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5 Inexpensive Ways to Liven Up Your Apartment

When you’re a renter, the idea of spending money on fixing up your apartment might not seem like it’s worth it. But, if you’re unhappy with your apartment’s décor and looking for ways to spruce it up without breaking the bank, you’re in luck. There are plenty of easy ways to transform your living space without shelling out a ton of your hard-earned cash. Here are a few tips to help get you started:

A Fresh Coat of Paint

Painting your apartment is already an inexpensive way of making it look fresh and bright. But you don’t even need to cover every wall to create an interesting and inviting living space. A single bold accent wall can radically transform your apartment. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box with your accent wall, and don’t shy away from bright colors. As long as you have the right accents throughout the rest of the space to coordinate with your new wall color, you should feel free to choose whatever color you like. Just make sure your landlord will allow you to paint before you get started.

Consider Paint Alternatives

If your landlord won’t allow paint, or if you would just rather avoid the mess, you can still create an interesting accent wall in your bedroom or living room without breaking out the brushes and rollers. There are temporary wallpapers that are easy to apply, and can be removed without much trouble. You could also consider using mirrors, shelving and other wall decorations to create an eye-catching focal point for your apartment. Just play with arrangements and textures to create an interesting accent wall without the use of paint.

Turn Your Apartment into a Greenhouse

Okay, maybe not a full-blown greenhouse, but bringing in a good amount of plants is a cheap and easy way to transform your apartment into a relaxing tropical paradise. You can also keep it even cheaper (or completely free!) by doing a little foraging on your own. Head to a nearby park and gather some pinecones, branches, colorful leaves and interesting stones and use them create your own arrangements and centerpieces to add a bit of the outdoors to your apartment.

Knobs, Hooks and Handles

You’ll be surprised how much of an impact you can get out of changing tiny little details around your apartment. If you’ve got an old desk or dresser, look around your nearest vintage shops for interesting knobs and pull handles. The same goes for doorknobs and kitchen cabinets. Also, interesting wall-mounted hooks for coats and hats can be a stylish way to save floor and closet space.


This is an absolutely free way to liven up your home. Go through every room and discard everything you don’t absolutely need. From trimming the fat in your overflowing closet, to finally getting rid of those piles of junk mail, to doing away with any knick-knacks that don’t add anything to your living space, your entire apartment will feel cleaner, brighter and more open after a good de-cluttering session.

Some other things to consider, if you have a little extra money to spend, are changing your bedding and light fixtures, and adding a big area rug to your living room. But these extra steps are by no means necessary. Once you follow these cheap and easy tips, you will instantly notice the difference in how you feel when you come home to your freshly upgraded apartment each day.

If you’re looking for luxury apartments for rent in Anaheim, California, look no further than Vivere. Learn more about the community and stop by for a visit today!

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