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DIY Apartment Decorating and Furnishing

Whether you’re moving into a new apartment or just considering updating the look of your current apartment now is the perfect time to think about (re)furnishing and (re)decorating your apartment to give it a fresh new feel.

And if you live in the city or are living on a budget, chances are you’re living in a small apartment–but don’t let the limited amount of space discourage you from upgrading your apartment from a simple living space to your own cozy abode. With a little time and shopping around for deals on furniture, decor and paint colors, you can take your cramped space and “make it work.”

But before you begin panicking about how much an interior designer will cost, you should know that furnishing and decorating your apartment doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult. Here are 4 DIY tips to give your apartment a makeover without breaking the bank:

1. Use your wall space

If you live in a big city, chances are you are looking for ways to maximize the space in your apartment. While your apartment may be too “cozy” for that comfortable couch or lounge chair, you may not have to choose between walking space and apartment furniture. Interior decorators recommend maximizing your limited apartment space by using your walls. Instead of a large dresser which can take up space, consider using wall hangers to hang coats and scarves and install ceiling bookcases to eliminate the need for large book shelves. You can even hang your pots, pans and cooking utensils from your ceiling to create space in the kitchen.

2. Choose multifunctional furniture

One of the easiest ways to give your apartment a makeover is to update the furniture inside. However, if you are short on space, consider choosing multifunctional furniture. A great investment is furniture that can double as storage. Instead of side coffee tables, consider using round wicker laundry baskets and consider rolling islands that you can use as a coffee table or a nightstand.

3. Search online

One of the best ways to find great deals and inspiration on apartment makeovers is to look online. Sites such as Craigslist and Apartment Therapy are great for used furniture classifieds (especially if you live in a big city), while stores like IKEA and even chains like Walmart and Target have great deals on new furniture.

4. Choose your colors wisely

Patterned furniture, rugs and wallpaper scream clutter. So to create the appearance of open space, choose simple solid colors for your apartment. Warm colors such as yellow or red make your room feel cozier (and smaller), so if you want to make your apartment appear larger than it really is, consider painting your walls with cool colors like blue or white.

For tips on simplifying your life beyond your apartment, click here.

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