This 1600-Square-Foot West Hollywood Apartment Is a Lesson in Budget Decorating

Decorating a rental apartment raises a unique set of questions: How do you furnish an entire living room while still being able to make rent? Should you invest in a sectional at the risk of it not properly fitting into your next apartment? How do you make a space look and feel like your own without sacrificing your security deposit? To help answer these tricky decorating questions, we turned to Los Angeles–based interior designer Genna Margolis of Shapeside to gain expert advice on how to make a rental apartment look luxe on an IKEA budget.

Ahead, Margolis gives us a master class in budget decorating, including how to choose a color scheme that looks expensive and the one item you should never skimp on (even when you're on the tightest of budgets). Keep scrolling to step inside a chic 1600-square-foot West Hollywood apartment that the interior designer recently updated for under $13,000 as she walks us through the basics of budget decorating. From the living room to the master bedroom, here's exactly how to stretch your dollar when you're decorating on a dime.