Let’s face it: at this point in the pandemic, you’ve probably stayed inside so much that you’re sick of your apartment. Redecorating is a great way to make that old two-bedroom place look new again. However, it might be a little difficult to go shopping for new picture frames and vases right now. Here’s how to go about redecorating your apartment during the pandemic with the materials you already have.

Text by Claire Manasco

Rearrange Furniture

If you have a room you’ve recently cleaned out or had plans for, it’s the perfect time to play around with furniture placement. If it’s your bedroom, try placing your bed on the opposite wall or moving the bookcase nearer the window. Have trouble visualizing how your furniture will look? There’s an app (or ten!) for that. Rearranging furniture will take a little time, but you’ll have a room that looks brand new by the end of it.

Woman sits on bed looking at photos hung on wall surrounded by Christmas lights.
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Reuse Holiday Decor

It’s never too early to put up your Christmas decorations — and it’s never too late to take them down! At this point in the year and in the pandemic, bringing a little more light into your apartment can greatly boost your mood. Since it’s difficult to go out and shop for decor, look online for holiday decorations. When the holidays are over, think about ways to repurpose your decor. Use Christmas lights as a frame around your mirror or update an old wreath with some wildflowers to make it suit the season. Reusing these decorations is good for your wallet and a creative way to update your home decor without leaving the house.

Wooden oval framed mirror hanging on a wall
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Brighten It Up

If you have different curtains for the seasons, then try switching them out. If you’ve got darker curtains and blankets, consider switching them out with light ones to bring a little spring into your season. Think about bringing in brighter light fixtures or investing in a light box to soothe seasonal depression by mimicking daylight. Mirrors can also bring in more light. And, as an added bonus, mirrors also create the illusion of more space.

Framed black-and-white photo and drawing of dog
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Update Wall Art

If you have posters or paintings hanging up, think about switching their positions or moving them to different rooms. Or consider switching out your wall art entirely. Sites like Redbubble and Society6 offer quirky, original art for an affordable price. Plus, these sites allow you to support independent artists. If new wall art isn’t in your holiday budget, consider unconventional alternatives. This is the perfect opportunity to put up pages from your coloring books, if you’ve been using that as a distraction. 

Succulent plants on a desk in a living room
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Become a Plant Parent

If you become a plant person during quarantine, then embrace it. Use houseplants and flowers as decoration to liven up your bedroom and living space. If you live in a warmer area, you could even pick some flowers and put them in the windows. You’ll have something to take care of while it keeps your place cute and in-season.