Monday, December 11

Decorating Tips For Your First Apartment

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Decorating a living space can be a lot of fun.  It gives you a chance to express yourself and to unleash your inner interior decorator.  However, it is important not to go overboard when decorating a rental apartment for a couple of reasons.  The first reason is that, since it is a rental property, you are not the owner.  This means you won’t be doing any major renovations, like knocking down walls or refacing the kitchen cabinets.  Another reason not to go overboard is that you have to be considerate of the people who will be living in the apartment after you, who may not share your appreciation for shag carpeting and lime green walls.

The first step towards decorating an apartment is to decide on a motif.  Don’t make your apartment a hodge-podge of things you like; instead focus on a particular theme or atmosphere you are trying to create.  For instance, if you want to decorate an apartment in an ultra-modern style, you’re not going to fill up the place with Longaberger baskets and country knick-knacks. 

The next step is to decide on your color palette.  Too many colors will tire the eyes and make a space look smaller than it really is, which of course is what most apartment-dwellers hope to avoid.  Also avoid contrasting colors, since they will create a mood of discord rather than harmony.  Contrasting colors would be combinations such as red and green, or blue and orange.  You can always play it safe by sticking to neutral colors.  While not very exciting, they are easy to work with and will accommodate a wide range of decorating styles.

The last step is to purchase furniture and other items which you will incorporate into your apartment’s decor.  You always want to save this step for last because you will need to have your “game plan” in place.  The last thing you want to do is spend a lot of money on a piece of furniture, lug it into the apartment, and then discover that it doesn’t work with the rest of your design. 

No matter what style you prefer, decorating is more than just randomly arranging objects in a room.  It involves planning and an overall vision.  When done correctly, decorating will evoke a pleasant mood and a comfortable atmosphere, which will make even the most modest of apartments feel like a true home.

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