Bland to Beautiful: How to Cost-Effectively Decorate Your Space

Okay here’s the deal: I painted my room bright pink. It wasn’t my best plan but I’m making it work. That being said, I still don’t regret it. After two years in the dorms I couldn’t spend one more minute in a plain, cookie cutter white room covered in posters. My problem is, how do I decorate without spending a fortune? So I did a little research on home décor and set out about Rogers Park to find the cheapest way to get that cute, artsy look you see in the magazines. I found that if you're looking for the most cost efficient style, you're best bet is a thrift store or a resale shop and a little bit of creativity. But if you're looking to invest a little bit more in your decor, check out the vintage furniture at one of the many antique stores in the RoPo area.

Check out the pictures below of what I found, what it cost, and what you can do to spice up that dorm room or turn your apartment into a home.

Since most dorm furniture consists of plain 90° angles, add small pieces (end tables, lamps, etc.) that have curved edges or interesting design elements to them. They will contrast with the "cookie-cutter" vibe of your dorm room and help to make it feel less institutionalized. Little details go a long way when it comes to design.

If you don't want to go big with furniture, check out the crafts I found to put some color on your walls!

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