You are often faced with certain limitations when you live in an apartment or small condo. Since you’re only renting the property, there are certain things you’re not allowed to do. For instance, you may not be able to change the floors, put nail holes in the walls, or change the kitchen countertop. However, there’s no need to be resigned to living in something that’s less than appealing or just plain drab.
Typically, all of the apartments in a specific group are going to look exactly the same. All will have boring white walls, neutral floor or carpeting, and bare windows. In the best-case scenario, you may end up with windows that have white mini-blinds. So how can you make your apartment original, adding in your own individual style? Here are some tips on creating appealing apartment interiors.
Decorate Your Walls
Depending on the apartment building, you may or may not be able to paint, but it doesn’t hurt to ask! Many apartment managers don’t mind you painting, since they can easily paint over your color if you move out. If this is the case, then try painting one wall a bold, bright color to add visual impact. If you’re not allowed to paint, then go with a large and intricately patterned tapestry on the wall. Another option might be bold, colorful prints without a frame or with a simple mat edge.
When decorating walls, there are hangers you can purchase for rented spaces. This way, you’re not putting holes or nails in the wall, which doesn’t usually go over well with the management.
Add Some Drama to the Floors
Although you may not be able to rip up the linoleum or carpet, you can always use colorful area rugs. Use brightly colored botanical patterns for the kitchen. You can add a cheerful look and break up the monotony with bright sunflowers, daisies, and poppies.
For the living room, use one large area rug strategically placed in front of the sofa, or consider a couple of smaller rugs. As long as they complement your color scheme, you can choose bold patterns for this room. Especially if you have solid-colored furniture, intense stripes and plaids make a great addition.
Add Flair to the Windows
Although you may have to live with the mini-blinds, you can certainly add a little color! Hang sheer curtains that complement your other décor. A boldly colored satin sheet hung above the window that cascades down the sides and onto the floor can provide some much-needed drama.
Stick to Color, Pattern, and Texture
Color, pattern, and texture are essential for dramatically changing the look of a room. P aint, throw rugs, big fluffy throw pillows, and other decorating accessories can really liven up the décor. In fact, keep several big pillows on hand, as they provide instant floor seating when you have several guests coming to visit.
Keep Furniture to a Minimum
Furniture should be kept to a minimum in order to create a spacious feel. Low-profile furnishings that don’t have arms will contribute to the open feeling. You don’t want coffee or end tables that are too big or bulky. Remember to keep things simple.
Be sure to add in a few creative accents of your own to create an apartment that looks and feels like home. With a little imagination, you can create a vibrant, appealing space.
About the Writer…
For over 40 years Leon Tuberman has helped people with their home furnishings and interior design needs. He owns and manages his family owned furniture store. They offer a huge assortment of solid pine furniture for your living room, home office and dining room that’s built in the Heartland of America. Whether you’re looking for a solid oak coffee table for your sitting room or a wood dining table for your dining table then they have everything you need.