Here you are, in an apartment of your own. And you’re ready to make it feel like home. The only trouble is, you just went to Pier 1 Imports and added up the cost of decorating your living room… yeah. You’ll be able to afford that just as soon as school decides to pay you back all of your tuition. Here’s the good news: There are so many things that you can create yourself in order to make a beautiful atmosphere in your apartment. No really, hear me out… DIY decor doesn’t have to be cheesy, crafty, or cheap-looking. It can be simple, elegant, and boho-chic. Here are a few suggestions for a boho-chic apartment:
Tilework is one of the hottest trends of the past few years. Part of what’s made it catch on like wildfire is the fact that although it has a huge visual impact, it’s a lot easier than you think it will be to do yourself. Tiles themselves aren’t that expensive, and there are lots of options for retro, vintage looks with strong colors and patterns. Just remember: tile backsplashes are best in kitchens that don’t already look cluttered. This link has some ideas for making it work for you. Remember, in addition to the traditional tile adhesive and grout, there are also peel-and-stick tiles available at many home stores, as well as mesh tile panels that can be cut to fit.
Macrame Plant Hangers
It’s always a good idea to add plants to your decor. They add a lush feel, they’re easy to match into any aesthetic, and they also improve the quality of your air in your home, not to mention your mental health. However, if you’ve gone to a garden store, you’ve probably realized that getting planters and pots can be expensive, especially if you want to have more than one plant in your house. The more elaborate the pot, the more unfeasible the expense. And if you want your plants to really fill up the spaces, the setting needs to be spectacular!
Well, look into macrame plant hangers. Hanging your plants has a few benefits. For one thing, it will fill up eye-level space and wall space. For another, having your plants together helps you to keep ideal growing conditions, and conserve moisture.
Best of all, macrame plant hangers really are something that you can make yourself. If you’re new to macrame, of course, you might want to start with some bracelets until you get the gist of it. However, once you’ve learned the basic knot, you can quickly make a web that will comfortably hold your plants.
Homemade Throw Pillows
Throw pillows are things that will immediately make a room much more homey. They can be accents that tie a room together. Even better, large throw pillows are useful to have when you have minimal furniture. It will just make your space look more boho-chic and oriental!
However, finding the right color of throw pillow can be hard, and when you do find it, it can cost as much as your grocery bill for the next two weeks. Oversize pillows are especially hard to figure out, so why not just make your own? Even if you’re not exactly a seamstress, throw pillows are easy to make! Haunt the fabric store for a while (look online for coupons) and get a few yards of a couple fabrics you like. Remember to pick sturdy fabrics, and get some batting. Consider strong, bold colors to make the space more dynamic, and adopt one of 2018’s favorite design trends.
Art that you can hang on the wall can cost as much as the furniture that you buy. What can be especially disheartening is that budget options either feel generic, or immediately cheap. Instead, look into some of these easy options for DIY wall decor that will look boho-chic and purposeful.
- Statement stencils: Stencils and vinyl cutouts can quickly go wrong. The 2-dimensional aspect of them can be handy in a small space, but it also leaves the decor feeling flat. So instead of keeping your choice conservative, make a real statement. Buy a moon silhouette that fills up the entire wall, papering that looks like a forest scene, or stencil a map straight onto the wall.
- Framed prints: It doesn’t take much to find a print you adore, but getting it framed will suddenly hike the price from a reasonable $20 to an outrageous $400. Instead of getting the print first and then getting a frame that will fit, consider getting the frame first (either at a discount store, or you can find some beautiful ones at a thrift store.) Once you know the specifications of the frame, you can order the right sized print.
- Wall hangings: Sometimes you already have a favorite print in fabric that you want to bring into your wall decor. However, finding a good way to display it is difficult. Look into asian tapestry hangings, which can be decorations in and of themselves, but are both easy to transport, and set off a hanging fabric to advantage.
Guest Post by Christine H.
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