Boxes are everywhere, the unpacking has begun, and a delicious deep dish pizza has been ordered – you’re officially moving in to your first place! Now, where do you even begin with furniture? Take a seat (on the floor?) and read on for ten pieces of furniture that every first apartment needs. Read the rest of this entry »
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Do you consider yourself the host/hostess with the most/mostest? Are you the envy of friends and family for the Pinterest-worthy parties you create? …No? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. We’ve all been on the receiving end of: “I’m going to be in town this weekend! Mind if I crash at your place?” (*insert wide eyes emoji here*) Of course you want to accommodate but…ohmygosh how on earth will you get ready for company should you make muffins and possibly put on an apron and wow there’s so much to do where to start AHHHH.
We know. Luckily, we’re here to help. Below are some tips to make your apartment feel like a cute, cozy, home away from home for anyone that crashes at your pad. Read the rest of this entry »
As we head toward the end of January, it may be slightly embarrassing to admit that you’ve still got decorations from the holidays decking the halls of your home. If you’re an apartment renter, the prospect of squeezing that artificial tree back into the corner of the coat closet may seem especially daunting. Whether you rent a one-bedroom apartment or a studio, have no fear! Here are 4 space-saving tips for how to pack away the holiday chaos in an orderly fashion.
Tip #1: Use old egg crates to store ornaments
Looking for a quick and easy way to store fragile ornaments? Simply take an old egg carton out of the fridge and place an ornament in each cranny and close the lid! Your ornaments are protected and organized in a snap! It no longer takes professional boxes, bags and tissue paper to store the tree décor.
Tip #2: Use leftover cardboard boxes to wrap up lights tangle-free Read the rest of this entry »
Every year, the world-renowned Pantone Color Institute forecasts the “Color of the Year” for the next year. Pantone is a major authority on colors and has created a standard language for the color communication from designers to producers to retailers. Since 1990, Pantone has predicted what colors will be trendy in the upcoming year. In 2014, the color was the bold yet enchanting Radiant Orchid. For 2015, Pantone leans toward a naturally impactful color: Marsala. So what is Marsala and how can you add elegant touches of it to your life?
This rich color incorporates earthy tones into a more traditional red wine hue. Small touches of Marsala are perfect for warming up a room and making a sophisticated statement. The hearty but stylish tone has a universal appeal and transfers well to design, fashion, beauty, and home décor and furnishings. Here are a few of our favorite ways to incorporate the 2015 Color of the Year into your apartment décor: Read the rest of this entry »
Are you a Neutral Nora? An Off-White Oscar? A Beige Benjamin? Life can be drab for folks who are afraid of adding color to their décor. If your living room’s look makes you glum, don’t worry. Use these six ideas to brighten up your apartment life, lose that muted palette, and conquer your fear of color.
More on the Floor
Adding a colorful rug to a room can instantly brighten the space. Plus, if your room has wood floors that cause everything to echo, a rug can help diffuse the noise. If you’re not ready for a big rug in the center of a room, opt for a small one under a coffee table or accent chair. And remember, rugs-on-rugs are okay, so don’t let your wall-to-wall carpeting stop you from adding more to your floor.
Nix the Mellow Pillows
Cushy color? Why not? Adding vibrant throw pillows to sofas, armchairs, and beds is a great way to put a dash of plush color in your apartment. If you’re feeling really inspired, pick a pillow with a pattern.
Shine a Little Light(ing)
You need light in your apartment anyway… why not make it colorful? Accent lamps on end tables or nightstands are a small way to add personality to a room. Whether you opt for a bold base or a colorful lampshade is entirely up to you.
Be brave, dear decorator, and add audacious art to your walls! Find a favorite poster or photo that features a pop of color, and hang it up. If it’s a smaller frame, prop it up on a coffee table or bookshelf.
If you have open kitchen shelving or glass-front cabinets, make a point of showcasing your colorful kitchenware. Whether you have patterned salad bowls, a couple of bright teapots, unusual mugs, or colored glassware, put them front and center so you can admire them.
Bring May Flowers
If you don’t want to commit to colorful furniture or accents, liven up your living with a little foliage. Place some potted plants around your apartment for some green or floral décor that you can change out as frequently or infrequently as you like. Just make sure your plants get enough sunlight and water to thrive.
With the new year started, there are endless possibilities in store for you and your apartment. We’ve already given you steps to Apartment Feng Shui, but we want to take it a step further. We’ve compiled three great looks from CORT along with tips that just might inspire your own amazing apartment updates.
Did you make a resolution this year to read more in your spare time instead of being glued to the television? If so, create a cozy little reading nook at home. Transform that abandoned corner of your living room into a relaxing reading space or carve out a section of your bedroom for a private library. A large and comfortable chair allows you to curl up and read those best-selling novels that you’ve been meaning to get to for years. Adding a small chest next to your chair allows you to tidily store your library away when you’re not reading. Make sure that this area is well lit to avoid straining on your eyes.
