Sometimes when renting it can be difficult to feel like you are truly at home. This could be because you plan to live in your apartment for only a year or two and aren’t sure you want to invest time or money into decorating, or maybe it is because you have downsized and you are struggling with the loss of space. Whether you will be living in your apartment short-term or long-term there are some simple steps you can use when decorating your apartment to make it feel a bit more like home.
Downsize Your Furniture
If you have moved from a larger space into an apartment you may have the furniture you need for each room, yet it may be too large or bulky. To make your room feel more open and comfortable sell your current bulky furniture and put what you earn toward investing in pieces that are more size appropriate.
Decorate Your Walls
Check your lease first to confirm what kind of flexibility you have when it comes to decorating your walls. By painting, adding removable wall decals, removable wall paper, or hanging wall-to-wall coverings you can create color, texture, and warmth.
Rent a Storage Space
Apartments don’t always have enough extra storage space for things like childhood mementos, seasonal clothing, or holiday decorations. To free up space and reduce clutter in your apartment rent a storage space for the items you don’t need on a weekly or monthly basis.
Add Window Treatments
Many apartments come with inexpensive white or cream colored blinds. While blinds do the job of allowing you some privacy they are not the most attractive window treatments. If it is too much work to add more stylish or colorful blinds it is simple to add a rod and curtains.
Create a Garden
Even if you don’t have an outdoor place to garden you can garden on your patio, balcony, in your windows, or anywhere with decent sunlight. For your patio or balconies you can purchase large pots to grow strawberries and tomatoes or add hanging planters. For your inside windows you can purchase exterior window boxes or small interior planters and grow herbs. You can also add shelves, bookcases, and plant stands, or create hanging vertical gardens.
Often times lighting in apartments is not ideal. This could be because it is too dim or too bright. To create the ambiance you desire you can add standing or end table lamps or install decorative light fixtures.
Add Floor Coverings
If the floors in your apartment are scratched, stained, too cold, too hard, or a color that doesn’t match your décor, add comfortable floor coverings such as throw rugs, runners, or area rugs. Runners are great for hallways and entry ways, throws are good for bathrooms, kitchens, bathrooms, and entryways. Area rugs are suitable for either carpeted or wood floors. For discounted area rugs go to your local carpet store and search their remnant section.
Even if your plan is to live in an apartment short-term you want your living space to be comfortable and to feel like home. By making a few adjustments and a few inexpensive additions you can make your home feel more livable and comfortable.
This article was provided by Mike Gordon, recent business school grad and long-time apartment dweller. If you’re looking for an spacious apartment chocked full of desirable amenties, Mike recommends checking out therichlandapartments.com.