide the drawers back in.
4. Shop at New Places
Sure, you can buy home décor from nearby stores like Pier 1 Imports or Target, but you can also find great deals by shopping at thrift stores or garage sales. If the furniture or décor you find in these places is damaged or looks old, you can take on a new DIY project and fix it yourself. You can paint over it and replace parts, which will make the piece look good as new!
5. Stack Books
If your bookshelf does not have enough room for all your books, take this opportunity to stack books on a coffee table or bench. This will look much better than an empty surface and will help you save money. Since you will be using what you already have at home, you will not need to purchase expensive decorations to fill the space.
6. Display Your Collections
Whether you collect movies, seashells or candles, put your collection on full display! Rather than hiding your collection somewhere in your bedroom, put it out for everyone to see. Arrange it in a way that highlights its uniqueness and it will definitely make for the perfect accessory for your home!
Apartments in Rockville, MD
If you follow these tips, you’re well on your way to useful savings and a beautifully decorated home! Lerner Oxford Square offers spacious 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments ready for you to personalize with décor. Take a virtual tour today and call us at (301) 242-0615 if you have any questions.