A Guide to Tastefully Decorating Your Apartment on a Budget

Isn't it time for an upgrade?

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There comes a time in life when a chic apartment becomes crucial. And you, (yes, YOU!) deserve a Big Girl apartment even if you don't have the funds to match. Ready for a design upgrade on a budget? Look to these decor tips that will make all your friends comment on how adult your digs are (and keep you out of the interior design danger zone).

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Stack your books

Get some use out of your ever-growing pile of books you keep meaning to read. Stack hardcover books from biggest to smallest on your coffee table or on shelves to add dimension to flat surfaces. Stack them in different directions to break visual lines. Add small trinkets around or on top of your stack to finish it off.

Not sure what books to use? Take the plastic covers off of your books to get a cleaner look or buy some from goodwill and re-wrap as you please.

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Peace out, weekend. ✌🏻️A photo posted by Jonathan Adler (@jonathanadler) on Apr 12, 2015 at 1:56pm PDT

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Go green with a house plant

The list of house plant benefits goes on for days. In addition to better air quality in your home (sold), some greenery can divert attention away from the more unsightly fixtures or quickly freshen up a bare corner. (Pro tip: Opt for low maintenance air-plants if your thumb isn't so green.)

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My mom, who spent years of her childhood in Japan, selfishly stole this Japanese scrollpainting from her mother's house. Someday, I hope to continue this family tradition by stealing it for my own home. #circleoflifeA photo posted by Orlando Soria (@mrorlandosoria) on Dec 30, 2014 at 11:47am PST

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Replace the legs on your couch

A cheap couch definitely has its appeal (um, hello sad bank account), but they always look — well, cheap. Swap out the legs that came with for chicer, inexpensive ones. All the greatness of of low-budget furniture without the low-budget aesthetic.

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it's amazing what new legs can do to ikea furniture! #midcenturymodernA photo posted by m a n d i l y n n b r o w n (@mandilynnphoto) on Dec 16, 2014 at 9:41am PST

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Organize with a tray

Use a smart tray to display your perfume bottles or other containers in groupings. Easy.

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A tray makes any grouping a collection. #bar #bourbonA photo posted by GWEN HEFNER | THE MAKERISTA (@themakerista) on Apr 30, 2015 at 7:46pm PDT

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Use wall decals

Hear us out on this one—this isn't some butterfly art you're slapping on the walls. Wall decals have come a long way and allow you to add designs and intricacy that paint doesn't. (Not to mention—that whole "No, I Won't Paint the Walls" clause on your lease.)

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Show your mysterious side with this design! (Item ID: g15) #mysterious #eyes #walldecal #walldecor #wallcovering #vinylsticker #modern #sticker #homedecor #glamourA photo posted by Wall Decals (@trendy_wall_designs) on May 8, 2015 at 9:26am PDT

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Play with accent pillows

Ditch the pillows that come with the furniture and get creative with ones that match your mood and style. Think differences in color, pattern, and texture to amp up interest.

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Happy National Pretzel Day!!! Rumor has it there are lots of places doing free pretzels today! For the perfect Sunday: grab a free pretzel, then snuggle up with your DIY pretzel pillow and watch #cantcropthisclass. (Link in profile!) 😜 Kidding. Sort of. (Insert pretzel emoji here.)A photo posted by Kelly Mindell (@studiodiy) on Apr 26, 2015 at 8:15am PDT

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Frame it all

Give your wall character with framed prints, photos, and vintage signs. Coordinate the colors of the prints and frames to create a stylish display.

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Incase you missed our most recent round up on the blog, we're talking @louisegray_studio quilts, Veep, and more. You can see more @louisegray_studio eye candy on their IG account! I went to design school with co-founder @jocelin_b and have always been a huge fan of everything she touches. 💕A photo posted by Kate Arends (@witanddelight_) on Apr 21, 2015 at 6:18am PDT

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