We all see the homes and apartments on Pinterest... The ones with the pictures perfect pastel colors and macrame hanging from the wall. But have you ever looked at the prices of those things? Let's just say I'd rather pay off my student loans than buy a tan $50 piece of knitting. However, if you still want the same look for less dough, here are some ways you can make your home that dream space on a budget.
1. Go minimalistic
Sometimes, less is totally more. Having fewer things makes a space look bigger, as does using lighter colors. And think: fewer items means less $$ spent.
2. Use storage containers
For those who do have a lot of stuff and can't get rid of it, using storage bins or cubbies is a great way to get everything packed away while still being in the same room. And, if they don't have a color you're looking for, grab some paint and do some DIY.
3. Hang twinkle lights
You can find these at just about any superstore, Lowe's, and/or Home Depot. Hang them around the perimeter of your ceiling and plug them in at night - you'll get a soft, calming glow.
This is a perfect way to both save money and find cool vintage items.
5. Keep your living space organized
It may seem tedious and annoying, but living in a clean, tidy space will give you a sense of peace.
6. DIY as much as you can
Looking to get a gold picture frame? Settle on a less expensive white or black one and grab some gold spray paint. Want to hang that cool macrame? Search for a tutorial on how to knit. Simple things like that will get you the same results you want but at a fraction of the cost.
7. Stick to a theme
A put-together house is a happy house. Whether your style is modern, rustic, minimalistic, neon, or anything in between, sticking to a common theme for your living space will tie the whole place together.
8. Make it personal
If that means hanging pictures with you and friends, family, pets, or just some funny signs, make the place your own because you'll most likely be spending most of your time there.
9. Focus on the outside, too
A deck or porch can be just as relaxing as the inside of your living space. Grab some curtains, thrifted chairs and a table, some plants, and anything else you may think of to ensure that the outside is just as comfortable as the inside.