Designing Your Home or Apartment on a Budget

Designing your home or apartment on a budget can seem like a daunting task, but with a little creativity and some smart shopping, it's definitely possible to create a stylish and comfortable space that you'll love. Here are some tips to help you get started:

  1. Start with a plan: Before you start buying anything, take some time to plan out your space. Make a list of the rooms you want to decorate and the items you need for each room. This will help you stay focused and avoid impulse purchases. 


  1. Set a budget: Determine how much money you can realistically spend on decorating your home or apartment. This will help you stay within your means and avoid overspending.


  1. Shop at thrift stores, do DIY projects & shop from local artisan marketplaces: These types of stores are great places to find unique and affordable home decor items. You can often find vintage pieces and one-of-a-kind items that you won't find anywhere else.

thrift, handmade home co.

  1. Get creative with paint: A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for a room. Experiment with different colors and patterns to create a unique look. If you're feeling adventurous, you could even try painting a statement wall or a piece of furniture.

painting, paint

  1. Invest in versatile furniture: When shopping for furniture, look for pieces that can serve multiple purposes. For example, a storage ottoman can be used as a coffee table, extra seating, or a place to store blankets.

lift table

  1. Use lighting to create a mood: Lighting can have a huge impact on the look and feel of a room. Experiment with different types of lighting, such as table lamps, floor lamps, and even string lights, to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere.

string lights

  1. Bring in plants: Plants can add a lot of life and energy to a room. Not only are they beautiful to look at, but they also help to purify the air. Plus, they are relatively inexpensive and easy to maintain.


  1. Create your own artwork: Instead of buying expensive art, create your own. You can use paint, markers, or even found objects to create unique and personal artwork that you'll be proud to display in your home. Not feeling creative? Support a local artist instead of heading to IKEA for your next art piece! 
art, fire and ice
  1. Get crafty with DIY projects: DIY projects are a great way to add personal touches to your home without spending a lot of money. There are plenty of tutorials and ideas online to help you get started.

crafting, diy

  1. Have fun: Remember that decorating your home or apartment is meant to be fun, so don't take it too seriously. Don't be afraid to experiment and try new things. You never know what you might discover.

By following these tips, you can design your home or apartment on a budget and create a space that you'll love. Remember, the key is to be creative, stay focused, and have fun. Happy decorating!


Written by:

Tatyana Dyachenko


University of East London

Company: Peaches and Screams