with spring just around the corner, you may be thinking it’s time to freshen up your apartment décor. Great idea! Let your personality shine and you’ll feel happy every time you walk through the door. Here are eight ways to make your apartment feel as fresh and new as the daffodils popping through the snow.
1. SPRUCE UP YOUR WALLS
There are many ways to do this. If you are allowed to paint (be sure to check your lease and ask your property manager first), a fresh new color may be just the thing. If you don’t want to tackle such a large project, you aren’t allowed to paint, or you don’t want to have to paint it back when you move, never fear – there are other ways to make your walls look like new.
Peel-and-stick wallpaper will come down as easily as it went up, saving you time and effort.
This fun, the colorful tape is often used to decorate scrapbooks and photo frames. If you have the patience, though, you could decorate an entire wall. The best part? It’s very economical. You’ll find 10 yards of washi tape for less than $20.
Hang a rug
If you find a beautiful rug (or inherit one from a family member), consider hanging it from the wall rather than putting it on the floor. You could do this with a large blanket, shower curtain, or window curtains as well.
Create a gallery wall
Hang a series of photos together, floor to ceiling, on one wall to make a huge impact. If you don’t want to put holes in the wall, use removable hooks or string wire horizontally across the wall and hang photos with clips along the wires. If you love taking photos and have an Instagram full of them, have them enlarged and printed onto a canvas, then hang them in a large grouping. Now your friends can come over and like your photos in person.
2. COVER YOUR FLOORS
Jazz up your current flooring with a pop of color! Area rugs are cozy, cheerful, and easy on your feet. And yes, you can put area rugs over carpet. (This is great if you have pets, as well – they are easy to wash, saving your carpet and possibly even your security deposit when it’s time to move out.)
3. ADD CURTAINS
New curtains will instantly change the look of your rental home. Be sure to measure from the curtain rod (or where you want the curtain rod to be) to the floor (or to the point where you want the curtains to stop, like the bottom of the window frame).
If you don’t want or can’t add curtains, then consider adhesive artwork, which is easily purchased at a hobby or art store. Another alternative: Go to the next local art fair and buy a great painting or stained glass, and hang that in your window.
4. INVEST IN SOME THROW PILLOWS
This is an inexpensive, easy update. Look for some throw pillows that remind you of spring, or some quirky ones that make you smile. Not only do they look great on your sofa, but you can put one under your feet or behind your head for added comfort after a long day at work.
5. GET A BOOKSHELF
Bookshelves aren’t just for books. If you have a priceless collection of Star Wars figurines or sports memorabilia, this is a great way to put your prized possessions on display.
6. BUY A PLANT
Bring a hint of spring indoors! A flowering plant will add color to your home, fill an awkward or empty space, and they are healthy to have in your home.
7. ADD A CENTERPIECE
You can purchase something or create your own. Find (or purchase) a shallow glass bowl, fill it with stones, marbles, or sand, and then add a prized photo or memento from a past vacation. Add some silk flowers or other decorative items, and you’ll have a beautiful centerpiece to enjoy.
8. JAZZ UP YOUR LIGHTING
A new floor lamp strategically placed next to a comfy chair will create a nice reading nook. If you have table lamps that could use an update, consider buying new shades (or stencil the ones you have).