If you have just moved into your first pad away from your family, you might be stressing out. Everything is super expensive, and now you have a tonne of bills to tackle every month. No one is going to help you do your laundry and the cooking it now up to you. The best way to make yourself feel better when you first move out is to decorate your place and make it feel like it's yours. This can be hard when you've just taken on loads of financial responsibility. The good news is, you don't have to buy out the whole of Pottery Barn to get your place looking fresh. Now is the time to get inventive and think long and hard about how your sanctuary should look.
1. Get pinning
One of the most fun and creative social networks is, of course, Pinterest. It can also offer a massive source of inspiration when you are doing up a new room or apartment. Start a board and check out other pinners boards to see what is inspiring them. Once you have an idea of the kind of look you are going for in your place - you can look for affordable alternatives!
2. Make a memory wall
Even if you aren't the best Photographer in the world, you're bound to have some Instagram pics that you are proud of. With everything being so digital these days it's easy to never actually look at real life photographs! It doesn't cost much money at all to print off your photos and buy some super pretty washer tape to gentle sick them to your walls. Seriously - this is such a good look.
3. Pot your plants
It is so lovely to decorate a flat with luscious succulents and greenery. These bring colour and life into any room and don't break the bank at all! One you have chosen the kind of plants that you want to display, treat yourself to a few super cute planters to put them in! If the pots you like are too expensive, get out your paint and your varnish and make them yourself. When you make something by yourself, you're probably going to love it even more!
4. Play with accessories
Don't always go for the most obvious options. It's also a good idea to not always go for the cheapest too! If you only have a tiny budget for your apartment, invest in things that you really love. If you spend your cash on stuff that you're not overly keen on - it's just a waste. When you're looking for accessories, choose pieces that will reflect how you want the room to look overall. Shower curtains are a really great way to personalise a bathroom and trash cans can also add a surprising, elegant touch. Shop smart!
5. Invite your friends around
Even if you pad isn't exactly how you want it to look, you can still invite your friends round! Good company and an easy-going housewarming event will instantly make you feel a bit more comfortable and at home.
This is a contributed post.