5 Ways to Make Your Apartment Feel and Look Like Home

Design for Use

The difference between a home and just another room is how much you really dwell in it. If you’re ready to think of your apartment as a living space and not just where you crash at night, start designing your environments around their utility. Approach kitchen improvement projects around making it easier and more fun to cook and host company, tackle your bedroom as a pursuit of true coziness and relaxation, and think of your living room as a great leisure space just waiting to emerge from the blank canvas of the floor plan.

Color and Light

The cheapest, most functional way to establish a real decorative aesthetic is with careful color and lighting concepts. Look into whether your lease allows you to paint the walls. A fresh coat of the right color can really personalize a room. Even if you’re not allowed to paint, you can start thinking of other kinds of decor along a color scheme that makes your home feel more intentional and personal. It’s also a good idea to have plenty of lighting to open up each room and make the space feel more inviting.

Think Beyond the Now

Even if a given apartment is just a temporary arrangement, that doesn’t mean everything in it has to be temporary as well. When you furnish and decorate your space, invest in items you’ll want to see in your next home as well. By putting the effort and money into your belongings now, you’ll feel literally and emotionally more invested in the space, plus you’ll be less likely to have to start from the beginning the next time you move. Every chair, poster and candlestick can be the start of a continuous story, rather than just a lost chapter.

Add Some Life

Tending to your space or something within it is a great way to make your rental feel like home. When you’re ready, bring a pet or some plants into the apartment so you’ll have something you can help thrive in your environment. If you opt for something practical like a small garden of fresh herbs like mint and basil, you’ll also have another reason to step into the kitchen and make your home a source of physical and spiritual nourishment. Apartment gardens are often as easy as a few potted plants on a windowsill, or even a small DIY project to install a floating shelf near a source of light.

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