Good Questions: Advice for First Apartment?

Good Questions: Advice for First Apartment?

Aaron Able
May 27, 2009

Hello, A few months ago I got my first apartment and it's still looking plain. I have some ideas that would like some feedback or maybe different ideas before I go shopping. Next weekend my best friend is coming to stay for a few days. She has never seen my place and I would like it to have some style by then. I am on a tight budget. Please help!

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Attached I have pictures of my plain bedroom. I would like to add something that creates interest. I have also attached pictures of my living room and kitchen, which is very modern and has an industrial look. I would like to carry that theme into the living room. Right now the palette is taupe sofa with grayish blue pillows. I kind of created a small board to show my ideas. I'm thinking about eliminating the side table I have and buying the cube from west elm to make the space feel a bit more interesting. I'm also thinking about buying the 3x5 rug which has metallic leafs (west elm) as well as the grayish blue window panels (west elm). I want to make the space feel inviting, but I not sure if so much blue will continue to make the space look blah. Do you think a different color palette might work better with the white walls, beige carpet and taupe sofa? Thanks

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