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1.Stick some stylish washi tape over your cabinet edges for a two minute update that you can finish before you know it. It's a heck of a lot cheaper than redoing your kitchen, looks unique, *and* is removable, making this a great option for those of us who rent!
2.Mix and match bold patterns (like folding a striped comforter in half to show a dotted sheet's contrasting prints) on your bedspread to create a newly vibrant focal point for your bedroom. Plus, get a few fun pillows to top it off!
3.Or! Colorblock neutral colored bedding to easily transform your room into a minimally chic pad — all it takes is a simple duvet, contrasting throw blanket, and mixed-and-matched pillowcases. Same room, totally new look.
4.Transform old, worn-out furniture into your new favorite statement piece by simply covering it with a sophisticated slipcover. You just saved yourself HUNDREDS of dollars by not buying a new couch, my friend.
6.Cover unsightly pipes (hello, random heat pipe in my bathroom) or just ~spruce~ up your space with artificial ivy vines that take merely a moment to hang up AND won't force you to spend much green.
7.Update typically overlooked spots like your pantry (or any open closet space) *or* create an unexpected accent wall by applying some peel-and-stick wallpaper or tiles. Little changes like this are what can fully cheer up your space — and are totally reversible should you move!
8.Turn your living room into the next MoMA by creating a visual display with wooden pant hangers and your favorite prints. You can even use strong push pin picture hooks if you don't want to hammer nails — either way you're now the proud new owner of an inexpensive gallery wall.
9.Bring old furniture back to life with a little wood polisher that'll undo even YEARS of scratches and general wear-and-tear on hardwood surfaces. You can even use it to transform your floors from worn-down to sparkling new.
10.Remodel your old nightstand with nothing more than a beautiful knob and marble contact paper. It's even easier than painting and will become the first thing people admire when they walk into your room.
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11.Learn how to FINALLY keep an indoor plant alive — a fool-proof way to brighten up any room. And if you really doubt you'll ever grow a green thumb, a set of realistic faux cacti will always do the trick.
12.Enlarge small rooms with an oversized mirror, thanks to its ability to capture natural light and create the optical illusion that your space is much larger. Subtle tricks > splurging on a bigger/more expensive apartment.
13.Bring new life to overlooked surfaces like fireplaces with nothing more than a few eye-catching pieces of inexpensive decor that'll easily add interesting elements to the room.
14.Chicly organize your bathroom with a brass hot tool holder that'll not only keep your counters clear (no mess = bigger-looking space), but double as sophisticated decor.
15.Create space you never knew you had (and therefore declutter) your closet with a shoe organizing tool that'll stack one shoe on top of the other. The cleaner the space, the closer you are to Carrie Bradshaw–level closet aesthetics.
16.Avoid making your area rug the center of the room — it'll make your space feel cramped. Place your furniture so that it's either in the middle of the rug or so the front legs of each piece are on the rug. Voilà — your living room is seemingly larger!
17.Hang up some vintage-y prints to add an unexpected *artistic flair* to any room. Suddenly it doesn't cost more than all your student loans combined to have a collection of memorable art.
18.And! Strategize how to place your new art to really bring the room together. For example, eye level isn't always correct! Be aware of a) how tall your walls are b) the size of your furniture and c) the amount of wall space you have — more often than not, it's safer to pick larger prints so it doesn't look too small.
19.Cleverly disguise your messes (hello, two week old laundry) with stylish hamper totes. You can use them for dirty clothes or to give clutter like old magazines a home! Either way, being able to see your floor will make your room seem SO. MUCH. BIGGER.
20.Transform your walls with a distinct tile pattern to make your room stand out the moment you walk in. Sure, this takes a little work, but the payoff is, well, forever. Patterns like "horizontal grid" and "offset" instantly make it seem like your home was put together by an interior designer (which you can totally claim)!
And before you say, "who am I, Bob the Builder?!" — you can always use *very* convincing peel-and-stick tile as your new backsplash! Did you remodel your kitchen or just spend a fraction of what everyone thinks? I'll never tell.
21.Put a ✨twinkle✨ in everyone's eyes by hanging up LED string lights. They're cheap, quick to put up, and even add more brightness to your space if it doesn't get a lot of natural light.
22.Hang your curtains from ABOVE the top of your window so that the proportions are correct — doing so will instantly make your window appear taller. Four to six inches above the frame is recommended!
23.Get rid of desk disarray (I see you, receipts from 2012) with hanging cotton storage pockets. Their stylish appeal doesn't hurt, and you DEFINITELY won't mind your suddenly clear surface space. The most important redecorating lesson of today: clutter is the enemy.
24.Trick people into thinking you bought new furniture in as easy as one, two, three — or primer, paint, and metallic spray paint. One afternoon of a quick paint job is cheaper than furniture shopping AND you won't have to put on pants to go to the store. It's really just a win win.
25.Gild your kitchen without spending your weight in gold by showing off brass cooking utensils. Do you cook? No. Do you now look like you have Ina Garten's budget? YES.
26.Match your bedding to your curtains to create a unified appearance (which will also seemingly expand your room). Doing this with lighter colors is most likely to open your space!
27.Polish every room with just a flick of a switch — or at least when they're decorated with a detailed metal wall plate. It may seem insignificant, but every small (inexpensive) change creates an overall new look.
28.Style your bookshelf so that your books are stacked both horizontally and vertically. And then add some quirky decor like a mini globe and mini faux succulents. It'll add more visual interest and show off your ~creative side~.
29.Indulge in a little *vanity* and decorate your bathroom with a seemingly expensive mirror tray. A touch of gold (bonus points for displaying your perfume and lipsticks) will help create a more luxurious vibe.
30.Double your favorite outfits as decor by putting them on display with a metal garment rack. Aka just like the gorgeous rooms you see on Instagram but never recreated — until now! OR you can use the rack as a creative way to show off an impressive plant collection (which'll look nicer than stacking them on your radiator).
31.Arrange your decorative pillows in the same way that fancy hotels do (ooh la la) so that they're shown off to their full advantage. Does anything really say luxury more than a five-star bedspread?
32.Rethink your tiles' grout by filling them with some vibrant paint to cheer up your rooms without having to rethink your furniture. Not to mention, it's a unique look that almost no one else will have in their own home.
33.Open up even small bathrooms with a white, detailed shower curtain. The playful texture will add dimension, while the soft shade will create an airy effect.
34.Try simple tricks, like hanging alternative pieces (hello, cowboy hat) on your wall instead of art, or adding a pop of color on your bed with a bright velvet pillow. Little things can make the biggest differences — and they won't leave a mark on rentals!
35.Take decorating into your own hands — or penmanship, that is. It's practically free and puts your creativity on ~full display~. All it takes is a little paint and rounded paint brushes.