Do you remember when you got your first apartment? That feeling of the freedom and “adulthood?” The apartment was your oyster and you had big plans for turning it into the ultimate pad for entertaining, and for kicking back and relaxing. Even if you were able to splurge on some great décor in the beginning, apartment life can get quite dull after a few months, leaving you yearning for a new place to call home. But being able to appreciate your digs doesn’t mean you have to call the movers. There are small changes you can make that will breathe new life into your apartment. Check out some of our tips below.
- Make Life Rosy
One of the best ways to breathe life into your apartment is to bring in some plant life. Flowers are a simple touch that can add a touch of brightness to your apartment. In addition, according to a study conducted by Rutgers, “the presence of flowers triggers happy emotions, heightens feelings of life satisfaction and affects social behavior in a positive manner.” If you’re not a huge fan of flowers, the good news is that succulents are all the rage in 2016 and can make for great centerpieces in a room. So go ahead, add some flowers to your apartment. Who knows? It may even improve your relationship with your roommate.
- Change with the Seasons
While apartments may not afford all the room in the world to keep different décor for every changing season, having some focal pieces that you can update throughout the year is a great way to help keep things fresh and new. Consider adding themed décor in your entryway or at the end of a prominent hallway – basically any areas where your eye is naturally drawn to in your movements within the apartment. You’d be surprised how serene beach décor can help you feel, even if you’re not lucky enough to live in an apartment in San Diego where its beach season year round.
- Choose the Right Furniture
When selecting furniture for your apartment, don’t be afraid to break out the measuring tape. There’s nothing worse than having to squeak through the sofa and the coffee table every time you’d like a drink of water. And choosing the right furniture isn’t just about comfort, selecting pieces that fit well can help the room feel bigger. Another pro tip for more perceived space: mirrors. While full-walled mirrors have (thankfully) come and gone with the 70s, added a styled mirror can be a great touch.
- Don’t Forget Room Dividers
Living in a large studio or an apartment with an open floor plan? Don’t dismiss dividers. Sites like RoomDividers.com have hundreds of unique, and beautiful options to choose from, no matter what your sense of style. The dividers are a great way to create separate space within the apartment, whether for an office, workout space or reading area. With the right design, they can be a great talking piece as well.
- Let There Be Light
If you’re living in an apartment complex, privacy is almost always an issue, but don’t let that stop you from letting the sunshine in. Allowing natural sunlight into your home doesn’t just help the space feel light and airy, it has health benefits for you as well. In addition, it can help you keep your apartment warmer during the cooler months, ultimately saving you some hard-earned cash.
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