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Redecorating your living room shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg! If you are looking to overhaul your living space or recently moved into an entirely new space, keep these modern interior design tips in mind.
Play With Patterns
If you’re looking to add something more colorful to your living space, patterns offer a fun way to mix it up. The trick to working with patterns is to stick with the same color scheme. So if your pattern has greens, blues, and grey, have a few solid color furniture pieces to anchor down the space. Read the rest of this entry »
Hey pal, put a cork in it! In your apartment decorating, that is. Corks aren’t just for popping champagne and making bulletin boards. Saving corks from bottles can pay off in some seriously awesome DIY décor. From one-bedroom apartments to townhouses, here are 5 ways any renter can finally put all those leftover wine corks to good use.
Favorable Table Labels
Halve the cork vertically, then make a ¼-inch horizontal cut on the rounded sides of your two cork halves. Place the halves flat side down, and ta-da! It’s a couple of tiny cardholders. Host a dinner party and put them to good use—make place cards for your guests, or put out hors d’oeuvres platters and name all those unusual-looking cheeses. Read the rest of this entry »
Whether you just rented a new one bedroom apartment or you’re still in the process of searching for the perfect place, you’ve thought of simple ways to make your space unique to your tastes. When it comes to walls, you’re dying to do away with the same old blank and boring standard. You’ve thought about applying wallpaper, but that takes too much time; time you’ll have to put back in to taking that wallpaper down just to get your security deposit back. Adding a fresh coat of paint is always an option, but that takes effort you’d rather not exert for the same thing you had before: walls that are all the same color. Womp womp. Read the rest of this entry »
Noisy neighbors are a common complaint for apartment tenants. However, if you complain about your noisy neighbor, it’s likely that they say the same thing about you from time to time. Even if you have carpet flooring, sometimes you need to take additional steps to keep your apartment soundproof. If you tend to listen to a lot of loud music or play motion related video games, it might be essential for you to limit your sound and stay on your neighbor’s good side. Here are a few tips on keeping the noise level down in your apartment: Read the rest of this entry »
There are two kinds of renters who need an interior designer: those who want an apartment that looks stylish and put-together but don’t know the first thing about how to get there, and those who have a vision in mind and need help executing it. There are some relatively affordable options for either type of apartment dweller, and they are actually fairly distinct from each other. To keep your apartment redesign from looking like a home makeover show gone wrong, think about these tips as you hunt for your perfect interior designer.
If You Need Ideas…
If you are an interior-design newbie and what you need is a vision for your home’s redesign, start by finding a designer that fits your overall sense of style. The best way to make sure that your designer fits that category is to look at the work they have already done. If you can find a designer that has a website and a portfolio, that can be an easy job. Think about the things you already like about your apartment’s design, and look for those traits in a designer’s portfolio. Read the rest of this entry »
Whether you’re expecting a baby or are in need of a redesign now that your infant is growing older, there are plenty of things you can do to make your apartment more kid-friendly. From furniture changes to finding a whole new apartment, think about these things as you start to redesign a family-friendly apartment.
Start with the floors.
After all, this is where your baby will be spending the most time—and consequently, so will you. Invest in a good, easy-to-use vacuum if you don’t have one already; get comfy, stain-resistant rugs for the living room and bedroom; and consider putting a few floor pillows down for your own comfort when it’s time to play.
Think outside the apartment.
Since many apartments don’t have a private yard or patio, you can always take advantage of your apartment’s playground or other communal area. Read the rest of this entry »
Almost every apartment kitchen has a space for bar stools these days, and finding the right set of stools can prove to be a difficult task. Even though the process can be daunting, going through it is well worth it when your friends and family are able to join you in the kitchen. However before you start your search, there are a few things everyone should know about bar stools.
Types of Bar Stools
The first thing you must know is that when it comes to bar stools, there is more than one type. In fact, “bar stool” is an umbrella term for three different stool heights:
A counter stool is considered to be standard sized because it pairs nicely with a 36-inch standard height kitchen counter. Counter stools usually measure anywhere between 24 and 26 inches in height.
When a kitchen counter has an attached raised section that is the height of a real bar, you can use a standard bar stool. This counter height is about six inches taller than your standard sized counter, so it’s typically about 42 inches in height. At this counter height, if you go with a bar stool that has a seat height of 30-inches, it usually fits perfectly.
This type of stool is sometimes referred to as a “stadium stool”, and it’s known for being 34 to 36 inches high, which is significantly taller than the other styles because it’s supposed to fit comfortably under a table or counter that is 48 inches tall.
Getting New Bar Stools
Bar stools look great with the counters they’ve been designed for, but problems can arise when moving into a new apartment if your new counters are a different height than your old ones. To avoid this issue, we recommend doing one of two things:
1. Buying Adjustable Stools
If you move frequently, or just don’t want to purchase new bar stools after every move, you should look into adjustable bar stools. With this solution, one size fits all, no matter if you need taller or shorter stools.
