When you live in an apartment or small condo, there are limitations. 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.
In most cases, all the apartments in a building or complex look exactly the same. A typical design will include boring white walls, bare windows or perhaps some white mini-blinds, and the same neutral flooring or carpeting. Fortunately, there are ways to make your look original and reflective of your individual style. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Decorate Your Walls
It may or may not be possible for you to paint, but it doesn’t hurt to ask. Since it’s not difficult to paint over a color, many apartment managers will allow you to paint. If you are allowed to paint, use a bold, bright color on one wall to add visual impact. If the rules prohibit painting, then hang a very large and intricately patterned tapestry on the wall. Another option might be bold, colorful prints without a frame or with a simple mat edge.
There are hangers you can purchase to use when decorating apartment walls. Then you can hang what you like without putting any holes or nails in the walls, which doesn’t always go over well with management.
Add Some Drama to the Floors
It’s usually not possible to rip up the carpet or cut out the linoleum, but you can use colorful area rugs instead. For the kitchen, choose brightly colored botanical patterns. With bright sunflowers, daisies, and poppies, you can add a cheerful look to the room, breaking up the monotony.
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. Intense stripes and plaids make a great addition to a drab décor, particularly if your furniture is solid colored.
Add Flair to the Windows
The mini-blinds may be unavoidable, but there are other ways to add a little color. Try some sheer curtains that coordinate with 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. This means adding paint, throw rugs, big fluffy pillows, and other decorating accessories. Those big pillows are great for floor seating when you have several guests come to visit, so it’s a good idea to keep some on hand anyway.
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. Items such as coffee or end tables should be kept simple. Stay away from anything that’s too big or bulky.
Don’t forget to add in a few creative accents of your own and you’ll end up with an apartment that looks and feels like home. With a little imagination, you can create a vibrant, appealing space.