Moving into a new apartment is very exciting, especially if it’s your very first place of your own. It can also be kind of overwhelming because, if you’re just starting out, you may not have a lot of furnishings and/or decorations to work with.
You may be starting out with a blank canvas, but that’s okay because it’ll give you the opportunity to put your own personal touches into each area of the apartment. And over time, it will be a reflection of your unique style and personality.
Repurpose Used Furniture
If you just moved out of your parents’ home and this is your first time living on your own, you might have just the bare minimum when it comes to furniture.
Whether or not you have a lot of money to put into furnishing your apartment, you can always consider going the used furniture route. You can scour listings online of people giving away free furniture or fairly inexpensive furniture.
You might not find matching pieces or the best-looking stuff, but you can always repurpose old furniture to make it look better. You can always repaint and add new hardware to give it a fresh new look.
Have a Spot for Entertaining
You may not have the biggest apartment, but you’ll still want to designate a comfortable spot for entertaining guests. This can be the living room or dining area, just a spot where you can have a couple of guests over.
You’ll want to make the area inviting with comfortable seating and proper lighting. Adding a Bluetooth speaker system can help you clear the area of unnecessarily exposed wires, keeping it tidy.
Splurge on Curtains and Quality Blinds
The thing with apartments is that you’ll want to make sure you have privacy. Being in an apartment means you’ll have neighbors, and you definitely don’t want anyone peeking into your windows.
If you live in an area where you’ll have other tenants passing by your windows often, you’ll want to invest in some quality blinds. These will run at a higher cost, but they will provide you with more privacy.
Curtains are also a good way to have that added privacy, while also adding simple decorative touches to each room.
Add Some Extra Lighting
Most apartments won’t come with adequate lighting. You have some generic overhead lighting, but it will never hurt to add more. Adding in-floor lamps and table lamps is a good way to decorate the room, while also being able to control how bright or dim each room is.
Make sure to pay attention to the areas that are often dark, such as shelves, cupboards, kitchen counters, and closets. Adding lighting to these areas will make them more functional and help them stand out.
While you’re focusing on the lighting in each room, you can also test your smoke alarms to make sure they’re all working properly, and replace the batteries of the ones that need it.
Art Can Make a Huge Difference
Art will go a long way in any apartment. You don’t need to spend a ton of money on it, either. You can visit your local thrift store for some fairly inexpensive and unique finds, or search local tag sale sites to find some being sold for a cheap price.
You can also go the route of printing out pictures of the art online and decorating dollar store frames to have something to hang up.
Decorating your own place is fun because you get to be as creative as you’d like to be. There is no right or wrong when it comes to decorating your apartment.
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