Are you—like the rest of the world—spending more time at home right now? Is staring at the same old decor making you cringe? It may be time for an interior decor upgrade. And the good news? It doesn’t have to be a big investment to freshen up your design. Here are three budget-friendly ideas to update your apartment’s look:
- Put up DIY wall art.
Adorning your walls doesn’t have to break the bank, and it can double as a fun, creative project. If you’re artistic, paint something abstract on a white canvas or sketch your favorite scenic view on a piece of paper and then frame it. Another option is to frame a series of favorite photos. Print in black and white and place in matching or complementary frames for high style. Cheap and easy.
- Add some greenery.
Fiddle-leaf fig trees are all the rage right now. While beautiful, they can also be quite costly, so try one of these lower-cost (and lower-maintenance) alternatives. If you like the look and style of greenery but can’t commit to the upkeep, artificial plants are another great option. Despite the stigma against artificial plants, this type of “greenery” has made great strides in recent years, and many look as real as their legit counterparts. By picking the right materials, finding a great shop, and stylizing them just right, you’ll have everyone thinking your plants are anything but fake.
- Help your room pop with splashes of color.
Looking for a way to update your bedding, seating area, or bookshelves inexpensively? By adding small, vibrant splashes of color, you can instantly refresh any dull space. Pillows and throws can go a long way for your bed and couches. And for your bookshelves and coffee table? See what you already have in terms of decorative books, vases, and knick-knacks. Also, don’t underestimate the power of what designers call “negative space” in a room (i.e., areas without any “stuff”). Less can be more—and much, much cheaper to boot!
Remember, updating the style and appeal of your apartment doesn’t have to cost a lot. By using your creative vision and making minimal, well-thought-out changes, you’ll love your existing space in no time.