Style is affordable and is achievable by using your creativity. The key is to use a little imagination to make do with what you have or own, without breaking the bank. Whether you are moving to your first apartment, downsizing, living in a space as a temporary measure because you are having a house built or just want to save money, there are many ways to create a beautiful environment.
Consider pulling pieces you have in other rooms into other rooms and use in different ways. Re-purpose, for example a short dresser that can easily become a buffet table by placing a runner on top with an arrangement of candles or colorful flowers.
Use your furniture arrangement to define functional areas. Strategically placed floor rugs, lamps and furniture can create zones in your home. You can arrange your seating to take advantage of a focal point, such as a television, picture window or a fireplace. You can also find affordable component pieces that combine functional storage with fashionable decorating lines. Tables with drawers and shelves add valuable storage space and a simple desk doubles for homework, household management, bill paying and filing.
When accessorizing your room, remember that less is more. You can choose neutral colors and accent with colorful textured throws, rugs, and other decorative and artistic elements. Keep the balance of your room in perspective. You don't want to overwhelm a small room with large, bold pieces, nor do you want to place smaller pieces in a large room where they'll get lost.
Paint can be your best friend. Cover up old and battered furniture and add pops of color to your spaces. Spray painting is quick and inexpensive to freshen up furniture. Sand pieces and prime coat if needed and you will have a piece or pieces that go from drab to fab.
If you're working with used furniture, try distracting worn upholstery or a faded finish by using colorful toss pillows or table runners. Bright curtains or wallpaper can distract from a faded carpet and breathe new life into an old room.
With a little imagination you can create a stylish space to live and entertain in when transitioning or if you just want to save and spend less money while still maintaining a stylish and beautiful interior.