Finally you made the move to your new home, and you need to settle in as quickly as possible. How your new apartment is decorated is one of the things that will make it appealing to you mentally and physically.
Almost everyone has a distinct preference for home decorations. But regardless of your preference, the following tips are useful whenever you intend to decorate your new apartment on a budget:
Create a List
First, you have to start by making up your mind on what exactly you intend to achieve with your decorations. Start by making a list of decorations you’ll like to see in each room. Consider indicating the amount you intend to spend on each room. This will give you the opportunity to be budget conscious when you go shopping.
If you have a particular décor items in mind, you may consider calling stores ahead to find out if they carry such items or not. Such calls may save you some time and money if the stores carry such items, you don’t have to make the unnecessary trip to the store.
Select a Theme
It’s important to have a crystal clear mental or physical picture of how you want your apartment to look like after it’s decorated. A theme may have a specific color or design that makes it distinct, though some may look similar.
Consider opting for a theme with a broad and flexible concept to give you the opportunity to adjust reasonably when you source for the theme items. If you have a specific item in mind to be the focal point of any room or the entire apartment, you can start by building your theme around such item.
Most themes are designed with a specific color, if you intend to use such themes, ensure you can find items made of that color. You may be flexible with your colors and opt for a combination of two colors.
Some apartment buildings do not permit painting. But some landlords may allow it if you agree to repaint it before you move out. Before you start painting at all, find out if you’re permitted to do so. If you’re allowed to paint, it’s an easy way to create a unique color for your new apartment and make it appealing.
If you intend to paint, you can cut cost if you don’t get a custom paint mixed for you at any local hardware store. Consider a marked down paint including paints that were mixed for previous customers. Some customers may decide not to go with a color anymore after it is mixed, or the hardware store couldn’t produce the desired color. Ask for such paints and check them if the color suits what you want. If you find a color that suits what you want, the cost is often far cheaper than having a paint mixed for you.
Doing Your Home Décor Yourself
You can do your home decorations yourself if you’re creative to some extent. Even if you’re not so creatively inclined, you can make a party out of it. Invite your friends to come over with smocks, canvases, and paintbrushes, and let the artistic party begin!
You may not be as artistic as Leonardo Da Vinci, but try to scribble a few geometric or plain shapes for a more contemporary appearance to beautify your newly painted walls. If you’re versatile or know someone who is, you can experiment with different designs in each room and still have a well painted and decorated apartment.
Home Décor Money Saving Tips
Buy some of the items you need from vintage shops, flea market, yard sales, thrift and dollar store or discount stores.
Consider the cost before buying a full bed set. Several vintage and discount home goods stores have different blankets, throw pillows and duvet covers. Try to be flexible; don’t be overly bothered about every color matching. You may opt for items with similar style to make your rooms more appealing.
If you own some items that you intend to dump or give out, think again before doing so. Some of such items may be useful as you create a new décor for your apartment.
Rather than painting an entire room, rejuvenate your old shelving by sticking some beautiful and carefully selected contact paper or wallpaper to the back and sides. Also, rather than purchase a mass-produced wall art, you can print out some of your personal photos to give your room a customized look. You can make a collage before hanging them or hang them individually.