The most important room in your apartment is arguably the bedroom. This is the space where you rest, where you spend 1/3 of your life, the first and last thing you see everyday. So this room needs to represent you. A headboard that has a unique, sophisticated look is an asset in most bedrooms. You can choose to pair it with wild colors and bold prints (without worrying about anything clashing) or go for a more neutral and relaxing style.
There’s nothing like adding a pop or two of color to a room. This will not only brighten the space, but will also give your guests a hint to your personality. It’s amazing what a little color can do. Just a few touches can truly transform a room. Each color impacts mood differently so think of what type of atmosphere you’d like to set before making any changes.
It’s no secret that the end of a relationship can be a life-altering ordeal. With such a big event come many smaller changes. However, tasks such as trying to find an apartment to call home can be a blessing in disguise. Here are a few things to keep in mind once you begin the steps to find an apartment:
Planning Your Move
Packing, labeling, renting a truck, unpacking, changing addresses; sometimes the list of tasks associated with moving can seem to go on forever. However, the process doesn’t have to be difficult. Using an online apartment locator like ApartmentSearch can make finding an apartment that meets all of your needs a breeze. And online moving checklists can help you get your move organized in no time.
Choosing an Apartment
Browsing for apartments online with an apartment locator is a great way to find a new home. You can search by city or zip code to make sure you end up in a perfect neighborhood for you. When deciding on a neighborhood, look for areas that are close to work, family, and friends then narrow your search from there. Make sure your new neighborhood gives you access to necessities like a grocery store and bank. Then look for places that put you close to activities you love, like a library branch for catching up on some guilty pleasure reading, a gym for getting in shape and feeling great, or a coffee shop for a quick morning boost and some friendly conversation with your new neighbors.
As for the apartment itself, search for features like number of bedrooms, pet policy, and amenities. Don’t be afraid to treat yourself either. If you’d love an apartment with a fireplace for cozying up next to or a pool for lounging by, go for it!
Personalizing Your Apartment
Now is a perfect time to find your style and express it. Choose a style that is bright and uplifting so you’ll always feel happy coming into your new home. If you aren’t sure what your style is, don’t be afraid to experiment. Furniture rental services can allow you to do this without the expense of buying.
And don’t forget to put the finishing touches on your space. You might have to downsize when moving to an apartment, but make sure to bring along and display objects of particular importance to you like family heirlooms and photos of your loved ones. These little details can really make your new apartment feel like home.
Decorating Your Apartment: Add Some Color
Decorating your apartment with color? What? Color? Yep. Color adds mental stimulation, a mood, and variety. Just because most apartments have leases with restrictions on painting doesn’t mean you need to stare at 4 boring white walls every time you come home. Oh, and if you didn’t read part one of “Decorating Your Apartment“, you might want to go back and read that first.
Painting May Be Possible
First, ask your apartment manager about your options. Some will let you paint one accent wall if you promise to turn it back to white before you go. Then, get your mind out of the box, and think about how you might go about decorating your apartment with color while keeping management happy.
Alternatives to Painting Your Apartment
If you can’t paint in your apartment, try decorating your apartment by using supersize canvas from your local art supply or craft store. Or hit the lumber yard and get thin sheets of plywood. Instead of painting the wall, you paint the wood, then attach it or lean it against the wall. There’s also fabric. You might choose a flat piece of fabric in a color that goes along with your theme for that space. Or experiment with decorating your apartment using strips of fabric to create texture.
Remember to Not Damage Your Apartment
It’s important to remember to not damage your apartment or you could get hit with fees. You’ll want to use the smallest thing available to attach it to the wall. You might try thumb tacks. Visit your local hardware store and explain what you want to attach, and tell them you need to make the least noticeable mark on the wall possible. There are some great wall hooks made specifically for this purpose. Also, if you spot one of the maintenance crew at your apartment, ask them for suggestions. They’re usually the ones who have to do the clean up and patching, so they may be able to give you suggestions on decorating your apartment without causing.
Better yet, select a wall you want to accent, get a cheap tensioning curtain rod, and mount it against the opposing walls. From there you can hang drapes or curtains, giving the illusion that there is something behind there, and that you’ve actually got more space then you really do. If you take care, decorating your apartment with this technique shouldn’t even leave a smudge on the wall when you’re ready to move out.
Choose Your Lighting Well When Decorating Your Apartment
While you can’t install your own lighting fixtures in the walls or ceilings of an apartment, there’s a lot you can do if you go out shopping for lamps to fit your functional or theme space needs. For example, a few small lamps in the corners of your bedroom installed with colored light bulbs can give it a romantic feel without the danger of candles. Or a lamp with multi settings and multiple bulbs in your dining area might be able to provide bright light for studying or doing your taxes on the table, or a calmer, background light while watching TV in the evening. Don’t forget the importance of lighting in decorating your apartment.
Shop for Furniture, Organizational Supplies, and Knick Knacks
Now that you’ve got your canvas ready with theme ideas, colors, and lighting, pick the big items to go along with the rest of your apartment personality. Start with just a few major items you need, like a bed and table, then slowly work your way up until you’re happy. Less is definitely more when it comes to decorating your apartment.
Now go get those creative juices flowing, and decorate your apartment!