6 Inexpensive Decorating Tips for Your NYC Studio Apartment


So, you’ve got your own place. Congratulations! Now it’s time to decorate. Pulling together a beautiful apartment doesn’t have to be expensive. Try one of these decorating tips; each costs less than $100!


So, you’ve got your own place. Congratulations! Now it’s time to decorate. Pulling together a beautiful apartment doesn’t have to be expensive. Each of these decorating tips costs less than $100!

1. Start by Making a Plan

The first step in any decorating project is making a plan, and it’s especially important when you live in a small space. Create a simple floor plan and measure your furniture. Then play around with the arrangement until you’re happy.

Once you’ve settled on a layout, make an apartment wish list and prioritize the items you really need. A little planning goes a long way when you’re on a budget.

Decorating Tips: Start by Making a Plan

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2. Everything in Its Place

Getting organized is the best and most inexpensive way to improve your apartment.

Your studio will look neat and spacious when everything you own has a home. So go through your stuff, get rid of anything you don’t need, and figure out how you’re going to store the rest. Baskets, boxes, and other storage pieces are inexpensive and can even add character to your apartment.

Look for furniture that does double-duty, too, like a storage ottoman to hold your possessions and provide extra seating.

3. Invest in Accessories

Inexpensive accessories are the perfect way to add instant impact. Bring personality to your studio using colorful pillows, throws, and curtains. Deciding on a coherent color scheme before you start shopping will help you spend wisely.

Want to save even more money? Make your own pillows or curtains! Wander around the Garment District and pop into some of New York’s wonderful fabric stores, keeping an eye out for bargain bins and sales. We especially like Paron Fabrics, which is known for great prices and awesome customer service.

4. Add Pop with Paint

Paint has the ability to completely transform a small space.

Does your apartment feel dark and dingy? Choose fresh-feeling, lighter colors. Want to add drama and depth to your studio? Go dark and daring. Of course, there’s a million other options, too, so have fun choosing one or two that you love!

Rather than painting your walls a single color, consider creating a focal wall with a bright color, adding stripes, or using stencils to create the look of wallpaper. Visit Pinterest for painting inspiration. You’ll find tutorials for everything from ombre to faux finishes.

Decorating Tips: Add Pop with Paint

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5. Frame Inexpensive Art

Art may seem inaccessible when you’re on a tight budget. Thankfully, inexpensive options abound. You just need to know where to look!

  • Books and calendars are excellent places to find beautiful pictures. Simply cut out the image and pop it into an inexpensive frame from IKEA or a craft store.
  • Don’t forget Etsy! It’s a great one-stop shop for affordable photography, prints, and vintage finds.
  • Visit the thrift store for original art. Try to look past a tacky or discolored frame. You can always paint it or buy a new one.
  • You can even make your own art! Again, Pinterest is a great place to look for DIY art ideas.

6. Go Green with Plants

Finally, add life to your studio with a beautiful plant. Plants are inexpensive, add color and warmth, and will even clean your home’s air. Plus, they’re easier to take care of than you think. Just make sure your plant has adequate light and water (ask for guidance when purchasing it), and it should thrive!

Decorating Tips: Go Green with Plants

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Keep these inexpensive decorating tips in mind, and you’ll have a beautifully designed New York apartment in no time!

Main Image Source: Flickr/Rachel Hinman


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