Whether you are about to move into an apartment or looking to spruce up your present one, you will not need to break the bank to transform your dwelling into an inviting home. Because apartments generally yield fewer rooms to tackle, a limited budget will allow you to easily decorate with style and grace, even in a smaller space.
Nothing makes a room appear more revitalized than a fresh coat of paint on the walls. Painting is an inexpensive way to change the look of a room and a simple enough task that can be accomplished as a weekend project. Be sure to get your landlord’s approval if you are renting. In smaller homes, it is best to choose colors that lean toward a paler neutral shade, such as the lightest taupe or the palest silvery grey. These lighter hues reflect natural and artificial light, making a room look brighter and thus appear larger, unlike darker tones that can make a room feel boxed in. Accent the look by painting baseboards, moldings, door frames and windowsills a bright white.
Color Your World
Next you will want to infuse the neutral palette with bursts of color. Choose a color that evokes happiness when you gaze upon it. Whether that would be a bold red, tropical turquoise, royal blue or natural sage, the choice is yours. You might choose one color to flow from the living room and dining area on into the kitchen and then a second color scheme for the bedroom and bath. Adding these colorful embellishments is inexpensive because they come your way in small purchases that you make over time, many of which can be found in discount stores. You may come across perfect examples of these items when you least expect.
For the living room:
- Decorative pillows for the sofa
- Tray or bowl for the coffee table
- Chenille throw blanket for the recliner
For the bedroom:
- Comforter set and decorative pillows for the bed
For the kitchen:
- Set of coffee mugs
- Set of canisters
- Tea kettle
All of the above items can be found in the color(s) of your choosing.
Metal or Wood?
You may also want to choose a natural material that will best suit your taste when viewed alongside your color choice, such as wood, pewter or brushed nickel, brass or black wrought iron. These will inspire choosing other decorative pieces for your apartment, including:
- Lamps Picture frames Switch plates Magazine rack
- Wall sconces that showcase candles in your color choice make an adorning addition to any small wall space.
If your apartment has the space for a display shelf or table, you may choose to highlight a small collection. Perhaps you inherited an heirloom pitcher that has been in your family for years. You can display it proudly among just a few other pitchers that you find at antique shops. Pitchers, teapots, pottery and vases are all examples of ceramic art collections that can give a room that homey comforting feeling.
Flowers have the power to add color and cheer to any room. Choose seasonal blooms to usher in the seasons and holidays. By opting for quality silk arrangements for each room, they will last through the season and when you swap them out they can be relegated to a closet to reuse next year.
Decorating an apartment, great or small, even on a limited budget, can be accomplished tastefully. With minimal effort, your apartment will become your sanctuary that welcomes you home.