So, you’ve graduated, got your first job and finally found the perfect place to plant your roots in your first apartment! But, now what? Making a rental property feel like home is not always the simplest of tasks but it is certainly important in creating a healthy work-life balance.
Considering your first rental apartment is also probably the first property you are solely responsible for in adulthood, it’s important to remember these top tips to make your home functional, yet adaptable for moving on to a different place in the future.
1. Keep Things Clean
This tip may be easier said than done, but it really does make a huge difference. Having a clean home free of clutter allows for more space even in smaller rooms and decreases the everyday stress associated with being unable to find your keys when you’re already five minutes late! Do yourself a favor and stay committed to keeping things clean.
2. Versatile Lighting Fixtures
The great thing about lighting is its inexpensive versatility. Start with the base: an interesting geometric table lamp in a brass finish is sure to add some depth while a more minimalistic floor lamp nurtures a zen environment. Next, play around with different lamp shades. This also a game-changing option to make a space your own.
3. Stay Flexible
Keep in mind that at the end of the lease, unless you decided to stay, you will be required to pack up your things and venture on to your next abode. Keep things flexible by purchasing easy-to-move items that still pack a punch when it comes to decorating your space. Curtains, rugs and even bedroom headboards are ways to add intricate design elements that are easy enough to whisk away to your next place.
4. Affordable, Yet Functional Furniture
Furniture can be one of the most expensive investments you can make when moving into your place. Not only that but your style changes as you age and grow. Who wants to make a $1,000+ investment in something they may grow out of? Instead, we recommend searching for seating options from a discount furniture store that provides all different styles of seating When deciding between sofas, sectionals and even recliners there’s bound to be a perfect match for your current style and budget.
5. Stock Up On Storage
Speaking of functional, fill your apartment with pieces that provide both unique style and organization. Floating shelves hold all sorts of decor or knick-knacks and storage ottomans allow you to hide throw blankets or any other unsightly items. Wicker crates or metal baskets are another great way to tie in your own personal style and keep things contemporary, functional, and fab!
6. DIY Your Way
What better way to have pride in your place than by filling it with pieces you made yourself? Create a sense of home by surrounding yourself with your own masterpieces. From shelving units to wall art, there’s a huge selection of ideas right at your fingertips. It may even save you a pretty penny while you’re at it.
7. Lighten Up
Use art that is light and airy to avoid spaces that are overwhelmed with one specific style. Try a gallery wall full of your favorite photos in mismatched frames or consider a light tapestry with your favorite motivational quote to get you up and running for the day.
8. Peel and Stick Options
Your walls, cabinets, and countertops may not meet your standards or design aesthetic, but don’t worry you still have options to spruce up your pad. While you may not be ready to occupy luxury real estate yet, there are still plenty of quick fixes to make your amenities more appealing. Try peel and stick wallpapers, backsplashes or countertops and add a pop of color or an interesting pattern to an otherwise bland space. When it’s time to leave, simply remove the accents and be on your way.
9. Use Mirrors to Expand
Your apartment may not have all the space you really want. Using mirrors throughout rooms can give the illusion of a larger area. Decorate with mirrors of all different shapes and sizes. From smaller mirrors that can be used in a gallery wall assortment, to statement making pieces that will be the center of attention, the possibilities are endless.
10. Fill Your Home With Things You Love
No matter your decision, your apartment should be filled with things you love. Display your favorite items in special and meaningful ways to foster tranquil vibes that speak specifically to you. Over time, your favorite items may change — taking pictures of your apartment decorating is a great way to see ways in which you have grown as both a person and a design enthusiast. Reminiscing on past apartments is optional but highly suggested! ?