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Best Decorating Tips For Apartment Hunters

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Apartment hunters do not have it easy! Been there, done that. Here are the two most common pitfalls that most people find themselves in and why you should avoid them.

Number one is fooling yourself into thinking that since an apartment may only be temporary, you should not invest some effort into making it feel like home. Notice that I mentioned “effort” and NOT money because this is the absolute truth of the matter.

Decorating is not about how much you spend. Remember, wherever you reside is your home, which impacts your happiness; therefore, make it yours!  

Years ago, we spent one month living in a camper in California – yeah, it was pretty cool. Here’s my take away – our friends lived in an RV a few feet away and brought a few items to covert their space into a cozy retreat. Guess whose RV we camped out in every night?

Of course, they had the unfair advantage of living in California and the experience of traveling often, which taught them to make their space home quickly as it will affect your mood and enjoyment of your everyday.

Second, not focusing on the positive aspects of not owning your own pad and enjoying the perks of not having “roots.”

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Moving into an apartment

How To Create A Decor Plan For Your Apartment?

Once you find the perfect space that matches your taste and features you want you should think of ways to decorate the space from scratch and on a budget.

To decorate a studio apartment on a budget, you need to come up with a good plan. The plan you make will help you prioritize the essential shopping list. It allows you to focus on the critical elements to make your home cozy that is within the friendly budget cap.  Hence, it avoids you from making your apartment clutter of things that are not important and functional.

Some experts say that if you want to maximize your tight budget, you need to choose two spaces that you want to prioritize.

Most of the new apartment hunters choose the living room and bedroom because these spaces require most of the investment. The key is your focus on quality over quantity. Get some great inspiration and think of cozy ideas that will fit with the size and design of the space.

Furthermore, the challenging aspect of living in an apartment is the small available space. Some ignore decorating an apartment because of the idea of a limited decorating option. Also, landlords provide limited rental rules, such as you are not allowed to nail your décor on the wall.

The good news is some ideas will help you overcome these limitations. Take time to read our article, and it will help you answer your question on how can I decorate my apartment without damaging it?

How Can I Decorate My Apartment?

Work With Your Floor Plan

To prioritize when decorating your space-limited apartment, make sure you work with the floor plan and not against it. When doing so, you’ll find that your limited options for furniture placement will assist you in styling your room for the best overall flow.

For example, for living rooms, first, determine which wall your cable connection is on if you plan to install a television set. Since TV walls could be a bit tricky to decorate we gave some ideas you could review on What is the right size area rug for a living room?

Decorate TV wall

How Can I Make My Apartment More Stylish?

There are a few things you can do to make your apartment more stylish. One is to add some plants or flowers. Another is to hang some artwork or photography on the walls. You could also add a rug or some cushions to the furniture. And finally, you could change the light fixtures or buy some new curtains. Whatever you do, make sure it’s something that reflects your personal style and makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own home.

What Do You Put On Apartment Walls?

There are a few things you can do to decorate your apartment walls. One option is to paint them a different color. Another option is to hang artwork or photos on the walls. You can also use wall decals or wallpaper to add some interest to the walls. whatever you choose, make sure that it reflects your personal style and makes your apartment feel like home.

Most of the apartment hunters will go for wall arts as the quickest way to decorate a small space apartment. Ergo it is the best idea, but it requires creativity and ingenuity. 

Remember, the wall art you should choose must define your apartment. You are choosing the right wall art will set the tone of making your space inviting, communicating, and setting stories of different rooms.

Temporary Budget-Friendly Wall Ideas For Apartment Hunters

Decorate plates on a wall

Be Particular About The Size

Part of planning is getting the size of the wall where you place the wall art. For professional designers, they will recommend larger pieces of art that will fit in your wall.

    • The art must not be more than the length of your sofa
    • The art or photo itself must be at least 15 cm above the edge of the furniture
    • Small artwork can also be better if you group them into pieces. But it is best if they all came from one artist to compliment
    • Consider the height of the ceiling

For more low cost DIY projects for your walls check out Ideas For Art | Easy DIY Projects

Cheeap ideas for art anyone can do.

Art By Style Matters

    • Art piece must match your room style
    • Selecting and investing to single oversized piece will be good enough
    • For short walls, small pieces of art grouped will work
    • A mix of wooden and metal materials will be good

Selecting Wall Art By Color

    • It will be best if the significant piece of art you select will have a background color that matches your wall color.
    • You can opt to choose wall art that fits the shade you already have in your room
    • If you are in doubt about color matching, selecting black and white will do as they can neutralize everything that surrounds them.
    • Stay away with light and neon colors
    • It will be best if you put mirrors to reflect the art. Reflection can make your apartment larger.
    • Play with a texture like the color of the wall art against your furniture and accessories around.

Choosing Wall Art By Theme

When you plan to decorate a studio apartment on a budget with intentions, it will be best if you stick with a theme. For instance, if you want your apartment to get the feel of a beach or bright walls, seal life artwork may work for you. Take out those stuffs that do not fit inside your apartment. To increase your budget and enhance, sell those things that do not match.

Tips For Window Treatments And Affordable Options

There are numerous habits on just how you can treat your window and making your small apartment space cozy and feel bigger.

