How wonderful would it be if every new apartment we moved into came with a complete set of brand-new furniture? It's a beautiful dream, but most of us have to be a little more practical with our expectations.
The good news is that you can give your existing furniture a fresh new look with little or no investment. Use these tips to add a designer's touch to your Springs luxury apartment home without breaking your budget.
Change the Layout
When we're accustomed to seeing things in a certain context, just changing their placement can make them look new. Review the apartment layout with an open mind and consider different options for arranging your furniture.
This includes eliminating preconceived notions about which pieces go in which rooms. A chest of drawers might become a unique TV stand with storage, or that comfy armchair could be perfect in the bedroom.
Accent(uate) the Positive
Sometimes less is more, and small details can make a big impact in the overall look. Accessories and accent pieces such as throw pillows, picture frames and lamp shades won't make a huge dent in your bank account, but they will transform the decor.
Mix, Don't Match
Impeccably matched designs may look nice on the pages of a magazine, but they don't always have the warmth you look for in a home. Don't automatically discard items because they don't seem to go together. The eclectic look is trendy and guarantees a one-of-a-kind style.
Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle
An older piece that seems to have lost its appeal can often gain new life with a little TLC. It could be as simple as a coat of paint (or less, if you try the "dipped" trend) or as creative as turning a trunk into a coffee table.
Make Me an Offer
Don't feel stuck with a furniture piece you don't love because you think you can't afford to replace it. One person's junk is another person's treasure, so there's a good chance you'll find someone who's thrilled to take it off your hands.
- In addition to old standbys like Facebook, eBay and Craigslist, there are a number of apps that make it easy to find buyers, including some that are devoted specifically to furniture.
- Check out local resale and consignment shops.
- Have your eye on a great pre-owned piece? Go old school and see if the seller is interested in a trade. You might also try hosting a swap party or setting up a swap group among your friends. Of course, with furniture you'll want to stick to photos until you establish interest.