Decorating your house or apartment can be overwhelming. Whether you're a new homeowner or you're renting your first cramped studio in the city, adding furniture and décor to make that space your own is no easy feat.
Let's start with the basics.
Interior design is important. It's a way of adding a certain flavor to a room—it's a design footprint on your personal space. The right combination of sofas and rugs could bring your personality to life in furniture form. But where to start?
While things like accent trays and sheer curtains sound like a good idea, it's important to begin with the simple stuff first. You'll want a desk first, for example, before you start shopping for the trendiest looking paperweight. And for those of us looking to decorate without destroying our wallets (hello!), we've assembled a list of décor tips and must-haves at reasonable price points help you find your way.
Are you ready for some interior design inspo?
Attention to detail can make all the difference in your living space. Don't overlook the small stuff—finding the right decorative pillow or potted succulent can be an easy (and inexpensive) way to add an element of design to your space. For under $20, we've found examples of the home décor options that you can add to a couch or a tabletop. While a small plant will bring life to your room (literally), a lantern is a softer way to introduce light to a forgotten corner.
When designing on a budget, it's important to be pretty and practical. Patterned bins or baskets are the ideal way to keep your room organized (especially if it's small) with an added element of design. Stack a them on your bookshelf or label a set for all your kitchen needs—these storage items are a total must. And, when shopping for serving platters or trays, go for something that would also look nice displayed on your counter and filled with fruit.
When amping up your living space, think about home décor pieces that are also a gift to yourself. A chunky, knit throw looks as good draped over your couch as it does wrapped around your body. Invest in a stylish kettle that makes great tea while making a statement on your stovetop. Home décor companies also sell bathrobes, which we consider an essential for your bathroom and your wellbeing. Now, you've got all the design fixings for a night of Netflix and chill.
When you start shopping for pieces that creep towards the triple-digit range, opt for staple items that are durable. Look for floor lamps that are built to last or an ottoman that can double as additional seating when unexpected guests stop by. A framed print can really improve the feeling of a room, but choose a timeless image that complements your aesthetic—you don't want to end up changing out the artwork because you've grown tired of it after a while.
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