Millennial’s quick guide
For millennials, finding an affordable home is one thing. But transforming that home into a living, breathing expression of who you are is a whole other ballgame—and it isn’t easy.
But that shouldn’t deter you from trying. Perhaps more than any other generation, this new crop of homeowners is determined to spice things up. It’s not enough for a home to have the bare essentials, or to be simply functional–it has to be distinct, novel, not to mention replete with copious opportunities for the ’gram.
That gets all the more challenging when you’re working on a shoestring budget. But fret not, as there a plenty of ways to spruce up your home without breaking the bank.
Old photos, postcards or travel memorabilia you have no idea what to do with? Enliven an old coffee table or work desk by having a piece of safety glass cut to your table’s size, and tucking your paraphernalia underneath. It’s a great, easy way to splash your personality onto an otherwise ordinary piece of furniture.
We all love Christmas lights—and they don’t need to come down after the holidays. Build yourself a light-up headboard by stringing your old lights on some clear wall hooks and covering it up with a translucent curtain: the warm Christmas feeling will never leave.
Rule of thumb: Mason jars are a creative, cash-strapped homeowner’s best friend. Fill them with precious stones, shells, flowers, plants, glitter, turn them into oil lamps—the opportunities are endless, and all sure to give your living space a nice pop of color.
Invest in art. Many designers agree that it’s the surest way to add life to your home, and in a way, it can also be a direct reflection of your personality. It doesn’t need to be expensive, too. Seek out street markets on your travels, buy art from your up and coming artist friends, or even create your own.
Add an accent wall. It’s a sure way to draw people’s attention and instantly transform a dull space, and it doesn’t need to be expensive, either. Discover the joys of removable wallpaper—quick, easy, cheap. And the best part is that you can swap it for something else the moment you get tired of it.
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