Decorating Your Apartment on a Budget

- Interior Design

It can be difficult to find affordable ways to decorate your apartment or home, even when shopping at lower price home design stores or on places like Craig’s List because it all adds up and might I add pretty quickly too! Don’t even get me started on how much lighting can cost whether it is lamps, spot lights or ceiling lights. We have been wanting to add spot lights to the top of our kitchen cabinets for some time, but at $25 a light, it just didn’t seem worth the price or effort of installing them. Our solution? Christmas lights! That’s right, Christmas lights!

Using Christmas lights year round is actually very affordable and a unique, chic way to add some character to your place. Strands of white lights especially seem to be a trendy way to add lighting to your place and can go almost anywhere. Even Lauren Conrad is using Christmas lights to add character to her bed room by adding Christmas lights to her headboard for some extra bling, I have been obsessed with the idea of using Christmas lights to decorate other parts of my apartment and patio!  So here are a few ideas for how to use lights to decorate your place:


Create a unique canvas piece – see the step by step guide on how to create this beautiful lighted canvas at Apartment Therapy


Add around your mirror via Design Sponge

Headboard Lights

String them on your headboard via Tumblr


Add hanging lights and mirror pieces to a shower curtain rod via Buckets and Bunches


If you have a yard, attach them to your trees, perfect for having guests outside via Pinterest


Cluster them under your vanity or dresser via Apartment Therapy


Decorate the door to your closet via Mr. Kate

So what do you think? Would you use Christmas lights to decorate your place year round? Do you have any other unique ideas for how to use them? Save money and time by finding your Christmas lights to decorate at and start decorating your place today! They have lights sorted by color, LEDs and installation method so it is super easy to find what you are looking for.

I have pleasure of sharing this guest post with you on how to decorate your apartment with Christmas lights year round!

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    Chelsea Elizabeth
    July 10, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    I looooove using christmas lights to decorate! It’s so romantic and cute looking! I used them in my dorm 2 years ago

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    July 10, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    I LOVE all of these ideas! so perfect and pretty! lights make such a difference!

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    July 10, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Many thanks for sharing this great ideas <3 It´s always in each way much nicer to live in brightness 🙂

    xx from Bavaria, Rena

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    July 10, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    I would! When it’s not Christimas we call them “twinkle” lights!

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      July 10, 2013 at 3:36 PM

      I LOVE that 🙂 Twinkle lights, they are officially twinkle lights at our place now too! 🙂

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    July 10, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    This is a great idea. I love the coziness that all the lights bring at Christmas, I am always a little sad when I have to take them down. Thanks for sharing a way I can enjoy them year round!

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    July 10, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Those type of lights look amazing, I really want them in my room too!

    xo Sootjeelina

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    July 10, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Wow these are all so pretty! I’ve never thought to use christmas lights any other time than during the holidays!

    xo jen
    Pearls & Lace

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    July 10, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    This is so clever, love them in the headboard.


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    July 10, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    I usually have some semblance of white lights or Christmas lights up all year round. They can be so charming!

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    Rachel's Fashion Patch
    July 10, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    I am moving into a student flat next year and so these are great tips to make my place feel like home even though I wont have to much money to spend on decor! xx

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    July 14, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Love love all of these looks, so cute!
    So happy I came upon your blog – looking forward to more posts!

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    November 5, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    Perfect Sparkling designs for Christmas. The designs are so inspiring!

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