Decorating on a Dime: Design Tips for Recent Grads

decorated living roomCongrats! You’ve recently graduated and are moving into a new apartment. For many college grads, this is the first time moving and furnishing your own place. Being a recent graduate also means that you are looking to furnish and design your new pad on a budget.

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Before panic starts to set in, don’t fret! There are many simple and relatively inexpensive ways to furnish your place. Here are a few ways that you can decorate on a dime:


  1. It’s all in the details! Accessories are a great and affordable way to add some flair and personal style. Choose colorful pillows, rugs and pottery to show off your personality. Just remember to keep it simple. Adding too many accessories will clutter your space.
  2. Add shelving. Shelving can add dimension to your apartment and is an inexpensive way to break up large spaces. It’s also an easy way to organize your clutter and keep it out of sight. Fill up your shelves with personal items such as pictures and add decorative bins to hide any clutter.
  3. Don’t forget about lighting. It doesn’t matter how well your apartment is decorated if you can’t see it! Adding task lighting will brighten your space and create a warm, inviting atmosphere. You can even update an old lamp by adding a new lampshade or decorating it yourself with some spray paint. Paint is another affordable way to add a personal touch to your space. You can even throw a painting party to get to know your new neighbors!

With these decorating tips in mind, you are on your way to decorating your new place without breaking the bank! For more decorating and furnishing ideas, visit our website and CORT Corner blog.