Decorate Your First Apartment Without Breaking the Bank
Start with an art print or piece of furniture that you love, and work from there. For example, this sunny entryway anchored around a yellow bench establishes a playful theme with bright colors, graphic pillows and layered prints. Other areas of the home echo the colors and leaf motif in one of the frames to make the home feel cohesive.
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To keep houseplants inexpensive, choose varieties you likely won’t kill, such as nearly bulletproof mother-in-law’s tongue and philodendron, and ask for cuttings or pups (succulent starts) from friends. Look for plant pots at garage sales or secondhand stores for the best deals.
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Art.com and Costco both offer large-scale printing of your own photos for reasonable rates; you can also find an art photography print you like online.
For example, the renters of this colorful San Francisco apartment inherited a bathroom with brown tile walls and a blue tile floor. They couldn’t live with the brown walls, so (with permission from their landlord) they covered the tile with many coats of white paint for a brighter look. Leaving the blue floor tile as is, they used it to set the scheme for the room — painting the vanity knobs, edges of the light fixture and wooden shelving unit blue, and choosing a soap dispenser and towels to match.
Go a step further and place light-colored removable wallpaper at the back of the shelves or strips of Washi tape running along the shelf edges to make the space feel more like your own.