Apartment Living Room Ideas On A Budget

Apartment Living Room Ideas On A Budget

Apartment Assets Turn awkward apartment features in your favor. Tap odd corners or narrow closets for storage or a cozy seating area for one. In this living room, two narrow nooks provide storage for office and crafts supplies, and curtains can be drawn to conceal the spaces. Get more ideas for decorating a small space.
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Apartment Living Room Ideas On A Budget

Dabito Don’t forget the houseplants. If you could buy just one thing for your new apartment, it should be a plant. Fresh, green houseplants make a place feel more like home. If a room in your apartment seems like it’s lacking something, try adding a green plant or a potted orchid and see the difference it makes.Tell us: Do you have any first-apartment decorating stories to share? Share your tales and tips in the Comments below!
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Apartment Living Room Ideas On A Budget

Don’t forget the houseplants. If you could buy just one thing for your new apartment, it should be a plant. Fresh, green houseplants make a place feel more like home. If a room in your apartment seems like it’s lacking something, try adding a green plant or a potted orchid and see the difference it makes.Tell us: Do you have any first-apartment decorating stories to share? Share your tales and tips in the Comments below!
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Apartment Living Room Ideas On A Budget

Living in an apartment, or in an older home with tiny rooms, can present a challenge: how to make your limited space seem larger. Try these easy home-decorating ideas.
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Apartment Living Room Ideas On A Budget

Living in an apartment, or in an older home with tiny rooms, can present a challenge: how to make your limited space seem larger. Try these easy home-decorating ideas. By Stephanie Sisco Start Right Arrow
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Apartment Living Room Ideas On A Budget

In any small space, using mirrors is a decorating trick that works wonders. They reflect light and make a space feel bigger. Hang a large mirror in your apartment’s dining space, living room, or bedroom across from a window, so it is in a prime position to receive natural light and reflect it back into the room.
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Apartment Living Room Ideas On A Budget

Shine On In any small space, using mirrors is a decorating trick that works wonders. They reflect light and make a space feel bigger. Hang a large mirror in your apartment’s dining space, living room, or bedroom across from a window, so it is in a prime position to receive natural light and reflect it back into the room. Shop mirrors under $100!
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Apartment Living Room Ideas On A Budget

Some vintage apartment buildings come with gorgeous built-ins, ideal for storing modern necessities. If your apartment is lacking, fake the look by flanking a doorway with identical bookcases that reach almost to the ceiling and install moldings around the tops of the shelves. As a style bonus, paint the bookcase before installation, or line the backs with pretty paper.
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Adapt Your Apartment Finding nonpermanent ways to update your apartment is key to making a rental feel like home. You might want to switch out your sink, but your rental agreement makes it a no-go. Instead, modify it to suit your tastes. Hang a skirt around an open sink, using adhesive-backed hook-and-loop tape to hide unsightly plumbing. Hide baskets or a low shelving unit of bathroom essentials behind the skirt.
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Faux Built-In Some vintage apartment buildings come with gorgeous built-ins, ideal for storing modern necessities. If your apartment is lacking, fake the look by flanking a doorway with identical bookcases that reach almost to the ceiling and install moldings around the tops of the shelves. As a style bonus, paint the bookcase before installation, or line the backs with pretty paper.
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Floor Coverings Often in a rental situation, you are stuck with whatever finishes are in place when you sign the lease. If your apartment’s carpet is not so stylish, camouflage the problem with an extra-large area rug that coordinates with your other decor. If the room is on the small side, you won’t need an oversize rug, which can start to get pricey. Get more ideas for decorating a small space.
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Apartment Lighting Good lighting can completely transform a room, and its source doesn’t necessarily need to be a hardwired ceiling fixture. Invest in lamps to place on end tables, nightstands, and side tables. Position floor lamps to illuminate dark corners and hang plug-in wall sconces in hallways or above sofas. Plug-in undercabinet lighting will give your kitchen work areas new life and make cooking tasks easier. Get more ideas for decorating a small space.
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So, you have your first place. After the initial excitement fades, the enormity of furnishing an entire apartment on a next-to-nothing budget can seem pretty intimidating. Luckily, we are here to help. Read on for 19 ways to stretch your dollars and create a cute and cozy pad you can be proud of.
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Turn awkward apartment features in your favor. Tap odd corners or narrow closets for storage or a cozy seating area for one. In this living room, two narrow nooks provide storage for office and crafts supplies, and curtains can be drawn to conceal the spaces.
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Annie McElwain Photography Know what to look for in budget furniture. If you are looking for a sofa and can’t find a hand-me-down, keep in mind that choosing a smaller-scale piece will be easier to reuse down the road than an oversize version. Also note that budget sofas with tight backs and seats (like the Urban Outfitters couch in the space shown here) will stand up better over time than similarly priced sofas with soft, squashy cushions.
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Know what to look for in budget furniture. If you are looking for a sofa and can’t find a hand-me-down, keep in mind that choosing a smaller-scale piece will be easier to reuse down the road than an oversize version. Also note that budget sofas with tight backs and seats (like the Urban Outfitters couch in the space shown here) will stand up better over time than similarly priced sofas with soft, squashy cushions.
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Gallery Display Use floating shelves to show off a collection of decorative objects and mementos. Stagger the shelves for a unique look. Basic shelves serve as a strong basis for rotating displays. They will go with almost anything, which means you can change the look of the vignette, leaving the shelves in place and avoid making any more holes in your apartment walls. Are you doing it right? See how to create a gallery arrangement the right way. Get more ideas for decorating a small space. Shop shelving finds now!
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Be Entertaining Turn your TV wall into a focal point. Hang paneled artwork behind the TV to frame it, and surround the TV with plenty of storage. This TV could have been placed on the console beneath it, but to maximize space and functionality in an apartment rental, take your TV to the wall and place a console beneath it that can be used as a serving surface when entertaining. Plus, having a piece of furniture beneath a wall-mount TV grounds it and prevents it from seeming as if there’s a random black object floating on the wall. Get more ideas for decorating a small space.
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Save Space When space is at a premium, invest in a large, one-stop-shop bookcase that will serve multiple storage needs. Place it in a central location in your apartment unit and store books and dishes on the upper shelves; place bins, baskets, or drawers on the lower shelves to house linens, flatware, office supplies, and any extra things that don’t have a place to live. Get more ideas for decorating a small space.
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Often in a rental situation, you are stuck with whatever finishes are in place when you sign the lease. If your apartment’s carpet is not so stylish, camouflage the problem with an extra-large area rug that coordinates with your other decor. If the room is on the small side, you won’t need an oversize rug, which can start to get pricey.
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Cozy, Chic Dining A cramped dining nook can become worthy of dinner parties with a few smart strategies. Use clear chairs or a glass-top table to visually expand the space and make it feel bigger, hang up some artwork, and adjust the lighting. Install wall-mount sconces that don’t need to be hardwired, or place lamps on a narrow console. If your dining area came with a chandelier, see if you can cover the bare bulbs with shades, which will diffuse the light, softening the room’s glow. How to Decorate a Small Apartment
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Annie McElwain Photography Teach yourself about making vignettes. The best way to learn about what works in your space is simply to spend some time experimenting. Move furniture, rearrange stuff, edit and just have fun playing around. Often, I find that the most ingenious space solutions and display ideas come only after months of living in a space, so try to be patient.
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Teach yourself about making vignettes. The best way to learn about what works in your space is simply to spend some time experimenting. Move furniture, rearrange stuff, edit and just have fun playing around. Often, I find that the most ingenious space solutions and display ideas come only after months of living in a space, so try to be patient.