Local thrift stores are an excellent resource for finding all kinds of decorative items to breathe new life into your home décor. If you choose to utilize your local thrift stores, try to go in with an open mind. That means you shouldn’t be looking for that perfect piece in an exact color or shade of wood – you’re likely going to be sorely disappointed. However, if you go in with basic criteria – you’re looking for vintage decorative items for your living room, for example – you could easily find something that looks great in your apartment for pennies.
A $100 isn’t a lot of money, so if that’s all you want to spend to spruce up your place you’re going to have to pick small items that make a big impact. Brightly colored throw pillows and blankets for your couch and chairs can instantly transform your room for very little money, as can small decorative items like lamps and vases. To make the biggest impact, look for items that don’t just blend in with your décor, but stand out – in an eye-catching, positive way, of course.
Online classified sites like Craigslist, Apartment Therapy and Backpage are an excellent source for finding used decorative items at a fraction of their normal cost. Of course, you’ll have to do some digging to find the right piece for your apartment, and you may not find what you’re looking for the first time you browse the Craigslist ads. Look often and look frequently, and when you see something you just can’t live without, call or e-mail the seller right away. Sale items go fast on most classified sites.
When you think about redesigning your apartment, you might not instantly think of applying paint. But painting is one of the cheapest things you do to redo your space. Choose a small area like an accent wall and pick a bold, vibrant color that compliments your furniture, but also stands out a little bit. Colors like pale yellow, deep red and indigo are excellent, and can work with a variety of different styles. If you do choose to paint your walls, make sure your landlord isn’t going to pitch a fit. In most cases, your landlord probably won’t care if you paint a wall or two, though they may ask you to paint a more neutral color when and if you move out.
This post was written by Wallace, a writer for Venice apartments. When he’s not writing he enjoys gardening and finding new recipes to make.