Just because you’re renting doesn’t mean that you still can’t have a cozy home. Sure, there are differences between renting an apartment and owning your own home, a lease being the first difference that sometimes limits what you are able to do with the space you are renting. However, the following tips and tricks will help make your apartment cozy.
If your landlord or lease allow you to, painting your apartment can make all the difference in the world when it comes to making your apartment more cozy. Not having to stare at white walls in every room can be a nice break, and make it feel more like home. If you aren’t able to paint the walls in your apartment, painting the furniture can help spruce things up a bit. A new paint job on a bed frame or side table can have just as much of an impact as painting the walls. painting furniture bright colors like yellow or red, can really make furniture “pop”. Sticking to one or two color schemes tends to work best.
Another downside to renting is being stuck with whatever floor or carpet is already there. Sometimes you might have carpet that isn’t the cleanest or most attractive, or perhaps you are just tired of having a monotonous pattern of floor covering throughout every room. Large area rugs work wonders in this case, as they cover up the area and can also be coordinated with other decor. Even just including several smaller area rugs in your apartment space can help keep things fresh, and will also help keep debris from getting tracked throughout the apartment.
One of the disadvantages to living in an apartment can be limited space. Whether it be only having a patio or balcony to garden, or a tiny kitchen with only a few drawers and little counter space, there are plenty of ways to compensate for space, and still make things look attractive. Embracing open storage space is a great way to keep things practical, but still incorporate decorative flair. Shelving units, baskets, microwave carts, spice or dish racks, and other storage units are great for increasing kitchen storage options, but also adding a decorative touch. If your kitchen seems dull, why not try adding a few fun colored baskets to store fruit or other items in? You could also try matching your appliances (i.e. coffee makers, toasters, microwaves, ovens) to decor items like a clock, picture frames, or other kitchen utensils. Mixing and matching decor and colors is a fun and quirky way to give any dull kitchen a bit of vibrant charm. Whether you decide to decorate by displaying your dishes on an open shelving unit, or by hanging some decorative mugs from a few pegs in the wall, your kitchen is sure to look better. Hidden storage is another great way to get decorative but still provide plenty of space. Whether it be an ottomon or chest that opens up, a patio bench, cupboard, or table with a curtain around it, having somewhere to put extra items can help reduce clutter and will make any room seem bigger and more visually appealing.
Create a Focal Point
One of the best ways to decorate a room, is to make a focal point. Whether it be a cute shower curtain, your TV, or a favorite picture on the wall, choosing a focal point and framing around it is a great way to make any room feel more cozy.
Good lighting in an apartment can really transform a room. If your apartment is lacking natural light, try investing in lamps to place on end tables, and night stands. If you have a bedroom that doesn’t have an overhead light, investing in a few end table lamps, and floor lamps should help do the trick. Sometimes even trying to find a light that can be attached to the ceiling with brackets or a screw might be another option. I found a great ceiling lamp that hangs and has a cord, and it only cost me about $30 at Target. Now my light-less bedroom is full of light. If you have a small yard, balcony, or patio, you might consider investing in a few solar lights. They sell all different kinds and the more basic ones are usually pretty inexpensive. Some are $3 or less and have stakes that stick in the grass. Others hang from poles, or can stick to a porch rail, siding, or wall. Some resemble rocks, and have a light in the middle. They even sell garden lights like gnomes or other creatures that have solar lights attached to them. Target, Meijer, and Lowes all have great options to choose from.
One of the first things anyone notices about a room or home is the smell. Making your apartment smell appealing is one of the easiest ways to make your apartment feel more homey and welcoming. Whether it be air freshener, a plug in, scented candles, reeds, potpourri, or incense, a home that smells good is key to good house decorating and entertaining. Having guests over? Try this lovely stove-top concoction to make your home smell heavenly.