You’ve found the perfect apartment – it’s close to work and your favorite restaurants, it has a lovely view and community features you’ve always wanted, and the floor plan fits you exactly. It’s perfect! But it’s also a blank canvas – plain and just not really “you” yet… Never fear! There are countless ways to upgrade your apartment so that it truly reflects your style. Try out these fun ideas:
Plants are a wonderful accent to any apartment and can add atmosphere in minutes. But don’t forget the planters! Choose interesting, unique planters in metal or terra cotta to create a luxe but comfortable style for your home.
Indoor Plants: Indoor plants add a fresh touch to any apartment and also have the added benefit of helping provide cleaner air. Ensure you have enough lighting for your indoor plant of choice and of course, don’t forget to water it!
Fake Plants If watering plants is your weakness, fake plants are a great alternative! Modern fake plants can look almost indistinguishable from the real thing, are safe for pets and kids, and are a low maintenance way to add a fresh pop of green to your apartment.
There is a huge market for semi-permanent decor that allows apartment renters to customize their space, without risking their security deposits. While this upgrades might involve a DIY weekend, they can truly transform your space into a one of a kind apartment.
Removable Backsplash Quickly upgrade your apartment kitchen or bathroom and personalize your space by adding a removable peel and stick tile. Peel and stick subway tile and mosaics are easy to apply and easy to remove and can take your style from drab to fab.
Removable Wallpaper It goes without saying that removable wallpaper can be used on walls to change your look, but there are plenty of other places you can use it to update your apartment. Cover a scratched refrigerator with shiny black or white removable wallpaper and make it look brand new!
Contact Paper Countertop Get the look and feel of a marble countertop with a tube of contact paper! Contact paper is easy to remove and comes in lots of styles and colors, allowing you to change the look of your kitchen countertops in an afternoon. And when you decide you want something different? Just peel it off and start over!
Rugs: Rugs are a great way to protect your apartment’s floors (and your security deposit)! Add personal style to your home with large area rugs and completely change the look of a room. In addition to adding style and comfort to your living space, rugs are easy to clean and can be swapped out seasonally or if you redesign your apartment in the future.
Curtains: Curtains are another easy upgrade that bring your apartment from basic to boogie! Curtains can provide a pop of color when coordinating your rooms, allow different levels of light and privacy, and can be easily changed if you want to redecorate. Rugs and curtains also have the added benefit of helping to absorb sound, which helps apartments stay quieter and more private.
Throw Pillows/Blankets: Throw Pillows and decorative blankets are an inexpensive way to make your space look cute and cozy. They can be changed seasonally to provide a festive touch, or covered/replaced if your decor style changes. Additionally, they provide the extra benefit of providing comfort when you are sitting on your couch or lying in bed. Usable decor is an excellent way to stay thrift and efficient!
Lighting is often an element of decor that people overlook. Lighting is seen more as utilitarian, instead of decorative. But lighting and lighting fixtures can elevate your space to a new level of design. Lighting can add interest, color, mood, and even change the way we view a room. Here are just a few ideas to get started with apartment lighting:
Undercabinet Lighting Undercabinet lighting that uses temporary adhesive can be a great addition to any apartment kitchen that elevates your space and adds a luxurious touch. This lighting can be simply be plugged into a wall outlet and easily removed when it’s time to move apartments.
Plugin LED Lighting This type of temporary LED strip lighting can be used for more than just undercabinet lights. There is a wide variety of LED strip lighting available that plugs into your receptacle and sticks to walls and other surfaces. Many options offer multiple colors and remote control switches! Stick a strip on the back of your TV or entertainment center for a cool, modern backlit look, or tape them to your bedroom headboard as mood lighting.
Standing lamps, table lamps, bedside lamps, there are many different options when it comes to adding unique lighting to your space. Don’t view light as just utilitarian, but as a way to continue to decorate and customize your space. Swap out lamp shades or stain or paint fixtures a new color to match your decor. Use lamps instead of overhead lighting to create a cozy and intimate space. Use lighting to highlight the areas of the room where you are most proud of your decor, such as a gallery wall or your favorite seating. Light provides endless options for elevating your space.
If you are looking for a few more ideas to make your space unique, try these as well!
Color Coordinate So you used removable wallpaper and contact paper to upgrade your refrigerator and countertops in your favorite shade of blue. Up the impact by matching other components including toaster, mixer, coffee maker, and can opener to that color. You can even find cute extension cords to finish the look.
Update Hardware As long as you save your old hardware, you can change nearly any hardware in your apartment! Change your drawer pulls for your kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities, swap out your light switch covers for metal or wood, replace ugly light fixtures with models more to your taste, update your doorknobs, vent covers, blinds, toilet seat… you can even replace your kitchen faucet! Just remember to keep the old hardware so that you can replace it if you move.
The best part of apartment decoration is that it is intended to be temporary, so if you change your mind, you can change your apartment, too! With a little creativity, you can make your apartment look like the apartment of your dreams. Have fun!