Have you got the budget blues? It really should be a four letter word shouldn’t it? And it doesn’t matter if you’re good at budgeting or bad at it, it’s noone’s favourite activity.
How do you approach your personal budget?
a/ I have a comprehensive budget set up in dynamic Excel spreadsheets and stick to it each week.
b/ I have a basic budget set up in Excel but never look at it.
c/ I have something that resembles a budget written on the back of an envelope.
d/ Budget? What budget?
Look, we get that it’s tricky to make your home beautiful when you’re juggling all those bills, but a budget line for ‘Home’ will really make your well-earned money go a long way.
But if you really want to make your money go as far as it can around the home, it’s important to avoid overspending and instead get your head around affordable apartment decorating ideas.
Shake away those blues. Here you’ll discover how to create atmosphere, play with colour and master the finishing touches. Onwards and upwards!
You’ve got your own apartment. It’s time to adult.
It’s OK. Adulting doesn’t mean being boring. It just means discarding the smaller ornaments, the older art pieces and the ordinary furniture and giving everything a bit of a shake up – a large signature ornament; a fresh piece of inspirational art; and a few gorgeous vintage pieces.
You can also be decadent on a budget by choosing two colours in a room and sticking with those two colours or lighting up the night with lamps and lanterns.
1. Display signature pieces
2. Be decadent where it counts
3. Use art to raise your mood
4. Add a vintage twist
5. Light up the night
Play With Colour
The great thing about decorating an apartment on a budget is that, when it comes to colour, you can’t really go wrong.
You can choose to splash, clash or match and no matter what choice you make the risk of getting it wrong is pretty low. That’s the beauty of colour.
And if you’re expecting a healthy tax refund, this will inspire you to get your tax done early – a tiled metal kitchen splashback. OK, so we realise this isn’t the most affordable idea in this blog, but you’ve got to dream right?
6. Make a splash
7. Brave the clash
8. Go crazy with colour
9. Mix it up
From Apartment Therapy
10. Bring bling to the kitchen
Do Finishing Touches
While we’ve called these ‘finishing touches’ many of them are actually essentials and may very well be things you do first rather than last when investing in redecorating your apartment.
They’re all really easy to apply – some simple, beautiful ideas like adding a mirror or a plant or some seashells and some practical DIY ideas like adding storage.
11. Keep things light
12. Create more space
13. Relax and go green
14. Embrace nature
15. Master the practical
From Style Caster
16. Give your entry some attention
From Apartment Therapy
Decorating design tips for small apartments
If you’re living in the city or have just downsized out of your large home, congratulations on taking the leap into small living! You’re not the only one. As space is increasingly at a premium in Australia, apartment living is all about living life to the fullest – without the need for an enormous living space. Of course, you certainly have some challenges when it comes to getting the most out of your smaller apartment.
One of the most important aspects of any small living space is to maximise the ‘feeling’ of openness. The last thing you want is to feel cramped or claustrophobic where you live. At Wall Art Prints, we offer a wide variety of prints in all shapes and sizes so no matter how much wall space you have, you also have a great choice of beautiful pieces of art.
There are all sorts of visual methods you can use to help open up your smaller square meterage into an airy and comfortable living space, beyond what you hang on your walls. A great starting point for some handy hints and tips from the experts is this recent article on ’Small Apartment Ideas: Clever Colour & Lighting Tips’.