5 Wallet-Friendly Ways to Transform Your Living Room Space


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I love switching up my apartment every now and then, especially when the season changes. But there’s only so much you can do as a renter. Here’s the thing though – you can still transform your space to reflect you without doing too much.

You want to start with your living room because it’s where you entertain.

Decorating a living room that reflects your taste and style is not a walk in the park and it can get expensive once you factor in a few things. Why should it be, though?

We’ve come up with ways to help you revamp your living room space without putting a dent in your budget.


  1. MULTIPURPOSE Furniture

The number one problem that renters face is lack of space. Most apartments don’t have the luxury of a big space, so your goal should be to maximize as much space as possible with functional pieces.

Functional pieces help save you space, while still looking stylish. In other words, they serve some purpose asides from being just furniture. Having a multipurpose furniture in your apartment will always fit your changing needs and save you some money in the long run.

When shopping for a sofa, for example, you should look for the ones that also serve as beds. You never know when you have overnight guests and there’s nowhere for them to sleep. Yikes.

The same goes for an ottoman, look for the ones that come with hidden storage so you can keep some of your extra stuff in there (and no one will ever know about it).


2. Unframe the Art

Most Landlord’s don’t allow tenants to put up wall art, especially if it involves nails and holes in the wall. You can decide to go ahead with this and fill the holes when you move out but if you have lightweight wall art that you’re dying to hang up on the walls, here’s a solution: unframe them, so they’re easier to put up. This way, you won’t have to forfeit your deposit when it’s time to move out.

Note that for this to work, your art must not be heavy so it doesn’t put any pressure on the walls (or continuously fall down).

There are tons of options to hang unframed art – Architectural Digest explains how you can use binder clips, clear thumb tacks, or even washi tape.


3.  Switch it up with lighting

It’s amazing how good an apartment could look once the lighting has been changed. Older apartments often come with those ugly warm lights that literally suck the life out of you. I haven’t met a landlord that won't let their tenants switch the light bulbs though, especially if the switch will be to LED.

Switching your lighting may be the only thing you need to do to revamp the look of your apartment. When switching, make sure you use an LED bulb that matches the performance of the Incandescent bulb.

Even though LED lights are slightly expensive than incandescent bulbs, they will use up less energy and save you on utility bills by the end of the month.


4. Accessories are not optional

Bare couch? Accessorize with a throw blanket or some pillows. Don’t be boring with only one rug, layer two or three rugs with different shapes and sizes instead. Add in an armchair or two and don’t forget your coffee table – you need somewhere to hold your drinks (or popcorn), right?

When accessorizing, have a decor piece that you can decorate around, so that all the pieces in your living room tie in together.

You do have an option to go seasonal and be inspired by the weather outside too.


5. Create an Accent Wall

This is an option if your landlord won’t let you paint the walls. Turn one of the walls in your living room into an accent wall – great conversation starters as well.

You can make use of removable wallpaper, murals or wall decals.


Decorating your apartment shouldn’t hurt your savings and we just showed you how. Let us know how you plan to decorate your space below, and which of the suggestions you liked the most.


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