How to decorate a 2 bedroom apartment on a budget

The remodeling of our model apartment here at Alvern Gardens has inspired us to share some decorating tips for our 2 bedroom apartments. Over the next few weeks, we’ll go room by room through the 728 sq ft floor plan and discuss how to make these rentals your home. This week: the living room.

The living room in these floor plans is about 11×17 sq ft so you can easily fit a full size couch, coffee table, entertainment center, end tables, and even an arm chair or loveseat.

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A slipcover and a couple throw pillows can completely change a room.

Our model’s sofa was once blue plaid (cute, but dated) so we bought a chocolate brown slipcover and some dark red throw pillows to create a rich depth of color for the otherwise creamy white space. Our slipcover was a snap to put on and only set us back $40, so don’t hesitate to accept that secondhand furniture from Aunt Muriel. Notice that we arranged the furniture away from the radiator, giving it plenty of space to do its job.

We headed to IKEA’s Robinson location for the rest of the furniture. For the end tables, coffee table, and entertainment center, we chose the chic yet affordable LACK collection in black-brown.

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One signature piece adds character to a room. Table and floor lamps add style as well as light.

To match, we got the most modern chair available to give the space some flair. The black-brown wood and dark red cushion match everything perfectly and the combination cost just $100.

Wal-Mart has some of the cheapest lighting (2 table lamps and 1 floor lamp for $15!) and picture frames, so we zipped over to the Bethel Park store for lamps, pictures, and a couple new frames for pictures we already had. A frame update is like a facelift for dated wall decor. To hang everything while staying with in the parameters of most leases, we used Command Brand Velcro strips.

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To create a nice flow through the living and dining rooms, we matched the black-brown wood throughout.

Something to note about this floor plan: because the dining and living spaces are open to each other, a certain degree of matching in necessary for a nice flow. We decided to match the black-brown wood throughout both rooms but to save the pops of red for the living room and stick with a more neutral pallet in the dining room.

Contact Alvern Gardens at 412-561-4663 or alverngardens@yahoo.com to find out if this spacious floor plan is available.

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