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Choosing a color palette/decorating style

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One of the best things you can do to create unity within your new apartment is to choose to incorporate some sort of color palette and decorating style throughout all of your rooms. Carrying this palette throughout will make your house seem well thought out and carefully executed versus kind of thrown together...even if you got half of your furniture second-hand and your wall decorations are all DIY. 

A good place to start looking for inspiration is Pinterest, particularly within the Home Decor category

You're probably going to realize that you like a lot of things that don't go together at all. You also have to think about the kind of vibe that you want to feel when you're in your house. For example, I love the color pink, and my old room had a bright pink wall in it. That was great and all except for the fact that I really wanted a nice, calm, serene environment to relax in. So I started recognizing that I wanted something that looks like this:



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I would almost call it something along the lines of "Coastal Luxe." It's very reminiscent of kind of a beachy, coastal type of color scheme, only instead of the sand and the seashells I've got little pops of gold and silver and sparkles. 

I narrowed my major colors down to: white, beige, blue, green, taupe, silver, and gold. While the white, beige, and taupe are just kind of neutrals, I feel that they're still important in my scheme.

But this is my scheme. Back to yours. 

Besides browsing and pinning rooms from Pinterest, there are a few different ways to browse for a potential color scheme. You can try this quiz, for one. It's a pretty good one from Real Simple. Browse these color schemes from HGTV Home by Sherwin Williams. Browse through HGTV's decorating styles slideshow. Or look here at Houzz's decorating styles

Figure out what you like and then hope it doesn't involve expensive furniture because that's going to be hard to do on a dime.

Cultivate images and use these as inspiration. Remember, you're not going to be able to afford expensive drapes and perfect furniture. But you will use these as a guide. 

Soon to follow: using your decorating style & color palette to acquire furniture.

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  1. I really like the third picture. So dapper. Love the blinds (awesome pattern) and the table :) Those calm, relaxing colours look great with a splash of pink - good to know!