Hang Wide and High Curtains

The hanging drapes of at least 12 inches above the window will look your apartment space look bigger and luxurious. I recommend to hand the curtain to the ceiling and extend the curtain rod our three to six inches on each side.

Hang The Curtains Right Above The Windows

If you hang the curtain above the window frame will look your window small and stunted. As a result, seeing the whole house will be overcrowded. It is best to place the curtain in a way that it should not fall more than two inches inside the frame on each of the sides.

DIY Tutorial for using drop cloths as curtains.

Layering The Window Treatments Will Make Your Cozy Home Alive

You may have options like matching the frame by drapes, use of wood blinds pairing to a pretty roman shade, or you can go for louvered shutters peppered with a chic style. It boasts style, creates centerpiece, and provide better insulation.

Avoid Putting Too Much In Your Window Treatment

Too much of anything will become a bad thing. Make sure that the different layering of styles will not prevent the right lighting from passing inside your home.

  • If you want to use blind and shutters, opt for a wide-sized slat

A right window treatment must bring style and must tailor with the architecture of your apartment. When you are choosing blinds or shutters, I recommend the wood or faux wood style with a broader slat.

  • It is best if you use different treatment for every room

Allow your apartment to tell a story. Each room is a representation of the unique story that you wish to discuss.

Statement Piece

One of the secrets of some beautiful apartments are having one statement piece as a show stopper.

Display a map in your living room

They fill the space with pieces they love, such as a pillow, wall art, or anything that captures the eyes. One of the best practices is in every room the choice statement piece to tell a story.

But here are some points you need to remember when you wish to tell stories with statement piece:

Be Careful When Mixing and Matching Materials

You might be collecting or buying a lot of furniture without thinking of their complementation. If you are in a constricted budget, you need to plan out. Take a photo of your room and find inspiration before you decide what statement piece you must buy to maximize your budget. If the area is too dark, you might need simple but well- designed lighting or lamp, or light hanging cabinet or rack.

Large Furniture Is Not A Good Buy

Most apartments have limited space and small sides. You need to scale the furniture you will place that will be lower but functional. However, there can be instances that you also need to consider placing a large sofa because it will be more calm and inviting to guests. When you do this, make sure that other furniture will not eat all spaces and sacrifice comfort and functionality.

Be Careful In Combining Different Décor Styles

You may be a lover of everything. You may want to be chic but industrial. However, there are ways of mixing different décor style but make sure that the flow will not over-kill the whole apartment and becomes dull or cluttered. Too much and wrong décor combination can be annoying.

Avoid Trying To Match Everything

One of the struggles of apartment hunters is they got so many colors and items that they wish to match with their new place. Decide on the color scheme that will match your area. I suggest making your small space apartment place relaxing and comfortable color combination.

If you have old items with you that do not match, I recommend selling them and buy new ones. The colors will tell the story of your personality and convenience.

Make Your Investments On Things That Matter Most

In our household, coffee matters…a lot! A few things that you should invest in are items that will be with you for years to come and ones that will fit into your future space. For example, a mattress or a coffee maker – hint, hint.

One piece of advice I do have for all apartment hunters are – if you plan on purchasing a quality dining room table, consider buying one that is expandable as you would benefit from a larger table once you move into a house.

Apartment hunters must haves.

Gallery Display

You can decorate a studio apartment on a budget and make your new space cozy with gallery displays. It may sound impossible because the gallery you might be thinking is for huge houses; therefore, scale it down.

The use of floating drops to show off collections and decorative mementos will surely be an excellent attraction for your new apartment. When you have a dull wall, a wall decoration idea with a statement of memories and messages can be a great choice.

However, putting a gallery display in a tight space will not be valid if not well-thought. Here are some of my bits or tips:

How to decorate a large wall with art series

Photo credit @ Stayloom

Plan Ahead

Before placing anything, it will be a smart idea if you cut pieces of papers that are in sizes of your frames. Tape them on the wall and see how it looks like. If you got your printer, take a photo of the wall, print, and draw how you would like the gallery will look like.

Be Careful When Using A Level

Remember that not all corners of your apartment are aligned. There may be some problems during construction, or due to weathering and shrinking of some wood parts, there is likely misalignment of lines and corners.

Anchor The Wall With The Largest Art Piece First

Avoid putting a lot of small pieces will surely clutter your wall. Instead of making an attractive statement gallery, it may send a gallery of garbage. The best way to hang wall art of photo frames is to start with a big piece and work with different shapes and sizes outwards. In this way, you can carefully select the right combination of style and color.  

Void Mixing Different Frames

Relative to what I explained earlier, you need to match the frames on a gallery wall. No need for all photos to be in the same sizes as the frame. Make sure that everything flows together and do not clutter.

Inspiration Decor Ideas For Apartment Hunters

Using a wood crate as a box spring.

Ways to save money on Apartment decorating.

Bring the string lighting indoors.

In Conclusion

Apartments hunters should focus on the creating a home in their new digs. Even if it’s a small space, it’s always important to make it cozy. It can be tricky, but it is doable when you follow our simple guides and steps.

For more home styling tips and tricks drop by anytime. Hey, we’re always up for company.

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