July 20th, 2020 | Updated on December 28th, 2023
Times are tough, and the coronavirus is causing people everywhere to tighten their budgets.
But at the same time, people are spending a lot more time at home due to lockdowns, which means that DIY projects are more popular than ever.
Luckily for you, redecorating your apartment doesn’t have to clear out your savings. You can transform the look of your space with a few, affordable changes.
Keep reading to learn about some easy ways to liven up your apartment while staying under budget.
Small Apartment Decorating Ideas
Create A Fun Recreational Space
Want to create a fun space at home to gather with your family? Invest in a game table and chairs so you can enjoy playing Monopoly, Scrabble, and other classic board games with the entire family.
You don’t have to go out to have fun, a game room delivers all the entertainment you could ever want.
Add in a projector and you’ve got the makings of a fully functional entertainment room that will appeal to all members of the family.
Create A Speakeasy In Your Own Home
If you want a party atmosphere that allows you to kick back and relax once your workday is done, why not make a DIY bar space in your home? You can start with creating a decorative bar cart.
Find decorative liquor bottles, interesting glassware, and attractive cocktail mixers to complete the look.
Need inspiration for where to learn how to make basic cocktails? Invest in a few cocktail recipe books or watch tutorials on YouTube. Your friends and family will love your new skill!
Brighten Up Your Walls
When you live in an apartment, you might be limited in the changes you can make to your space.
Luckily, there are plenty of ways to spruce up boring white walls that won’t make you lose the entirety of your security deposit.
You can try out removeable wallpaper that simply peels right off when you’re ready to move out. Or opt for wall decals for a pop of interest.
If you’d rather avoid spending time carefully installing wallpaper or decals, it might be worthwhile to look for interesting wall hangings instead.
For example, you can invest in a few large tapestries or art pieces you love to brighten up boring walls.
Change Up Your Lighting
The right kind of lighting is crucial to make your home feel comfortable and cozy. One easy way to transform the ambience of your living space is to add in fairy lights.
You can drape them across a window to add a whimsical look or even cover an entire wall with them for a bolder aesthetic.
You can also switch up lampshades for more modern versions. Adding in interesting lighting like a Himalayan salt lamp or even an illuminated aroma therapy diffuser is another excellent option.
There are plants for every level of gardening, including beginners like you. Start with 5-6 easy-to-care-for plants like fern and succulent varieties. Purchase colorful pots and a standing planter to give them equal access to sun and water.
You may also want to consider hanging some plants to free up floor space.
Update Your Bedding
Do you remember the last time you switched up your bedding? If you can’t remember, it’s time to give your bed a makeover.
Stick to neutral colors for your comforter or duvet – then, brighten up your bed with colorful throw pillows, throw blankets, and a bed skirt.
Change Out Knobs
Kitchen knobs are fairly basic, but you can transform the entire look of your kitchen space by switching the knobs and drawer pulls out for something more modern.
Consider gold and leucite options or go for a bohemian vibe with mix and match patterns. The key is to have fun with it.
Changing Up Your Apartment, Without Permanent Damage
Living in an apartment comes with some strict restrictions most of the time.
You likely aren’t allowed to paint your walls, for example. But that doesn’t mean you’re stuck staring at boring walls and décor all day.
There’s plenty you can do to brighten up your living space that won’t cost you an arm and a leg. With these tips, you can transform your apartment and turn it into your dream living space.