Decorating on a Budget a Top Priority for Renters
Interior design and home décor is a hot topic for renters, according to a recent survey conducted by Chicago-based Apartments.com.
According to the survey, 90% of renters will decorate when moving to a new apartment; and of those, 81% of them will decorate within the first three months of moving in.
The biggest decorating challenge for 38% of the survey respondents is staying within a budget. Other decorating challenges for the renters polled include: not having enough space (23%), needing help with organization (12%) and uncertainty about what colors to use (12%).
Sixty-five percent of the renters said they planned to spend $500 or less on redecorating and 18% put their decorating budget in the $500 to $1,000 range.
Decorating does not have to break the bank, Apartment.com tells renters, and it passes along this advice from Eva the Shopping Diva, a shopping expert and blogger from ShopLocal:
- Start decorating in a small yet important room, like the bathroom. “Simply hanging a new shower curtain with a gorgeous pattern can really change the look of the room,” says Eva. “Add a great bath mat that complements the pattern and a new look is born.”
- Re-covering old dining room chairs or a worn-out ottoman are easy ways to subtly change the style of a room. “Select a fabulous fabric and use a staple gun to give old furniture a new life,” she says.
- “Wall decals are a snap to apply and if you get tired of them you can easily peel them off,” she says. “You can get very creative with this great alternative to wallpaper.”
Renters can find more information on decorating resources — including ideas and advice for organizing, decorating on a budget and tips for decorating small spaces — in the decorating section of Apartment Living.
For information on resources available from NAHB Multifamily, e-mail Ann Marie Moriarty, or call her at 800-368-5242 x8350.