RISMEDIA, April 30, 2007-A recent survey conducted by Apartments.com indicates interior design and home decor is a hot topic for renters. According to the survey, ninety percent of renters will decorate when moving to a new apartment; of these renters, eighty-one percent will decorate within the first three months of their move.
The biggest decorating challenge facing thirty-eight percent of survey respondents is staying within a budget. Other renter decorating challenges include: not having enough space (23%), need help with organization (12%) and unsure of what colors to use (12%).
The Apartments.com survey found that the majority of renters, 65%, plan to spend $500 or less on their decorating budget while 18% of respondents will spend between $500 and $1000.
But decorating does not have to break the bank, as Eva the Shopping Diva, shopping expert and blogger from ShopLocal, gives this shopping advice for renters decorating on a budget:
– First try 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. Add a great bath mat that compliments 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.
– Wall decals are a snap to apply and if you get tired of them you can
easily peel them off. You can get very creative with this great
alternative to wallpaper.