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The fact that you have a limited student’s budget which could never realistically afford you one of those modern houses you dream of shouldn’t stop you from dreaming about modern living though. With some creative interior decorating, bargain-hunting and arrangement hacks, you can enjoy living in a contemporary-styled apartment even on your student’s budget.
The Building is Only Part of the Equation
You’re likely renting if you’re still a student living on a student’s budget, but if you’re staying in your own private apartment as opposed to the university’s residences, no matter what architectural style the building is in, you can still work the interior space to depict a contemporary style. The building is indeed half of the equation, but most modern day buildings already feature the profile of ultra-modern or contemporary designs and these ones are much easier to work with if you want to top it off with a contemporary interior space.
Accentuating the Perimeter
Modern living is about interior spaces that flow seamlessly into the outdoors, characterised by big entrances and big windows. The entrances tend to disappear when the doors are fully opened, creating the illusion of an open house with no doors at all. To achieve the same effect in your apartment, or something close to it rather, make use of balcony entrances and doorways as placement spots for some of your living-area furniture. A collection of dresser-chair type couches (those cubic ones) will work well to achieve this if a few of them line the entryway. To really give this effect some power, make sure to choose dresser-chair couches that match some outdoor elements in colour. I’d have said grass-green ones, but since your apartment will likely not be on the ground floor, some colours brought in from outside your balcony door for instance maybe be a sky-blue, earthy-brown or red if you have a face-brick exterior, or perhaps even some green if you have a good amount of roof-top or balcony-garden shrubbery.
Accentuating the perimeter is topped-off by placing most of your interior furniture closer to the walls of the main living space, creating the illusion of a big and open interior space that is synonymous with a modern-styled home.
Demo Furniture Pieces
Don’t be in too much of a rush to have your interior space completely finished by way of the decorations. True bargains are the preserve of those who can wait and are patient enough to hunt them using all channels. Demo furniture can afford students some quality contemporary pieces at a very nice price, which will have your apartment looking like a million quid on a budget.