Saving money is obviously important - but, literally, at what cost? You want your apartment to feel like home, and while minimalism is all the rage these days, you probably still want to add a bit of panache to your place. Before you let your pursuit of panache drain your bank account (we get it - furniture and decor can get pricey), remember that decorating on a budget is a real option.

The best tip we can give you for apartment decorating on a budget is to utilize what you already have - because it's free. We like free. Don't buy all new furniture - paint and reupholster!


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Don't have time to tackle this kind of project? Even bringing in a few new throw pillows makes a distinct difference.

However, if you are starting from scratch, shop at thrift, consignment and other secondhand stores. Most of the time - and this is especially true at consignment stores - you'll find home furnishings that are in like-new condition at a fraction of the retail price.

If thrift shops, flea markets and secondhand stores are more your speed, you can find some great deals. You might even be able to negotiate a better price with the seller.

Some of those thrift shop finds might inspire you to repurpose and personalize them. Time to embrace your inner DIY!


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Cinder blocks can make great wine racks, picture frames can upgrade light switch plates, and old leather belts can make cool curtain tie backs. Pinterest is packed with amazing ideas and inspiration. Designing on a budget is a creative process; so don't limit yourself to what an item is "supposed to be."

Another budget-friendly trend that doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon is bringing the natural world into your living space. Reclaimed wood, succulents, pressed flowers and river stones are making their way into homes everywhere.

Like we said earlier, the number one tip to keep in mind when decorating on a budget is using items you already have as decor. Are you an avid mug collector? Proudly display your collection on the wall in a unique way.

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Another item we all have too many of but are generally too sentimental to get rid of? T-shirts. You can make quilts, pillows or even frame or mount them on the wall.

The best part about t-shirts on the wall means they are no longer taking up space in your closet. That's a real win-win.

Panache for Less Cash

Yes, decorating your apartment takes some imagination. The struggle is real - but so is the budget-friendly solution.