Whether you’re moving to New York for the first time or simply looking for a new place to live in the city, studios are a popular option for many people with a slightly lower budget who don’t require the space of a larger apartment. None-the-less, any living space needs a bit of tender loving care before it can really become a space for your life. With their unified living, sleeping and cooking spaces, open layout apartments can sometimes be a challenge, but any apartment can easily be transformed into a cozy home with a thrifty, decorative touch. Here are some great ideas for how to decorate your studio apartment on a budget.

1. Pick a theme for your décor.

A cohesive theme goes a long way in making sure everything in your apartment looks right together. It can be simple: Lucite furniture, for example, or accent pieces in pastel, are easy rules to remember to ensure your thrift store discoveries will work well together. Once you have your theme, you’ll enjoy picking out your accessories and furniture without worrying about everything matching.

2. Brighten up with more lights.

Extra light can go a long way in making your studio apartment feel more like home. If you’re running out of surface area for lamps, however, you can simply use a staple gun or sticky tack to attach a string of lights to your wall. Light strings give your apartment a gentle glow—use them to frame your furniture to create the perfect reading nook!

3. Expand the room with patterned curtains and rugs.

Instead of leaving up standard blinds, install long curtains just underneath your ceiling. Floor-length curtains lengthen your walls visually, making them seem taller as they draw your eyes up. Similarly, positioning a small rug in the center of a room under a table adds a splash of color and makes the room feel bigger at little cost.

4. Revitalize old furniture.

A chipped desk or bland table can be transformed into a vintage piece with a bit of paint or new handles. If you’re on the creative side, though, try adhesive shelf liners in different patterns—you can give your dining table a marbled top or use decorative washi tape to line the edges of shelves. Repurposed old furniture and thrift store finds can have new uses as chic, colorful accents in your studio apartment.

5. Accessorize your walls.

Wall art may not be an option if you’re decorating on a budget—or if you’re short on wall space. Mount a few hooks or peg boards on your walls and you can decorate with necklaces, scarves, and other accessories. Your jewelry will look great on display, with the added bonus of keeping everything accessible for your morning routine.

Whether you’re looking for a studio apartment to make your home or the perfect Manhattan neighborhood to settle down in, Tribeca House has an apartment for you. Tribeca House’s no-fee luxury apartments feature classic design and white-glove amenities in the middle of Manhattan’s sleek Tribeca neighborhood. Contact us today, and discover your new home.