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How to Make Your Apartment More Sophisticated

06/23/2015 02:26 pm ET | Updated Jun 23, 2016

We all want to be comfortable and relaxed in our apartments, but we still want to ensure that they look and feel sophisticated at the same time. Luckily, you don't have to sacrifice one of these things over the other.

Another big plus? You don't have to spend a fortune making your apartment look sophisticated. There are several inexpensive ways to decorate, and if you're up for it, some creative DIY projects that can take your apartment to the next level.

If you're looking for ways to add some elegance to your home without sacrificing a lot of time and effort, be sure to follow these tips:

Add a Little Green

One simple, cost-effective way to allow your apartment to look beautiful is to add plants in every room. It's amazing how even just a few fresh flowers can make your apartment look and smell great.

Potted house plants can draw visual interest to any room, whether it be a nice fern in the kitchen or an aloe vera plant in the bathroom. If you want to allow fresh flowers to last longer, take this tip from BrightNest and put your vase in the fridge overnight. If you don't have much of a green thumb, even bowls of fruit can add a lot of visual interest to any room.

Stain Your Furniture

If that coffee table or kitchen table has lost its luster over the years, or you've found a great piece of furniture at a garage sale that needs a little work, consider sanding and staining it. Darker wood stains are especially popular right now, and a new finish will instantly make the whole room feel a bit warmer.

Go Wireless

We all love flatscreen TVs, but let's face it: Those wires can be an eyesore. One clever way to keep them out of sight? Grab a shower rod and run them through the hole, then place the rod against the wall.

Give Your Lighting An Overhaul

It's not something we think about all too often, but lighting design can really make or break your apartment. Not only does lighting serve a functional purpose, but it also adds glamour and romance to any room instantaneously.

If you're going to throw down some extra money for apartment decor, consider investing a sizable portion of your budget for some nice lamps, track lighting, or even a fancy chandelier!

Upgrade Your Appliances

Do you still have that old microwave from college? Does your fridge look like it might be older than you are? Upgrading your appliances can transform a room in seconds. Imagine what a gorgeous stainless steel fridge can do for a kitchen that's lost its luster.

Clear the Clutter

Clutter is probably the number one reason why your apartment looks a little sad. If you haven't already, clear those cobwebs and toss some of those items you haven't used in a long time. Your closet is an excellent place to start. Same goes for your pantry and kitchen cabinets. (Do you really need all of those souvenir cups?) When it comes to sophistication, less really is more.

Go Digital

While vinyl can be an excellent decorating tool (you can even frame a few great finds!), it might be time to toss those old CDs and tapes from yesteryear. Upload them into your computer and then invest in a digital stereo system. Not only does this free up a ton of space in your apartment, but it also adds a lot of sophistication.

Embrace Art

One easy and creative way to keep your apartment looking elegant is to hang some art. Whether it's photography, paintings, or ceramics, art adds a lot of character and personality to your space.

And, contrary to popular belief, you don't have to spend your whole paycheck on art. You can create your own, frame a friend's amateur photography, or browse some flea markets or garage sales. Who knows? You might find some diamonds in the rough!