Last updated on September 7, 2017 at 11:00 am
There are lots of things to enjoy about living in an apartment. The maintenance crew is always available whenever something needs to be fixed and the walkways are usually cleared if there’s a snowstorm. But … always a but … there are some limitations. Things like worrying over how many coats of paint it will take to cover that red wall you thought was so cool and whether it’ll cost you a security deposit when you move out. Before you do anything, make sure to speak with your landlord about what changes you can and cannot make to your apartment. One little chat will go a long way to avoid big time headaches in the future. Here are 8 ways to make an apartment feel like home.
Make over your furniture. Instead of painting the walls, try painting your furniture! Better Homes and Gardens offers a how-to video on painting furniture like a pro.
Create an illusion. If you’re feeling cramped in a small space, hang mirrors across from windows so they can reflect natural light into the room.
Rethink your layout. In my apartment, my living room is actually a living room and an office thanks to the strategic placement of a bookshelf that acts as a room divider.
Curtains are your friends. Hang them on walls in place of a painting or use them to frame windows to give the illusion of larger, luxurious windows.
Temporary wallpaper. It’s exactly what it sounds like. Just be sure to test a patch on your wall and read all the instructions.
Light sources. While a mirror will help add extra natural light, it won’t really help when night rolls around. Try different lamps and bulbs to see which give just the right amount of warmth for you.
Play with color. What colors make you feel good and cozy? Use them in your home via curtains, rugs, pillows and blankets – all items that won’t leave marks and risk losing your security deposit.
Invite Mother Nature in. Bring in some plants, either potted or in a terrarium, for a calming and homey effect.
Finally one of the keys to feeling at home is to feel safe and that your belongings are protected. Talk to your property manger about security that is in place as well as options. Also consider additional renters insurance coverage for antiques, heirlooms, or other items that may not be covered by a standard policy.
Have you ever lived in an apartment? Do you have great ways to make an apartment feel like home? What did you do? Let Plymouth Rock Assurance know your best tips and tricks by leaving a comment below or on Twitter.