Here are six super easy and affordable ways to spruce up your home décor and add touches of your unique personality throughout.

No matter how small or oddly configured your Washington, D.C. apartment is, we all want it to look nice and make us happy when we come home at night. And making it look presentable doesn’t require buying all new furniture or anything drastic at all. Here are six tips to spruce up your home.

Throw pillows/throws

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The same old couch can start looking, well, same old after a while. Instead of getting a new one, completely change the look and vibe of not only the couch but your entire living room by changing out the throw pillows. You can also add a few cozy throws to complement the pillows. The great thing about this décor update is that it’s also functional in keeping you warm and snuggled up all winter long. Stick to neutrals for the throws, something in gray or beige will match everything, and have fun with the pillows by playing around with color, texture, and size.

Rugs

Rugs are also a great way to change up your space, as well as establish distinction between spaces (especially important for tiny living). Though they can get to be a bit pricey, keep an eye out for sales on sites like Wayfair and Overstock, which often feature great deals. You can place rugs around all areas of your home, from your front entry to underneath the coffee table to a corner your bedroom or closet. Go for a funky pattern in your living area, something furry in the bedroom, and don’t forget about switching up your bath and kitchen mats.

Coffee table books

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Books are a fantastic way to decorate your apartment while also displaying your interests and personality. You can stack them on your coffee table or display a few on bookshelves and countertops around your home. Coffee table books can be about anything from cooking, to fashion, to travel, to even home décor and everything in between. Like decorative pillows and throws, they also provide a useful function for your home. Both you and any guests you have over will love leafing through the beautiful photographs and learning something new. Check out a local bookstore like Kramerbooks & Afterwords Café or head to Amazon to look for ideas.

Art

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Hanging art is probably the most traditional way to decorate your home, but people often feel like they don’t have the funds or the artistic background and understanding to display artwork on their walls. Well there are actually tons of ways to acquire fun, affordable pieces. Start by going to places like Eastern Market which sells art from local artists, and often have cool paintings and photographs of Washington, D.C.; a perfect way to represent your city and neighborhood. You can also check out festivals, or search Etsy and Amazon for affordable finds. On Etsy you can score some beautiful handmade pieces that are often customizable upon request. Amazon stocks tons of prints, photography, and paintings from famous works of art, movies and television shows, photography, and anything else that may strike your fancy, all at very reasonable price points.

Create a gallery wall art above your couch or bed to display several pieces at once or hang an oversized piece on its own to create a bold focal point.

Knick knacks

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Chances are you’ve been to some pretty cool places in this world, and that you’ve bought a souvenir or two. Rather than hiding your knick knacks in a drawer, display them proudly around your home. Place them on windowsills or arrange on a bookshelf. It adds such a personal touch to your space and tells the story of your adventures. Knick knacks also tend to be unique, which is perfect for making your apartment stand out from the rest. If you feel like you don’t have anything exciting to display, you can also find some fun handmade items on sites like Etsy.

Candles

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Candles are wonderful ways to make your home more festive or to provide the perfect mood lighting for a dinner party, but they’re also great for elevating your everyday décor. You can get some really low cost, quality candles at places like Tjmaxx or Homegoods, but if you’re looking to go fancier, Jo Malone and Diptyque smell amazing. Scents can very much be part of the décor. You can pick scents that invoke homey vibes like vanilla or baked goods or match with the seasons.

If you’re looking for a place to start updating and want to shop local, check out these home décor stores on 14th Street.

What’s your favorite way to add some personality to your space? Let us know in the comments below!

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