Keeping your dorm or apartment chic and stylish can be difficult when sticking to a budget. Mixing some expensive things with some thrifted or homemade finds, however, can keep your bedroom stylish while creating a unique look.
There are several things you should consider when mixing the highs and lows of home decor:
1. Splurge on bedding, furniture and organizational goods.
You want these items to last for a long time, so splurging on something that you can keep for years to come is your best move.
2. Revamp old pieces of furniture.
My dad found a pair of vintage side tables and a desk, all of which were in tip-top shape.
If the furniture is sturdy and without rusting or wood damage, then don’t be afraid to purchase it from a thrift store, or even respond to a Craigslist ad.
I didn’t like the wood grain finish on my furniture, so I opted to spray paint them instead, creating a unique chrome and black finish that complements my darker, edgier taste.
3. Thrift your knick knacks.
I’m a thrifting addict and a lot of the things I use to decorate my bedroom are from thrift stores and consignment shops. As I’m obsessed with candles, a lot of the holders I have were purchased for less than a dollar.
I like to keep my jewelry on display so I bought simple tea trays to place them on.
My favorite purchase, however, is a group of canisters complete with gold-finished animal adornments — I really love the one with the hear no evil, see no evil monkeys on top.
My purple throw pillows are from Goodwill — don’t be afraid to look in the home section. If you’re afraid of germ retention just remember that detergent and washing machine will fix that problem for you.
4. Take advantage of sales and coupons.
Sites like Urban Outfitters and Dormify always have great deals on otherwise expensive items. Take advantage of them!
E-commerce sites can be scary as you don’t know if the color might be off or how the quality is, but thats why there is a return policy. Finding comforters and things like lamps and clocks is easy and guaranteed to be stylish.
Hope you’ve enjoyed this brief look into my bedroom and its mix of thrifted and high-end goods. Hopefully these tips will help build your own style!
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