Moving into your very own space is an exciting first step, and some would say a rude awakening. You want your new apartments to be stylish and chic, but your budget is more inline with a resale shop. Don’t dismay, we've come up with a few do it yourself tricks that will take shabby to chic in just a few man-hours. Few individuals are born with the great eye for the designing and decorating. You just need to learn a few tricks and then apply them successfully.
Buy Removable Decals or wallpapers:
Permanent wallpapers are not usually advisable as a renter, your contract with the apartment community will probably state you have to leave the apartment as you found it and removing permanent paper typically damages the sheetrock. However, the design world has started catering to apartment renters and have created removable decals and wallpaper, allowing you to add color and style to your apartment. They are easy to place on walls and can be removed whenever needed. They also work great on furniture makeovers.
Paint your Furniture:
Don’t have the budget for new furniture? Consider a fresh coat of paint. Painting one or two pieces in the living area or bedroom can add the extra design punch you were looking for without costing you too much. Some of the new chalk paints don’t require much preparation either. Simply dust the piece, pass a sanding block over it a few times, before applying the paint to the furniture. Apply one or two coats of paint to your piece and allow ample drying time between coats of paint. For a durable finish, add a coat of water-based lacquer after it dries. Do be sure to let the paint dry completely before placing it in your apartment.
Hide Storage in a Creative Way:
Too much clutter in a room can make it feel disorganized, messy and much smaller. Before shopping or accepting hand me downs think of function. Could an old chest work as a cocktail table and serve as a storage venue for throw blankets and extra pillows? What about an armoire with adjustable shelving that can serve an entertainment center in the living area providing extra storage for books, folded blankets, stereo equipment, CDs and more.
Inspiration with Words:
Create an atmosphere that is both motivational and inspiring by hanging custom quotes on the wall. Words have great power and a way of affecting your mood. So, having a motivational quote awaiting your arrival home from a long day at work or school may be just what you need to shake off the day.
These are just a few suggestions you can use when decorating your Lafayette Louisiana Apartment efficiently and on a budget. To see more, follow us on Pinterest.
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