Ask A Seattle Expert: Decorating Your First Apartment On A Budget

June 23, 2015 5:00 AM

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Decorating your first apartment can be a fun, enjoyable experience when you have the right tools and advice. Two of Seattle’s design and shopping experts have provided their best, budget-friendly tips that allow you to create and decorate your living space, but won’t cause you to drain your pocketbook.
Color In Space
8217 Aurora Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 781-0296
www.colorinspace.com

Interior designer and color consultant, Emily Lauderback founded Color in Space in 2005. Emily utilizes her decade-long education career and her design work experience when creating incredible spaces for others. She believes choosing your color palette is key when decorating your first apartment and here are her five expert C.O.L.O.R. steps:

Choose A Color Palette

Begin by choosing and creating the color palette that will best represent you, your personality, and your own personal taste.

Organize Color Swatches

Colors should represent and blend with existing decor elements, paint and architectural finishes. Choose colors and items that you know you will enjoy for at least a few years.

List Your Decor Items

Make a list of items you will need to acquire, including furniture pieces, window treatments, rugs, bedding and art. You should prioritize these items with your budget in mind.

Optimize Your Elements

Go through your budget for new items and coordinate with your existing elements. You could hang on to elements that are not your absolute favorites or go out and purchase something on consignment or secondhand because it works well with your chosen color palette. Elements you choose to keep do not have to be exactly perfect — keep them if you feel they fit in with your new color palette choices.

Reflect In Your Space

Lastly, sit in your newly decorated space and take it all in. Creating a beautiful living space is about much more than just decorating. It’s important that all elements create a harmonious atmosphere for you to enjoy. As you add new color elements to your living space, it’s important to allow them time to integrate with you energetically, especially paint.

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Tannya Bernadette Personal Shopping And Styling Services
5410 22nd Ave. N.W.
Seattle, WA 98107
(425) 931-4713
www.tannyab.com

Tannya Bernadette started her personal shopping and styling services company in 2009. Then, in 2012, she opened the Tannya Bernadette Consignment Boutique in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. It has quickly become the go-to place to acquire quality, stylish pieces at unbeatable prices.

Use Pinterest For Inspiration

Create a couple of boards to pin home decor ideas and DIY ideas. Go crazy with home decor ideas, and pin the items, furnishings and layouts that catch your eye. For the DIY, you can find Ikea hacks, furniture transformations and recycling tips to create your dream living space.

Lock In A Color Scheme Of Three To Five Colors

After being completely inspired by shapes, prints, colors and beautiful furnishings, you’ll want to purchase everything you see. The most important tip is to stay true to your living space theme by choosing a color scheme. This helps you narrow down the items that will fall into place nicely.

Look At What You Have

Before hunting for new items, shop your own home. Sometimes all it takes to refresh a room is to move things around. Try re-positioning furniture and borrowing decor pieces from a different room. Now just add a few new pieces to get a different look.

Never Pay Full Price

Stores like Marshall’s and HomeGoods feature trendy home decor items at discounted prices. For vintage pieces with history and in great condition, try a furniture consignment store.

Little Changes, Big Impact

When seasons change, it’s natural to want to change with them. Don’t focus on big things like furniture, but rather, the small things like pillows and lamps. Use different colored pillow shams and change out lamp shades only. This way you can play with color and pattern without the big investment.

Related: Ask A Seattle Expert: Shopping For Home Decor On A Budget 

Sue Gabel has been writing entertainment and travel-related articles in the greater Puget Sound/Seattle area since 1999. She writes about music, the Seattle scene and more. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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