2. Renting Bar Stools
Another option, and perhaps our favorite, is renting bar stools. This is a great alternative because you’ll not only save money, but you’ll be able to get brand new bar stools that fit your new counter’s dimensions every time you move.
Now that you know the bar stool basics, you should feel comfortable picking out some fabulous new furniture for your new apartment.
- Did the 60s call and ask for your shag carpeting back?
- Are your walls so white your living room looks like an artless gallery?
- Are you sitting on the oldest couch known to man, courtesy of a college dumpster diving mission?
- Is your furniture collection so sparse it looks like you’ve been robbed?
- Have your friends taken to calling your lamp-less living room “The Batcave”?
If you answered “yes” to any of the above, you may have fallen victim to It Doesn’t Matter I’ll Be Moving Out Eventually Anyway Syndrome. Many renters have succumbed to this unfortunate plight, feeling that since an apartment is only temporary, personalizing the whole place just isn’t worth the effort. But there is a cure. There are plenty of ways you can improve apartment life without the help of an interior designer or an expensive trip through a Swedish “furniture” maze. Roll up your sleeves and start with these guidelines, and you’ll be on your way to an updated apartment for half the price.
First things first: a DIY apartment requires a budget. Set a décor budget limit and decide which projects you want to tackle based on that number. Evaluate the things you most want to change about your apartment before beginning. Are you tired of your bare walls? Want to get rid of the old coffee table? Wish you had more color in the kitchen? Now it’s time to start getting creative. Think about where you can shop to save. Hit up local garage sales and flea markets, give rental furniture a try, and check out consignment stores to start.
If you’re not into doing a total overhaul just yet, focus on changing the little things in your apartment. Adding a dash of color here, a patterned throw pillow there, some framed art, new lighting, a couple of houseplants, or even a coat of paint on one wall can make a big difference in the way a room looks. You could start by getting a throw rug to cover up that shag carpet.
Work with What You Already Have
If you truly don’t want to go out and buy décor, spend a fraction of the cost to change the décor you already have. Get creative by thinking about what you can change with the application of just a few bucks and a little elbow grease. Start with these ideas:
- Update your worn-out dresser with a new color or a classier finish by using a little sandpaper, primer, and a coat of paint or stain.
- Put a slipcover over an unsightly couch.
- Re-upholster an old chair yourself.
- Get a new duvet cover for an instant bedroom update.
- Rearrange your furniture.
- Frame and hang posters or old records.
Use Free DIY Resources
The Internet is your best friend when it comes to DIY apartment décor. There are hundreds of sites (including, of course, the ApartmentSearch.com Apartment Life blog) that can help you take your apartment from “eh” to “excellent” with a little, bitty budget. Try these to get started:
- DIYnetwork.com – This site is home to thousands of projects for the home. The DIY Network is a channel dedicated to home improvement and landscaping, so you’ll find everything from painting tips to full-on remodeling advice here.
- Instructables.com – You can find everything from cookie recipes to cabinet remodeling on Instructables. All projects are user-submitted, and new stuff is being added all the time.
- Design*Sponge DIY Projects – Design*Sponge is a popular interior design blog that can offer apartment decorators great DIY ideas. Find lighting ideas, accent projects, and even upholstery tutorials here.
- The Design Confidential – The Design Confidential provides guides for construction projects, DIY design, décor inspiration, and more.
- ApartmentSearch Blog: Apartment Decorating – In the “apartment decorating” category of our blog, you’ll find tips for everything from living room feng shui to kitchen downsizing to patio décor.
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As both Earth Day and Arbor Day approach, so too does warmer spring weather and the inspiration to get a little closer to nature. There’s no better time than this to act on your dream of bringing more nature and greenery into your home. Here are a few creative ideas to kick-start your homegrown green revolution:
- The most obvious place to start is with live plants and trees. Whether indoors or outdoors, take the time to visit a local florist or nursery and pick out some fresh spring florals. Plants like desert succulents are great for adding a pop of color to décor without breaking the bank or requiring a huge commitment to care. While some families may have a lush backyard with enough room to welcome a new tree – apartment living does not always afford the same option. Instead of making an investment in a large tree for the backyard, small bonsai trees or potted Meyer lemon trees can thrive indoors or on balconies.
- For those with less of a green thumb, there are plenty of natural accents that don’t require arduous upkeep. A centerpiece, for example, could be as simple as some bare branches in a modern vase or as lush as a tin pail filled to the brim with sumptuous greens and blossoming florals.
- You might feel inspired to revamp your décor altogether. A nature-inspired rustic theme could be a great way to incorporate more plants into your home sweet home. Ferns, a staple in rustic greenery, are hardy, easy to maintain plants that could stylishly reside in a vintage watering can or in old tin cans on the windowsill.
- Backyards and outdoor patios can always use a little love, too. Start by clearing the clutter from your outdoor space to see how much room you have to work with. If you have children, get them involved too. A favorite activity like making bird feeders out of pinecones dipped in peanut butter and bird feed will bring even more nature to your outdoor space. Lastly, consider replacing old and broken outdoor furniture with simple, wooden furniture.
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