Sometimes college apartments can be difficult places to live in and design to feel like your own. They may be run-down, dirty, or you just may not have the money to spend on creating an aesthetic space.
Area rugs can be one of the best ideas to decorate your college apartment. Many college apartments have dirty carpets that can make you feel bad about the home you live in or make you not want others to see your home. An area rug will help cover any stains or imperfections in the carpet and give you something clean to walk on.
College apartments may also have tile or wood floors that are easier on the landlord than replacing carpet each year but which can not only make the room feel cold to look at but can actually be cold on your feet. An area rug is a great decorating idea to help add the appearance and actual feel of warmth to a room.
Spending the extra money on a nice area rug is a worthwhile decorating idea for a college apartment. Area rugs come in many different styles for anyone’s tastes from traditional to contemporary. A large splash of color on the floor can add character to an otherwise understated room. The best reason for an area rug is that you can take it with you when you go and a smaller rug would easily fit into most cars.
Decorating ideas for a college apartment may seem difficult and costly but an area rug can fix a multitude of problems.
Home Improvement and Decorating for Rented Apartments
It’s no surprise most renters don’t want to spend extra money upgrading rental apartments that they will eventually move from. Renters will live with so-so kitchen and bath fixtures, tiles and cabinetry and it’s rare you’ll hear about a tenant re-varnishing or painting their floors (although my friend in NYC went for it!). Your apartment might not be your dream home, but that doesn’t mean you have to live in mediocre style. Depending on your landlord’s tolerance and the terms of your lease, there are many simple, inexpensive decorative fixes you can make to give your apartment a renovated, personalized and stylized look. This article focuses on topical fixes that renters can make all in a day’s shopping, and they can take with them if / when they move.
Begin with the bones. Most apartments are repainted or offered to be repainted upon signing a new lease. If you don’t want to paint yourself or think a personalized color will be too much to deal with upon move-out (i.e., too much of a drag to repaint), see if the apartment can be delivered white. This gives you a lot of light and a blank slate to play with, plus it’s easy to patch and fill in holes from picture or wall art hangings. Next, take stock of the apartment’s best features. Is the living room especially bright, has a great view or feature you want to accentuate? Make the best feature in a room the focal point for laying our your living room.
Take inventory of the living room furniture you have on-hand. Is your home decor 50% or more modern furniture pieces? Have a surplus of IKEA or accent tables that look cheap, not chic? Whatever you have on hand, try to make sure each article of furniture, as an individual, be it a chair, table, buffet or chandelier – “fits” the aesthetic of the space. I.e, if you are renting a Craftsman, you might want to forget the Wall Street-era inspired red lacquer and glass shelving unit. Maybe you are 100% sure you can make something work, but very importantly, before you move (or even if you aren’t moving, before you re-design) take time to measure your sofa, coffee table, accent tables, bed frame, benches, dining room table, armoir, entertainment center, bookshelves, desk and anything else oversized you might have buried in your current living space. It is easy to over-accumulate furnishings you actually don’t need over the years. Subscribe to the less is more vibe, at least in the beginning stages of redecorating. You will be surprised how liberating less clutter can be. If you have a busy family apartment or simply can’t live without stacks of magazines, another great tip for eliminating clutter: storage units. If you don’t have large closets or surplus dresser space, consider investing in some low-pro storage units. Many of these can double as entertainment centers, buffets and benches…all the while hiding away clutter.
A Complete Decorating Solution for New Apartments
After buying a new apartment at the right location with pleasant surroundings, it often becomes difficult and tiring to spend time in decorating it. Home decoration needs a lot of planning which consists of choosing the right wall paint based on the type of room, designing the floor,purchasing the perfect furniture, fixing the lights in the right location to light the rooms properly etc,etc.
Now it has also become important to maintain a proper air flow inside the house to maintain hygiene level. A concrete plan with proper market research on the current trends in wall texture, furniture and other home decoration accessory is essential. Following steps will guide you to give a complete look and feel to the new apartment.
Steps for decorating New Apartment
- Choose the right space for particular type of room
- Start with the kitchen as it plays a major role in our life
- Next move to the seating area
- Choose the right color for every room to maintain a synergy
- Purchase the right type of marble, tile, flooring etc
- Use washable paints from kitchen and bathroom
- Find out the space available for different types of furniture before buying them
- Keep proper place to move freely
- Choose furniture considering its durability, maintenance, construction, silhouette, fabric, finish, comfort, and price.
- Combine different forms of light from table lamps, wall lamps,floor lamps to lit every corner of the room
- Wall decors should be few and should be placed 5 feet away from each other
- Choose the right type of fabric for home upholstery
- Vases, decorative pillows and other accessories should complement the other elements in the room and maintain a balance
The size of the apartment plays an important role. If your apartment is small it is better to choose furniture which occupies less space and has multiple usage. Combine your innovative ideas along with these to give a unique look and feel to your room. It is important to consider the current trend in decorating the apartment but comfort is the primary priority which should not be neglected.