Friday, January 3, 2014

New Apartment? How To Decorate It

By Wyatt Jackson

Moving into a new apartment can be an exciting prospect for those who are into interior design. It's like a fresh canvas to work with. However, it can sometimes be difficult to get the creativity flowing and decide on what exactly to do with the empty space. You may need to stimulate the creative process. But before you get started, you should have a talk with the landlord so that you know exactly what you are and are not permitted to alter. Some landlords will let you paint, or do minor remodels.

Take a look around, evaluate the area. Make a note of obvious things, such as low ceilings, a lot of windows, wood floors, and other things that jump out at you. Also take note of any unpleasant features you may need to hide or deal with. If you are purchasing new furniture, try to find some that serves two purposes: pretty and functional. It is rather common to have furnishings that have two uses. For example: a chair that also serves as a storage container for linens. Remember to pick up some plants to bring your apartment to life.

Painting really opens up your decorating choices. If your landlord lets you do it, that is. You could go for a simple, mono-chromatic scheme, have one wall a different color than the others, paint an intricate pattern or mural, or paint a simple design onto the floor. There are many interesting and appealing things you can do with paint to bring your apartment to life.

It can be a little pricey, but swapping out the door for bifold doors can save some space, especially if there isn't much room to swing a full-size door. Another way to save space is to add extra shelving to the walls and closets. By placing things like small lamps or clocks on shelves, you might not need a nightstand, thereby freeing up some floor space.

Pictures always add a nice touch to any living space. You can go buy some cheap artwork, or make your own. You can use an old calendar, frame the pretty pictures and presto! It is now a work of art. Tall bookcases give extra space, because there is always wasted space up at the top of the shelves. You could try to piece something together or custom build them yourself.

As way to free up some space, you might want to go for furniture that you can stow or compress in some way when not in use. Some tables can be installed in the wall and flipped down when it's time to eat or play games, and futons or trundle beds can be great options for guests. The apartment is your home, so do what you can to make sure it says who you are. And most of all, have fun with the process!

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