Are you ready to flex your decorating muscle? New ideas for home decor can give your apartment a fresh feel when you customize your space with style inspired by your own creativity.
Check out these inventive ideas to get the wheels spinning on your decorative workout.
Kick it up in the kitchen
Add punch to kitchen counter barstools by choosing a modern design or upholstery in a bold, eye-catching pattern. With limited space and minimalist kitchen decor as a backdrop, stools can become a low-cost centerpiece of your eating space.
If your lease allows for painting, a few fresh coats in a bright, airy color often make a compact kitchen space feel much larger. Or create a colorful kitchen backsplash with removable, wallpaper-like touches. You’ll be amazed by what lightweight fabric and some liquid starch might do for your decor, with a little elbow grease applied.
Blend color in the bedroom
Want to work decor wonders in the bedroom? Begin by coordinating complementary colors for new linens, curtains and a throw rug. If more extreme measures are called for, consider painting your furniture. A bedframe and nightstand painted in restful colors can create a palette of shades for you to build on. Plus, you benefit from furniture that feels new to you.
Add storage space to stockpile your stuff
Amp up the decor of any room using open shelves. Whether you choose simple wooden planks or a metal rack, storing your things in the open can make a creative display out of everyday items. You can give the illusion of built-in bookshelves by purchasing two identical bookcases and placing them on either side of a doorway, where dimensions allow.
Create an entryway that works
If your apartment lacks an attractive entryway, you can create one of your own. Buy a bookshelf with the right dimensions for your space, then remove the top shelf and install hooks for coats. Decorative bins below can hold umbrellas, sunglasses and shoes. Add attractive shelf paper to protect the shelves from water and dirt. If space allows, the bottom shelf can be used to stow rain and snow boots. Place a colorful stool or chair next to your new entryway cubby, and you’ve created a functional spot with flair.
If space doesn’t allow for a “coat case,” create a hallway entry using a row of hooks with a decorative basket on the floor below to catch sundries like umbrellas and sunglasses.
How to begin
As a renter, your lease may limit the scope of the changes you can make. Begin your decorating workout with a focus on less permanent and more portable changes using color, decor accessories and furniture.
Sometimes, there is one space in a home that feels particularly bland, underused or unattractive. You might choose to roll up your sleeves in that area first. But if you need to build up your creative confidence first, start with the room that needs the fewest changes.
As your skills grow and you have more ideas, you may feel up to tackling larger jobs. You might choose to make this a group decorating effort with help from a partner or friends, as well. Some collaborative energy and hands-on help might contribute the extra “oomph” you need to bring your ideas to life.
We all have creative decor ideas, even if we haven’t yet had the chance to flex our decorating muscle. Make time for a decorating workout and get your apartment in the shape you’ve dreamed about!
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