Make It Your Own: Top Apartment Decorating Tips
An apartment feels plain and lifeless until you add your personal flourishes to make it feel like home. Your decor reflects your personal tastes and tells a story about you. To get yourself settled in, it helps to add your own touch to your new space. Still, you don't want to damage your apartment and forfeit part or all of your security deposit. If you don't know where to start, keep reading for some clever decorating tips to avoid damaging your apartment.
Work Those Accent Pieces
The simple addition of a couple of brightly coloured couch cushions, exotic fronds in a vase, or a trio of tasteful and ornate pillar candles on the coffee table can do instant wonders. Accents allow you to add your favourite colours to the room without having to make drastic changes, such as painting the walls.
Paint Pieces, Not the Walls
Another way to add a punch of colour is to paint your furniture instead of your walls. Imagine a living room with a royal purple coffee table and purple bookshelves. The result will be a unique and pleasingly-coordinated room. If you don't want a solid colour or it's too difficult for you to create the motif you like with paint, you could use removable wallpaper with patterns and images that inspire you.
Pictures are Worth a Thousand Words
Coordinated art prints bring a sense of sophistication to your home, but artwork can be quite expensive. Cut pictures from magazines that you fancy and frame them. You can create a giant collage and put it in a large frame to spice up a blank, boring wall. Print out 8x10-sized images that complement or contrast each other. Frame them and arrange them in a line on the wall – vertical, horizontal, diagonal can all look good. Purchase some removable adhesive picture hooks to hang your pictures.
A Mirrored Room
Mirrors are an exceptional way to create the sense of a larger space. For a while, the mirrored look was ubiquitous. One way to incorporate mirrors into a modern style is to find mirrors of a unique shape and to put them up in a group - a constellation of star-shaped mirrors, for example – or use all different shapes and sizes for an eclectic look.
Bring the Outside In
Some of the coolest-looking furniture are those you repurpose. You can find items at yard sales, thrift stores and flea markets that don't cost a lot, yet they add an enormous amount of character. You can use cement blocks as little bookcases, or quirky but elegant garden stools as end or bedside tables, for example. You are limited only by your imagination.
A Different Light
Sometimes a change of lighting will make a drastic difference in the look and atmosphere of your apartment. Playing with different wattages and lamp heights offers many possibilities. For some rooms, you may even wish to have a lamp with a coloured bulb, so you can create mood lighting wherever you want.
Display Your Collectibles
Whether you have amassed a population of vintage toys, spoons from other countries, or semi-precious stones, you can place groups of them all around your space. It is like having a themed apartment. Alternatively, you can put them in a beautiful cabinet or on a shelf to make them the focal point of the room.
If You Want to Make Bigger Changes to Apartment Decor
Some landlords are okay with tenants painting their walls, especially if their policy is to repaint apartments between leases. Some are even fine with removing the carpet, as long as you replace it before you vacate. The best way to be sure is simple – ask your landlord if they are willing to let you make these sorts of changes beforehand.