How to Decorate like a Pro on a Budget

Whether you’re moving into a new community, such as The Apartments at Holly Crest, or you’re looking to upgrade your style, home décor can get expensive, fast. A new piece of furniture, a few paintings, and a new rug aren’t cheap, but they can completely change the look of a room. So how can you utilize space, color, and thrift to decorate like the pros on TV without spending like them? Let’s find out!

Maximize your Space
When you live in an apartment, your space can often be limited, even in a luxury apartment. As a result, you’ll need to employ a few tricks, and take advantage of your surroundings. First and foremost, don’t let any ceiling or wall space go to waste if it makes sense for your décor. Floating shelves are an excellent decorative storage option that makes your apartment look lighter while adding useable space.

You can also select furniture pieces that double as storage units, like a vintage trunk that also acts as a coffee table. Ottomans can be used to store blankets and other small items to keep them from cluttering the rest of your apartment.

Plants Bring your Apartment to Life
There’s no better way to freshen up your décor than adding a few plants to your living room, study, or kitchen. They can add to a floating shelf or accent a windowsill. Make sure to use size-appropriate plants to help emphasize the room without looking bulky. Succulents, bamboo plants, spider plants, cacti, and bonsai plants are all excellent choices for an apartment.

Tackle the Bathroom
The bathroom can be one of the most affordable places to decorate, but it’s often the most neglected. Create your own hand-sewn shower curtain, or buy a high-quality curtain to give your bathroom an upscale look. A new rug and a few floating shelves with your choice of décor can make a huge difference.

Check out Secondhand Stores
Thrifting is the most cost-efficient way of gathering art, furniture, and home décor.  You can refinish and reupholster vintage furniture or find ready-to-display antiques for your apartment. A piece of marble or granite can entirely change the look of a tabletop or dresser once cut down to size.

Create the Illusion of Space
By utilizing mirrors in your apartment, you can reflect natural light to create the feeling of a more spacious area. You can also position your mirrors toward a focal point in the room to create the illusion of depth.

Using light, bright colors can also make an area appear larger. Painting a room a bright color can make a big difference, but even small changes like adding in white accent pillows can lighten the room. Refurbishing and painting a furniture piece is a great way to lighten your living space without breaking the bank.