Article - 8 simple and inexpensive decorating tips when moving into your very first appartment

Article - 8 simple and inexpensive decorating tips when moving into your very first appartment

June 13, 2017

For my first blog entry, I’d like to share my many years of experience in decorating my furnished rental flats. The challenge I faced is no different than yours today, which is achieving a cool look at little cost. Note that I use the feminine form to simplify the reading, but this article is also for men!

1.   FIRSTLY, SELECT A COLORED OBJECT AS YOUR STARTING POINT

Unless your duvet or comforter cover is of a neutral color and has no pattern, it is much easier to match everything else in the room with a colored fabric than the opposite. Hardware stores offer thousands of paint colors, so you will no doubt find the perfect color to match your comforter, your patterned sofa, etc. If you want to find a fabric to match your wall color to perfection… I wish you luck!

To begin, select an item with coloured patterns or a very colorful piece of furniture. Then add other accessories, furniture, decorative items and wall color.

2.   TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOUR NETWORK

Everybody has items they no longer use that clutter their closets. Make a detailed list of the items you need and post it on social networks for you friends to see. Be as specific as you can about the items you’re looking for and don’t take everything. You will achieve nothing if, in turn, you end up with objects for which you have no use, only to please a friend. It is amazing how much you can reap.

3.   DIY (Do-it-yourself) 

You're quite handy or would like to give it a try? There is a wealth of tips and DIY projects on Pinterest. How to build a bed frame with old wooden pallets? Or an improvised portable wardrobe? What could be more expensive than a bedside table? You will find a treasure chest of ideas on how to build low-cost bedside tables, recycle old objects as well as a ton of storage solutions.

You will also find a lot of stuff about transforming and modernizing old furniture.

Pinterest is my go-to website for gathering ideas and inspiration.

4.   ALLOCATE THE GREATER PART OF YOUR BUDGET TO THE ARTICLES THAT ARE HARD TO FIND SECOND HAND.

Some of the items that make up your decor, like fabric accessories such as curtains, bed sheets and linens, are sometimes hard to find used. And who would want to sleep in someone else’s old sheets!

Furniture and decorative accessories such as lamps, frames, etc. are easily found on classified ads sites such as KijijiEtsy or even in flea markets, second-hand shops, garage sales and bazaars at a fraction of the regular price. Don’t forget that most of the time, you don’t pay taxes on used items, so you’re already saving!

5.   BUY SECOND-HAND FURNITURE AND DECORATIVE ARTICLES 

It's downright the best way to save and achieve a really awesome and unique decor that sets you apart.

Rummage the garage sales, the second-hand shops and flea markets, search the classified and bargain! It takes a bit more time, but you might enjoy it!

Kits are no longer trendy anyway. So, why not create your décor yourself with objects unearthed all over the place. What’s important is that you remain consistent in your layout by bringing back the colors, textures or materials to create a harmonious setting.

6.   STANDARDIZE YOUR WALLS

Paint your ceilings white and choose a pale base color for all walls. Decorating with paint is easy and inexpensive, but choosing a different color for each room will end up being much costlier. You’ll be stuck with left-over paint in every gallon. By choosing only one color for all the rooms, you will definitely save money, and it will be much faster and simpler. There is a whole panoply of slightly tinted whites that will warm your decor while being neutral and easy to match with the furniture or accessories that you have selected. All hardware stores will provide sample cartons with different colors. Select a few and bring them home to compare the shades with your other items.

Want more color? Second-hand objects picked through your treasure hunts will provide color accents, or paint only one wall for more punch. Add colored cushions, throws, curtains and bedding. Each room can have a different feel and personality, even if their walls are all the same color. Another advantage is that you can move your furniture and accessories more easily from one room to another and they will almost certainly fit together. 

7.   ADD LIGHTING

Lighting warms a room and creates ambiance. It plays a key role in any decor and, luckily for you, second-hand lamps are easily found at low prices or you can literally make them yourself.

There are several types of lighting, but ambient lighting will definitely achieve the best results at minimum cost. As the name implies, it is used to create an ambiance or highlight objects in a room. For example, you can add a torch light or a table lamp to create a lounge area in the living room. A bedside lamp will create a muffled environment conducive to relaxation.

8.   BE CREATIVE

You want an apartment that is right for you and features your personality? Let your imagination run and be bold! Go on Pinterest to find inspiration, find out what you like or dislike, and jump in. Above all, be aware of who you are. You are tidy and well organized? Opt for a sober decor with room to store everything. You are rather messy and never make your bed in the morning? Choose sheets that match your quilt cover. So, even undone, your bed will look nice!



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