If we were to ask you how many times you’ve searched your Instagram feed and Pinterest, drooling over marvelous rooms that are so beautiful they don’t even seem real, you probably wouldn’t know the answer. Yes, we all crave that perfect room that will be our own personal sanctuary, a room of one’s own, as Virginia Woolf named her book of essays. However, all these sublime rooms look like they’ve cost the owner much gold, and they probably have.
However, there are ways, loopholes or hacks if you will, that will help you get the room of your dreams without breaking the bank. You just need a tiny bit of guidance, a little imagination and of course, some investment, but far less than you think, so let’s create you that picture-perfect heaven.
Starting with walls
White walls are probably the most Instagrammable ones as they not only allow you to play with the color of your furniture, but make everything you put on them pop even more than would be the case with any other color. However, in the spirit of innovativeness, painting one wall a different color would make for a highly interesting detail. There are plenty of ‘Insta-trending’ colors such as millennial pink or powdery muted blue, and while you can definitely take that route, in order for everything else to look sleek and photo-worthy, we suggest a black wall.
If you, or any of your friends are dexterous with the painting roller, you can do it yourself, but even if you hire a professional painter, one wall won’t cost you a lot. If you are willing to invest just a bit more into this element, a writing wall is an amazing option as you can draw or write on it, and then wipe it off when you get bored.
The opposite wall
The opposite wall is a cakewalk – create a gallery wall. You can purchase different-sized frames in either identical or completely contrasting styles. The simple ones can be found in places such as Ikea, and if you want to play with just a touch of kitsch, which is a very hot trend in interior design right now, go hunting for cheap buried treasures at flea markets and thrift shops. You can hang empty frames, or place pictures of significant moments and people in your life.
If you’re not the mushy type, you can always get free printable art featuring posters of your favorite movies or TV series. Essentially, anything you love, you can frame, just make sure there is one dominant center element in the form of a larger frame with a minimalistic graphic illustration by an indie artist, which usually costs next to nothing.
The sleeker the better
Whether you want a desk or a vanity in your room, always go with a white one with sharp clean design and defined edges. Retro comes and goes out of style, but clean is always in style. Again, desks like these won’t cost you a fortune, especially if you purchase them at a place like Ikea – you might have some trouble assembling it yourself, but hey, DIY for the win. Then, you need something to decorate the desk with. You probably own a cute laptop, and even if it’s not cute you can make it with an affordable laptop cover. A glass full of markers and minimalistic planners in contrasting popping hues are mandatory, as well as cute envelopes, and you can get all this and much more to fill your desk at affordable places such as Winc. Make sure to bring a little life with a milk-white vase with a cotton flower. It’s superbly Instagrammable, and it last forever – no care needed.
The devil in the details
Even if you don’t have the nicest of sofas or beds (if we’re talking about a bedroom) you can always spruce it up with one of the cutest, most affordable items in the world – decorative pillows. If the color of your sofa is dull, put a bright yellow throw over it in a nonchalant manner and then fill the sofa (or bed) with tons of different pillows in popping colors. Avoid prints and patterns and stick with clean prime colors, as these will pop the most and there is no risk of clashing.
No bookshelf, no problem
Bookshelves can be quite pricey, so why not wing it, purchase an old Tiffany-style chair or two, paint them a color that matches your pillows and stack your books on them. Not only will it look incredibly Instagrammable, but it will show off your creative and improvisational side.
Mix and match
As said, the crossover between simple, geometrical, sleek, minimalistic and slightly kitschy elements is trending right now. Therefore, you can, for instance, opt for a simple black and white carpet and simple white curtains with black geometric elements, and then throw things off a bit with a vintage lamp with a decadent vintage lampshade, or if tassels aren’t your thing, you can always turn to the ’70s style and retro patterns of the decade.
Whatever your existing coffee table is – if you have one, or a TV shelf, you can revamp it with little details such as black-rimmed glass candle holders and little boxes in black and white. These non-colors never go out of style, plus, with your bed or sofa popping with color, feel free to keep everything else minimal and in the non-color family, as minimalism is and probably will remain one of the most Instagrammable styles on your explore feed.