Whether you are moving away from home for the first time into student apartments, or have been jumping from apartment to apartment for the duration of your adulthood journey so far, apartment living often feels like you’re in someone else’s space and that you’re never really home.
But there are many ways you can spice up your little apartment to make it feel more like home, something that you want to call yours.
Bring in Photos
This is probably an obvious one, but bringing in pictures of your friends and family, or photos that you took on your own camera, is a great way to make your apartment feel like home. It adds that personal touch that every home needs.
You can make a collage on your bedroom wall in your student apartment. You can put up a gallery of framed photos in your living room if you’re on your own. You can decorate the shelves in your home with pictures of friends and family. The possibilities for bringing photos into your apartment are endless.
Bring in Plants
Houseplants are a great way to make an apartment feel more like a home. They invoke a relaxing atmosphere that you want to spend more time in. They can bring in a splash of color – if you have some colorful flowers or succulents – or add that nice touch of green that creates the perfect feng shui.
Some great, easy-to-care-for plants to bring into your home include:
- Chinese evergreen
- Peace lily
- Weeping fig
- Aloe vera
- Herbs (thyme, chives, rosemary, basil, oregano)
Bring in Color
We mentioned plants bringing a little color into the room, but there are many other ways you can brighten up your apartment with color. This is your time to get creative.
Find a color scheme that you love – take it to Pinterest and search for good color schemes for apartments if you need to. Then find ways to bring those colors out in your apartment. You can use decorations like small trinkets and books on shelves, couch pillows, rugs, kitchen utensils, artwork on the walls, you name it.
Anything you bring into your home can help enhance the color scheme and add to the gestalt of it all.
Bring in Comfort
No apartment is going to feel like home if it isn’t comfortable. So bring in some items that do that for you! Bring in comfortable furniture – chairs and beds.
Or if your apartment is already furnished, bring in comfy blankets and pillows. Add pillows to the couches, lay a throw over the back of a couch or chair. Keep an ottoman or basket full of blankets for those times when you need a little extra warmth or comfort for snuggling.
Bring in Lighting
Not every apartment is built for optimal lighting. Some might have too much light while others don’t have enough.
If your apartment is too bright all of the time, likely due to large windows and daylight, then find some curtains to cover them. This will allow you to control the lighting in the apartment a little better. Close the curtains when you want it dark for a movie party and open them up for a little vitamin D while you clean.
On the other side of that, maybe you don’t have large open windows that let in a lot of sunlight, or maybe the living room doesn’t have a light in it. Bring in your own light!
You can find all sorts of awesome lamps to bring in and add to the overall homeliness of your apartment. Put a lamp or two in each room so you can adjust the lighting as you need to.
Take these tips and make your apartment your own. Just be sure that if you are renting or living in student housing like American Avenue, you ask the apartment manager about their policies for plants, furniture and installing hardware.