Looking for cheap creative ideas to decorate your shared flat without spending much money? Well, here you can get inspired to create your “second home” with a minimum of effort.
It has been proven that interior design can affect our mood and emotions, so there is no doubt that living in a beautiful environment can have a positive impact on our daily lives.
However, decorating a rented apartment can quickly become a costly effort. It all starts with buying a nice coffee table, which quickly turns into wanting candles, a rug and works of art to complete the coffee table that you just bought. Also, any interior design involves limiting yourself to the requirements of the flat owner. You cannot make major changes such as painting the walls if the owner may not agree with it.
Fortunately, there are several ways to cheaply decorate your rented apartment, to feel at home and to comply with the owner's limits.
With creative DIY items that you can make yourself, you can decorate your apartment without spending too much. If you share the rent with a roommate, the better you will be able to decorate together. Whether it's renovation work you already have at home or recycling used items, there are plenty of ways you can give your rented apartment a "home" feel and a personal touch.
Here are 6 creative ideas to decorate your rented apartment:
1. Leave a “personal note” to your room
We believe you've heard so far of those pictures of hanging memories above the bed or on one of the walls. This idea is really nice and also a way to leave a “personal note” to your room with the most beautiful memories.
* Instead of pictures, another cheap decor idea would be those garland lights placed on or over the bed headboard.
2. Use unique storage compartments
Apartments for rent tend to have a minimum storage space, which can lead to a cluttered and crowded appearance of the rooms. Living in a messy place due to lack of storage space is not so nice, but with a little bit of creativity you can solve this problem.
Did you know that ladder shelfs are now a trend?
For example, for a creative open shelf-concept, you can refurbish a ladder to create a modern storage space. It's simple! You can use a wooden ladder and open it enough to secure shelves at every step. This idea of storage furniture can be used to put objects that add a decorative note to the room, such as books, plants, photos or small hand-made decorations.
Another simple wooden ladder you can reuse is like that one from the first picture and it is more like a decorative object itself. You can build one or you can find one if you ask your grandparents.
* You can use the same concept for the bathroom, to put towels, cosmetics, paper and much more.
3. Refurbish your old furniture
A single piece of furniture can instantly enhance the look of a room. But, attractive furniture with a lot of character can cost quite a lot. Improve your own furniture instead! Restoring is much cheaper than replacing.
If you are looking for a specific piece of furniture, try to find a used one and customize it to your own taste.
For example, an old sewing machine can be turned into a vintage table or an old chair can be painted and accessorised with cushions or artificial fur.
4. Hand-made objects: forever in trend
Did you know that an easy way to freshen up a room stands in the way you accessorize it? From, mirrors, lamps, books to works of art you can completely transform the look of your space. Moreover, if you live in a furnished apartment and don’t have much flexibility in renovating furniture or to make permanent changes, adding accessories can be the perfect alternative for you to feel like home.
One of the easiest way to decorate a rented apartment is to give life to rooms with plants. We recommend you to buy plants from local garden centers or flower markets to reduce costs, because sometimes the plant pots are really expensive. We have some cool cheap ideas for plant pots that you can make yourself. There are lots of creative ways to reuse items you already have at home, such as bottles, bowls or mugs. You’ll need just a bit of imagination!
* If you want to make something a little bit different, the hanging plants will instantly add bright cheeriness to any room and also will reduce the room space.
5. Add extra color to your space with new pillows and blankets
Pillows and blankets are a quick and easy way to completely transform the look of a room. With a little bit of creativity, they can help refresh the look of your apartment without spending too much time or money.
6. Light up your room with lamps
Natural light can make a space look bigger than it is, but without it, lamps can create the same effect if they are strategically placed in the corners of the room or next to the bed.
Here are some ideas to decorate your rent apartment cheaply and without too many changes. We hope that we have stimulated your imagination and that you will be able to find the best ideas to decorate your apartment, so that you feel as comfortable as possible and close to the place you can call home.
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