A new apartment means a new space to decorate. And if you’re looking for a new vibe, redecorating your current place can also be fun. But we also know that both of these can be costly. To save money and time, check out these easy apartment decorating tips.

Text by Nicole Anderson

Record album propped against wall.
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Record Wall

This decorating idea is easy, cheap and hip. You can find old records at a local thrift store for a low price. Try to look for a certain color scheme or size. Then, you can hang the records in their jackets using special (and affordable!) frames. Or, after cleaning up the records themselves, you can easily hang them on the wall in an attractive pattern.

Square marshmallows stacked in glass cookie jar.
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Organized Cookie Jars

You may think cookie jars belong on your grandma’s kitchen countertop. Think again! Cookie jars can spruce up your home in a sleek, high-impact, and, most importantly, affordable way. Step one: find the perfect glass jar. Next, stack your cookies — or other sweets! — in a pattern. Lastly, try not to eat your new work of art!

Mirror decor in apartment.
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Mirrors

Mirror, mirror, what’s on the wall? The best decor secret of them all! Take a moment to reflect, and you’ll realize that mirrors mean endless decorating possibilities. Plus, you can buy cheap mirrors of all shapes and sizes online. Then, hang them in an intriguing pattern. We love this honeycomb pattern, made from hexagonal mirrors! Alternately, you can DIY one of these 30 awesome decorative mirrors.

Gallery-style bedroom wall.

Gallery Wall

One of the most popular ways to decorate is by creating a gallery wall. Gallery walls let you show your personality or display your favorite memories in a cheap and modern way. Just collect old frames, posters and decorations to arrange in an eye-pleasing pattern. And you can even paint the old frames. Nervous about arranging your gallery wall? There’s an app for that!

Wooden crate plant shelf.
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Crates

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, the old saying goes. And that’s certainly true of crates! Stain or paint them to match the décor of the room. Or make your own crates, following these simple directions! Then, check out these 23 ways to add a wow-factor to any space. Crates can be used as shelves to to display your photos or mementos. Don’t want to risk your deposit by putting holes in your walls? Build a crate-tastic entertainment stand! The ideas are endless.