Decorating a new apartment can be challenging most of the time. We all want to have those perfect Pinterest rooms with the gorgeous pillows and art all over. But it's just not that easy finding super cute things for your apartment, especially if you want to stay on budget.
Luckily for you, I've compiled a list of cheap and super cute apartment essentials that you can actually find online and in stores! Now you can have the dream apartment you've always wanted.
For Your Bedroom
1. Duvet Covers & Comforters
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First things first, you're definitely going to need a duvet or a comforter for your bed. But this doesn't mean you have to buy a super expensive one just to get a cute style that fits in with the colour scheme of your room.
If you're looking to keep your bedding neutral so that you can add colourful pillows, art, etc. go with a white or grey duvet/comforter. If you want your bed to be the centre piece of your room, get a pop colour or pattern!
Simon's has some amazing duvet covers and comforters for all bed sizes and they're super cheap! Their duvet covers start as cheap as $29.95 and comforters start as cheap as $49.95. Check out their website to choose your favourite style!
2. Cheap Prints
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It's important not to forget about your walls when you're styling your new place. If you have plain, white walls why not add some colour to them with nice art!
The cheapest way to decorate your new room in art is with prints! Prints are just as gorgeous as an expensive painting but are way more affordable for someone who wants to stay on a budget. Etsy features a lot of amazing prints, and all of them are super cheap. Prices range from $2-20.
3. Twinkly Lights
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This is an obvious one. There's no better way to make your room look cute and cozy than twinkly lights. There's so many cute kinds of twinkly lights you can buy now like the classic ones, the ones you can clip pictures too, or the ones you can add colourful balls to! There's really unlimited options with these decorations.
They add a stylish, comfort to your room and are actually way brighter than you think! Check out some cheap options here.
For Your Living Room
1. Throw Pillows
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This is a very important part of decorating your living room. Throw pillows are the easiest way to add a pop of colour if you have a neutral coloured couch. They can really tie the whole room together and are incredibly comfy to collapse on after a long day's work.
They come in so many cute and stylish patterns, colours, and designs the options really are unlimited! Find a style that fits you and go with it. Etsy has an amazing selection of these and most of them are below $20!
2. Area Rugs
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An area rug is an over-looked necessity for every living room. You most likely won't notice an area rug when you walk into someone's living room but it's there, silently bringing the whole room together. You can place the rug under your coffee table, chairs, or couch and it will help take your living room to the next level.
They come in so many different patterns and textures, such as a crochet rug, a knit rug, or a fake fur rug! You can peruse the different cheap styles at Ikea.
3. Coffee Table Books
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This could really be any book that you want it to be. Coffee table books are used for house guests or visitors to peruse while they're hanging out in your chic new living room. They're usually something simple and interesting with lots of pictures, easy for someone to flip through quickly.
They could be on literally any topic you want like fashion, gardening, or even poetry! Order some cheap ones online from Etsy or go out and find some at your nearest book store.
For Your Kitchen
1. Cute Mugs
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I'm honestly obsessed with cute mugs. My roommates have tried to tell me in a nice way to stop bringing home more mugs, but I can't help it! There's so many adorable mugs out there with cute sayings or pictures of pugs and it's so hard to resist bringing them home.
Mugs are the perfect kitchen accessory. Picture waking up on a cold, winter morning and making yourself a steaming cup of tea in your cute new mug. Sounds perfect doesn't it? That's what I think about every time I see a cute mug and it's really hard to resist.
Urban Outfitters has some really adorable ones with cute little sayings and they're actually really cheap!
2. Patterned Bowls
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I have some cute, patterned bowls just like these ones in my apartment and they're honestly my favourite kitchen accessory. I keep them right out on the shelf where everyone can see them and they kind of act as a decorative piece to the kitchen as well as a functional kitchen utensil.
There's some really nice ones at Anthropologie and they're cheap as well!
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Once you've got all the essentials for your kitchen the next step is to start cooking! Sometimes it's difficult to find inspiration to start cooking when it's so much easier just to order in. I know, I do this way too much. But it's way cheaper and healthier to cook for yourself!
Buy some cookbooks to keep around your kitchen for when you're just don't know what to cook for yourself. It will give you that inspiration you need to make yourself an amazing meal in your newly decorated kitchen. Find some super cheap ones on Amazon!
For Your Bathroom
1. Shower Curtain
Bathrooms usually aren't thought to be the most important room to style in an apartment, but they're actually just as important as the rest! It's nice to walk into a bathroom that someone actually put an effort into decorating, so don't leave it off of your list!
Add a super cute shower curtain that will most definitely help to brighten up your bathroom. Some of them have fish on it to follow the bathroom theme, or any other cute animals, or just get a classic striped one and you're good to go! Simon's has some really adorable ones for under $20!
2. Hand Towels
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Obviously an essential of any bathroom, everyone needs to dry their hands after using the sink. Hand towels can also be used to brighten up your bathroom as well. Choose a colour or pattern that matches your shower curtain and it will really help to tie your bathroom together!
Check out some really cute ones at Etsy for under $10.
3. Cute Soap Dish
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If you're using bars of soap in your bathroom, then the perfect bathroom accessory is a cute soap dish! It just adds that extra little piece to your bathroom that will make it way better than it was before. These are also so easy to find and are very cheap as well.
They come in all different sizes, colours, and styles online at Etsy for less than $20!