The expenses of moving into a new place can add up quickly, but apartment decorating on a budget is easier than you may imagine. It just takes a bit of creativity, tenacity and time.

Whatever your décor style, you can find cheap apartment decorating ideas that will leave your apartment with a one-of-a-kind look without spending a fortune. Try these affordable decorating ideas to add pizzazz to your new pad without breaking the bank:

Hit Up Garage Sales

If you live in a major city, garage sales are far superior to what your Aunt Betty puts on for her neighborhood. You can find eclectic art pieces, vases and ceramics for only a few dollars, if not less. Now, that’s apartment decorating on a budget!

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During the summer, cities are filled with sidewalk sales and garage sales, so take an afternoon and stroll the streets looking for some great finds. Just make sure to bring along a bag to stow away your purchases.

Use What You Have

You can easily decorate with pieces you already own—like brightly colored plates or cups in the kitchen. If you’re a total fashionista, take advantage of your clothing, accessories or makeup in your bedroom. You can display your scarves along the wall, hang your statement necklaces on hooks, or create a vanity area that combines beauty and function.

Jazz Up What You’ve Got

You may have enough furniture to fill your apartment, but perhaps it’s simply not your style. Make it your style! First, you’ll need to imagine exactly what you want from the furniture that you currently have, and then get a bit creative with it.

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Grab a bucket of paint, fabric, scrapbook paper or even some wood pieces and turn your old shabby furniture into something that will make heads turn!

Make Your Own Art

Covering your white apartment walls can be expensive, so when you’re decorating on a budget, consider making your own art! In addition to saving money, you’ll give your apartment a one-of-a-kind look that can’t be purchased in stores. The possibilities are endless–even for those who are little less than crafty. For an easy DIY headboard, arrange 4×6 photos above your bed.
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