You don’t have a lot of coins to toss around, but you want your apartment to look more like a grown-up’s with taste than a mish-mash of free stuff – isn’t that what Apartment Therapy is all about? Here are 10 make-it-classy-with-less tips.
1) Only buy things that are on sale. Although you may be tempted to buy the bath towels you want from Macy’s just to get it done and over with, you’ll save money in the long run if you wait until they have a home sale or a holiday sale. If you are diligent, you’ll begin spotting sales everywhere and resisting full-price items.
2) Prioritize where you spend your money – mix high and low. We bought a bed frame from West Elm, (on sale!) and then sheets from Target (on sale!). The bed frame mattered to us because it centered the room, design-wise, and got our mattress up off of the floor, but we are borrowing our dining room table from family.
3) Limit your use of fave stores. Even if you only buy from Target, IKEA and CB2, you should mix up how much you depend on one store or your home will look like a catalog. Instead of buying one bathroom set from Target, we bought the trash can and soap pump from Target, the bath mat and toothpaste jar from West Elm, a Q-tip container from The Container Store and a tray and cotton pad jar from Crate & Barrel.
4) Paint, paint, paint! House Beautiful editor Elizabeth Mayhew’s theory is that no matter what color you paint your wall, it will look more refined and deliberate if you paint trim and molding white. We agree. Also, if you can paint, your colors will make much more of a statement than the standard-issue apartment-beige.