Decorating a one bedroom apartment when you are renting can seem a daunting task, especially when you are first starting out. We have come up with 3 cost effect high impact tips for college students and those just leaving the nest below:
Light Wall Paints or Artwork:
Most designers agree that using paint is the most cost-effective high impact change you can make. The problem is, that most universities and apartment complexes will limit what you can do with the walls. In lieu of painting, try using bright colored artwork instead.
In today’s world of Hobby Lobby, Ross, Kirkland’s and the like, finding large colorful art on discount is not a difficult task. Moreover, try your hand at painting your own art. While large canvases can be expensive, a cluster of smaller canvas can easily be purchased for around $25 - $40. And Hobby Lobby’s stencil section can help those who feel they lack the creativity to pull this off freehand. Stencil on your favorite shapes and get busy painting in colors that coordinate with your furniture.
Furniture for impact:
Most of us grew up in traditional homes that had a living, dining, and separate bedrooms. It’s hard to shake the idea that rooms can be multipurpose. For example, in a one bedroom apartment, the dining area can double as an office for college students and for those just starting out. And while we are conditioned to think our living area needs a sofa, you may find that two roomy armchairs are more appropriate given space. Adding a cocktail table that can double as a desk and use a 5x8 area rug to boost the color of the room are just a few examples.
Organize with Shelving:
Open wall mounted shelving not only conserves space but gives you ample space to display artwork, treasured books and memorabilia. When artfully arrange this solution can act as a focal point and really pull a room together. Keep in mind that hanging shelves have a maximum load capacity, most apartment complexes have maintenance personnel that can assist you with finding studs in the wall, this will add stability to the shelving and for slightly heavier object placement.
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