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How to Decorate an Apartment on a Budget

How to Decorate a Rental Apartment From Scratch on a Budget

PS: What were the best and worst parts of decorating this apartment? SS: The most challenging part was probably a tie between the smaller budget and the fact that it is a rental apartment. In an ideal world, I would have painted the wooden trim and doors, and swapped out the ceiling fixtures for something bold and fun. I think I'm the most proud of the way we added and layered textures in the space without adding color, and it still feels cozy and luxe.
Image Sources: Laura Metzler and Homepolish

When you move into a new apartment with nothing – not even a mattress – turning the empty space into a home can be a challenge. Enter: Homepolish. A savvy new DC resident turned to the online interior design company for help after she signed the lease on her one-bedroom rental. She was paired with Homepolish interior designer Shannon Smith who created a welcoming urban oasis completely from scratch — and all on a $5,000 budget. We talked to Shannon to find out how she did it, and she shared her secrets on everything from how to strategize your design to how to allocate your budget. Keep reading to learn exactly how to create your dream apartment, no matter how small the space or how tight the budget.

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