Adding a special touch to your apartment can add a lot of aesthetic appeal and personality to the building. You need not spend exuberant amounts of money for renovation.
For girls, avoid monotonous colors. Choose contrasting colors to add life to the place. If your favorite color is pink or lavender, you can paint one side of the wall with these colors and choose a complementing color like ivory white on the remaining sides. You can also go in for bright colors like green, yellow, orange in your living rooms but make sure they are not eye popping. Use pastel shades for bedrooms. This will emanate a sense of clam and peace. Use lamps. Wall hangings like paintings and photographs could add a perfect touch to the place.
For boys, you can opt for shades of gray, brown, blue etc. A combination of red or black on one side and pure white on the other will also add a sense of vibrancy. You can buy metallic tables, antique lamps and maybe an abstract wall hanging. Paint the rooms with alternating dark and light shades of blue to complete the look.
For family apartments, maintain a neutral color for living, dining and kitchen rooms. For bedrooms, personalize each room according to the family member’s favorite color. You can prepare your own wall hangings. You can also texture one side of the wall and leave the others simple. Use contrasting colored curtains. A leather couch with a sleek LCD TV would be perfect.
If the apartment is small, go for lighter shades. This will reflect the light giving an impression that the house is bigger. Smaller wall hangings or paintings will create more “space” making your apartment look bigger.
Apartment Decorating Ideas That Won’t Get You Evicted
Whether this is your very first apartment or you’ve been living in them all your life, you want the décor to be a reflection of you. The problem with living in apartments is they all look alike and there’s nothing you can do about it. You can’t change the paint. You can’t change the carpet. And you certainly can’t knock out that wall and put in a window to let in a little more sunshine. You need some decorating tips that won’t have your landlord tossing you out on your ear.
Apartment living is wonderful. You get all the perks and none of the headaches. If something needs to be repaired, you just pick up a phone and let someone else handle it. The only problem is decorating your apartment so it doesn’t look like a carbon copy of the apartment next door, or upstairs, or two buildings over. Here are some apartment decorating tips to help you add color and warmth to your living space.
Add color to your apartment without painting
The first thing you’ll notice about your apartment is that it’s probably painted the same shade of eggshell white as every other apartment in the world. Don’t panic. It might look drab and dreary and cold right now but you should actually be thankful for that color. It’s very easy to work with no matter what color scheme you choose.
Most apartments have blinds in the windows and to add color and warmth to your apartment all you need to do is add some window treatments. Use valances or sheers if you’re worried about your budget or go with custom-designed draperies if your pocketbook allows. Either way, you’ll warm the place up without risking eviction just by hanging something on all the windows.
Most landlords will allow you to hang pictures as long as you don’t use railroad spikes to stake them to the wall (no kidding, I’ve had that written in one of my leases!). Your neighborhood hardware store has an assortment of picture-hanging hardware to suit any need. If you use the kind that is sticky on the back, make sure the package says it’s easy to remove. If they rip a hole in the plaster when you take your pictures down, your landlord will ding you on your deposit.
Add warmth to your apartment without ripping up the carpet
The next thing you’ll notice about your apartment is that the carpet is also a dingy shade of eggshell white AND it stains if you even look at it the wrong way. It’s also not the best quality, so high-traffic areas are going to show wear quickly. So not only does your carpet look bad to begin with, your landlord is going to keep money out of your deposit to have it cleaned and possibly replaced when you move out.
To spice up that dingy carpet and add warmth and color instantly, use rugs. Plenty of rugs. Area rugs in the living room and bedrooms. Throw rugs at every doorway, in the kitchen and the bathroom. Runners in hallways and entryways. You get the picture. Cover it up and protect it from further damage.
Simple Apartment Decorating Ideas For Space Saving Impact
Apartment decorating is a lot of fun, but it can also be challenging. Here are some easy tips that anyone can use to help maximize your apartment space and still decorate in style.
1 Use versatile furniture. A chest of drawers can serve not only as a dresser, it can double as a TV stand, bathroom cabinet, entryway table, or buffet. An ottoman with storage works as a footstool or extra seating. A tray on top makes an instant coffee table. Stow blankets or extra linens below.
2. Maximize kitchen counter space. Tastefully display dishes, cookbooks and small kitchen appliances above the kitchen cupboards. Hang a pot rack or a line of hooks close to the ceiling to organize your space-hogging pots and pans.
3. Create a designer room. Bare white walls are a trademark of new apartments and rentals. Cover up the white without the clutter of shelves and create an amazing designer space at the same time with a peel and stick wall mural.
4. Let there be light. Use track lighting and aim it at the walls to create an expansive feeling and free up floor space at the same time.
5. A sofa for all seasons. Slip covers and throw pillows create a “new” sofa. A light colored summer sofa can easily become a cozy soft suede winter sofa with a stylish slip cover.
6 Raise the Bed. Add storage space to your bedroom by propping the bed up on plastic bed risers. Conceal with a stylish dust ruffle or bed skirt.
7. Double your closet space. Add a rod to your closet and maximize the amount of hanger space available.