Decorating Filter: I'm moving to a new apartment and finally want to rid myself my cheap, student cultch and want to have a more modern, adult decor. Problem One - I don't know what I need to avoid/get rid of to keep my new place looking professional rather than studenty. Problem Two - I don't have a giant amount of money to spend on new items to decorate with.
I'm a 28 year old working professional and am embarassed to admit that my apartment looks like a student apartment despite not being a student for almost 5 years. A couple friends have even commented on it, and I 100% agree. Where I'm moving next month I thought there would be no better time to redefine my style. Clean slate and all that.
Part one of my problem is that I'm having difficulty identifying what items are making it look so undeniably studenty.
While packing for my upcoming move I've already rid myself of old posters from my university years, keeping only properly framed or frameworthy items. What else should I be looking out for?
Part two is that I don't know how to approach getting the clean, modern, but somewhat unique look I'd like to have in my new place.
I won't have a lot of money to spend on new decor (lets say 250$ max), and I live in rural Canada so my access to items is limited regardless. I would love some ideas/suggestions for how to achieve a fresh, modern, quirky look on the cheap and/or DIY. Ideas like this
tickle my fancy (not the design, but the method), are inexpensive and I think potentially pretty cool.
NOTE: I will NOT be painting my apartment (they JUST repainted the whole thing in a lovely mossy green colour that I really like), and everything has to be removable/non-permanent.