Moving out on your own is a big life milestone, but money can be a little tight as you start to make your way in the world. Here are some affordable decorating ideas for your apartment rental to keep it looking sharp without breaking the bank:

Artwork & Wall Decorations
You can give your apartment rental plenty of personal touches without having to spend a lot of money. Scour websites and online auction sites for prints, pictures and other artwork available at a reasonable price. You can also make wall decorations on your own with simple materials like fabric and mirrors – who says crafts are only for kids? Take your time with it and build a collection piece by piece. Whether you want to create a theme or have a mishmash of different styles, there’s plenty of decorating options to choose from when you’re on a budget.

Dashes of Retro
Secondhand objects are a great way to add a classic feel to your apartment rental with dashes of retro. Visit local flea markets and thrift stores for unique finds and also keep an eye out for free or cheap offerings on Kijiji and Craigslist. If you have a small apartment, try to keep these objects a reasonable size (a massive antique china cabinet probably doesn’t suit a bachelor apartment). These little dashes can really give your apartment some character.

DIY Skills
You can save a lot of money and create pieces with plenty of personality if you learn some DIY skills. These skills pay big dividends when you are able to screw on custom table legs, glue together pieces of décor or put new fabric on stools. These personalized touches can take cheap cookie-cutter household objects or furniture and turn them into amazing custom pieces.

Ask Your Family & Friends
Take advantage of the kindness of the people around you. All you have to do is ask and many friends and family members will be happy to let you poke around for hidden gems in their attic or garage. Not only can you get free decorative or functional objects, but they can serve as nice sentimental reminders of your loved ones in your new apartment rental. Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t have a stylish place to call home.

You can style your apartment without stressing out your wallet with these four affordable decorating tips.