Inexpensive Home Decor Ideas for Your Apartment

Reading lamp over a bedDecorating an apartment can be a huge challenge. As a renter, you are most likely stuck with existing cabinets, paint colors, and other finishes, which can make the space feel generic and uncomfortable. Luckily, by utilizing a few simple (and affordable) home decor tricks from Ellecor Interior Design, you can turn your apartment into a home.

Wall Decor

Nothing feels more generic and unstylish than a whitewashed apartment. Although your landlord may not allow painting, you can certainly add some visual interest to your walls with a few pieces of decor. Simply stop by your local home decor store to shop for framed art, murals, or decals. If you are wanting something a little more personal, consider making your own art or framing old photographs. You may also consider hanging a mirror, which will brighten your apartment and make the room feel larger. When it comes to wall decor, a little goes a long way.

If home decor isn’t doing the trick, it might be time for a new coat of paint. Learn more about faux painting in Ellecor’s blog: Types of Faux Painting

Window Treatments

Most apartments come with white plastic blinds that do very little for privacy. Installing new window treatments can be expensive and not worth the effort if you are on a short lease. Instead, purchase some inexpensive curtains to hang over the windows. When you are hanging curtains, place them above the window, closer to the ceiling. This will create the illusion of height, making your apartment feel more spacious.

Lighting

Lighting is one of the most important aspects of home decor. In most rental properties, you are not allowed to change out your existing fixtures, but that doesn’t mean you can’t brighten up your room with some additional light sources. Layering a room with several levels of lighting is a sure way to make the space feel homier Use floor lamps, table lamps, or accent lights to create a soft glow. Whenever you get the chance, open your shades and let in some natural light, which will make the space feel bright and spacious.

Rugs

Area and throw rugs are ideal for drab apartments. They add warmth and visual interest while protecting your floors. If you are living in a studio, rugs help create separate spaces and define boundaries.

Flea-Market Furniture  

Your apartment may be a temporary home, but that doesn’t mean you can’t invest in quality furniture. With flea-markets, Craigslist, and inexpensive home decor stores, finding furniture for your apartment is easier than ever. Old, out-of-date furniture can always be painted, stained, or reupholstered to bring it into the 21st century, so take advantage of sales.

Visit Our Home Decor Store

In addition to interior design services, Ellecor Interior Design is also a home decor store, offering a wide selection of decorations, furniture, and gifts. Whether you are searching for wall decor, window treatments, or even holiday decor, you are sure to find something to brighten up your apartment or house. To browse our selection, stop by our home decor store today!

Meet the Owners of Ellecor Interior Design!

Haden and Brady Long founded Ellecor Interior Design in 2013 following the birth of their first daughter, Elliott, whose name inspired the name of their company. Haden earned her Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from Missouri State University. Throughout her interior design career, she has won numerous awards from local and national publications including 417 Magazine and Houzz. Brady is our project manager who oversees our talented designers, craftspeople, and subcontractors. He believes in getting things right the first time and carrying a project through to completion – on time and on budget. Brady loves having a hands-on role in our projects as an avid handyman who loves to build and fix things.

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